Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements Paperback – 17 Jan 2008
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'This Encyclopedia offers a truly fascinating, authoritative overview of new religious movements in a global context. What sets this work apart is its assessment of the global significance of a movement (how it progresses cross-culturally) with attention to its transformative appeal (how it seeks to transform its individual adherents or the larger society). This is an outstanding reference source – scholarly, timely, important, and worth the price for academic libraries. Summing Up: Essential.' – CHOICE
'The Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements is an important handbook, both for those working in the field, and for those considering entering the field of New Religious Movements. It is indeed an illuminating guide for anyone who would like to have an overview on contemporary and past New Religious Movements (NRMs) worldwide. ... Plurality and objectivity are the basic achievements and the indisputable advantages of this encyclopedia' – Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review
About the Author
Peter B. Clarke is Professor Emeritus of the History and Sociology of Religion at King's College, University of London, and a professorial member of Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford.
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