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“Religious solidarity” is almost always a misnomer or sociological synecdote, inasmuch as what involves is never just belief or ideology, but involvement in and identification with a whole community...
[T]he compellingness of that identification is never just a spiritual or ideological fact.
Both Catholic and Protestant Churches tend to take some distance to politic in practical level, except at times country is in crisis. In General Election, INC specifies particular candidate as the one and only candidate to choose for its members.
Moreover, religious groups can exert power as a subgroup within the context of a particular society; enough power, at times, to change the way society is configured and affect state policy.
It depends, too, upon the social and political structures in which it is embedded and their ability to reproduce commitments to its ideals and lifeways (Hefner, 1990, p. While Robert Hefner’s assessment of the place of religion in the construction of solidarity and identity was initially ascribed to the communities of java, his observation holds true for societies in general.
While religion serves to create certain demarcations within society, these boundaries are inextricably bound up with other relationships; in some cases, religion may draw the overt boundaries, but other, more covert differences are always in play.
However rich its meanings, its authority is never just ideological.
It depends, too, upon the social and political structures in which it is embedded and their ability to reproduce commitments to its ideals and lifeways (Hefner, 1990, p. This article highlights political action from exclusive Christian group in the Philippines, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).