Comprehending Cults

Author: Lorne L. Dawson
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press
ISBN: UVA:X004898638
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: Religion

Tackling popular misconceptions about new religious movements, Comprehending Cults summarizes, synthesizes, and assesses over 40 years of research by historians, sociologists, and psychologists. This excellent introduction to the study of new religious groups offers a balanced treatment of new movements as a source of spiritual satisfaction while confronting issues of violence, sexuality, and brainwashing within religious cults.

Cults and New Religious Movements

Author: Lorne L. Dawson
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 1405101814
Release Date: 2003-06-02
Genre: Religion

What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements. Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do. Brings together the best work on cults by sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion. A broad-ranging, balanced and clearly organized collection of readings. Includes coverage of topical issues, such as the 'brainwashing' controversy, and cults in cyberspace. Section introductions by the editor situate the nature, value, and relevance of the selected readings in context of current discussions.

Understanding New Religious Movements

Author: John A. Saliba
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759103569
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

This balanced textbook looks at emerging religions through the lenses of history, psychology, sociology, law, theology, and counseling. The Second Edition is updated throughout and includes a new foreword by J. Gordon Melton.

New Religious Movements

Author: W. Michael Ashcraft
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814707036
Release Date: 2005-06-17
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Is the Torah true? Do the five books of Moses provide an accurate historical account of the people of ancient Israel’s origins? In The Original Torah, S. David Sperling argues that, while there is no archeological evidence to support much of the activity chronicled in the Torah, a historical reality exists there if we know how to seek it. By noting the use of foreign words or mentions of technological innovations scholars can often pinpoint the date and place in which a text was written. Sperling examines the stories of the Torah against their historical and geographic backgrounds and arrives at a new conclusion: the tales of the Torah were originally composed as allegories whose purpose was distinctly and intentionally political. The book illustrates how the authors of the Pentateuch advanced their political and religious agenda by attributing deeds of historical figures like Jeroboam and David to ancient allegorical characters like Abraham and Jacob. If “Abraham“ had made peace with Philistines, for example, then David could rely on a precedent to do likewise. The Original Torah provides a new interpretive key to the foundational document of both Judaism and Christianity.

Teaching New Religious Movements

Author: David G. Bromley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198039417
Release Date: 2007-05-25
Genre: Social Science

Since its inception around 1970, the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) has evolved into an established multidisciplinary field. At the same time, both the movements and the scholars who study them have been the subjects of intense controversy. In this volume, a group of senior NRM scholars who have been instrumental in the development of the field will offer pivotal essays that present the basics of NRM scholarship along with guidance for teachers on classroom use. The book is organized topically around subjects that are both central to the study of NRMs and likely to be useful to non-specialists. Part I contains examinations of the definitional boundaries of the area of study, varying disciplinary perspectives on NRMs, unique methodological/ethical problems encountered in the study of NRMs, and the controversies that have confronted scholars studying NRMs and the movements themselves. Part II examines a series of topics central to teaching about NRMs: the larger sociocultural significance of the movements, their distinctive symbolic and organizational features, the interrelated processes of joining and leaving NRMs, the organization of gender roles in NRMs, media and popular culture portrayals of the movements, the occurrence of corruption and abuse within movements, and violence by and against NRMs. Part III provides informational resources for teaching about NRMs, which are particularly important in a field where knowing the biases of sources is crucial. With its interdisciplinary approach, the volume provides comprehensive, accessible information and perspectives on NRMs. It is an invaluable guide for instructors navigating this scholarly minefield.

Religion Online

Author: Lorne L. Dawson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135461072
Release Date: 2013-05-13
Genre: Religion

Religion Online provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this burgeoning new religious reality, from cyberpilgrimages to neo-pagan chatroom communities. A substantial introduction by the editors presenting the main themes and issues is followed by sixteen chapters addressing core issues of concern such as youth, religion and the internet, new religious movements and recruitment, propaganda and the countercult, and religious tradition and innovation.

Cults and New Religious Movements A Reader

Author: Lorne Dawson
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 1405101806
Release Date: 2003-06-09
Genre: Religion

What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements. Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do. Brings together the best work on cults by sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion. A broad-ranging, balanced and clearly organized collection of readings. Includes coverage of topical issues, such as the 'brainwashing' controversy, and cults in cyberspace. Section introductions by the editor situate the nature, value, and relevance of the selected readings in context of current discussions.

Die Gemeinwirtschaft

Author: Ludwig Mises
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110504705
Release Date: 2016-09-12
Genre: Business & Economics


Antiquity and Social Reform

Author: Dawn Hutchinson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443823081
Release Date: 2010-06-09
Genre: Religion

Although religious innovation in America has historically been the norm rather than the exception, mainstream Americans have often viewed new religious movements with suspicion and occasionally with outright alarm. The question motivating many studies of new religious movements has been “why would someone join these religions?” In Antiquity and Social Reform, Dawn Hutchinson offers at least one answer to this often repeated query. She argues that followers of new religious movements in the 1960s–1980s, specifically the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the Nation of Yahweh, considered these religions to be legitimate because they offered members a personal religious experience, a connection to an ancient tradition, and agency in improving their world. Utilizing an historical approach, Antiquity and Social Reform considers the conversion narratives of adherents and primary literature of the formative years of these movements, which demonstrates that the religious experiences of the adherents, and a resonance with the goals of these religions, propelled members into social action.

