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Routledge New Religions


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The popularity and significance of New Religious Movements is reflected in the explosion of related articles and books now being published. This series offers an invaluable resource and lasting contribution to the field.

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Contemporary Spiritualities Enchanted Worlds of Nature, Wellbeing and Mystery in Italy

Contemporary Spiritualities: Enchanted Worlds of Nature, Wellbeing and Mystery in Italy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Stefania Palmisano, Nicola Pannofino
November 02, 2020

Contemporary alternative spirituality, as studied by sociologists, is usually seen as a recent phenomenon dating from the 1960s and 1970s. However, when viewed from a longer-term perspective this form of religious expression is actually seen to reintroduce concepts that recur throughout Western ...

Israelism in Modern Britain

Israelism in Modern Britain

1st Edition

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce
September 01, 2020

This book unpacks the history of British-Israelism in the UK. Remarkably, this subject has had very little attention: remarkable, because at its height in the post-war era, the British-Israelist movement could claim to have tens of thousands of card-carrying adherents and counted amongst its ...

Yearning to Belong Discovering a New Religious Movement

Yearning to Belong: Discovering a New Religious Movement

1st Edition

John Paul Healy
June 10, 2019

Cutting across three areas of interest within New Religious Movements - insider perspectives, sociology of religion and the helping professions - this book explores insiders' experience of the Indian Guru-disciple Yogic tradition and is authored by a former member of that tradition. Highlighting ...

Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity Religious Dissent in the Russian and Romanian Borderlands

Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity: Religious Dissent in the Russian and Romanian Borderlands

1st Edition

James A. Kapaló
June 06, 2019

This book explores the history and evolution of Inochentism, a controversial new religious movement that emerged in the Russian and Romanian borderlands of what is now Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the Russian revolutionary period. Inochentism centres around the charismatic preaching of ...

A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements

A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements

1st Edition

W. Michael Ashcraft
February 15, 2018

The American public’s perception of New Religious Movements (NRMs) as fundamentally harmful cults stems from the "anticult" movement of the 1970s, which gave a sometimes hysterical and often distorted image of NRMs to the media. At the same time, academics pioneered a new field, studying these same...

Sacred Suicide

Sacred Suicide

1st Edition

Carole M. Cusack, James R. Lewis
February 06, 2018

The label 'Suicide Cults' has been applied to a wide variety of different alternative religions, from Jonestown to the Solar Temple to Heaven's Gate. Additionally, observers have asked if such group suicides are in any way comparable to Islamist suicide terrorism, or to historical incidents of mass...

Jehovah's Witnesses Continuity and Change

Jehovah's Witnesses: Continuity and Change

1st Edition

George D. Chryssides
February 05, 2018

From its origins in nineteenth century Adventism until the present day, the Watch Tower Society has become one of the best known but least understood new religious movements. Resisting the tendency to define the movement in terms of the negative, this volume offers an empathetic account of the ...

The Indigo Children New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

1st Edition

Beth Singler
September 18, 2017

The Indigo Child concept is a contemporary New Age redefinition of self. Indigo Children are described in their primary literature as a spiritually, psychically, and genetically advanced generation. Born from the early 1980s, the Indigo Children are thought to be here to usher in a new golden age ...

The Art of Living Foundation Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Global Context

The Art of Living Foundation: Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Global Context

1st Edition

Stephen Jacobs
March 31, 2017

The Hindu-derived meditation movement, The Art of Living (AOL), founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore, has grown into a global organization which claims presence in more than 150 countries. Stephen Jacobs presents the first comprehensive study of AOL as an important transnational ...

The New Generation Witches Teenage Witchcraft in Contemporary Culture

The New Generation Witches: Teenage Witchcraft in Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

Peg Aloi, Hannah E. Johnston
January 27, 2017

From the shelves of mainstream bookstores and the pages of teen magazines, to popular films and television series, contemporary culture at the turn of the twenty-first century has been fascinated with teenage identity and the presence of magic and the occult. Alongside this profusion of products ...

Contemporary Religious Satanism A Critical Anthology

Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology

1st Edition

Jesper Aagaard Petersen
December 07, 2016

The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being's true animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong ...

Heaven's Gate Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group

Heaven's Gate: Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group

1st Edition

George D. Chryssides
May 28, 2011

On March 26, 1997, the bodies of 39 men and women were found in an opulent mansion outside San Diego, all victims of a mass suicide. Messages left by the Heaven's Gate group indicate that they believed they were stepping out of their 'physical containers' in order to ascend to a UFO that was ...

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