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Revisionism and Diversification in New Religious Movements free pdf New Religious Movements tend to start their lives with a number of unequivocal statements, not only of a theological nature but also about the world and appropriate behaviours for the believer. Yet these apparently inalienable Truths and their interpretations frequently become revised, 'adjusted' or selectively adapted by different believers. This book explores different ways in which, as NRMs develop, stagnate, fade away, or abruptly cease to exist, certain orthodoxies and practices have, for one reason or another, been dropped or radically altered. Sometimes such changes are adapted by only a section of the movement, resulting in schism. Of particular concern are processes that might lead to violent and/or anti-social behaviour. As part of the Ashgate/Inform series, and in the spirit of the Inform Seminars, this book approaches its topic from a wide range of perspectives. Contributors include academics, current and former members of NRMs, and members of 'cult-watching' movements. All the contributions are of a scholarly rather than a polemic nature, and brought together by Eileen Barker, the founder of Inform.

About Professor Eileen Barker

Eileen Barker, PhD, OBE, FBA, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion at the London School of Economics, University of London. Her main research interests are 'cults', 'sects' and new religious movements, and the social reactions to which they give rise. She has over 300 publications (translated into 27 different languages), which include the award-winning The Making of a Moonie: Brainwashing or Choice? and New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction. In 1988, with the support of the British Government and mainstream Churches, she founded INFORM, a charity that provides information about minority religions that is as reliable as possible. She is a frequent advisor to governments, other official bodies and law-enforcement agencies throughout the world, has made numerous appearances on television and radio, and has been invited to give guest lectures in over 50 countries. Eileen Barker, Clare Borowik, E. Burke Rochford Jr, Michael L. Mickler, Hugh B. Urban, Susan J. Palmer, J. Eugene Clay, Eugene V. Gallagher, Erica Baffelli, James W. Tong, Shiraz Maher, Masoud Banisadr, Massimo Introvigne, J. Gordon Melton, Timothy Miller, Carol Giambalvo, Michael Kropveld, Michael Langone, David G. Bromley.

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Author : Professor Eileen Barker
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing Limited
Data Published : 17 December 2013
ISBN : 1409462293
EAN : 9781409462293
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 270 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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