The Sociology of New Religious Movements 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Lorne L. Dawson
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Comprehending Cults by Lorne L. Dawson
Book DescriptionComprehending Cults, Second Edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. While the author does not offer an apologia for cults--in either a religious or a sociological sense--he does attempt to replace suspicion and misinformation with a greater knowledge of the facts (as best we know them) and a measure of sympathetic understanding. Completely revised and updated in this second edition, the book examines all aspects of cults, while striving to delineate the very real limits of our knowledge. In addition to dealing with the troublesome aspects of the subject, including issues of violence, sexuality, and brainwashing, the author also considers the possibility that new religious movements are a source of spiritual satisfaction to their members. Offering up-to-date social science research about contemporary religious cults, Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate sociology of religion and new religious movements courses.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195420098
(230mm x 153mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Lorne L. Dawson
Religion Online, Paperback (July 2004)
Religion Online provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to online religion, from cyberpilgrimages to neo-pagan chatroom communities.
Cults and New Religious Movements, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Lorne L. Dawson
What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements.
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