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New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century

Phillip Lucas

New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century

Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective

by Phillip Lucas

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Published by Routledge .
Written in English


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Number of Pages352
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Open LibraryOL7497818M
ISBN 100415965764
ISBN 109780415965767

In what ways has learning about world religions influenced the way you think about religion? Unfortunately this stereotype is based on the most controversial groups. It is well indexed, and each essay has a good set of endnotes. They always keep a strong distance between themselves and the world outside.

They are even tolerant of other beliefs; such an example is the Pentecostalists. Similarly, the still photographs of cult leaders which are sometimes used in TV programmes are shown staring out of the pages of the print media. Introduction All religions are anchored in time and place. This dramatisation of the situation increases public nervousness and official defensiveness, neither of which is conducive to clear thinking and fairness.

Q: Can you briefly describe the organization of your book, and explain how Down in the Valley stands apart from other historical introductions to African American Religions? These include "alternative religious movements" Miller"emergent religions" Ellwood and "marginal religious movements" Harper and Le Beau. Bromley [75] The academic study of new religious movements is known as 'new religions studies' NRS. This allegedly broke an agreement with the BATF to withhold publication; and it probably forced the Bureau to take its ill-conceived action earlier than it had intended.


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This essay will focus on NRMs and, to some extent, their antecedents and related entities such as conspiracy theories. As the politics of religion globalises, it puts more and more believers in dialogue with one another and it transforms and expands our knowledge of one another.

Most movements of this type are not traditional and want a change in the world which seems to be evil or corrupt. The expansion of globalisation over the past decades through technological innovation has intensified the influence and impact of global civil society. Instead they are tolerant of other organisations and their beliefs.

Christianity began as a Jewish sect. These movements are increasing a lot. He may be contacted at sbales library. Before tackling diversities however, it is better to start with similarities.

Religious organisations often present exclusive claims to truth. Considering the multidisciplinary nature of religious studies, works on NRMs—though tending to appear in the Library of Congress Classification BL-BX range and the Dewey Decimal Classification s—are dispersed throughout the major library classification schedules.

While the study of African American religious history has tended to focus on Christianity, my goal was to write a book that engaged the diversity within black churches, the various world religions that black Americans have been a part, as well as black new religious movements that have sometimes been marginalized in the study of African American religions.

John Coleman, a Jesuit scholar, presents the case that religious organisations provide numerous social goods that encourage the formation of social capital: they promote volunteerism and a communitarian vision of the world, they address major social problems including poverty, crime and health issues, they provide opportunities to build civic skills and promote economic justice.

About this title New Religious Movements in the 21st Century is the first volume to examine the urgent and important issues facing new religions in their political, legal and religious contexts in global perspective.

Finally, readers will note that quite a few of the included books are edited collections of essays. They can keep a story running despite the lack of directly relevant material which leaves the public with a very one-sided view.

Legislators and police officials in particular find themselves under pressure to say what they intend to do about the alleged wrongdoing and outrages perpetrated by cults.

RichardsonTimothy Miller and Catherine Wessinger argued that the term "cult" had become too laden with negative connotations, and "advocated dropping its use in academia.

The second type is world-accommodating movements, which are normally offshoots of a church or denomination. Less controversial NRMs tend to be the subject of less scholarly research.

The high-water mark of anti-cult feeling probably occurred in the late s following the death of more than followers of the Reverend Jim Jones at Jonestown, Guyana. The ability to understand world religions and appreciate people because of their different persuasions and beliefs mean a more empathic and compassionate stance towards any group, ethnic or religious assemblage.

New Religious Movements: The Current Landscape (September 2013): Home

He says churches are large universalistic organisations with lots of members, run by a bureaucratic hierarchy of priests. Though the expanded influence of religious actors is viewed by many as a dangerous development, this reflects the way in which anti-social activities of radical religious movements dominate media headlines.

On the other hand, it is clear that the reasons for the biased presentation of NRMs in the mass media are rooted in commercial pressures, cultural stereotypes and the lack of time for journalists to take a more nuanced and longer-term view of the movements.

Cult controversies cannot be properly understood unless the symbiotic relationship between these anti-cult groups and journalists is taken into account. In these circumstances, the role of groups in the anti-cult movement has assumed significant proportions.

Many sociologists state that sects, cults and New Age movements only appeal to a minority of the population. The widely accepted definition of a sect is a religious group with characteristics, which distinguishes it from either a Church or a denomination.

In the Twentieth century concern for the rights and feelings of religious minorities led authors to most often invent fictional cults for their villains to be members of. Most of the time, their strong beliefs have sprung from dissatisfaction with mainstream religions, although the influence of Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen in many of today's sects.

They often stand behind conflict, motivating the faithful to lay aside compromise and to give up even their own temporal existence in the pursuit of a more ultimate and transcendent goal.

What do you hope it accomplishes for students? This dramatisation of the situation increases public nervousness and official defensiveness, neither of which is conducive to clear thinking and fairness.New Religious Movements in the 21st Century [Phillip Charles Lucas] on sylvaindez.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

New Religious Movements in the 21st Century is the first volume to examine the urgent and important issues facing new religions in their politicalAuthor: Phillip Charles Lucas.

Jan 01,  · This is an excerpt from Nations under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century. Available now on Amazon (UK, USA), in all good book stores, and via a free PDF sylvaindez.com out more about E-IR’s open access books here. Global civil society has become an important theme of investigation for scholars of global politics.

Eileen Barker, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Abstract ‘New religious movements ’ (NRMs) is a term used to describe minority religions that have recently become visible in a society.

They have appeared throughout the world and throughout history, and they have differed from each other with respect to their beliefs, practices, and. New Religious Movements in the 21st Century is the first volume to examine the urgent and important issues facing new religions in their political, legal and religious contexts in global perspective.

With essays from prominent NRM scholars and usefully organized into four regional areas covering Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and North and South America.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of African American religious history from the African Traditional Religions, slavery, the development of black churches, the rise of black new religious movements, and the Civil Rights movement to the emergence. Based upon the view that religion is not dead but has taken a new dimension in contemporary society, this book offers interesting perspectives on the complexity and diversity of religion in the twenty-first century.

This book is useful not only to introduction to religion course but also other courses in religious studies and comparative religion.