The Principles of Sociology

Author: Herbert Spencer
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 0270258035
Release Date: 2018-07-26
Genre:

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Controversial New Religions

Author: James R. Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199394364
Release Date: 2014-07-16
Genre: Religion

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, sustained by lavish media emphasis on oddness and tragedy rather than familiarity and lived experience. This updated and revised second edition of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly, dispassionate look at those groups that have generated the most attention, including some very well-known classical groups like The Family, Unification Church, Scientology, and Jim Jones's People's Temple; some relative newcomers such as the Kabbalah Centre, the Order of the Solar Temple, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and the Falun Gong; and some interesting cases like contemporary Satanism, the Raelians, Black nationalism, and various Pagan groups. Each essay combines an overview of the history and beliefs of each organization or movement with original and insightful analysis. By presenting decades of scholarly work on new religious movements written in an accessible form by established scholars as well as younger experts in the field, this book will be an invaluable resource for all those who seek a view of new religions that is deeper than what can be found in sensationalistic media stories.

Das Urantia Buch

Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Urantia Foundation
ISBN: 9781883395155
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Religion

Sie haben soeben das literarische Meisterwerk entdeckt, das Ihre Fragen über Gott, das Leben im bewohnten Universum, über die Geschichte und Zukunft dieser Welt und zum Leben von Jesus beantwortet. Das Urantia Buch fügt Geschichte, Wissenschaft und Religion zu einem Zusammenklang, zu einer Lebensphilosophie, die neue Bedeutung und Hoffnung in Ihr Leben bringt. Wenn Sie nach Antworten suchen, lesen Sie Das Urantia Buch! Die Welt braucht neue spirituelle Wahrheit, die modernen Männern und Frauen einen intellektuellen Pfad hinein in eine persönliche Beziehung mit Gott bietet. Aufbauend auf dem religiösen Erbe der Welt, beschreibt Das Urantia Buch ein endloses Schicksal für die Menschheit, wobei es lehrt, dass lebendiger Glaube der Schlüssel zu persönlichem geistigen Voranschreiten und ewigem Fortleben ist. Diese Lehren stellen neue Wahrheiten bereit, die kraftvoll genug sind, das menschliche Denken und Glauben für die nächsten 1000 Jahre zu erheben und zu erweitern. Ein Drittel des Urantia Buches umfasst die inspirierende Geschichte von Jesus' ganzem Leben und eine Offenbarung seiner ursprünglichen Lehren. Diese Panorama-Erzählung schließt seinen Geburtstag, seine Jahre als Jugendlicher, die Reisen und Abenteuer der Erwachsenenzeit, sein öffentliches Wirken, seine Kreuzigung und 19 Erscheinungen der Wiederauferstehung ein.

The Sociology of Religion

Author: George Lundskow
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9781412937214
Release Date: 2008-06-10
Genre: Social Science

Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.

Misunderstanding Cults

Author: Thomas Robbins
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802081886
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Religion

Misunderstanding Cults provides a uniquely balanced contribution to what has become a highly polarized area of study. Working towards a moderate "third path" in the heated debate over new religious movements or cults, this collection includes contributions from both scholars who have been characterized as "anticult" and those characterized as "cult-apologists." The study incorporates multiple viewpoints as well as a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, with the stated goal of depolarizing the discussion over alternative religious movements. A prominent section within the book focuses explicitly on the issue of scholarly objectivity and the danger of partisanship in the study of cults. The collection also includes contributions on the controversial and much misunderstood topic of brainwashing, as well as discussions of cult violence, children brought up in unconventional religious movements, and the conflicts between alternative religious movements and their critics. Unique in its breadth, this is the first study of new religious movements to address the main points of controversy within the field while attempting to find a middle ground between opposing camps of scholarship.

The Religions of Canadians

Author: Jamie S Scott
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442605183
Release Date: 2012-03-15
Genre: Social Science

The Religions of Canadians is a book about religions and the making of Canada. Drawing on the expert knowledge and personal insights of scholars in history, the social sciences, and the phenomenology of religion, separate chapters introduce the beliefs and practices of nine religious traditions, some mainstream, some less familiar. The opening chapter explores how Aboriginal Canadian traditions continue to thrive after centuries of oppression. Subsequent chapters follow in the footsteps of Catholic and Protestant Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Baha'is as they have made their way to Canada, and reveal how different immigrant communities have adapted their rich religious heritages to a new life in a new land. Each chapter is divided into five sections: an introduction; a succinct overview of the tradition; its passage to and transformation in Canada; a close study of contemporary Canadian communities; and an afterword suggesting possibilities for future research. Chapters conclude with a list of important terms and dates, related websites, a concise bibliography of further readings, and key questions for reflection. The Religions of Canadians is a timely and unique contribution to the field, introducing readers to the religions of the world while simultaneously building an overall picture of the development of Canada's multicultural, pluralist society.