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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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The Order of the Solar Temple The Temple of Death

The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death

1st Edition

Edited By James R. Lewis
September 09, 2016

In October 1994, fifty-three members of the Order of the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Québec were murdered or committed suicide. This incident and two later group suicides in subsequent years played a pivotal role in inflaming the cult controversy in Europe, influencing the public to support ...

Paganistan Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

1st Edition

By Murphy Pizza
May 13, 2016

Paganistan - a moniker adapted by the Twin Cities Contemporary Pagan community - is the title of a history and ethnography of a regionally unique, urban, and vibrant community in Minnesota. The story of the community traces the formation of some of the earliest organizations and churches in the US,...

Invented Religions Imagination, Fiction and Faith

Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith

1st Edition

By Carole M. Cusack
September 20, 2010

Utilizing contemporary scholarship on secularization, individualism, and consumer capitalism, this book explores religious movements founded in the West which are intentionally fictional: Discordianism, the Church of All Worlds, the Church of the SubGenius, and Jediism. Their continued appeal and ...

Sacred Suicide

Sacred Suicide

1st Edition

By Carole M. Cusack, James R. Lewis
September 28, 2014

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...

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