New Religious Movements: Challenge and Response

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Bryan R. Wilson, Jamie Cresswell, University Reader in Sociology Fellow Bryan Wilson, Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Centre
Psychology Press, 1999 - Religion - 284 pages
This collection explores the modern phenomena of new religions, and the relationship these religions have with various social institutions. The essays discuss the relevance of various religious movements such as Hare Krishna, Jesus People and Wicca, and show the relationship between those religions and economics, law media, mental health, women and other traditional religious institutions. "New Religious Movements" provides a balanced overview of the scope of influence and complexity of new religions.
 

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Contents

Notes
11
Summary of Chapter
13
How many members?
17
The significance of NRMs for individuals
25
The Easternisation of the West
35
Why has this happened?
44
A frame of reference
52
Numerical significance
60
Notes
160
New Religious Movements and the Churches
165
Parallels
173
Notes
179
The origins and history of Damanhur
185
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
213
119
Summary of Chapter 7
141
the shadow side of the masterdisciple relationship
147
beyond the nuclear family
154
an historical perspective
213
Jonestown and the revival of anticultism
220
The rise and fall of brainwashing
226
Notes
232
Labelling theory and the Jugendreligionen
239
The case of Scientology
245
Notes
252
Types of opposition
259
Deprogramming
265
Assessing anticult achievements
267
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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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