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Odd Gods by Professor James R. Lewis
Book DescriptionLewis analyses the characteristics of truly dangerous groups compared to those of the merely unusual but innocuous, and he discusses what people find attractive about membership in minority religions, as well as community suspicions and media hype that lead to misunderstandings. The bulk of the book is devoted to a broad-based survey of unusual religious groups. Included are minority religious sects stemming from Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh tradition, as well as unrelated groups such as the Moonies, Wiccans, Satanists, Spiritualists, Channellers, Scientologists, the Heaven's Gate cult, a host of New Age and UFO groups, and many others. This is the definitive sourcebook for understanding and researching the crazy-quilt landscape of free religious expression in America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573928427
(229mm x 159mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor James R. Lewis
Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Hardback (June 2016)
In this second volume, James R. Lewis and Inga B. Tollefsen bring together established and rising scholars of New Religious Movements Studies for a collection that expands upon the topics covered in the first volume of The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements and incorporates new theoretical approaches.
Invention of Satanism, Hardback (December 2015)
Written by three experts in the field, The Invention of Satanism examines contemporary religious Satanism as the product of historical, ideological, and social processes.
Nordic Neoshamanisms, Hardback (February 2015)» View all books by Professor James R. Lewis
This book proposes that the drive for religiosity and experiences of the sacred are far from lost in contemporary western societies. The contributors' objective is to explore the myriad of ways late modern shamanism is becoming more vital and personally significant to people, communities, and economies in Nordic countries.
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Author Biography - Professor James R. Lewis
James R. Lewis, Ph.D. (Stevens Point, WI), a world-recognized authority on nontraditional religions, teaches religious studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of over 20 books, including Doomsday Prophecies: A Complete Guide to the End of the World and The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions.
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