Lewis prometheus surpassing the scope and the thoroughness of the first edition, this new edition of the encyclopedia of cults, sects, and new religions is the most wide. Each zondervan guide to cults and religious movements book has five sections. New religious movements the encyclopedia of cults, sects, and new religions edited by james r. The sociology of new religious movements 1998 and, reason, freedom and religion 1988, and the editor of cults in context 1996. Among his recent books are the politics of religious apostasy praeger, 1998. Christianity, cults and religions the most uptodate comparison chart from a christian perspective available in print. Anticult movements in crosscultural perspective, edited with anson shupe garland publishers, 1994. Millennialism religious eschatology and apocalyptic beliefs, often founded in the book of revelation particularly chapter 20 1,000 year reign of earth with christand the saints before the final judgement. Christianity, cults and religions is an excellent short overview with brief summaries of the beliefs and basic history of 20world religions, sects, cults, and new religious movements. Nrms can be novel in origin or part of a wider religion, in which case they are distinct from preexisting denominations. New religious movement is a new term from academic discourse, and is applied to religious movements from the 19th century onwards. This unparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements has been completely updated and expanded to reflect the latest developments. A 2001 course by lorne dawson at the university of waterloo is designed to serve two ends. About this title may belong to another edition of this title.
Lewis writes that the core chapters in the collection. Nrms may be novel in origin or they may exist on the fringes of a wider religion, in which case they will be distinct from preexisting denominations. Eileen barker noted that there are five sources of information on new religious movements nrms. The new religions, sects and alternative spiritualities are categorized according to the religious traditions from which they spring includes bibliographical references and index. Dec 03, 1998 comprehending cults, second edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. The study of new religious movements eileen barker, the scientific study of religion. Recently, cults have been a source of fascination, with various tv shows, movies, and books portraying them in lurid detail. Comprehending cults download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi. New desk reference to the diagnostic criteria from dsm5. Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do. Cults in context readings in the study of new religious.
Most treatments of these movements have typically resorted to sensationalism rather than objectivity, and new religious movements tend to receive negative media publicity. Compilation of essays on a few cults and new religions, including the church of scientology, transcendental meditation, unificationism, the family international etc. The world of new religions is notoriously complex and diverse. Dawson is chair of the department of religious studies at the university of waterloo, ontario. This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements. The sociology of new religious movements, oxford university press, 1998, p. With an enviable grasp of contemporary scholarship, douglas cowan and david bromley provide fresh insights into particular groups, events and controversies. The nature of new religious movements roy wallis, three types of new religious movement. Comprehending cults, second edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading cults and new religious movements. This group is purposed with delving into and shedding light upon the various components of. Ufo religions generally deal with belief in communication with extraterrestrial beings. 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 firsthand look into their belief systems. A sociological introduction, one form of quasireligion that perhaps borders on a more orthodox form of religiosity is that of the flying saucer cults.
Short of a time machine, the study of contemporary new religious movements cults is as close as we are likely to get to witnessing the early beginnings, and evolution, of mature religions. Many religious movements started off as fringe groups, and many. A concise introduction to the groupan overview of the groups theologyin its own wordstips for witnessing effectively to members of the groupa bibliography with sources for further studya comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical. This in turn has prompted an extensive investigation of new religious movements nrms by sociologists and psychologists of religion, as well as historians and religious studies scholars. A new religious movement nrm is a religious, ethical, or spiritual group or community with practices of relatively modern origins. Introducing the oxford handbook of new religious movements, james r. Dawson, 97814051018, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
A reader wiley blackwell readings in religion book 2. A reader wiley blackwell readings in religion book 2 kindle edition by dawson, lorne l download it once and read. The study draws from the disciplines of anthropology, psychiatry, history, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and theology. A reader wiley blackwell readings in religion book 2 kindle edition by dawson, lorne l download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The all new ball book of canning and preserving over 350 of the best p. Cults versus new religions is a matter of perspective, says ori tavor, a senior lecturer in the department of east asian languages and civilizations, who teaches a class on new religious movements. Academics identify a variety of characteristics which they employ in categorizing groups as new religious movements. While the author does not offer an apologia for cults in either a religious or a sociological sensehe does attempt to replace suspicion and misinformation with a greater knowledge of the facts as best we know them and a measure of sympathetic. Its true that america was shaped by extreme religious movements. Academic study of new religious movements wikipedia. Completely revised and updated in this second edition, the book examines all aspects of cults, while striving to delineate the very real limits of our knowledge.
