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

The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions❰EPUB❯ ✰ The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions Author David V. Barrett – Tbjewellers.co.uk From variations on the major world religions to the Moonies, Wicca, Scientology, and Transcendental Meditation, this bestselling reference is the best available source on offbeat and alternative organ From variations Believers: Sects, PDF º on the major world religions to the Moonies, Wicca, Scientology, and Transcendental Meditation, this bestselling 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 The New ePUB ½ 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 outand this will prove equally popular.

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The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative
  • Paperback
  • The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions
  • David V. Barrett
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 9781844030408

10 thoughts on “The New Believers: Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions

  1. says:

    I remember DVB working on this years ago. Nice to see it actually happened.

  2. says:

    Journalist David Barrett creates what must be the most comprehensive, detailed list of alternative religions in the Western world to date in this book. Better yet, he gives them a fair chance/objectivity, which is needed in a discussion that brings up the strong emotions associated with cults. Here he draws a thick line between cults - the Kool-aid drinking, destructive few that have hit the news - and thousands of alternative religions that exist and are not harmful. You'll find all kinds of juicy details about the actual beliefs of religions and their place in society, but not so much about the scandals. So it makes for fascinating reading for giving us something alien, rather than fulfilling some prurient desire for seeing THE DANGER OF CULTS!!!1 This is probably the most sympathetic portrayal you'll see of UFO religions and their ilk. Unfortunately, at times this smacks of apologism (in his section on Scientology, he practically dismisses the many abuse scandals the church is rife with).

    That's what I took off a star for. This is journalism, but the absolute aim for sensitivity that the author takes sometimes makes one feel like they aren't getting the full picture. Other than that, as an informational resource, it's wonderful. It's quite readable, enjoyable if you go in with an open mind. I think the perspective brought here is very fresh - you're not going to hear many people say, If you find life fulfillment from believing that the afterlife will being living in an alternative quasar with benevolent alien overlords, why the hell not? Maybe 3000 years from now it will be as normal as a certain Jew dying and raising back to life after 3 days is in these days. That's what I take the message of this book is. It's quite a claim, but whether you agree with it or not, it's definitely interesting.

  3. says:

    I took a course on alternative spiritualities and this book came in really useful. It has also just been good to read about all the different 'religions' that are around. Some of them are a little bizarre but it has been fun reading the book and it has helped me with other courses and assessments. A good read if your interested in any of the smaller and more alternative traditions found around the world.

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    Tess and I like to read aloud about all the crack pots.

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