Traditional scholarship approaches religious history from the demand side, attributing developments to the shifting desires, perceptions, and circumstances of religious consumers. This article advocates an alternative, supply-side approach that emphasizes the opportunities and restrictions confronting religious organizations and their leaders. Supply shifts lie at the root of major religious changes in America. Colonial revivalists, Asian cult leaders, and contemporary televangelists all prospered when regulatory changes gave them freer access to America's religious marketplace. The article concludes with a discussion of recent judicial decisions that threaten to restrict the future supply of religious innovation in America.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Social Sciences(all)