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Teaching New Religious Movements

David G. Bromley

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195177299
eISBN:
9780199785537
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Since its inception around 1970, the study of new religious movements (NRMs) has evolved into an established multidisciplinary field. At the same time, both the movements and the scholars who study ... More


The Dynamics of Movement Membership: Joining and Leaving New Religious Movements

Stuart A. Wright

in Teaching New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195177299
eISBN:
9780199785537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines two dimensions of conversion/affiliation: the cultural and social structural factors affecting NRM growth; and conversion processes and models. The second section explores the ... More


Charting the Information Field: Cult‐Watching Groups and the Construction of Images of New Religious Movements

Eileen Barker

in Teaching New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195177299
eISBN:
9780199785537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents an exercise in the practical application of the sociology of knowledge, the key question being the variety of often-conflicting descriptions that are publicly available on the ... More


 The Faith at Work Era (c. 1985–Present)

David W. Miller

in God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195314809
eISBN:
9780199785278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314809.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes and analyzes the third and current wave of the Faith at Work (FAW) movement. The FAW era emerged as social and ecclesiastical conditions in the mid-1980s sapped the Ministry of ... More


 Faith at Work as a Social Movement

David W. Miller

in God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195314809
eISBN:
9780199785278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314809.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the FAW movement, analyzing its member profiles and modes of expression, using theological and sociological categories. It draws on a wide range of primary sources, including ... More


What are the New Religious Movements Doing in a Secular Society?

Bryan R. Wilson and Eileen Barker

in Understanding Social Change

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263143
eISBN:
9780191734939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

This chapter discusses one of the major social changes that have taken place in late twentieth-century Britain — secularisation — the process whereby religion loses its social significance. In the ... More


 The Future of the Faith at Work Movement

David W. Miller

in God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195314809
eISBN:
9780199785278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314809.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter addresses the following questions: where is the Faith at Work movement is heading? Will it run out of steam, or will it continue to expand, perhaps in new shapes and forms? It argues ... More


Introduction

David W. Miller

in God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195314809
eISBN:
9780199785278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314809.003.intro
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the growth of the Faith at Work movement (FAW). The movement refers to the rising numbers of businesspeople, from all levels, who are ... More


Attorneys’ Religion

Brian H. Bornstein and Monica K. Miller

in God in the Courtroom: Religion's Role at Trial

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195328677
eISBN:
9780199869954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328677.003.007
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter considers the role that religion plays in routine legal practice. This matter raises a host of related questions, such as: How religiously diverse is the legal profession in the United ... More


Religious Experiences

James R. Lewis

in Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195378443
eISBN:
9780199869701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Understanding religious experiences is central for understanding a wide variety of contemporary religious movements. This chapter examines the range of religious experiences reported by members of ... More


Prosperity in African American Religion

Milmon F. Harrison

in Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195153132
eISBN:
9780199784578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153138.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins with a discussion of the significant role played by African Americans in other religious movements that have synthesized New Thought metaphysics with evangelical, charismatic ... More


 Pluralism, Tolerance, and Democracy: Theory and Practice in Europe

Grace Davie

in Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195307221
eISBN:
9780199785513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307221.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter has three sections. The first discusses the conceptual difficulties arising from the study of religious pluralism and democracy, drawing on the work of James Beckford — particularly his ... More


Epilogue

David Ulansey

in The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067880
eISBN:
9780199853328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067880.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book discussed Mithraic iconography as a cosmological symbol formed by religious-minded scholars and individuals who proved that the entire universe was governed by a god who had control over ... More


Introduction

Charles B. Strozier and David Terman

in The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195379655
eISBN:
9780199777334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with the proposal that there is a psychology of fundamentalism, a mindset that transcends its particularity in contemporary religious movements. It argues that the ... More


Introduction: The Word of Faith Movement

Milmon F. Harrison

in Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195153132
eISBN:
9780199784578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153138.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the Word of Faith Movement, one of many new forms of evangelical, charismatic Christianity to develop in the United States since World War ... More


The Solar Temple “Transits”: Beyond the Millennialist Hypothesis

James R. Lewis

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the Order of the Solar Temple, focusing on founder Joseph Di Mambro. His idiosyncracies provide keys for understanding the Solar Temple’s dramatic final “transit.” The focus on Di ... More


The Raëlian Movement: Concocting Controversy, Seeking Social Legitimacy

Susan Palmer

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Raëlian movement appears to be the largest and fastest-growing UFO religion of the decade, claiming to have up to 60,000 members. It is also controversial, like many other successful, ... More


When Leaders Dissolve: Considering Controversy and Stagnation in the Osho Rajneesh Movement

Marion S. Goldman

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay considers the history and philosophy of the Osho Rajneesh movement, beginning in India in the 1970s through to the current phase. This serves as a background for examining the ways in ... More


Introduction

F. Heath Anthony, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie

in Understanding Social Change

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263143
eISBN:
9780191734939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Britain is in the process of rapid social change. There are major changes going on in the patterns of family formation, there is a growing rate of ... More


Researching Scientology: Perceptions, Premises, Promises, and Problematics

Douglas E. Cowan

in Scientology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195331493
eISBN:
9780199852321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the research problem of the Church of Scientology from four interrelated elements: (1) the positive and negative perceptions of the Church that inevitably inform any research ... More


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