New Religions in Global Perspective
Religious Change in the Modern World
By (author) Peter B. Clarke
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New Religions in Global Perspective by Peter B. Clarke
Book DescriptionPeter B. Clarke's in-depth account explores the innovative character of new religious movements and new forms of spirituality from a global vantage point. Ranging from North America and Europe to Japan, Latin America, South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, it is the perfect introduction to NRMs such as Falun Gong, Aum Shirikyo, the Brahma Kumaris, the Ikhwan or Muslim Brotherhood, Sufism, the Engaged Buddhist and Engaged Hindi movements, Messianic Judaism and Rastafarianism. Charting the cultural significance and global impact of NRMs, he discusses the ways in which various religious traditions are shaping, rather than displacing, each other's understanding of notions such as transcendence and faith, good and evil, of the meaning, purpose and function of religion, and of religious belonging. He then examines the responses of governments, churches, the media and general public to new religious movements, as well as the reaction to older, increasingly influential religions, such as Buddhism and Islam, in new geographical and cultural contexts. Taking into account the degree of continuity between old and new religions, each chapter contains not only an account of the rise of the NRMs and new forms of spirituality in a particular region, but also an overview of change in the regions' mainstream religions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415257473
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter B. Clarke
Japanese New Religions in the West, Paperback (December 2015)
An excellent and very timely update on an area seeing many recent developments.
Japanese New Religions in Global Perspective, Paperback (May 2015)
Since the 1960s virtually every part of the world has seen the arrival and establishment of Japanese new religious movements, a process that has followed quickly on the heels of the most active period of Japanese economic expansion overseas. This book examines the nature and extent of this religious expansion outside Japan.
Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements, Paperback (January 2008)
New Religious Movements (NRMs) can involve vast numbers of followers and in many cases radically change the way people understand and practice religion and spirituality. This title provides global coverage of the phenomenon. It is suitable for students and researchers of the field in religious studies and the social sciences.
Japanese New Religions, Hardback (July 2000)» View all books by Peter B. Clarke
This research on Japanese new religions considers in particular Europe, the Americas and Australia. Since the 1960s, Japanese new religions have arrived and established themselves in most parts of the world. Themes of "this-worldly" rewards and the causes of sickness are explored.
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Author Biography - Peter B. Clarke
Peter B. Clarke is Professor Emeritus of the History and Sociology of Religion at King's College, University of London, and a professorial member of Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. Among his publications are (with Peter Byrne) Religion Defined and Explained (1993) and Japanese New Religions In Global Perspective (ed) (2000). He is the founding editor and present co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Religion.
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