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Violence and New Religious Movements$
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James R. Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.001.0001

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Minority Religions and the Context of Violence

Minority Religions and the Context of Violence

A Conflict/Interactionist Perspective

(p.31) 2 Minority Religions and the Context of Violence
Violence and New Religious Movements

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This chapter uses a conflict orientation to examine the violence associated with the recent rise of newer religious groups or "cults," as well as longer-term minority religions. The interactional nature of such violence is discussed, with accusations of violence concerning minority and newer religions placed in a conflict perspective that stresses the interdependency of religious groups and their opponents. Special attention is given to allegations of violence derived from group teachings and practices (with a focus on major recent tragic events involving religious groups) and to violence directed against members and groups by others, including private individuals and organizations, as well as governmental entities.

Keywords:   violence, NRMs, context, interaction, legal, law, governments, Waco, Davidians, Peoples Temple

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