Controversial New Religions by James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

By James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

By way of public opinion, new spiritual hobbies are thought of debatable for various purposes. Their social association usually runs counter to renowned expectancies by way of experimenting with communal dwelling, substitute management roles, strange financial inclinations, and new political and moral values. consequently most people perspectives new religions with a mix of interest, entertainment, and nervousness, sustained by means of lavish media emphasis on oddness and tragedy instead of familiarity and lived experience.

This up to date and revised moment version of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly, dispassionate examine these teams that experience generated the main realization, together with a few very famous classical teams just like the relations, Unification Church, Scientology, and Jim Jones's People's Temple; a few relative beginners reminiscent of the Kabbalah Centre, the Order of the sunlight Temple, department Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and the Falun Gong; and a few fascinating instances like modern Satanism, the Raelians, Black nationalism, and diverse Pagan teams. each one essay combines an outline of the historical past and ideology of every association or flow with unique and insightful research. by way of proposing many years of scholarly paintings on new non secular pursuits written in an available shape by means of verified students in addition to more youthful specialists within the box, this ebook could be a useful source for all those that search a view of recent religions that's deeper than what are available in sensationalistic media stories.

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