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New religious movements

Barker, Eileen ORCID: 0000-0001-5247-7204 (2015) New religious movements. In: Wright, James D., (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier (Firm), Oxford, UK, p. 805. ISBN 9780080970875

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‘New religious movements’ (NRMs) is a term used to describe minority religions that have recently become visible in a society. They have appeared throughout the world and throughout history, and they have differed from each other with respect to their beliefs, practices, and lifestyles, as well as the effects they have on their members and on society. However, they do tend to consist of converts; to have a membership that is atypical of the rest of the population; to have a charismatic leader; to change more rapidly and radically than older, more established religions; and to evoke fear, suspicion, and, not infrequently, antagonism from nonmembers

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Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 08:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:41

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