By Douglas E. Cowan,David G. Bromley
- A stimulating, course-friendly evaluation of the heritage and improvement of recent non secular activities (NRMs) within the overdue 20th century
- Explores 8 cults and NRMs, together with the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The family members overseas, the Ramtha university of Enlightenment, the department Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca
- Each bankruptcy experiences the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the explicit controversies surrounding this group
- Covers debates together with what constitutes an actual faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing options, the results of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender.
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Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Douglas E. Cowan,David G. Bromley