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New religious movements
This lecture briefly explains what New Religious Movements are:
Religious Inventions in America: New Religious Movements.
The article focuses on the emergence of new religious groups in the U.S., particularly the Oneida community, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints, and the Christian Science. It was stated that the evolution of new religious communities were driven by the rights for religious freedom which allowed them to flourish and promote religious experimentation. Other religious groups, including the Adonai-Shomo's and the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, also known as the Shakers, are discussed. In addition, the group's history, activities, and beliefs are presented.
I escaped a cult
The article focuses on actress Rose McGowan and her childhood experience of growing up in the Children of God cult in Italy. Topics include ill treatment by cult members and the demands of the society, the polygamous culture and sexual molestation of children, and her escape from the cult with her father and siblings to the U.S. She also discusses her cultural assimilation in the U.S., her relationship with her father and siblings, and the influence of her religious upbringing on her psychological health as an adult.
Is Scientology a Cult?
In this article the author discusses whether Scientology is a cult. According to the author, Scientology has been recognized by the U.S. government as a tax-exempt religion, and no other religion considers their theological doctrines and core religious tenets to be intellectual property accessible only for a fee. The author says that the sociological definition of a cult is that it is a group with novel religious beliefs and a high degree of tension with the surrounding society.
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