Cults, Religion, and Violence
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Cults, Religion, and Violence by David G. Bromley
Book DescriptionThis explores the question of when and why violence by and against new religious cults erupts and whether and how such dramatic conflicts can be foreseen, managed and averted. The authors, leading international experts on religious movements and violent behavior, focus on the four major episodes of cult violence during the last decade: the tragic conflagration that engulfed the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas; the deadly sarin gas attack by the Aum Shinrikyo in Tokyo; the murder-suicides by the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Canada; and the collective suicide by the members of Heaven's Gate. They explore the dynamics leading to these dramatic episodes in North America, Europe, and Asia, and offer insights into the general relationship between violence and religious cults in contemporary society. The authors conclude that these events usually involve some combination of internal and external dynamics through which a new religious movement and society become polarized.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521668989
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David G. Bromley
Cults and New Religions, Paperback (June 2015)
This unparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements has been completely up-dated and expanded to reflect the latest developments; each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding each group.
Teaching New Religious Movements, Hardback (June 2007)» View all books by David G. Bromley
Since its inception around 1970, the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) has evolved into an established multidisciplinary area of study. This volume offers essays that present the basics of NRM scholarship along with guidance for teachers on classroom use. It also provides comprehensive information and perspectives on NRMs.
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