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Reader in New Religious Movements : Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements - ;Wilkins, Chryssides

Reader in New Religious Movements

Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements

Paperback Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780826461681
Number Of Pages: 416

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There are over 600 New Religious Movements (NRMs) in Great Britain alone, and more than 2000 in the United States. A Reader in New Religious Movements aims to provide an introduction to the main teachings of a selection of these organizations, focusing on those which are well-established in the West. The contemporary - and in some cases controversial -- NRMs covered include The Unification Church, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, The Family, Osho, Soka Gakkai International and the Western Buddhist Order.

'This is an extraordinarily and uniquely useful collection of writings not about, but "by", founders and members of seven of the better-known 'cults' or new religious movements. The editors supply an introduction, and helpful orientations to each of the nine sections on the movements' origins, beliefs and practices. The volume concludes with some responses to new religions by 'cult-watching groups', the European Union and Christian Churches, and suggestions for further reading from both primary and secondary sources. I recommend this invaluable resource to scholars, clerics and libraries in every school, college and university that has the slightest interest in new religions.'

Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion, London School of Economics

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
New Religious Movements
Brahma Kumaris
Church Universal and Triumphant
The Family (formerly Children of God)
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (formerly the Unification Church)
The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Osho / Rajneesh
The Radlian Movement
Readings
Origins and founder-leaders
Key writings and scriptures
Predicament
Worldviews
Lifestyle
Spiritual practice
Social issues
Organisation
Ultimate goal
Responses
Introduction
Counselling and monitoring organisations
Official reports: governmental
New religions and the Churches
Glossary of terms
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780826461681
ISBN-10: 0826461689
Series: Religious Studies And Philosophy
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st July 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 19.0  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1