New Religions As Global Culture

New Religions As Global Culture

by Irving Hexham, Karla Poewe, Karla O. Poewe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813325080

ISBN-13: 9780813325088

Pub. Date: 05/01/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


In the face of the popular crusade to link new religious movements to dangerous cults, brainwashing, and the need for deprogramming, Irving Hexham and Karla Poewe argue that many cults are in fact the product of dynamic interaction between folk religions and the teachings of traditional world religions. With the widespread loss of belief in biblical mythology in…  See more details below

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In the face of the popular crusade to link new religious movements to dangerous cults, brainwashing, and the need for deprogramming, Irving Hexham and Karla Poewe argue that many cults are in fact the product of dynamic interaction between folk religions and the teachings of traditional world religions. With the widespread loss of belief in biblical mythology in the nineteenth century, new mythologies based on science and elements derived from various non-Western religious traditions emerged, leading to the growth and popularity of new religions and cults. Drawing on examples from Africa, the United States, Asia, and Europe, the authors suggest that few new religions are really original. Most draw on rich, if localized, cultural traditions, which are then shaped anew by the influence of technological change and international linkages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813325088
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Series:
Explorations Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Great Anti-cult Crusade1
2From Cults to New Religions and Global Culture27
3New Religions as Global Cultures41
4New Religions and Primal Experiences59
5Myths and Mythological Fragments79
6Yogic and Abramic Religions99
7The Membership Process121
8New Religions: New Visions141
9How Dangerous Are New Religions?159
Bibliography169
About the Book and Authors187
Index188

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