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Author: James R Lewis
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©1998.
Series: Contemporary world issues.
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"This volume examines the controversy surrounding the alternative and controversial religious movements sometimes referred to as cults. Featuring a chronology that documents the milestones in the evolution of alternative religions, this book also contains informative sketches of alternative religious groups in the United States today. Readers will find an overview that discusses the cult controversy; descriptions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lewis, James R.
Cults in America.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©1998
(DLC) 98029089
(OCoLC)39455889
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis
ISBN: 0585058431 9780585058436
OCLC Number: 42855271
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 232 pages) : illustrations, map.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction. A tale of two new religions ; Religious persecution in nineteenth-century America ; Emergence of the contemporary cult controversy and the "brainwashing" debate ; Stereotypes and public perceptions of the cult issue ; The appeal of new religions ; Social influence in genuinely dangerous religions --
Chronology --
Controversial groups and movements --
Court decisions, legislation, and governmental actions. Relevant court decisions not directly involving contemporary new religions ; Earliest cases involving contemporary new religions ; Deprogramming in court ; Legislative efforts and conservatorship cases ; Ex-member lawsuits against minority religions ; Child abuse and governmental intervention in nontraditional religions ; Tax cases ; Zoning and solicitation ; Libel cases ; The defeat of anticultism in the courts --
Facts and data. Documents ; Statistics --
Organizations and websites. Academic organizations ; Cult information organizations and websites --
Resources. Mainstream scholarship ; Anticult scholarship ; Popular books ; Nonprint resources.
Series Title: Contemporary world issues.
Responsibility: James R. Lewis.

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"This volume examines the controversy surrounding the alternative and controversial religious movements sometimes referred to as cults. Featuring a chronology that documents the milestones in the evolution of alternative religions, this book also contains informative sketches of alternative religious groups in the United States today. Readers will find an overview that discusses the cult controversy; descriptions of important court cases, legislation, and other documents; and a directory of organizations. A comprehensive listing of print and electronic sources completes a volume that will prove beneficial to general readers, students, parents, psychologists, and policymakers."--Jacket.

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