1st Edition

Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements

Edited By Peter B. Clarke Copyright 2006
    720 Pages
    by Routledge

    720 Pages
    by Routledge

    New Religious Movements (NRMs) can involve vast numbers of followers and in many cases are radically changing the way people understand and practice religion and spirituality. Moreover, many are having a profound impact on the form and content of mainstream religion. The Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements provides uniquely global coverage of the phenomenon, with entries on over three hundred movements from almost every country in the world. Coverage includes movements that derive from the major religions of the world and to neo-traditional movements, movements often overlooked in the study of NRMs.

    In addition to the coverage of particular movements there are also entries on topics, themes, key thinkers and key ideas, for example the New Age Movement, Neo-Paganism, New Religion and gender, NRMs and cyberspace, NRMs and the law, the Anti-Cult Movement, Swedenborg, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, Lovelock, Gurdjieff, al-Banna, Qutb.

    The marked global approach and comprehensiveness of the encyclopedia enable an appreciation of the innovative energy of NRMs, of their extraordinary diversity, and the often surprising ways in which they can propagate geographically. The most ambitions publication of its sort, the Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements is a major addition to the reference literature for students and researchers of the field in religious studies and the social sciences. Entries are cross-referenced with short bibliographies for further reading. There is a full index

    Azusa Street Revival; Baba, Sathya Sai; Bahai; Bailey, Alice (see also New Age); Bamba, Ahmadu (see also Mouridiyya); Barelvis; Bennett, J. G.; Besant, Annie; Bethesda Movement; Big Drum Dance; Black Hebrews; Black Jews; Black Muslims; Black Spiritual Churches; Black theology; Blavatsky, Anna; Brahma Kumaris Movement; Brahmo Samaj; Branch Davidians (see also Waco); Breatharianism; Brotherhood of the Cross and Star; Buddha's Light Temple; Buddhism, Mahayana; Buddhism, Vajrayana; business and NRMs; Byakko Shinkokai; Caddy, Eileen and Peter (see also Findhorn and New Age); Candomble; Caodaism; Cargo Cults; Catholic Charismatic Movement; Celestial Church of Christ (see also Aladura); charismatic Christianity; Cherubim and Seraphim Churches; Chidvilasananda; children and NRMs; Chopra, Deepak; Christ Apostolic Church; Church for the Spirit of Jesus Christ; Church of Christ in Japan; Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Jehovah's Witnesses); Church of Satan; Church of the Lord Aladura (see Aladura); Church of the Twelve Apostles (Nackabah); Church Universal and Triumphant; conceptual issues; consumerist ethic and NRMs; Costa Chica; Cross of Christ World Mission; Cult of Maria Lionza (see also: Alan Kardec, Kardecism and Spiritualism); daimoku; Daishonin Nichiren (see also Nichiren Shosu and Soka Gakkai); Daku Community; Damanhur; Dargawiyya Movement; defining/characterizing NRMs; Deguchi, Nao (see also Omotokyo); Deguchi, Onisaburo (see also Omotokyo); Deima Cult; Deobandi Movement; deprogramming; Divine Light Mission; Dream Dance (see also Powwow Cult); Dynamic Meditation (see also Rajneesh Movement); Earth People of Trinidad


    Peter Clark

    'This Encyclopedia offers a truly fascinating, authoritative overview of new religious movements in a global context. What sets this work apart is its assessment of the global significance of a movement (how it progresses cross-culturally) with attention to its transformative appeal (how it seeks to transform its individual adherents or the larger society). This is an outstanding reference source – scholarly, timely, important, and worth the price for academic libraries. Summing Up: Essential.' CHOICE

    'The Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements is an important handbook, both for those working in the field, and for those considering entering the field of New Religious Movements. It is indeed an illuminating guide for anyone who would like to have an overview on contemporary and past New Religious Movements (NRMs) worldwide. ... Plurality and objectivity are the basic achievements and the indisputable advantages of this encyclopedia' – Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review