The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions

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James R. Lewis
Prometheus Books, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 951 pages
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Surpassing the scope and the thoroughness of the first edition, this new edition of The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions is the most wide-ranging and accessible resource on the historically significant and more obscure, sinister, and bizarre religious groups. Including many entries by scholarly specialists, this volume explains more than 1,000 diverse groups and movements, from such well-known sects as the Branch Davidians, Aum Shinrikyo, and Heaven's Gate, to obscure groups like Ordo Templi Satanas, Witches International, and the Nudist Christian Church of the Blessed Virgin Jesus. In addition to an exhaustive index and handy cross-references, the second edition includes over a hundred new topical entries on subjects relevant to understanding sectarian movements, from snake-handling and satanic ritual abuse to brainwashing and exorcism.

This book, a must for all libraries and schools, will endure as the first and only point of reference for researchers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in fringe religious groups.

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Contents

I
19
Aaronic Order
29
Advaita Fellowship
35
Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam
41
American Indian Messianic Religions
47
The Autocephalous Glastonbury Rite
60
Ascended Master Teaching Foundation
77
Association of Independent Methodists
83
Israelite House of David and Israelite House
435
Jerrahi Order of America
441
Kabalarian Philosophy
448
Lotus Ashram
470
Manson Family
476
Meditation Groups Inc
482
Metaphysical Metaphysics
488
Miracle Experiences
494

Atlantis
90
Back to the Bible Way
96
Baptism
103
Berean Bible Fellowship
110
University
129
Calvary Chapel Church
150
Center of Being
156
Cherubim and Seraphim Society
162
Christian Fellowship Organization
168
Christian Millennial Fellowship
174
Church of God Sanctified Church
197
Church of God of the Apostolic Faith
203
Church of Jesus Christ Christian Aryan
209
Church of Seven Arrows
215
Circle of Inner Truth
240
Community Chapel and Bible Training
246
Congregational Bible Church
253
Covenant of the Goddess
259
Elim Fellowship
303
Eschatology
309
Evangelical Bible Church
315
Faith Assembly
321
The Farm
327
General Church of the New Jerusalem
352
The Gnostic Association of Cultural
358
Grace Gospel Fellowship
364
Hanuman Foundation
370
Healing Tao Centers
378
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
384
Hindu Yoga Society
391
Intercosmic Center of Spiritual Aware
423
International Evangelical Church IEC
429
tists
521
New Age Community Church
529
New Thought Science
536
Old Catholic Movement
542
Order of Osirus
548
Rainbow Family of Living Light
594
The Rapture
600
Redeemed Assembly of Jesus Christ
606
Reiyukai America
612
Resurrection
618
Rosicrucian Fellowship
624
Shinreikyo
661
Sisters of the Amber
667
Society of Johrei
673
Sol Association for Research
681
Soul Mate
687
Temple of Universal Law
723
Theosophical Society
730
T O M Religious Foundation
736
True Grace Memorial House of Prayer
742
Undenominational Church of the Lord
750
United Christian Church and Ministerial
757
Christ
767
University of Life Church
774
Vedantic Center
780
The Way International Inc
787
Wicca
793
Witness and Testimony Literature Trust
799
Bibliography
813
Index
877
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About the author (2002)

James R. Lewis (Stevens Point, WI), a world-recognized authority on nontraditional religions, teaches religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, and is the author or editor of over 20 books, including Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy and Doomsday Prophecies: A Complete Guide to the End of the World.

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