The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions
From variations on the major world religions to the Moonies, Wicca, Scientology, and Transcendental Meditation, this best-selling reference is the best available source on offbeat and alternative organizations, sects, and cult movements. A leading expert on both traditional and new religions discusses human need for spirituality, and acts as a guide through the confusing variety of beliefs that attract fervent adherents. Encyclopedic and international in its scope, some of the groups investigated have received international notoriety, such as the Branch Davidians of Waco and Tokyo's nerve gas wielding Aum Shinrikyo. Earlier editions have sold out--and this will prove equally popular.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Excellent source of information on new religious movements (best I've come across yet!). Appropriately detailed, accurate, and unbiased . Pulls no punches when addressing the controversial nature and practices of many of these beliefs but at the same time refuses to fall into the sectarian hysteria of labeling many of them as 'cults' with the obligatory accusations and sensational allegations.
Review: The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative ReligionsUser Review - Goodreads
My brain has been sucked out by kindergartners. I read the chapter about my church, which was why I checked out the book. When I have the brain power to consider why people join alternative religions, I'll read the whole thing.