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Comprehending Cults : Sociology of New Religious Movements

Comprehending Cults : Sociology of New Religious Movements - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195420098

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ISBN13: 978-0195420098
ISBN10: 0195420098
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2006
International: No
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Comprehending Cults : Sociology of New Religious Movements - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195420098

Lorne L. Dawson

ISBN13: 978-0195420098
ISBN10: 0195420098
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. While the author does not offer an apologia for cults--in either a religious or a sociological sense--he does attempt to replace suspicion and misinformation with a greater knowledge of the facts (as best we know them) and a measure of sympathetic understanding. Completely revised and updated in this second edition, the book examines all aspects of cults, while striving to delineate the very real limits of our knowledge. In addition to dealing with the troublesome aspects of the subject, including issues of violence, sexuality, and brainwashing, the author also considers the possibility that new religious movements are a source of spiritual satisfaction to their members. Offering up-to-date social science research about contemporary religious cults, Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate sociology of religion and new religious
movements courses.