Comprehending Cults by Lorne L. Dawson
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Comprehending Cults
By Lorne L. Dawson

Comprehending Cults

The Sociology of New Religious Movements 2nd Revised edition

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Comprehending Cults by Lorne L. Dawson

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Comprehending 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 Details

ISBN: 9780195420098
ISBN-10: 0195420098
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 153mm x 15mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: Canada

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Cults and New Religious Movements by Lorne L. Dawson Cults and New Religious Movements, Paperback (April 2003)

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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