Comprehending Cults

Author by : Lorne L. Dawson
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Publisher by : Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press
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Description : He also analyzes controversial issues such as the accusations of brainwashing and sexual deviance that are sometimes made against cults; discusses why cults sometimes turn to violence; and examines what NRMs can tell us about the future of religion and culture in North America. The result is a comprehensive, evenhanded introduction to the study of new religious phenomena."--BOOK JACKET.


Cults And New Religious Movements

Author by : Lorne L. Dawson
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Publisher by : Wiley-Blackwell
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Description : What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements. Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do. Brings together the best work on cults by sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion. A broad-ranging, balanced and clearly organized collection of readings. Includes coverage of topical issues, such as the 'brainwashing' controversy, and cults in cyberspace. Section introductions by the editor situate the nature, value, and relevance of the selected readings in context of current discussions.


Arc

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Understanding New Religious Movements

Author by : John A. Saliba
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Publisher by : Rowman Altamira
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Description : This balanced textbook looks at emerging religions through the lenses of history, psychology, sociology, law, theology, and counseling. The Second Edition is updated throughout and includes a new foreword by J. Gordon Melton.


Introduction To New And Alternative Religions In America African Diaspora Traditions And Other American Innovations

Author by : Eugene V. Gallagher
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Publisher by : Greenwood Publishing Group
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Description : Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more


Encyclopedia Of New Religions

Author by : Christopher Partridge
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Publisher by : Lion Publishing Plc
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Description : This encyclopedia gives readers a comprehensive map of the significant religious and spiritual groups functioning in today's world, especially in the West. The new religions, sects and alternative spiritualities are categorized according to the religious traditions from which they spring.


The Church Of Scientology

Author by : Hugh B. Urban
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Publisher by : Princeton University Press
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Description : Hugh Urban tells the real story of Scientology from its cold war-era beginnings in the 1950s to its prominence today as the religion of Hollywood's celebrity elite. Urban paints a vivid portrait of Hubbard, the enigmatic founder who once commanded his own private fleet and an intelligence apparatus rivaling that of the U.S. government. One FBI agent described him as "a mental case," but to his followers he is the man who "solved the riddle of the human mind." Urban details Scientology's decades-long war with the IRS, which ended with the church winning tax-exempt status as a religion; the rancorous cult wars of the 1970s and 1980s; as well as the latest challenges confronting Scientology, from attacks by the Internet group Anonymous to the church's efforts to suppress the online dissemination of its esoteric teachings.


Introduction To New And Alternative Religions In America Metaphysical New Age And Neopagan Movements

Author by : Eugene V. Gallagher
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Description : Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more


New Religious Movements

Author by : Dereck Daschke
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Publisher by : NYU Press
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Description : New Religious Movements is a highly unique volume, bringing together primary documents conveying the words and ideas of a wide array of new religious movements (NRMs), and offering a first-hand look into their belief systems. Arranged by the editors according to a new typology, the text allows readers to consider NRMS along five interrelated pathways—from those that offer new perceptions of existence or new personal identities, to those that center on relationships within family-like units, to those movements that highlight the need for recasting the social order or anticipate the dawn of a new age. The volume includes original documents from groups such as the Unification Church, Theosophy, Branch Davidians, Wicca, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Santeria, and Seventh Day Adventists, as well as many others. Each section is prefaced by a contextual introduction and concludes with a list of sources for further reading. New Religious Movements offers a rare inside look into the worldviews of alternative religious traditions.


Kabbalah And The Spiritual Quest

Author by : Jody Elizabeth Myers
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Publisher by : Praeger Pub Text
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Description : Provides an overview of Kabbalah and its popularity in the United States.


New Religious Movements

Author by : Elijah Siegler
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Description : Using a historical and cultural approach,New Religious Movmentstakes the approach that new religious movements are neither new nor inherently evil or dangerous. The Introduction colorfully demonstrates the variety of NRMs today and how our first impressions of them may be wrong. Also, this text argues that NRMs are a normal response to cultural and social change, not just something that has "happened" to the Western World since the 1960s. This book's topics include Defining New Religious Movements, Modern Heresy, Esoteric Revival, Asian NRMs, African NRMs, Islamic NRMs, and the Global Future of NRMs. An interesting read for those interested in New Religious Movements.


Top Secret

Author by : Robert M. Price
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Description : Examines popular new spiritual doctrines such as Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" to determine what they set out to teach and whether they are healthy and wise alternatives to spiritual enlightenment.


Religious Holidays And Calendars

Author by : Karen Bellenir
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Publisher by : Omnigraphics Incorporated
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Description : Comprehensive source of information about the calendars and holidays of the world's religions. Provides concise information about the beliefs, practices, and history of more than 20 major religions. Additional features include bibliography, calendar index, holiday index, and master index.


