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Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia

James Lewis and Nicholas Levine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195378443
eISBN:
9780199869701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Order of Christ Sophia (OCS) is a small New Religion which, in the short span of eight years, has evoked intense controversy. An unusual synthesis of traditional Catholicism, esoteric cosmology, ... More


History

Nicholas M. Levine

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/9780195378443.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents a basic overview of the history of the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS). The OCS is only a decade old, but it has grown out of a number of predecessor movements: the Holy Order of ... More


Beliefs and Practices

Nicholas M. Levine

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/9780195378443.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the order's beliefs and practices. Earl Blighton, known to Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) members as Father Paul, wedded new thought and an esoteric belief system that included ... More


Future Prospects

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/9780195378443.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at the future prospects for the order in terms of Rodney Stark's analysis of how religions grow—or, to use Stark's terminology, how religions “succeed”. It is argued that although ... More


Controversy

James R. Lewis and Nicholas M. Levine

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/9780195378443.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In its relatively short lifespan of ten years, the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS) has experienced more than its fair share of controversy. From an accusatory media, to disenchanted ex-members, to ... More


Demographic Profile

James R. Lewis and Christine Johnson

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/9780195378443.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Demographic questionnaires were administered to members of the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS) in 2005 and 2008. This chapter examines the membership's characteristics and analyzes how people became ... 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


Psychological Profile

Lucille Michaels and Mary Francis Drake

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/9780195378443.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents a psychological profile of the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS). The study was designed to add to the body of empirical research to promote a better understanding of the ... More


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