Religion: Book Series

Routledge New Religions

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.

  • A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements

    By W. Michael Ashcraft

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-02-08 
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  • The Indigo Children

    New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

    By Beth Singler

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-09-18
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  • The Art of Living Foundation

    Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Global Context

    By Stephen Jacobs

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-31
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  • The New Generation Witches

    Teenage Witchcraft in Contemporary Culture

    By Peg Aloi

    Edited by Hannah E. Johnston

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-01-27
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  • Contemporary Religious Satanism

    A Critical Anthology

    Edited by Jesper Aagaard Petersen

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-12-07
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  • The Nuwaubian Nation

    Black Spirituality and State Control

    By Susan Palmer

    The Nuwaubian Nation takes the reader on a journey into an African-American spiritual movement. The United Nuwaubian Nation has changed shape since its inceptions in the 1970s, transforming from a Black Hebrew mystery school into a Muslim utopian community in Brooklyn, N.Y.; from an Egyptian theme…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
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  • The Order of the Solar Temple

    The Temple of Death

    Edited by James R. Lewis

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Jehovah's Witnesses

    Continuity and Change

    By George D. Chryssides

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-12-04
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  • Sacred Suicide

    By Carole M. Cusack

    Edited by James R. Lewis

    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…

    Hardback – 2014-09-28
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  • Paganistan

    Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

    By Murphy Pizza

    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,…

    Hardback – 2014-04-17
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  • Heaven's Gate

    Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group

    Edited by George D. Chryssides

    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…

    Hardback – 2011-05-28
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  • Invented Religions

    Imagination, Fiction and Faith

    By Carole M. Cusack

    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…

    Hardback – 2010-09-20
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  • Yearning to Belong

    Discovering a New Religious Movement

    By John Paul Healy

    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…

    Hardback – 2010-08-28
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