By Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley
This extraordinary creation to cults and new spiritual pursuits has been thoroughly up-dated and multiplied to mirror the newest advancements; each one bankruptcy stories the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the categorical controversies surrounding every one group.
A absolutely up to date, revised and elevated variation of an extraordinary advent to cults and new spiritual movements
Profiles a few of the so much obvious, major, and arguable new spiritual pursuits, proposing every one group’s heritage, doctrines, rituals, management, and organization
Offers a dialogue of the foremost controversies within which new non secular pursuits were concerned, utilizing each one profiled staff to demonstrate the character of 1 of these controversies
Covers debates together with what constitutes an actual faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing recommendations, the consequences of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender
New sections comprise tools of learning new religions in every one bankruptcy in addition to displays on ‘groups to watch’
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Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (2nd Edition) by Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley