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Wherever and whenever they appear, new religious movements always produce conflict. Even as they attract members who enthusiastically embrace their innovative teachings, new religions often provoke strongly negative reactions—often because they challenge established notions of proper religious action, belief, and morality. Opponents of new religious movements often brand them as cults and urge their fellow citizens, their own religions, and even the government to take action against what they see as suspicious and potentially dangerous movements; the members often complain that their motives have been misconstrued and argue that their groups are unfairly persecuted. The New Religious Movements Experience in America outlines the conflict between representatives of the status quo and new religions and examines how these groups appear both to their members and to their cultural opponents.

This work is ideal for anyone—students, parents, and teachers—who wish to gain a deeper understanding of new religious movements in America. New religions have always been part of the American religious landscape, and this book moves beyond the contemporary period to discuss examples of new religions that have originated, survived or died, and sometimes prospered throughout U. S. history. Among the groups discussed are the Mormons, the Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians, Spiritualism, Theosophy, the Church Universal and Triumphant, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Soka Gakkai, the Nation of Islam, Wiccans and neo-Pagans, the Church of Satan, the Church of Scientology, Heaven's Gate, and the Raelians. The New Religious Movements Experience in America includes a glossary and a list of resources for those interested in doing further research on the experience of the followers of new religions.

Book News Annotation:

Other volumes in the series focus on a particular denomination, but here Gallagher (religious studies, Connecticut College) surveys a number of religions he has selected as representative of those only recently being practiced in the US. They include groups within the Biblical tradition, the New Age and its antecedents, eastern groups and gurus, groups of Middle Eastern and African origins, neo-paganism, and New Foundations. He concludes with thoughts on themes found throughout the movements. A timeline and a glossary without pronunciation guides support the text.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Examines how new religions have originated, survived or died, and sometimes prospered throughout U. S. history and what it's like to follow one of these spiritual practices

Synopsis:

Wherever and whenever they appear, new religious movements always produce conflict. Even as they attract members who enthusiastically embrace their innovative teachings, new religions often provoke strongly negative reactions--often because they challenge established notions of proper religious action, belief, and morality. Opponents of new religious movements often brand them as "cults" and urge their fellow citizens, their own religions, and even the government to take action against what they see as suspicious and potentially dangerous movements; the members often complain that their motives have been misconstrued and argue that their groups are unfairly persecuted. The New Religious Movements Experience in America outlines the conflict between representatives of the status quo and new religions and examines how these groups appear both to their members and to their cultural opponents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Groups within the Biblical Tradition

The New Age and its Antecedents

Eastern Groups and Gurus

Groups of Middle Eastern and African Origins

Neo-Paganism

New Foundations

Themes in the Study of New Religious Movements

Selected Resources for Further Study

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313328077
Author:
Gallagher, Eugene V.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Gallagher, Eugene
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
United States Religion.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Series:
The American Religious Experience
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.30x6.52x1.13 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Wherever and whenever they appear, new religious movements always produce conflict. Even as they attract members who enthusiastically embrace their innovative teachings, new religions often provoke strongly negative reactions--often because they challenge established notions of proper religious action, belief, and morality. Opponents of new religious movements often brand them as "cults" and urge their fellow citizens, their own religions, and even the government to take action against what they see as suspicious and potentially dangerous movements; the members often complain that their motives have been misconstrued and argue that their groups are unfairly persecuted. The New Religious Movements Experience in America outlines the conflict between representatives of the status quo and new religions and examines how these groups appear both to their members and to their cultural opponents.
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