The Order of the Solar Temple

The Order of the Solar Temple


  • Author : Professor James R Lewis
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2013-05-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409477228


The Order of the Solar Temple Book Description :

In October 1994, fifty-three members of the Order of the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Québec were murdered or committed suicide. This incident and two later group suicides in subsequent years played a pivotal role in inflaming the cult controversy in Europe, influencing the public to support harsher actions against non-traditional religions. Despite the importance of the Order of the Solar Temple, there are relatively few studies published in English. This book brings together the best scholarship on the Solar Temple including newly commissioned pieces from leading scholars, a selection of Solar Temple documents, and important previously published articles newly edited for inclusion within this book. This is the first book-length study of the Ord...

Controversial New Religions

Controversial New Religions


  • Author : James R. Lewis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press (UK)
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199315314


Controversial New Religions Book Description :

In terms of public opinion, new religious movements are considered controversial for a variety of reasons ranging from how they speak, dress, and eat, to the way they think and their sense of community. Their social organization often runs counter to popular expectations by experimenting withcommunal living (or strict individualism), alternative leadership roles (or flat network structures), unusual economic dispositions, and new political and ethical values. As a result the general public views new religions with a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and anxiety, sustained by lavish mediaemphasis on oddness and tragedy rather than familiarity and lived experience. This updated and revised second edition of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly...

Violence and New Religious Movements

Violence and New Religious Movements


  • Author : James R. Lewis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-04-06
  • Genre: Social Science
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  • ISBN 10 : 0199831319


Violence and New Religious Movements Book Description :

The relationship between new religious movements (NRMs) and violence has long been a topic of intense public interest--an interest heavily fueled by multiple incidents of mass violence involving certain groups. Some of these incidents have made international headlines. When New Religious Movements make the news, it's usually because of some violent episode. Some of the most famous NRMs are known much more for the violent way they came to an end than for anything else. Violence and New Religious Movements offers a comprehensive examination of violence by-and against-new religious movements. The book begins with theoretical essays on the relationship between violence and NRMs and then moves on to examine particular groups. There are essays on the "Big ...

Legal Cases  New Religious Movements  and Minority Faiths

Legal Cases New Religious Movements and Minority Faiths


  • Author : Professor James T Richardson
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2014-09-28
  • Genre: Religion
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781472428745


Legal Cases New Religious Movements and Minority Faiths Book Description :

Exploring cases in different parts of the world, this book offers a practical insight for understanding the relations of NRMs and other minority religions and the law from the perspective of legal cases. Including contributions from scholars, legal practitioners, actual or former members, this book presents an objective approach to understanding why so many legal actions have involved NRMs and other minority faiths in recent years in western societies, and the consequences of those actions for the society and the religious group as well....

Sirius

Sirius


  • Author : Jay B. Holberg
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2007-07-05
  • Genre: Science
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780387489421


Sirius Book Description :

This book tells two stories. The first and most obvious is why the star known as Sirius has been regarded as an important fixture of the night sky by many civilizations and cultures since the beginnings of history. A second, but related, narrative is the prominent part that Sirius has played in how we came to achieve our current scientific understanding of the nature and fate of the stars. This is the first book to integrate the cultural history of Sirius with modern astrophysics in a way which provides a realistic view of how science progresses over time....

Survived by One
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Survived by One


  • Author : Robert E. Hanlon
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780809332632


Survived by One Book Description :

On November 8, 1985, 18-year-old Tom Odle brutally murdered his parents and three siblings in the small southern Illinois town of Mount Vernon, sending shockwaves throughout the nation. The murder of the Odle family remains one of the most horrific family mass murders in U.S. history. Odle was sentenced to death and, after seventeen years on death row, expected a lethal injection to end his life. However, Illinois governor George Ryan’s moratorium on the death penalty in 2000, and later commutation of all death sentences in 2003, changed Odle’s sentence to natural life. The commutation of his death sentence was an epiphany for Odle. Prior to the commutation of his death sentence, Odle lived in denial, repressing any feelings about his family and ...

The Mystical Geography of Quebec

The Mystical Geography of Quebec


  • Author : Susan J. Palmer
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-03-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030330620


The Mystical Geography of Quebec Book Description :

This study of new religious movements in Quebec focuses on nine groups—including the notoriously violent Solar Temple; the iconoclastic Temple of Priapus; and the various “Catholic” schisms, such as those led by a mystical pope; the Holy Spirit incarnate; or the reappearance of the Virgin Mary. Eleven contributing authors offer rich ethnographies and sociological insights on new spiritual groups that highlight the quintessential features of Quebec's new religions (“sectes” in the francophone media). The editors argue that Quebec provides a favorable “ecology” for alternative spirituality, and explore the influences behind this situation: the rapid decline of the Catholic Church after Vatican Il; the “Quiet Revolution,” a utopian fai...

Contemporary Religious Satanism

Contemporary Religious Satanism


  • Author : Jesper Aagaard Petersen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-12-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351949064


Contemporary Religious Satanism Book Description :

The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being's true animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong internet presence within a larger Satanic milieu in Western culture. Though most are inspired by LaVey, the majority of contemporary Satanists are not members of the Church of Satan. The various expressions of modern Satanism all navigate in today's detraditionalized religious market through the creative appropriation of popular culture, philosophy, literature and religion. The concrete solutions are varied; but they all understand the power of transgression a...

Sacred Suicide

Sacred Suicide


  • Author : Carole M. Cusack
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317060192


Sacred Suicide Book Description :

The label 'Suicide Cults' has been applied to a wide variety of different alternative religions, from Jonestown to the Solar Temple to Heaven's Gate. Additionally, observers have asked if such group suicides are in any way comparable to Islamist suicide terrorism, or to historical incidents of mass suicide, such as the mass suicide of the ancient community of Masada. Organizationally and ideologically diverse, it turns out that the primary shared trait of these various groups is a common stereotype of religion as an irrational force that pushes fanatics to undertake acts of suicidal violence. Offering a valuable perspective on New Religious Movements and on religion and violence, Sacred Suicide brings together contributions from a diverse range of in...

Mystics and Messiahs

Mystics and Messiahs


  • Author : Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies Philip Jenkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195127447


Mystics and Messiahs Book Description :

Looks at cults and anti-cult scares in American history and reveals the true characteristics of religious fringe movements and why they inspire such fierce antagonism....