Download e-book for kindle: Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements by Peter B. Clarke

By Peter B. Clarke

The clicking of overdue hasn't been solid for brand new non secular events (NRMs), cementing a destructive view that equates them with cults, sects, or counterculture teams. whereas violence, brainwashing, and different tools of keep watch over are all a part of a few new spiritual routine, they aren't the full tale. This new reference paintings makes an attempt to teach that NRMs are a world phenomenon attracting thousands and will provide spiritual innovation to present traditions, or artistic possible choices, even if via integrating the non secular and the mental or articulating a brand new version of genuine selfhood.

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NRMs which grow out of traditional religions usually take on the after-life beliefs which are taught in these traditions more generally. This means, for example, that the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, the New Kadampa Tradition and other Buddhist derived NRMs teach rebirth in accordance with the teachings of the various Entries A to Z 15 schools of mainstream Buddhism from which they have developed. Within Hindu derived NRMs, for example, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and the Brahma Kumaris, followers are taught well established Indian ideas about the nature of the continuity of life after death.

1997) The Complete Story of The Course: The History, The People, and The Controversies behind A Course in Miracles, Berkeley, CA: Fearless Books. DAREN KEMP ADI DA The full self-given name of Adi Da is Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj. The name means: Ruchira=shining or bright, avatar=a direct incarnation of God (see also Mother Meera and Sai Baba, Sathya), Adi=first, Da=the Giver (God), and Samraj=divine ruler—hence, he claims to be the shining divine descent of the God-Man. At birth in 1939 at Long Island, New York, he was given the name Franklin Albert Jones.

The ubiquitous ‘miracle crusades’ associated with these churches consist mainly of casting out such demons. Worship in these churches is participatory and exuberant (and sometimes though not invariably marked by the speaking in tongues characteristic of Pentecostal churches generally). The ‘praise and worship’ which constitutes at least a third of any service is backed not by drums, but by western instruments like electric guitars, and is characterised by modern hymns, often in English, which are repetitive and catchy.

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