Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysis
W. W. Zellner, Marc Petrowsky
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Religion - 182 pages
American society is culturally diverse with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults, and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. The groups included in this study are: Heaven's Gate, Jesus People USA, the Love Family, The Farm, Amish Women, Scientology, El Ni o Fidencio, Santer a, and Freedom Park. The contributors are social scientists with first-hand knowledge of the groups they examine.