A Reader in New Religious Movements: Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements

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George D. Chryssides, Margaret Wilkins, Margaret Z. Wilkins
A&C Black, 2006 M05 10 - 432 pages

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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Contents

Brahma Kumaris BK
15
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order FWBO
21
Soka Gakkai International SGI
28
Origins and Founderleaders
35
Key Writings and Scriptures
60
Predicament
100
Worldviews
128
Lifestyle
151
Organisation
268
The Ultimate Goal
303
Editorial Introduction
351
Governmental
386
New religions and the Churches
398
Additional Source Material
409
List of Acronyms
417
Index
428

Spiritual Practice
186
Societal Issues
228

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About the author (2006)

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

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