When Prophets Die: The Postcharismatic Fate of New Religious Movements

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Scholars examine what happens to new religions when the founder dies, in case studies of 11 American movements from the Shakers and post- Ghost-Dance Native American religions to Krishna Consciousness and Rastafari, including a chapter on the Unification Church, whose founder still lives. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791407172
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 241
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: When Prophets Die: The Succession Crisis in New Religions
J. Gordon Melton

1. The Shakers: The Adaptation of Prophecy
Diane Sasson

2. Postcharismatic Authority in the Amana Society: The Legacy of Christian Metz
Jonathan G. Andelson

3. American Indian Prophets
James R. Lewis

4. The Latter Day Saint Movement: A Study in Survival
Steven L. Shields

5. They Found a Formula: 450 Years of Hutterite Communitarianism
Timothy Miller

6. Democracy vs. Hierarchy: The Evolution of Authority in the Theosophical Society
Catherine Wessinger

7. Charisma and Covenant: The Christian Science Movement in its Initial Postcharismatic Phase
John K. Simmons

8. When Prophets Die: The Case of the Spirit Fruit Society
H. Roger Grant

9. The Rastafari of Jamaica
Barry Chevannes

10. The Call of the Lotus-Eyed Lord: The Fate of Krishna Consciousness in the West
Steven J. Gelberg

11. Siddha Yoga: Swami Muktananda and the Seat of Power
Gene R. Thursby

12. When the Prophet Is Yet Living: A Case Study of the Unification Church
Michael L. Mickler

Afterword

Notes

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