A Reader in New Religious Movements: Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements (Religious Studies and Philosophy)

A Reader in New Religious Movements: Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements (Religious Studies and Philosophy)

by George Chryssides (Author), Margaret Wilkins (Author)


There are over 600 New Religious Movements (NRMs) in Great Britain alone, and more than 2000 in the United States. A Reader in New Religious Movements provides an introduction to the main teachings of a selection of these organizations, focusing on those that are well established in the West. The contemporary and in some cases controversial NRMs covered include the Unification Church, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the Family, Osho, Soka Gakkai International and the Western Buddhist Order.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Published: 06 Apr 2006

ISBN 10: 0826461689
ISBN 13: 9780826461681

Media Reviews

'This is an extraordinarily and uniquely useful collection of writings not about, but by , founders and members of seven of the better-known 'cults' or new religious movements. The editors supply an introduction, and helpful orientations to each of the nine sections on the movements' origins, beliefs and practices. The volume concludes with some responses to new religions by 'cult-watching groups', the European Union and Christian Churches, and suggestions for further reading from both primary and secondary sources. I recommend this invaluable resource to scholars, clerics and libraries in every school, college and university that has the slightest interest in new religions.'

Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion, London School of Economics

'This is an anthology for which I have been waiting a long time. It is not a collection of short gobbets, but, far more usefully, an anthology of substantial readings with helpful and authoritative introductions to each of the new religions included. There is also a good selection of texts produced by organisations that have responded to new religions. Those of us who teach in the area are indebted to George Chryssides and Margaret Wilkins for providing a superb resource that will be a core text for courses on new religious movements for many years to come. I warmly recommend this Reader in New Religious Movements .'

Christopher Partridge, Professor of Contemporary Religion, University of Chester

'Chryssides and Wilkins' reader not only presents an excellent selection of hard-to-find source material on New Religions, but it also provides a representative selection of counter-movement material. A collection of this kind should prove especially useful for courses on New Religious Movements.'

James R. Lewis, Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin, and author of The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Author Bio
George D. Chryssides is Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK. Margaret Wilkins is a freelance writer and researcher.