Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Controversial New Religions - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Controversial New Religions

James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen


This book features a collection of essays that discuss in detail the new religious groups that emerged during the 20th century. The essays provide an overview of each religion, their historical development, leaders, doctrines, and activities. The groups covered are: the Family Unification Church, People’s Temple, Branch Davidians, ISKCON (Hare Krishnas), Osho Rajneesh, Soka Gakkai, Aum Shunrikyo, Falun Gong, Aumism, Scientology, Theosophy, Order of the Solar Temple Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, Heaven’s Gate, Raëlians, White racist religions, and Satanism. The book is divided into fou ... More

Keywords: religious groups, religion, Christian, Asian, New Age, esoteric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/019515682X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Lewis, editor
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Jesper Aagaard Petersen, editor
University of Copenhagen
Author Webpage

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.



Front Matter


James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Part I Groups in the Christian Tradition

3 Reconstructing Reality

Rebecca Moore

Part II Asian and Asian-Inspired Groups

6 When Leaders Dissolve

Marion S. Goldman

9 The Falun Gong

David Ownby

10 Notes on the Aumist Religion

PierLuigi Zoccatelli

Part III Esoteric and New Age Groups

11 Inventing L. Ron Hubbard

Dorthe Refslund Christensen

12 The Theosophical Society

James A. Santucci

15 Heart and Soul

Diana G. Tumminia

Part IV Other Groups and Movements

19 Modern Satanism

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

End Matter