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Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America





ISBN 9780137730452
Published October 1, 1987 by Routledge

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Book Description

This text explores the major new or unconventional religions and spiritual movements in America that exist outside the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Table of Contents

 1. The Several Meanings of “Cult.”


 2. The History of an Alternative Reality in the West.


 3. New Vessels for the Ancient Wisdom: Groups in the Theosophical and Rosicrucian Traditions.


 4. The Descent of the Mighty Ones: Spiritualism and UFO Groups.


 5. The Crystal Within: Initiatory Groups.


 6. The Edenic Bower: Neo-Paganism.


 7. The Ganges Flows West: Indian Movements in America.


 8. The East in the Golden West: Other Oriental Movements.


 9. New Religious Movements: Sociological and Psychological Approaches.


Appendix: The People's Temple.


Bibliography.


Addresses of Groups.


Index.

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Author(s)

Biography

Robert S. Ellwood is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California.

Harry Partin was Professor of History of Religions at Duke University.