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Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects

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Cults and New Religions A Brief History

Cults and New Religions A Brief History

Author: Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2015

This unparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements has been completely up-dated and expanded to reflect the latest developments; each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding each group. * A fully updated, revised and expanded edition of an unparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements * Profiles a number of the most visible, significant, and controversial new religious movements, presenting each group s history, doctrines, rituals, leadership, and organization * Offers a discussion of the major controversies in which new religious movements have been involved, using each profiled group to illustrate the nature of one of those controversies * 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 * New sections include methods of studying new religions in each chapter as well as presentations on groups to watch

Fortney Road Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult

Fortney Road Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult

Author: Jeff C Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2015

From Here to Infinity

From Here to Infinity

Author: Michael G. Reccia Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2015

The Church of God and Saints of Christ The Rise of Black Jews

The Church of God and Saints of Christ The Rise of Black Jews

Author: Elly M. Wynia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Mormonism 101 Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints

Mormonism 101 Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints

Author: Bill McKeever, Eric Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2015

Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. For those who have wondered in what specific ways Mormonism differs from the Christian faith, Mormonism 101 provides definitive answers, examining the major tenets of Mormon theology and comparing them with orthodox Christian beliefs. Perfect for students of religion and anyone who wants to have answers when Mormons come calling.

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright | Key Takeaways & Analysis

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright | Key Takeaways & Analysis

Author: Instaread Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2015

Inside this Instaread Key Takeaways & Analysis of Going Clear Overview of entire book Introduction to the Important People in the book Key Takeaways and Analysis of Key Takeaways

Freed Indeed! My Journey from Occultism to Christ (A Spiritual Oddysey)

Freed Indeed! My Journey from Occultism to Christ (A Spiritual Oddysey)

Author: Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

The Answer to the Cult Explosion

The Answer to the Cult Explosion

Author: Frederick R Grigg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2014

Sects & Stats Overturning the Conventional Wisdom About Cult Members

Sects & Stats Overturning the Conventional Wisdom About Cult Members

Author: Professor James R. Lewis Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2014

A major, perhaps the major, focus of early research on New Religious Movements (NRMs) was on the people who joined. Most of the field's pioneer researchers were sociologists. However, the profile of NRM members had changed substantially by the twenty-first century - changes largely missed because the great majority of current NRM specialists are not quantitatively oriented. Sects & Stats aims to overturn the conventional wisdom by drawing on current quantitative data from two sources: questionnaire research on select NRMs and relevant national census data collected by Anglophone countries. Sects & Stats also makes a strong argument for the use of longitudinal methods in studying alternative religions. Additionally, through case studies drawn from the author's own research projects over the years, readers will be brought into a conversation about some of the issues involved in how to conduct such research.

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

Author: James T. Richardson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2014

New religious movements (NRMs) and other minority faiths have regularly been the focus of legal cases around the world in recent decades. This is the first book to focus on important aspects of the relationship of smaller faiths to the societies in which they function by using specific legal cases to examine social control efforts. The legal cases involve group leaders, a groups' practices or alleged abuses against members and children in the group, legal actions brought by former members or third parties, attacks against such groups by outsiders including even governments, and libel and slander actions brought by religious groups as they seek to defend themselves. These cases are sometimes milestones in the relation between state authorities and religious groups. Exploring cases in different parts of the world, and assessing the events causing such cases and their consequences, this book offers a practical insight for understanding the relations of NRMs and other minority religions and the law from the perspective of legal cases. Chapters focus on legal, political, and social implications. Including contributions from scholars, legal practitioners, actual or former members, and authorities involved in such cases from various jurisdictions, this book presents an objective approach to understanding why so many legal actions have involved NRMs and other minority faiths in recent years in western societies, and the consequences of those actions for the society and the religious group as well.

Sacred Suicide

Sacred Suicide

Author: Carole M. Cusack Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2014

The label 'Suicide Cults' has been applied to a wide variety of different alternative religions, from Jonestown to the Solar Temple to Heaven's Gate. Additionally, observers have asked if such group suicides are in any way comparable to Islamist suicide terrorism, or to historical incidents of mass suicide, such as the mass suicide of the ancient community of Masada. Organizationally and ideologically diverse, it turns out that the primary shared trait of these various groups is a common stereotype of religion as an irrational force that pushes fanatics to undertake acts of suicidal violence. Offering a valuable perspective on New Religious Movements and on religion and violence, Sacred Suicide brings together contributions from a diverse range of international scholars of sociology, religious studies and criminology.

Sects & Stats Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members

Sects & Stats Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members

Author: Professor James R. Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2014

A major, perhaps the major, focus of early research on New Religious Movements (NRMs) was on the people who joined. Most of the field's pioneer researchers were sociologists. However, the profile of NRM members had changed substantially by the twenty-first century - changes largely missed because the great majority of current NRM specialists are not quantitatively oriented. Sects & Stats aims to overturn the conventional wisdom by drawing on current quantitative data from two sources: questionnaire research on select NRMs and relevant national census data collected by Anglophone countries. Sects & Stats also makes a strong argument for the use of longitudinal methods in studying alternative religions. Additionally, through case studies drawn from the author's own research projects over the years, readers will be brought into a conversation about some of the issues involved in how to conduct such research.