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The Elementary Forms of the New Religious Life
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The Elementary Forms of the New Religious Life (Paperback)

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This book, first published in 1984, examines the whole range of new religious movements which appeared in the 1960s and 1970s in the West. It develops a wide-ranging theory of these new religions which explains many of their major characteristics. Some of the movements are well-known, such as Scientology, Krishna Consciousness, and the Unification Church. Others such as the Process, Meher Baba, and 3-HO are much less known. While some became international, others remained local; in other ways, too, such as style, belief, organisation, they exhibit enormous diversity.











The movements studied here are classified under three ideal types, world-rejecting, world-affirming and world-accommodating, and from here the author develops a theory of the origins, recruitment base, characteristics, and development patterns which they display. The book offers a critical exploration of the theories of the new religions and analyses the highly contentious issue of whether they reflect the process of secularisation, or whether they are a countervailing trend marking the resurgence of religion in the West.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologyReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsEclectic & esoteric religions & belief systemsReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionReligious life & practice Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 15/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9780367025052  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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