New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

by Dereck Daschke, Michael Ashcraft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814707033

ISBN-13: 9780814707036

Pub. Date: 06/17/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

New Religious Movements is a highly unique volume, bringing together primary documents conveying the words and ideas of a wide array of new religious movements (NRMs), and offering a first-hand look into their belief systems.

Arranged by the editors according to a new typology, the text allows readers to consider NRMS along five interrelated pathways—

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New Religious Movements is a highly unique volume, bringing together primary documents conveying the words and ideas of a wide array of new religious movements (NRMs), and offering a first-hand look into their belief systems.

Arranged by the editors according to a new typology, the text allows readers to consider NRMS along five interrelated pathways—from those that offer new perceptions of existence or new personal identities, to those that center on relationships within family-like units, to those movements that highlight the need for recasting the social order or anticipate the dawn of a new age.

The volume includes original documents from groups such as the Unification Church, Theosophy, Branch Davidians, Wicca, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Santeria, and Seventh Day Adventists, as well as many others. Each section is prefaced by a contextual introduction and concludes with a list of sources for further reading. New Religious Movements offers a rare inside look into the worldviews of alternative religious traditions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814707036
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/17/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
341
Sales rank:
482,624
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I New Understandings
1 Christian Science
2 Theosophy
3 UFO Religious Groups
Part II New Selves
4 Wicca
5 Soka Gakkai
Part III New Families
6 The Unification Church
7 The Family / Children of God
8 Santería
9 The Rastafarians
10 The Nation of Islam
11 Peoples Temple
Part V New Worlds
12 The Adventist Tradition
13 Jehovah’s Witnesses
14 The New Millennium: NRMs and the Year 2000
Appendix: Constructing the New Religious Threat: Anticult and Countercult Movements
Douglas E. Cowan
Index
About the Editors

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