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   (“Posture¹” The title sort of has a ring to it, but what does it mean?)

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   There are 4 different groups involved in making a change. More than that, there are 4 different factors involved in the change-making process.

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   Sociologists point to 4 ways people seek or react to change. These positions are determined by 4 factors²:

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           Degree of     Direction of    Change      Methods of    GROUP

           change           change           how fast    change        (example)

   Reactionaries    Much          Past                 Rapid         Violent if         Catholics

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   Conservatives    Little or no    Present          Slow         Peaceful       Church of

…………………………………………………………………..………..…        England

   Liberals                 Some         Future            Gradual       Peaceful       Puritans

   Radicals                Much         Future           Rapid            Violent if    Separatists

                                                                               necessary

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   In the continuing Reformation in England, all four of these positions can be identified. There continued to be reactionaries who wanted to return to Rome, and at times would use violent methods to effect that change. Conservatives were represented by the Church of England, which, as reflected in its acts of uniformity and prescribed ritual, wanted as little change as possible. The Puritans [liberals] were the moderates who wanted to purify the Church of England from within. The fourth group was the radicals or “Separatists,” who rejected many of the Church of England’s doctrines and practices. These extremists wanted a complete change and were willing to take whatever steps were needed, including separation, to put their ideas into practice.

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   ¹ See the second on-line Oxford definition of “posture.”

   ² All of the rest of the post, except for the boldface and bracketed word, is taken from Don A. Sanford, A CHOOSING PEOPLE: The History of the Seventh Day Baptists Second Edition, Revised and Updated (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georga, 2013).

   ³ These four Christian church groups were active in England at and before the time of the establishing of the United States of America. The book’s purpose is the tracing of the history of the Seventh Day Baptists (SDB) which, incidentally, preceded the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) by about 200 years. It is also a quick visit to visiting Protestant Christian church history in general.