Controversial New Religions by James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

By James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

This e-book enhances Lewis's xford instruction manual of recent non secular activities. the previous offers an outline of the country of the sector. This quantity collects papers on these particular New spiritual pursuits (NRMs) that experience generated the main scholarly awareness. With few exceptions, those enterprises also are the debatable teams that experience attracted the eye of the mass media, usually because they've been excited about, or accused of, violent or anti-social actions. one of the events to be profiled are such teams because the department Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Aum Shinrikyo, sunlight Temple, Scientology, Falun Gong and lots of extra. The publication will functionality as a reference for students, as a textual content for classes in NRMs, and also will entice non-specialists together with newshounds, legislation enforcement, public coverage makers, and others.

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The confrontational approach was now gone forever, replaced by a strong emphasis on the love and compassion of Jesus. ” These and other substantive shifts in Family orientation brought serious internal conflicts. The Family of Love: Degeneration and Regeneration By the end of 1977, a number of leaders began to question Father David’s status as God’s End Time Prophet. They also raised doubts regarding some of his teachings, particularly the radical shift in sexual mores. And Father David became more aware that many leaders were abusively authoritarian, and were living in luxury by means of exorbitant “taxes” on field colonies.

The Antichrist will arise to save the world and for three and a half years will establish his reign as a wise and benevolent leader. Then his true nature will be revealed. He will declare his divinity and require the world to worship and obey him, persecuting unto death all those who refuse. Satan, acting through the Antichrist, will have almost total control of the earth. All people will be required to carry the “Mark of the Beast” as a control mechanism. The Great Tribulation will last for three and a half years; then Christ will return for his Church.

Sometimes the Family took preemptive measures, inviting in law enforcement and social services agencies to conduct investigations of the children. 18 But the movement had been forever altered by these experiences. The event that most rocked the Family came in 1993, in England. A wealthy widow, whose adult daughter had joined while on a religious quest in Nepal, filed suit in the British High Court, seeking custody of the daughter’s infant son. The judge conducted a lengthy inquiry, not only into the actual circumstances of the child in question but also into Family history, ideology, and moral conduct.

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