New Religions: A Guide : New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities

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Christopher Hugh Partridge
Oxford University Press, 2004 - Law - 446 pages
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From Christian Science and the Jehovah's Witnesses to Soka Gakkai, Wicca, and Falun Gong, the last century and a half has seen an unprecedented growth of new religious movements, sects, and alternative spiritualities.
New Religions offers an authoritative and lavishly illustrated guide to more than two hundred of these wildly varied groups and movements. The volume is organized according to an entirely new method of classification, which associates movements, sects, and spiritualities with the religious traditions from which they arose. Rastafarianism, for example, is shown to have its roots in Christianity, while Bahai is an offshoot of Islam. Included are both long-established groups like the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Hutterites and more recent movements like Santeria, the Unification Church, and ISKCON (the "Hare Krishnas"). In addition to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Indian Religions, and the Religions of East Asia, sections are devoted to movements and groups inspired by Indigenous and Pagan Traditions, and by Western Esoteric and New Age Traditions. Particularly fascinating is the discussion of the religious offspring of Modern Western Culture, including Scientology, UFO-based groups (such as the Raelians), and even the worship of celebrities like Elvis and Princess Diana. Each entry clearly and concisely explains the history, beliefs and practices, and status in the world today of the movement or group in question. Special entries highlight broad topics such as New Religions in China as well as intriguing subjects such as Cargo Cults, Martial Arts, Astrology, and Feng Shui.
Written by specialists, New Religions is a fascinating and colorful guide to the bewildering array of religious and spiritual options available to the modern seeker.

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Contents

Detailed
9
How to Use This Book
10
The articles have been
24
New Religions Sects and Alternative Spiritualities with Roots
26
Christian Science 1876
39
Shembe191I
52
Christianity 25
54
The Celestial Church of Christ
65
Feature Tantric Spirituality
185
Mother Meera 1970s
199
The Religions of East Asia
212
6motoI892
225
S6kaGakkaiI930
241
Crossreferences
257
New Religions Sects
266
Indigenous and Pagan
267

the new religion sect
83
At the beginning of each
96
Judaism
103
Alliance for Jewish Renewal
116
Islam
123
The HalvetiJerrahi Order
129
United Nuwaubian Nation of Mixrs
144
Zoroastrianism
145
Indian Religions
157
Ramakrishna and the Ramakrishna
170
Santeria La Rela de Ocha I9tn
280
Feature Shamanism
293
The comprehensive index
299
Western Esoteric and New
303
Modern Western Cultures
357
List of Contributors
419
Also included at the back
424
Acknowledgments
445
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Christopher Partridge is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Contemporary Religion at Chester College, England. His research and writing focus on new religions and alternative spiritualities in the West. He has published research in the areas of both contemporary Christian theology and Western alternative spiritualities.

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