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Sects, cults, and alternative religions : a world survey and sourcebook

Author: David V Barrett
Publisher: London : Blandford ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book "reveals the beliefs and practices of many modern sects and cults. It explains where they came from.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David V Barrett
ISBN: 0713725672 9780713725674 071372756X 9780713727562
OCLC Number: 36909325
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One. Background. Chapter 1. A brief history of world religions. Early religions ; Hinduism ; Buddhism ; Zoroastrianism ; Judaism ; Christianity ; Islam ; Sufism ; Sikhism ; Baha'i faith --
Part Two. Christian origins. Chapter 2. Varieties of Christianity. The explosion of cults ; Problems in interpretation ; A handful of doctrinal differences ; Non-Christian elements of Christianity ; Heresies ; The early church and early heresies ; Sixteenth-seventeenth centuries ; Eighteenth century ; Nineteenth century ; Twentieth century --
Chapter 3. Christian movements. Unitarians ; Swedenborgians ; Mormons ; Exclusive Brethren ; Seventh-day Adventists ; Christadelphians ; Christian Science ; Jehovah's Witnesses ; Worldwide Church of God, and its offshoots ; The Unification Church (The Moonies) ; Fundamentalist evangelicals. The charismatic movement, Emotions, healing and deliverance ministry, The Jesus movement ; The Family (The Children of God) ; The Jesus Army ; Branch Davidians ; Roman Catholic Organizations --
Part Three. Eastern origins. Chapter 4. Eastern movements. The appeal of the East ; ISKCON ; Elan Vital (Divine Light Missions) ; ECKANKAR ; Osho international (Rajneesh) ; School of economic science ; Nichiren Shoshu (Soka Gakkai) --
Part Four. Esoteric and neo-pagan movements. Chapter 5. Background. Satanic ritual abuse ; Satanism --
Chapter 6. Esoteric movements. Theosophy ; Anthroposophy ; Maitreya (Benjamin Creme) ; Gurdjieff and Ouspensky ; Subud ; Rosicrucians ; Order of the Golden Dawn ; Builders of Adytum ; Society of the Inner Light ; Servants of the Light ; The London Group ; The I AM movement ; Church Universal and Triumphant ; The Emissaries ; The 'Flying saucer cults': The Aetherius society, The Raelian movement --
Chapter 7. Neo-pagan movements. Wicca ; House of the Goddess ; Church of All Worlds ; Association of Cymmry Wicca ; Druidry ; The northern tradition ; Pagan federations ; Other movements: New Age, Shamanism, Findhorn Community, Fellowship of Isis, Universal Life Church (Brythonic) --
Part Five. Psychology and self-help. Chapter 8. Personal development movements. Neuro-linguistic programming ; Insight ; The Emin ; Transcendental meditation ; Scientology.
Responsibility: David V. Barrett.

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Many people belong to cults and sects which appear strange, frightening or disturbing to others. Aimed at the general reader, this book reveals the beliefs and practices of many modern cults and  Read more...

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