Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 442
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
'This is an extraordinarily and uniquely useful collection of writings not about, but "by", founders and members of seven of the better-known 'cults' or new religious movements. The editors supply an introduction, and helpful orientations to each of the nine sections on the movements' origins, beliefs and practices. The volume concludes with some responses to new religions by 'cult-watching groups', the European Union and Christian Churches, and suggestions for further reading from both primary and secondary sources. I recommend this invaluable resource to scholars, clerics and libraries in every school, college and university that has the slightest interest in new religions.'
Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion, London School of Economics
'This is an anthology for which I have been waiting a long time. It is not a collection of short gobbets, but, far more usefully, an anthology of substantial readings with helpful and authoritative introductions to each of the new religions included. There is also a good selection of texts produced by organisations that have responded to new religions. Those of us who teach in the area are indebted to George Chryssides and Margaret Wilkins for providing a superb resource that will be a core text for courses on new religious movements for many years to come. I warmly recommend this" Reader in New Religious Movements".'
Christopher Partridge, Professor of Contemporary Religion, University of Chester
'Chryssides and Wilkins' reader not only presents an excellent selection of hard-to-find source material on New Religions, but it also provides a representative selection of counter-movement material. A collection of this kind should prove especially useful for courses on New Religious Movements.'
James R. Lewis, Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin, and author of" The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements"
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