By Malcolm Barber
The Order of the Temple, based in 1119 to guard pilgrims round Jerusalem, built into probably the most influential agencies within the medieval international. It has retained its carry at the sleek mind's eye due to the dramatic occasions of the Templars' trial and abolition 2 hundred years later, and has been fascinated by old mysteries from masonic conspiracy to the survival of the Turin shroud. Malcolm Barber's lucid narrative separates fantasy from background during this complete and certain account of the Order, from its origins, flourishing and suppression to the Templars' ancient afterlife.
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12. To be or to do? The most profound difference between the profit-oriented business and the Christian church is in priorities. The first priority for an entrepreneurial bureaucracy is to do what it was organized to do. This also is one reason why, as the years go by, most voluntary associations begin to model themselves after an entrepreneurial bureaucracy. By contrast, the dominant imperative for the Christian church is to be. Out of that being comes the doing. The more the church drifts in the direction of the entrepreneurial bureaucracy, the greater the inclination to make doing the number one priority.
The sense of a partnership in advancing a common cause may produce professional associations, and when the merits of the cause are overwhelmed by the tendency to create an entrepreneurial bureaucracy, the professional associations often respond to that change by turning into labor unions. This pattern can be seen in education, medicine, professional sports, the American army, and the law. Will the clergy be next? 12. To be or to do? The most profound difference between the profit-oriented business and the Christian church is in priorities.
The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple by Malcolm Barber