Legitimating New Religions

Legitimating New Religions

by James R. Lewis
     
 

Lewis (U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) first explores the methods by which new religions legitimate themselves to the larger society, with case studies of the Raelian Movement, Native American prophet religions, spiritualism, Scientology, the Church of Satan, Heaven's Gate, Unitarianism, and others. Then he looks at how repression of them is legitimated through… See more details below

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Lewis (U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) first explores the methods by which new religions legitimate themselves to the larger society, with case studies of the Raelian Movement, Native American prophet religions, spiritualism, Scientology, the Church of Satan, Heaven's Gate, Unitarianism, and others. Then he looks at how repression of them is legitimated through atrocity tales, charges of insanity, cult stereotypes, and scholarship. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813533247
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Legitimating New Religions
1Religious Experience and the Origins of Religion23
2Native American Prophet Religions47
3Jesus in India and the Forging of Tradition73
4Science, Technology, and the Space Brothers89
5Anton Lavey, The Satanic Bible, and the Satanist Tradition103
6Heaven's Gate and the Legitimation of Suicide123
7The Authority of the Long Ago and the Far Away142
Pt. 2Legitimating Repression
8Atrocity Tales as a Delegitimation Strategy155
9Religious Insanity175
10The Cult Stereotype as an Ideological Resource198
11Scholarship and the Delegitimation of Religion214
Conclusion231
App. A: Satanist Survey235
App. B: Ex-Member Survey245
Notes247
References249
Index261

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