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New Religious Movements

Challenge and Response, 1st Edition

Edited by Jamie Cresswell, Bryan Wilson


302 pages

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New Religious Movements: Challenge & Response is the most comprehensive, wide-ranging study on the global impact of new religions.

* New religions discussed include Hare Krishna, Sikh Dharma, The Unification Church, The Church of Scientology, The Jesus People and Wicca.

* Focuses on the rise of new religious movements in Italy, Brazil, United States, Germany and Britain. * The contributors are among the most respected and reputable experts in the field.


'Almost without exception, the contribution are informative, interesting and well written. The book is also logically organized' - Peter Beyer, Journal of Contemporary Religion

'… helpfully wide in scope while providing up-to-date detail … [it achieves] achieves a sensitivity and listening ear towards adherents of the new religions of the last 200 years … useful and up-to-date, interesting social analysis, and contribution[] towards a more comprehensive understanding of religious dialogue in a pluralistic context' - Chris Maunder, World Faiths Encounter

'Together these essays offer a valuable comprehensive overview of the engagement of new religious movements with contemporary society.' - John Pridmore, The Way

'While the entire book will be an indispensible resource on New Religious Movements and will appeal to sociologists of religion, individual chapters in this impressive collection will appeal to a wide range of other readers.' - Richard O'Leary, Sociology

About the Editors

Dr Bryan Wilson is a Fellow Emeritus of All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on new religious movements. His most recent publications include, Scientology, The Social Dimensions of Sectarianism and Religion in Sociological Perspectives.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General