Cults

Cults

A Reference Handbook

Book - 2005
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ABC-CLIO

With overviews of the principal cult groups, personalities, and issues, this second edition offers an up-to-date, concise, yet thorough coverage of this fascinating and controversial topic.


With overviews of the principal cult groups, personalities, and issues, this second edition offers an up-to-date, concise, yet thorough coverage of this fascinating and controversial topic.


• Excerpts from reports issued by European governments on dangerous sects

• Comprehensive index of cult issues, groups, and personalities, as well as a map of the United States showing distribution of nontraditional religions



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Some demand complete obedience, isolation from all non-believers, uniforms, or lookout duty at the place they believe the flying saucers will land. Some exist quietly in the community, while others are engaged in open battles with the media and the courts. Lewis (U. of Wisconsin) examines the controversies of new religions of the East and West, how official or societal reactions enter into play, how such groups get accused of brainwashing and mind control, what role stereotyping plays, and whether cults actually do tend toward violence directed inward or outward. He gives a chronology, describes groups and movements, analyzes related court decisions and government actions, provides documents and data on new religions in various countries, gives biographies of leaders, and furnishes resources such as books, specialized studies, lists of cult information organizations and web sites. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2005
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 185109623X (ebook)
1851096183 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: Y200 LEW 2005
Characteristics: xii, 341 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, James R. Cults in America

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