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New Religious Movements: Challenge and Response

ISBN-13: 978-0415200509
ISBN-10: 0415200504
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Editorial Reviews


"Together these essays offer a valuable comprehensive overview of the engagement of new religious movements with contemporary society."
-"The Way
"[T]he entire book will be an indispensable resource on New Religious Movements and will appeal to sociologists of religion [I]ndividual chapters in this impressive collection will appeal to a wide range of other readers."
"This book makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the new religions and to our efforts of keeping up with current developments. To those interested in, and concerned about, the movements' impact on individuals and society at large, this volume is useful both as a text as well as a reference book."
-John Saliba, University of Detroit
"New religions are usually seen through the narrow lens of a specific geographic location's ethnographic present. This book breaks new ground to present the complex global reality of modern spirituality. It is essential reading for any one seriously interested in this growing field."
-Irving Hexham, University of Calgary
"New Religious Movements is extremely informative, providing a comprehensive overview of a wide range of issues. Few collections of this sort have the degree of coherence that this has."
-Malcolm Hamilton, University of Reading

From the Back Cover

New Religious Movements: Challenge and Response is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the impact of new religions on modern societies. It explores:
-- the importance and relevance of new religions
-- the interaction between new religions and the economy, the law, the media, mental health, traditional religion, and the role of women
-- case studies of new religions in Italy and Brazil
-- the development and influence of anti-cult movements in Germany, the USA, and Britain
-- the activities of the Hare Krishna movement, the Brahma Kumaris, the Unification Church, the Jesus Army, 'The Family', the Church of Scientology, and Wicca

Each of the contributors to this collection is among the most respected and reputable experts in the field. New Religious Movements is a vital collection for any student of religion interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of this modern phenomenon.

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