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Sacred schisms : how religions divide

Author: James R Lewis; Sarah M Lewis
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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This first book-length study of religious schisms as a general phenomenon draws widely from different traditions and geographical areas.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sacred schisms.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009000048
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis; Sarah M Lewis
ISBN: 9780511580710 0511580711 9780511581038 0511581033 9780511579882 0511579888 9780511580390 0511580398 9780511579141 0511579144
OCLC Number: 438824036
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 338 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction / James R. Lewis and Sarah Lewis --
Part I: Theoretical overview --
Understanding schisms : theoretical explanations for their origins / Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle --
Part II: Survey of schisms in selected traditions --
Charismatic authority in Islam : an analysis of the cause of schisms in the ummah / Ron Geaves --
Schisms in Buddhism / Alan Cole --
Schisms in Japanese new religious movements / Robert Kisala --
Part III: Christian traditions --
Finishing the mystery : the watch tower and 'the 1917 schism' / George D. Chryssides --
Challenges to charismatic authority in the unificationist movement / David G. Bromley and Rachel S. Bobbitt --
Persecution and schismogenesis : how a penitential crisis over mass apostasy facilitated the triumph of Catholic Christianity in the Roman Empire / Joseph M. Bryant --
Part IV: Western esoteric traditions --
Church universal and triumphant : shelter, succession and schism / Susan J. Palmer and Michael Abravanel --
Schism and consolidation : the case of the theosophical movement / Olav Hammer --
Satanists and nuts : the role of schisms in modern satanism / Jesper Aagaard Petersen --
Schism as midwife : how conflict aided the birth of a contemporary pagan community / Murphy Pizza --
Part V: Non-western/postcolonial traditions --
Succession, religious switching, and schism in the Hare Krishna Movement / E. Burke Rochford, Jr. --
Schisms within Hindu guru groups : the Transcendental Meditation movement in North America / Cynthia Ann Humes --
Schism in Babylon : colonialism, Afro-Christianity, and Rastafari / Christopher Partridge.
Responsibility: edited by James R. Lewis, Sarah M. Lewis.
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'This is an interesting and worthwhile collection of fourteen essays, predominantly case studies, examining why and how schisms occurred in a variety of religious traditions and movements ... offers Read more...

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