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New religious movements in Europe /
edited by Helle Meldgaard & Johannes Aagaard.
imprint
Aarhus [Denmark] : Aarhus University Press, 1997.
description
192 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
8772885483 (pbk.)
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imprint
Aarhus [Denmark] : Aarhus University Press, 1997.
isbn
8772885483 (pbk.)
catalogue key
2994765
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Summaries
Long Description
RENNER Studies on New Religions is an initiative supported by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities. The series was established to publish books on alternative spiritual movements from a wide range of perspectives. The books will appeal to an international readership of scholars, students, and professionals in the study of religion, theology, the arts, and the social sciences. It is hoped that this series will provide a proper context for scientific exchange between these often competing disciplines. Stimulated by travel, mass media and education, individuals have spent the twentieth century questioning organized religion, and at the start of a new millennium, many are turning to spirituality rooted in ancient practice, but modernized by secular experience. In this volume, an international group of authors surveys the religious and spiritual movements growing in popularity in Western Europe including (to name a few) theosophy, Transcendental Meditation, the Rosicrucians, the Occult, and Hare Krishna.
Main Description
This volume surveys the religious and spiritual movements growing in popularity in Western Europe. They include theosophy, transcendental meditation, the Rosicrucians, Mormonism, the occult (including Satanism and Wicca), Jehovah's Witnesses, the Unification Church, Scientology, the Hare Krishna and the Baha'i. Stimulated by travel, mass media and education, individuals have spent the 20th century questioning organised religion and, as the end of the millennium approaches, many are turning to spirituality rooted in ancient practice, but modernised by secular experience. The book opens with analyses of how receptive Europeans are, and have been, to peripheral beliefs, including astrology and reincarnation. Today, nearly one-third of all religious bodies in Europe are based on metaphysical or esoteric tenets or derived from Asian beliefs. Individual chapters then discuss new religious movements in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany (east and west), Austria and Denmark and the Nordic/Scandinavian countries, as well as the Catholic Church's relationship to new religions.
Table of Contents
The Dispersion of Unorthodox Religiosity in Western Europe: A Brief Empirical Surveyp. 9
European Receptivity to the New Religionsp. 18
The Catholic Church and New Religionsp. 31
Confronting the New Religious Movements in Greecep. 37
New Religious Movements in Italyp. 42
New Religious Movements in Switzerlandp. 74
New Religious Movements in the Republic of Irelandp. 92
New Religious Movements in Britainp. 99
New Religious Movements in the Netherlandsp. 124
New Religious Movements in Germanyp. 143
New Religious Movements in Austriap. 168
Denmark and Scandinavia vis-a-vis New Religious Movementsp. 175
About the Authorsp. 184
Indexp. 190
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