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Researching Esoteric Groups

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The title of this chapter might be taken to imply that the study of esoteric groups differs from the study of non-esoteric groups in some fundamental way. This is not the case. Largely, the same research methods as in the study of any other...

Violence

James R. Lewis

James R. Lewis is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University, China. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Since at least the 1970s, there has been widespread public concern about the potential for violence within religious groups referred to variously as ‘sects’, ‘cults’, ‘new religions’ or ‘new religious movements’ (NRMs). This is in large...

Conversion and Brainwashing

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Controversy and contrast have been part and parcel of conversion research associated with religious groups, especially newer ones, for decades (Beckford 1985; Bromley and Richardson 1983; Hackett 2008). Similar comments can be made about...

From Eternity to Eternity

Robert L. Millet

Robert L. Millet is Abraham O. Smoot University Professor and Professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shon D. Hopkin

Shon D. Hopkin is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mormonism : A Guide for the Perplexed

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The great Christian apologist C. S. Lewis spoke often of those significant moments when men and women sense in their heart of hearts that there is much, much more to the universe than they had ever supposed; that we as human beings are part...

Introduction

Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and Co-Editor of the journal Fieldwork in Religion. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Santo Daime : A New World Religion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...My first experience of Santo Daime occurred in 2005 during research for a book on the non-mainstream religious scene in Brazil (A. Dawson, 2007). Pretty much unprepared for the sensory feast of a Santo Daime ritual, I was visually struck...

Japanese NRMs

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...As in any other country, too, Japanese new religions were highly influenced by their founders’ religious backgrounds and the general cultural, social and legal setting. Contrary to European or North American countries, Japan has never been...

Charisma and Leadership

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...It is virtually axiomatic in social science theory on religion that religion is socially constructed. The work of major theorists, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Sigmund Freud and Peter Berger, all proceed from the premise that humans create...

Chronology

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...1744 Emanuel Swedenborg receives his first vision.1776 Adam Weishaupt founds the Illuminati.1787 (Swedenborgian) Church of the New Jerusalem is founded.1830 Latter-day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith in Palmyra, New York.Publication...

Legal Issues

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...National and international courts sometimes, although not frequently, deal with cases involving NRMs. In some instances NRMs, like other religions, have their own dispute settlement processes. Such mechanisms may limit the need for members...

Travel and New Religious Movements

The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Travel, be it for leisure, work, exile, or under duress, is of great interest to scholars of religious phenomena, and particularly new religious movements (NRMs) from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Indeed, the emergence of many NRMs...