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Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

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Cults and New Religions offers an overview of the history and development of eight new religious movements in the late twentieth century: the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The Family International, the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca.

The book profiles each new religion, describing its origins, doctrines and rituals, leadership and organization. Each chapter includes a discussion of one of the major sources of controversy surrounding these movements, controversies that have led to them being popularly regarded as “cults”: whether they are indeed authentic religions, the validity of claims that brainwashing techniques are used to gain and retain members, their potential for violence, the implications of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears they engender.

Book News Annotation:

Cowan (religious studies and social development studies, U. of Waterloo) and Bromley (religious studies and sociology, Virginia Commonwealth U.) describe the history and characteristics of eight movements, and explore some of the questions and issues they raise for western society. Among the movements are Scientology, Ramtha, the Unification Church, Heaven's Gate, and Wicca and Witchcraft. They also consider the significance of the new-religion phenomenon as a whole. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society.

  • A stimulating, course-friendly overview of the history and development of new religious movements (NRMs) in the late twentieth century

  • Explores eight cults and NRMs, including the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The Family International, the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca

  • Each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding this group

  • 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.

Synopsis:

An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society.

About the Author

Douglas E. Cowan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Social Development Studies at Renison University College, the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans on the Internet (2005), The Remnant Spirit: Conservative Reform in Mainline Protestantism (2003), and Bearing False Witness? An Introduction to the Christian Countercult (2003). He has also edited Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet (with Lorne L. Dawson, 2004) and Religion on the Internet: Research Prospects and Promises (with Jeffrey K. Hadden, 2000). He is one of the co-general editors of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions.

David G. Bromley is Professor of Religious Studies in the School of World Studies and an Affiliate Professor in the Sociology Program in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. His most recent books are Defining Religion: Critical Approaches to Drawing Boundaries Between Sacred and Secular (2003), Cults, Religion and Violence (2001), Toward Reflexive Ethnography: Participating, Observing, Narrating (2001), and The Politics of Religious Apostasy (1998).

Table of Contents

1. Cults and New Religions: A Primer.

The Range of New Religious Movements.

Controversy and the Popular Perception of New Religious Movements.

2. The Church of Scientology: The Question of Religion.

L. Ron Hubbard and the Origins of Scientology.

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.

3. 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.

4. Ramtha and the New

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405161275
Author:
Cowan, Douglas
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
With:
Bromley, David
Author:
Bromley, David
Author:
Bromley, David G.
Author:
Cowan, Douglas E.
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
History
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Comparative & World Religions
Subject:
Religious Studies
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
7.51x5.75x.84 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
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"Synopsis" by , An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society.

  • A stimulating, course-friendly overview of the history and development of new religious movements (NRMs) in the late twentieth century

  • Explores eight cults and NRMs, including the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The Family International, the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca

  • Each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding this group

  • 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.

"Synopsis" by , An overview of the development of new religions and the controversies surrounding them in late modern society.
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