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Cults in America: a reference handbook

Cults in America: a reference handbook

Lewis, James R

Since the early 1970s, alternative religious movements known as cults have been the focus of ever-increasing controversy in America. Cults in America: A Reference Handbook compares present-day cults to events in earlier American history, focusing on cults as a contemporary phenomenon. The key issue of mind control is covered, overviews of the most controversial churches, and biographies of their leaders are prominent features of this book. Legislative efforts and court decisions, particularly those surrounding the issue of religious liberty, are covered in detail. Cults in America features a directory of organizations in both the United States and Europe, a selected bibliography, print and nonprint resources, a chronology with the dates of religious events in American history, and coverage of events such as the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate incidents

Book. English.
Published Santa Barbara, Calif. ; Oxford : ABC-CLIO 1998

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Statement of responsibility: James R. Lewis
ISBN: 157607031X, 9781576070314
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 232 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm.
Series: Contemporary world issues
Subject: Cults United States.; United States Religion.; Sects United States.

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Since the early 1970s, alternative religious movements known as cults have been the focus of ever-increasing controversy in America. Cults in America: A Reference Handbook compares present-day cults to events in earlier American history, focusing on cults as a contemporary phenomenon. The key issue of mind control is covered, overviews of the most controversial churches, and biographies of their leaders are prominent features of this book. Legislative efforts and court decisions, particularly those surrounding the issue of religious liberty, are covered in detail.

Cults in America features a directory of organizations in both the United States and Europe, a selected bibliography, print and nonprint resources, a chronology with the dates of religious events in American history, and coverage of events such as the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate incidents.

Description for readers

Detailed coverage of legislative efforts and court decisions, particularly those surrounding the issue of religious liberty

Includes coverage of events such as the Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate incidents

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Includes a chronology with the dates of religious events in American history and biographies of significant cult leaders

Features a directory of organizations in both the United States and Europe, a selected bibliography, and print and nonprint resources