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New Religions As Global Cultures : Making The Human Sacred - Irving Hexham

New Religions As Global Cultures

Making The Human Sacred

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In the face of the popular crusade to link new religious movements to dangerous cults, brainwashing, and the need for deprogramming, Irving Hexham and Karla Poewe argue that many cults are in fact the product of dynamic interaction between folk religions and the teachings of traditional world religions. With the widespread loss of belief in biblical mythology in the nineteenth century, new mythologies based on science and elements derived from various non-Western religious traditions emerged, leading to the growth and popularity of new religions and cults. Drawing on examples from Africa, the United States, Asia, and Europe, the authors suggest that few new religions are really original. Most draw on rich, if localized, cultural traditions, which are then shaped anew by the influence of technological change and international linkages.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
The Great Anti-cult Crusadep. 1
Conclusionp. 19
Key Termsp. 20
Notesp. 25
From Cults to New Religions and Global Culturep. 27
Key Termsp. 37
New Religions as Global Culturesp. 41
Key Termsp. 56
New Religions and Primal Experiencesp. 59
Conclusionp. 75
Key Termsp. 76
Myths and Mythological Fragmentsp. 79
Key Termsp. 96
Yogic and Abramic Religionsp. 99
Conclusionp. 116
Key Termsp. 116
The Membership Processp. 121
Key Termsp. 139
New Religions: New Visionsp. 141
Conclusionp. 156
Key Termsp. 158
How Dangerous Are New Religions?p. 159
Conclusionp. 167
Bibliographyp. 169
About the Book and Authorsp. 187
Indexp. 188
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ISBN: 9780813325088
ISBN-10: 0813325080
Series: Explorations; Contemporary Perspectives on Religion
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 4th April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.29  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1