Violence and New Religious Movements

Paperback | April 20, 2011

EditorJames R. Lewis

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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 ReligiousMovements 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 Five" -the most well-known cases of violent incidents involving NRMs: Jonestown, Waco, Solar Temple, the Aum Shunrikyo subway attack, and the Heaven's Gate suicides. But the book also provides a richer survey by examining a host of lesser-known groups. This volume is the culmination of decades of researchby scholars of New Religious Movements.

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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 ReligiousMovements make the news, it's usually because of...

James R. Lewis is an extensively published scholar of new religious movements. He currently teaches in the History and Religious Studies Department of the University of Tromso in Norway. His reference books have won New York Public Library, American Library Association, and Choice book awards. He has been interviewed by the Los Angele...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI: Theorizing NRM Violence1. David G. Bromley: Deciphering the NRM-Violence Connection2. James T. Richardson: Minority Religions and the Context of Violence: A Conflict/Interactionist Perspective3. Anticult and Cult Violence: Reciprocal Totalism: The Toxic Interdependence of Anticult and Cult ViolenceII: The "Big Five" (Plus One)4. Rebecca Moore: Narratives of Persecution, Suffering, and Martyrdom: Violence in Peoples Temple and Jonestown5. Stuart A. Wright: Revisiting the Branch Davidian Mass Suicide Debate6. Henrik Bogdan: Explaining the murder-suicides of the Order of the Solar Temple: A survey of hypothesises7. Martin Repp: Religion and Violence in Japan: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo8. Benjamin Zeller: The Euphemization of Violence: The Case of Heaven's Gate9. Jean-Francois Mayer: "There will follow a new generation and a New Earth": From Apocalyptic Hopes to Destruction in the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of GodIII: Select Religious Groups Involved in Violence10. Jonathan Peste: Murder in Knutby: Charisma, Eroticism and Violence in a Swedish Pentecostal Community11. Kaarina Aitamurto: Modern Pagan Warriors: Violence and Justice in Rodnoverie12. Helen Crovetto: Ananda Marga, PROUT and the Use of Force13. Burke Rochford: Knocking on Heaven's Door: Violence, Charisma, and the Transformation of New VrindabanIV: Rhetoric of Violence and Peaceful Denouements14. Martha Lee: The Nation of Islam and Violence15. Marion Goldman: Cultural Capital, Social Networks, and Collective Violence at Rajneeshpuram16. Constance Elsberg: "Strong as Steel, Steady as Stone": Skirting Pitfalls in 3HO/Sikh Dharma17. Jesper Aagaard Petersen: "Smite him hip and thigh": Satanism, violence and transgressionV: Violence Against NRMs18. James T. Richardson and Bryan Edelman: State Fostered Violence against the Falun Gong in China19. Anson Shupe: Deprogramming Violence: The Logic, Perpetration, and Outcomes of Coercive InterventionAfterword