By Douglas E. Cowan,David G. Bromley
- A stimulating, course-friendly evaluation of the background and improvement of latest non secular events (NRMs) within the past due 20th century
- Explores 8 cults and NRMs, together with the Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Unificationism, The family members foreign, the Ramtha institution of Enlightenment, the department Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, and Wicca
- Each bankruptcy studies the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the categorical controversies surrounding this group
- Covers debates together with what constitutes an genuine faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing options, the consequences of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender.
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