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Radical Changes in Minority Religions


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Minority religions are often subject to the same revisions, diversifications and schisms as other major world religions. This book examines how even relatively young religious traditions can and do experience radical changes in belief and practice. Using scholarly analysis from academics alongside personal testimonies from members of these religions, this collection of essays examines a broad array of different expressions of religion from a wide variety of locations. As such, it gives readers a critical insight into the way that minority religions develop and alter in the face of both internal and external pressures. This book will be of considerable interest to Religious Studies and Theology academics with an interest in minority religions and cults. It will also serve as a useful reference to anyone studying the history, sociology and psychology of New Religious Movements.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Revising Revisionism and Diversification in NRMs? - Introduction Part 1: Interactions with Society Leading To Radical Changes Chapter 2. Regulating Religious Diversification: A Legal Perspective Chapter 3. Mi Santita, Santa de Todos" - Revisionism and Diversity at three Santa Muerte Shrines Chapter 4. Analysing LGBT Muslim Groups as New Religious Movements Chapter 5. When Galaxies Collide: Jediism's Revisionism in the Face of Corporate Buyouts and Mythos `Retconning' Part 2: Changing Demographics Leading To Radical Changes Chapter 6. Children of Heimdall: Asatru Ideas of Ancestry Chapter 7. Santo Daime: Works in Progress Chapter 8. "Not all Druids wear Robes" - Countercultural Experiences of Youth and Eldership in British Spirituality Chapter 9. What Do They Do About It? Radical Reactions by NRMs to Internal Abuses Part 3: Interactions with Alternative Ideas Leading To Radical Changes Chapter 10. From Democratized Esotericism to Edgy Animism: Diversifying Revisions among Pagans Chapter 11. Varieties of Enlightenment: Revisions in the EnlightenNext Movement around Andrew Cohen Chapter 12. "The Sounding Cosmos" Revisited: Sixten Ringbom, Kandinsky, Theosophy, and Revisionism in Art History Chapter 13. The Masters and the Many Paths - Revisionism and Diversification in Theosophy Part 4: New Prophecies or Revelations Leading to Radical Changes Chapter 14. Revision or Re-Branding? The Exclusive Brethren in Australia under Bruce D. Hales 2002-2014 Chapter 15. The Prophetic Paradigm and Revisionism in New Religious Movements Chapter 16. Revisionism in the Church Universal and Triumphant and Related Groups Chapter 17. The Perfect Matrimony: Diversification in Samael Aun Weor's Universal Christian Gnostic Movement Chapter 18. Evolution and Change in New Religious Movements and Minority Faiths: Applications of Contemporary Theories

About the Author

Eileen Barker is Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion at the London School of Economics, UK. Her main research interest is `cults', `sects' and new religious movements, and she has over 350 publications in this field, translated into 27 different languages. With the support of the British Government and mainstream Churches, Eileen founded INFORM, a charity based at the LSE which provides information about emerging religious groups. This has led to her becoming a frequent advisor on these issues to governments, other official bodies and law-enforcement agencies around the world. Beth Singler is a Research Associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge, UK, where she is exploring the social and religious implications of advances in AI and robotics. A social anthropologist of new religious movements, her PhD thesis is the first in-depth ethnography of the Indigo Children - a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of evolution and spirituality. She has also written on the development and legitimation of Jediism and Scientology, through social media.

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