New Religious Movements: Challenge and Response

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Bryan R. Wilson, Jamie Cresswell
Psychology Press, 1999 - Religion - 284 pages
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New Religious Movements: Challenge & Response is the most comprehensive, wide-ranging study on the global impact of new religions.
* New religions discussed include Hare Krishna, Sikh Dharma, The Unification Church, The Church of Scientology, The Jesus People and Wicca.
* Focuses on the rise of new religious movements in Italy, Brazil, United States, Germany and Britain. * The contributors are among the most respected and reputable experts in the field.
  

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Contents

Notes
11
How many members?
17
The significance of NRMs for individuals
25
Summary of Chapter 2
33
Easternisation
40
Conclusion
46
A frame of reference
52
Numerical significance
60
Notes
160
Summary of Chapter 8
163
Teaching truth
169
Contrasts
176
Alternative spirituality in Piedmont
184
The future of Damanhur
191
from ethnic
197
The process of Brazilianisation
206

Matters of efficacy
67
Summary of Chapter 4
79
Religious freedom under British law
85
Objectivity and New Religious Movements
91
Summary of Chapter 5
101
The portrayal of NRMs in the mass media
107
Conclusion
116
Deep theories and empirical studies
126
Stress defence coping and religion
132
Summary of Chapter 7
141
the shadow side of the masterdisciple relationship
147
beyond the nuclear family
154
Summary of Chapter 11
211
Programme and ideology
217
International anticultism
225
The future
231
The response to New Religious Movements in East Germany
237
Strategies in opinion formation
243
Clerical motivations
250
Types of opposition
259
Deprogramming
265
Assessing anticult achievements
267
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About the author (1999)

Dr Bryan Wilson is a Fellow Emeritus of All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on new religious movements. His most recent publications include, Scientology, The Social Dimensions of Sectarianism and Religion in Sociological Perspectives.

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