Cults: A Reference Handbook

Front Cover
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Social Science - 341 pages

With overviews of the principal cult groups, personalities, and issues, this second edition offers an up-to-date, concise, yet thorough coverage of this fascinating and controversial topic.

Over half of U.S. religions have formed since 1960, but the term cult applies only to a few high-demand religious groups. In the 1990s, a series of violent incidents involving alternative religious groups reactivated the controversy in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. High-profile terrorist violence such as the September 11 attacks has prompted interest in the issue of religion and violence, which in turn has stimulated new work on the cult issue.

This volume surveys the cult controversies from the early 1970s to the present. Included is an in-depth look at brainwashing and the issue of alternative religions and violence. The principal controversial religions, movements, and individuals that have made the headlines are also examined.

- Excerpts from reports issued by European governments on dangerous sects

- Comprehensive index of cult issues, groups, and personalities, as well as a map of the United States showing distribution of nontraditional religions

What people are saying - Write a review

Cults: a reference handbook

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

ABC-CLIO has released three new titles in its "Contemporary World Issues" reference series. First published in 1999, Hate Crimes , by librarian and LJ reviewer Altschiller (Mugar Memorial Lib., Boston ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2005)

James R. Lewis, Ph.D., is adjunct assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Witchcraft Today and Satanism Today.

Bibliographic information