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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
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.


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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