Societal Regression and the Clergy
18 pages, 2004
Factual evidence indicates that society, in 2004, is in a period of
rapid change, perhaps a crisis. Bowen family systems theory contains
within it a concept that describes - broadly - periods of regression in
society. Many factors may have contributed to this situation. The theory
also suggests ways for leaders to think about the regression and their
own functioning at all times - especially in times of increased anxiety.
It is important for the clergy to understand this theory since it
clarifies what is meant by high level leadership that is based on and
guided by principles. Examples of such leaders in times of societal
regression are provided by John Wesley and Increase Mather.