Sociology In Everyday Life

Author by : David Allen Karp
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Publisher by : Waveland PressInc
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Canada S Religions

Author by : Robert Choquette
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Publisher by : Religion and Beliefs
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Description : Each Canadian Census reveals Canada to be an overwhelmingly religious country. With nine out of ten Canadians claiming a religious affiliation of some kind – Aboriginal, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, or one of dozens of new religions – faith has necessarily had an influence on citizens' personal and social lives. In Canada's Religions, Robert Choquette offers a history of religion in Canada and examines the ongoing tug-of-war between modernity and conservatism within the religious traditions themselves. Given that religion affects so many areas of daily life, including politics, education, community standards, and general behaviour, Canada's Religions provides academics, students, and educated readers with an excellent overview of the impact of religion on Canadian life. Understanding the various religions in Canada, argues Choquette, facilitates tolerance and acceptance, and eases the hostility that people may feel towards lesser known faiths. Through illustrative stories and in-depth research, Canada's Religions offers an invaluable resource, placing religion within an ever-changing social context and inviting the reader to a new level of understanding of Canada's religious faiths.


Polling And Public Opinion

Author by : Peter Marshall Butler
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Description : The importance of polling public opinion is widely recognized. This work examines the impact that polls have on the thoughts and behaviour of the public. It considers the power of public opinion polls as an element of mass persuasion in media stories, advertising, and government policy.


The World Book Encyclopedia

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Description : An encyclopedia designed especially to meet the needs of elementary, junior high, and senior high school students.


The Church Of Scientology

Author by : Hugh B. Urban
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Description : Hugh Urban tells the real story of Scientology from its cold war-era beginnings in the 1950s to its prominence today as the religion of Hollywood's celebrity elite. Urban paints a vivid portrait of Hubbard, the enigmatic founder who once commanded his own private fleet and an intelligence apparatus rivaling that of the U.S. government. One FBI agent described him as "a mental case," but to his followers he is the man who "solved the riddle of the human mind." Urban details Scientology's decades-long war with the IRS, which ended with the church winning tax-exempt status as a religion; the rancorous cult wars of the 1970s and 1980s; as well as the latest challenges confronting Scientology, from attacks by the Internet group Anonymous to the church's efforts to suppress the online dissemination of its esoteric teachings.


Cults

Author by : Doreen Piano
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Publisher by : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
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Description : Discusses cults, including their appeal, the difficulties of leaving a cult, and their impact on families and on society as a whole.


Cults And New Religions

Author by : Douglas E. Cowan
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Publisher by : Wiley-Blackwell
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Description : An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society. A stimulating, course-friendly overview of the history and development of new religious movements (NRMs) in the late twentieth century Explores eight cults and NRMs, including the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The Family International, the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca Each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding this group Covers debates including what constitutes an authentic religion, the validity of claims of brainwashing techniques, the implications of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender.


Contemporary American Religion A L

Author by : Wade Clark Roof
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Publisher by : MacMillan Reference Library
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Description : "This excellent source furnishes students and scholars with information on contemporary religion, personalities, and popular topics from Fundamentalist Christianity to feng shui."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.


Choice

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Exorcism And Deliverance Ministry In The Twentieth Century

Author by : James Michael Collins
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Publisher by : Paternoster Publishing
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Description : This study seeks to demonstrate that exorcism/deliverance ministry is an innately enthusiastic practice utilising Knoxs classic study of Christian enthusiasm. The twentieth century provides an ideal arena for such a study since it frames a complete lifecycle for this rite from its infancy during the early decades, through its heyday in the 1970s and 80s on to creeping routinisation by the end of the century. Two enthusiastic settings, Charismatic and Evangelical Fundamentalist, are identified and examined as the environment in which two related streams of exorcism/deliverance ministry was practised. Finally, enthusiastic Sacramentalist exorcism is considered in order to establish the thesis that enthusiastic settings provide a conducive atmosphere for the emergence and practice of exorcism/deliverance ministry. Attention is paid to historical factors within the Charismatic and Evangelical Fundamentalist streams that underlie the development of this rite. As a result important secondary insights are gained into the tidal nature of enthusiastic movements, the role of itinerant preachers in the propagation of enthusiasm, the routinisation of enthusiastic practices and the manner in which enthusiasm overcomes institutional denominational boundaries. The study provides the foundation for future investigation of the manner in which enthusiastic experience is presented for apologetic purposes, the relationship between exorcism/deliverance ministry and millenarianism and the practice of this rite within non-Western churches.


Fluide Religion

Author by : Dorothea Lüddeckens
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Description : Neue religiöse Bewegungen sind zugleich Innovatoren und Indikatoren des religiösen Wandels moderner Gesellschaften. Unter den Vorzeichen von Individualisierung und Pluralisierung ist gegenwärtig ein Bedeutungsverlust totaler Gemeinschaften (”Sekten“) zugunsten unverbindlicher Formen religiöser Zugehörigkeit (”Spiritualität“) zu beobachten. Dies führt zur Zunahme religiöser Alternativen und fördert ihre wachsende Diffusion und Relevanz für das religiöse Feld. Erstmals liegt mit diesem Band eine theoretische Systematisierung dieses Prozesses vor, die durch Fallstudien zu verschiedenen religiösen Gemeinschaften wie Hare Krishna, New Age und evangelikalen Jugendkirchen ergänzt wird.


The Cumulative Book Index

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Encyclopedia Of Religion

Author by : Lindsay Jones
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Publisher by : MacMillan Reference Library
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Description : Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.


Exercising Power

Author by : Tore Ahlbäck
Languange : en
Publisher by : Almqvist & Wiksell International
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