Cults and New Religions A Brief History

ISBN-10: 1405161280
ISBN-13: 9781405161282
Edition: 2007
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Description: An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society. Each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a diverse group of new religious movements Highlights  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society. Each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a diverse group of new religious movements Highlights the cult controversies surrounding new religions Includes discussions on the secular anti-cult and the evangelical counter-cult Essential reading for anyone unfamiliar with new religions in late modern society or whose familiarity is limited to mass media reports

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The Range of New Religious Movements
Controversy and the Popular Perception of New Religious Movements
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Beliefs and Practices of the Church of Scientology
The Organizational Structure of the Church of Scientology
The Church of Scientology and the Question of Religion
Further Reading on the Church of Scientology
Transcendental Meditation: The Questions of Science and Therapy
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Arrival of Transcendental Meditation
Beliefs and Practices of Transcendental Meditation
The Growth and Development of Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation: The Questions of Science and Therapy
Further Reading on Transcendental Meditation
Ramtha and the New Age: The Question of the Dangerous Cult
Who Is JZ Knight and Who Is Ramtha?
History and Development of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment
Beliefs and Practices of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment
RSE and the Question of the Dangerous Cult
Further Reading on the New Age Movement
The Unification Church/The Family Federation: The Brainwashing/Deprogramming Controversy
Sun Myung Moon: Savior from the East
Doctrinal Beliefs and Ritual Practices of the Unification Church
The Growth and Organization of the Unification Church Outside Korea
Brainwashing, Deprogramming, and the Unification Church
Further Reading on the Unification Church
The Children of God/The Family International: The Issue of Sexuality
Mo: David Berg and the Origins of the Children of God
Social Organization of the Children of God/The Family
Beliefs, Rituals, and Practices of the Children of God/The Family
The Children of God/The Family and the Issue of Sexuality
Further Reading on the Children of God/The Family
The Branch Davidians: The Problem of Mass Media
The Historical Development of the Branch Davidians
Beliefs and Practices of the Branch Davidians under David Koresh
The Siege at Waco and the Problem of Mass Media
Further Reading on the Branch Davidians
Heaven's Gate: The Question of Cults and Violence
Ti, Do, and the Origins of Heaven's Gate
Beliefs and Practices of Heaven's Gate
Recruitment and Social Organization in Heaven's Gate
The Evolutionary Level Above Human: The Continuum of New Religious Movements and Violence
Further Reading on UFO Groups
Wicca and Witchcraft: Confronting Cultural Fears
Gerald Gardner and the Origins of Modern Witchcraft
Social Organization and Development of Modern Witchcraft and Wicca
Beliefs, Rituals, and Practices of Modern Witchcraft and Wicca
Satanic Panic: The Legacy of Religious Cult Fears
Further Reading on Wicca and Witchcraft
Rethinking Cults: The Significance of New Religious Movements
Two Perspectives: Cults versus New Religious Movements
New Religions as Experimental Faiths
Further Reading on New Religious Movements
Bibliography
Index

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