New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader

New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader

by Dereck Daschke, Michael Ashcraft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814707025

ISBN-13: 9780814707029

Pub. Date: 06/17/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

New religious movements are usually known from an outsider's account, often someone calling them cults and attacking them. This collection of documents provides primary perspectives on 14 movements, among them Christian Science, UFO religious groups, Wicca, Soka Gakkai, the Unification Church, Santería, the Rastafarians, The Nation of Islam, the Peoples Temple,…  See more details below

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New religious movements are usually known from an outsider's account, often someone calling them cults and attacking them. This collection of documents provides primary perspectives on 14 movements, among them Christian Science, UFO religious groups, Wicca, Soka Gakkai, the Unification Church, Santería, the Rastafarians, The Nation of Islam, the Peoples Temple, the Adventist tradition, and Heaven's Gate. An appendix analyzes the anti-cult and counter-cult movements. The anthology is intended primarily for college-level courses, but has been assembled to be accessible to general readers as well. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814707029
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/17/2005
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Christian science25
From retrospection and introspection30
From science and health with key to the scriptures33
2Theosophy46
From "why I became a Theosophist"50
From the ocean of Theosophy52
3UFO religious groups64
From connections : solving our alien abduction mystery70
4Wicca99
"The principles of Wiccan belief"102
From the Wicca handbook104
From Wicca : a guide for the solitary practitioner107
5Soka Gakkai119
"Human revolution"121
From the Buddha in daily life : an introduction to the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin124
6The Unification Church139
"The purpose of creation"144
"Blessed marriage in the Unification Church : sacramental ideals and their application to daily marital life"148
7The family / children of God164
From women in the family167
From "one wife"169
From "the family's foundation : God's law of love"172
From "responsibilities of the charter home : regarding children and parents"177
8Santeria183
From the altar of my soul : the living traditions of Santeria187
9The Rastafarians205
From the Kebra Nagast : the lost Bible of Rastafarian wisdom and faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica211
From the Holy Piby : the Blackman's Bible216
10The nation of Islam224
From message to the Blackman in America229
From the Autobiography of Malcolm X231
11Peoples Temple241
Interview on Ukiah radio station, May 10 or 11, 1973244
Political and religious lecture, October 15, 1974247
Sermon in Philadelphia, 1976248
The "death tape," November 18, 1978249
Suicide note252
12The Adventist tradition259
From evidence from scripture and history of the second coming of Christ about the year 1843 : exhibited in a course of lectures264
From America in prophecy266
From a place called Waco : a survivor's story270
13Jehovah's Witnesses279
From millennial dawn, vol. 1 : the plan of the ages283
From Jehovah's Witness tract literature : "life in a peaceful new world" and "eternal happiness - in heaven or on Earth?"286
From knowledge that leads to everlasting life293
14The new millennium : NRMs and the year 2000297
From the Heaven's Gate website302
From "Disappearance of the spiritual life of Earth and the madness of the human-devil realm"307
From give me that online religion310
AppConstructing the new religious threat : anticult and countercult movements317

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