Understanding new religious movements john saliba this balanced textbook looks at emerging religions through the lenses of history, psychology, sociology, law, theology, and counseling. A new religious movement nrm is a religious community or spiritual group of modern origins since the mid1800s, which has a peripheral place within its societys dominant religious culture. Comprehending cults is a comprehensive and balanced overview which synthesizes and assesses the results of thirty years of research into new religious movements by historians. This updated edition of cults and new religious movements achieves this admirably. Millenarianism is a not a new phenomenon however in both the religious and secular world, it has been recurrent throughout history.
While the author does not offer an apologia for cults in either a religious or a sociological sensehe does attempt to replace suspicion and misinformation with a greater knowledge of the facts as best we know them and a measure of sympathetic understanding. An excellent antidote to the misinformation and intolerance found in anticult and countercult books. Online texts about cults and new religions stichting skepsis. A book about new religious movements written from an academic perspective. We discovered that cult is considered a pejorative term among some of the people who study what they call new religious movements. The academic study of new religious movements is known as new religions studies nrs. As such, an introductory text must simplify, but without simplification. The second edition of cults and new religious movements is an astute and accessible textbook written by two eminent scholars of new religions. New religious movementscommonly known as cultsare defined as organizations that have arisen within the last 200 years. Because this book by abanes has large portions in it which he wrote while plagiarizing another author. New religious movements commonly known as cults are defined as organizations that have arisen within the last 200 years.
The core articles deal with such central issues as conversion, the brainwashing debate. Dawson, are converts to new religious movements brainwashed. End days scripture is christian in originthe last book of the new. Apa cults and new religious movements apa publishing. Originally published in barker, eileen 1999 new religious movements. Attempts to present a balanced view of the complexity of the phenomenon, the controversies arising from it, and recommendations on issues where standards of clinical practice and. Historical dictionary of new religious movements george d. However, cults have existed since ancient history, and many new religious movements have proven to be harmless.
Cults and new religious movements introduction to the book and the subject a. Online texts about cults and new religions by rob nanninga, october 2006. I recommend this book to all mental health professionals and individuals from other disciplines interested in new religious movements. This book is thus an excellent introduction to the scientific study of religion generally. Partially in response to the anti cult activism, other groups have been established to champion the human rights o f. New religious movements and cults have appeared as themes or subjects in literature and popular culture, while notable representatives of such groups have produced a large body of literary works. The sociology of new religious movements cults, converts, and charisma. A new book argues that, politically, messianic movements were often. Journal for the scientific study of religion 34, 1995. The readings collected here contribute to the debate about cults by sampling some of the best and most accessible publications from the academic study of nrms. The contributors address the questions most commonly asked about cults, such as.
Beckford, the continuum between cults and normal religion. Psychotherapeutic implications of new religious affiliation. Richardson constructing cultist mind control rhomas robbins the apocalypse at jonestown john r. Download in pdf, epub, and mobi format for read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Great overview of a large variety of aspects of new religious movements and the workings of the anti cult movement, including detailed analysis of some of the most high profile cases. The study of new religious movements nrms is one of the fastestgrowing areas of religious studies. The encyclopedia of cults sects and new religions books.
The book is very useful for students, scholars of different disciplines, and lay readers to. What distinguishes a cult from a sect, and how do these new religious movements become accepted. Long the focus of controversy, cults, what sociologists prefer to call new religious movements have been studied by scholars for years. In these groups, individuals believe that communication between aliens and humans can take the form of. Through eight case studies the text examines key issues that arise in relation to new religious movements, thereby shedding light on the study of religions in general. Preliminary concepts for a theory of religious movements, journal for the scientific study of religion 18. The growth of new religions has been matched by the development of an organized and vocal opposition, the anti cult movement. And why do tragedies such as waco and jonestown occur. Dawson the joiners saul levine the process of brainwashing, psychological coercion, and thought reform margaret thaler singer a critique of brainwashing claims about new religious movements james t. Findings of a threeyear study by the committee on psychiatry and religion.
Beginning in the 1700s authors in the englishspeaking world began introducing members of cults as antagonists. Understanding new religious movements john saliba download. What brought about the emergence of new religious movements. The encyclopedia of cults sects and new religions the encyclopedia of cults sects and new religions by james r. Arranged by the editors according to a new typology, the text allows readers to consider nrms along five interrelated pathwaysfrom those that offer new perceptions of. Yet little of this information has made its way into public awareness. This encyclopedia gives readers a comprehensive map of the significant religious and spiritual groups functioning in todays world, especially in the west.750 281 939 1423 268 230 882 900 1372 1136 1001 128 726 1496 331 1194 1077 252 946 1634 470 341 1637 1034 990 748 331 391 795 736 215 1203 1402 629 1055 1227 1251 1261 717