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Controversial new religions

Author: James R Lewis; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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In terms of public opinion, new religious movements are considered controversial for a variety of reasons. Their social organization often runs counter to popular expectations by experimenting with communal living, alternative leadership roles, unusual economic dispositions, and new political and ethical values. As a result the general public views new religions with a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and anxiety,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
ISBN: 9780199315314 0199315310 9780199315307 0199315302
OCLC Number: 868000207
Description: xii, 480 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction ; Part 1: Western religious traditions. A family for the twenty-first century / James Chancellor ; The Unification Church / Sarah M. Lewis ; The controversies about Peoples Temple and Jonestown / Rebecca Moore ; The Branch Davidians / Eugene V. Gallagher ; Charismatic controversies in the Jesus People, Calvary Chapel, and Vineyard movements / Jane Skjoldli ; Kabbalah Centre : marketing and meaning / Jody Myers ; Controversial Afro-American Muslim organizations / Göran Larsson --
Part 2: Asian and Asian-inspired traditions. The earth school : the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness / James R. Lewis ; Contested genealogies and cross-cultural dynamics in the Hare Krishna movement / Malcolm Haddon ; Transcendental Meditation, the Art of Living Foundation, and public relations: from psychedelic romanticism to science and schism / Inga B. Tøllefsen ; Controversy, cultural influence, and the Osho/Rajneesh movement / Marion S. Goldman ; Aum Shinrikyo and the Aum incident : a critical introduction / Martin Repp ; Falun Gong : a narrative of pending apocalypse, shape-shifting aliens, and relentless persecution / Helen Farley --
Part 3: Western esoteric and New Age groups. Scientology : the making of a religion / Kjersti Hellesøy ; The Church Universal and Triumphant : controversy, change, and continuance / Jocelyn H. Dehaas ; The Order of the Solar Temple / Henrik Bogdan ; New Age spiritualities / Siv Ellen Kraft ; Contemporary paganism / Manon Hedenborg-White ; Popularity of --
and controversy in --
contemporary shamanism / Anne Kalvig --
Part 4: Other groups and movements. "Come on up, and I will show thee" : Heaven's Gate as a postmodern group / George D. Chryssides ; "Those who came from the sky" : ancient astronauts and creationism in the Raëlian religion / Erik A.W. Östling ; Wolf age pagans / Mattias Gardell ; Carnal, chthonian, complicated : the matter of modern Satanism / Jesper Aa. Petersen.
Responsibility: edited by James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen.

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Written by established scholars as well as younger experts in their field, this updated and revised second edition of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly, dispassionate look at the new  Read more...
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