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Exploring New Religions

George Chryssides

Exploring New Religions

George Chryssides

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Adopting an objective stance, this book examines the teachings and practices of a wide variety of new religious groups. The first two chapters raise general issues about cults, such as definitions, statistics, evangelization tactics, issues of public concern and methods of study. Subsequent chapters deal with new religions by genre - the older minority groups, New Christian groups, Hindu and Buddhist groups, the self-religions and the New Age. Each of these chapters begins with a general discussion of the background to each type of movement and selects three representative movements for greater in-depth study.;A final chapter explores the societal responses to the new religious movements, and the book concludes with a compendium which gives summary accounts of various movements not covered in the text. Religions that are covered in this volume include Christian Science, the Mormon Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Unification Church, the Jesus Army, Krishna Consciousness, Sai Baba, osho (Rajneesh), the Soka Gakkai, the Baha'i, the Rastafarians, the Church of Scientology and New Age movements.

- Publisher Exploring New Religions provides an account of a wide variety of new religions, focusing on their origins, beliefs and practices in a dispassionate way, leaving readers to form their own value judgements.

- Publisher Chryssides provides important analysis of the 'killer cults' -- the Jonestown Peoples Temple, Waco, the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate -- and examines the factors that made their followers willing to die for their cause. Older groups like Jehovah's Witnesses and the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are discussed, and the author traces the development of a variety of strands of spirituality, ranging from New Thought to Transcendentalism and Theosophy. Subsequent chapters include: the Baha'i, The Family (formerly Children of God), the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON), the Jesus Army, the Rastafarians, the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the Unification Church ('the Moonies'). Some less well-known groups are also featured: est (Erhard Seminar Training), the New Kadampa Tradition, Brahma Kumaris, Sai Baba, Subud and the Western Buddhist Order. Also included is a study of the New Age phenomenon, and an account of responses to new religions, at religious, societal, and political levels. Book jacket.

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About "Exploring New Religions"

Adopting an objective stance, this book examines the teachings and practices of a wide variety of new religious groups. The first two chapters raise general issues about cults, such as definitions, statistics, evangelization tactics, issues of public concern and methods of study. Subsequent chapters deal with new religions by genre - the older minority groups, New Christian groups, Hindu and Buddhist groups, the self-religions and the New Age. Each of these chapters begins with a general discussion of the background to each type of movement and selects three representative movements for greater in-depth study.;A final chapter explores the societal responses to the new religious movements, and the book concludes with a compendium which gives summary accounts of various movements not covered in the text. Religions that are covered in this volume include Christian Science, the Mormon Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Unification Church, the Jesus Army, Krishna Consciousness, Sai Baba, osho (Rajneesh), the Soka Gakkai, the Baha'i, the Rastafarians, the Church of Scientology and New Age movements.
- Publisher

Exploring New Religions provides an account of a wide variety of new religions, focusing on their origins, beliefs and practices in a dispassionate way, leaving readers to form their own value judgements.
- Publisher

Chryssides provides important analysis of the 'killer cults' -- the Jonestown Peoples Temple, Waco, the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate -- and examines the factors that made their followers willing to die for their cause. Older groups like Jehovah's Witnesses and the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are discussed, and the author traces the development of a variety of strands of spirituality, ranging from New Thought to Transcendentalism and Theosophy. Subsequent chapters include: the Baha'i, The Family (formerly Children of God), the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON), the Jesus Army, the Rastafarians, the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the Unification Church ('the Moonies'). Some less well-known groups are also featured: est (Erhard Seminar Training), the New Kadampa Tradition, Brahma Kumaris, Sai Baba, Subud and the Western Buddhist Order. Also included is a study of the New Age phenomenon, and an account of responses to new religions, at religious, societal, and political levels. Book jacket.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

George Chryssides

George Chryssides is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published extensively in a variety of journals and is the author of three books.

Table Of Contents

  • Methodological Issues
  • The ""suicide Cults""
  • The Old New Religions
  • The ""new Christian"" Movements
  • New Religions In The Hindu Tradition
  • New Forms Of Buddhism
  • Independent New Religions
  • The Human Potential Movement
  • New Age, Witchcraft And Paganism
  • The Counter-cult Movement.

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  • Catalogue Code 147365
  • Product Code 0304336521
  • EAN 9780304336524
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
  • Publication Date Nov 1999
  • Dimensions 234 x 153 x 31 mm
  • Weight 0.660kg

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