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

By James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

This ebook enhances Lewis's xford guide of recent spiritual pursuits. the previous presents an summary of the country of the sector. This quantity collects papers on these particular New spiritual activities (NRMs) that experience generated the main scholarly recognition. With few exceptions, those organisations also are the arguable teams that experience attracted the eye of the mass media, actually because they've been occupied with, or accused of, violent or anti-social actions. one of the activities to be profiled are such teams because the department Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Aum Shinrikyo, sunlight Temple, Scientology, Falun Gong and plenty of extra. The publication will functionality as a reference for students, as a textual content for classes in NRMs, and also will attract non-specialists together with journalists, legislations enforcement, public coverage makers, and others.

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By the mid-1970s, Berg had come to a new understanding of his own role in human history: he was not only God’s unique End Time Prophet, but also King of God’s New Nation. Some top-level leadership began to chafe at this new status. In turn, he was concerned about the arrogance and harshness of many leaders, and their lack of concern for the welfare of the ordinary disciples. 5 Most of the leadership under the chain of cooperation came from the old guard, and the reform lacked effect. The chain also further distanced Father David from the vast ma- 22 james d.

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. The Antichrist will be defeated in the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will be bound, and Christ will establish His millennial reign on earth. At the end of a thousand years, Satan will be released for one final confrontation. 35 This overall construct is generally consistent with beliefs that are held in substantial sections of the Christian church.

The recruitment of new disciples continued, but the numbers of these fell considerably. The total number of full-time members reached ten thousand in 1983, and hovered 24 james d. 1. “Our Heavenly Home,” a poster produced by the Family. around that mark for the next ten years, despite an average of over seven hundred births per year. Many of the new disciples proved to be short-term, and as the first wave of children began to mature, the Family began to lose more people than were joining through evangelism and recruitment.

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