The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions

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Cassell, Mar 13, 2003 - Religion - 544 pages
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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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User Review  - Vero-unua - 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - 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. Read full review

About the author (2003)

David V. Barrett is the author of The New Believers and Sects, 'Cults,' & Alternative Religions, and his work has appeared in the TLS, Independent, Literary Review, Spectator, and New Scientist, among other publications. His books have been published in thirteen languages and seventeen countries. He lives in London.

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