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The new believers : a survey of sects, cults, and alternative religions

Author: David V Barrett
Publisher: London : Cassell ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub., 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a much expanded, revised and totally updated edition of David Barrett's excellent guide and source book of the world's off-beat and alternative religions, organisations, sects, cults and movements.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David V Barrett
ISBN: 0304355925 9780304355921 1844030407 9781844030408
OCLC Number: 44933824
Notes: "Revised and greatly expanded edition of ... Sects, cults & alternative religions"--Page 9.
Description: 544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Who, what and why? : the purpose of this book --
Is it a cult, or a real religion? : the problem of definition --
Sects appeal : conversion, recruitment, mind control or brainwashing? --
Would you let your daughter marry one? : problems for families of members --
So hard to say 'goodbye' : problems of leaving a movement --
After the prophet dies : how movements change --
It's the end of the world as we know it : apocalyptic beliefs --
Cults that kill : how, why, and can it happen again? --
Watching the watchers : the variety of cult experts --
Historical diversity : a brief summary of world religions --
The complexity of Christianity --
Christian origins --
Other 'religions of the book' origins --
Eastern movements in the West --
Esoteric and neo-pagan movements --
Personal development movements --
Schism in a sect : the Worldwide Church of God and its offshoots.
Responsibility: David V. Barrett.
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The membership of a range of religious and other movements is ever growing, causing mixed reactions from non-members, families of members and the media. This is a source book of information about  Read more...

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