Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (2nd Edition) by Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley

By Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley

This unheard of advent to cults and new spiritual events has been thoroughly up-dated and accelerated to mirror the newest advancements; every one bankruptcy studies the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the categorical controversies surrounding every one group.

A totally up-to-date, revised and extended variation of an extraordinary advent to cults and new spiritual movements
Profiles many of the so much seen, major, and debatable new spiritual routine, providing every one group’s background, doctrines, rituals, management, and organization
Offers a dialogue of the key controversies during which new non secular pursuits were concerned, utilizing every one profiled team to demonstrate the character of 1 of these controversies
Covers debates together with what constitutes an real faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing suggestions, the consequences of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender
New sections contain equipment of learning new religions in each one bankruptcy in addition to displays on ‘groups to watch’

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Currently, most writing about Scientology falls into three broad categories. , Manny 2009; Miscavige Hill 2013; Rathbun 2013), are often hostile and colored by the authors’ negative experiences of the Church. , Behar, 1991; Reitman 2011; Wright 2013), are often driven by the media appetite for sensationalization, the production pressures and constraints of the 24‐hour news cycle, and the basic principles of newsworthiness – the first of which is the ­negative character of reported events (Cowan and Hadden 2004).

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