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