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SOAN0303

Cults and New Religions

Cults and New Religions
Religious outsiders have been persistent yet controversial. Mystics and messiahs preaching a variety of radical beliefs and ways of life have provoked strong responses from mainline traditions as well as from publics concerned about the "cult" menace. Yet new religions have also been a source of religious experimentation and revival. In this course we will explore the unique characteristics of new religions, the historical circumstances that give rise to them, who join and why, the societal reaction they generate, questions of authority and leadership, violence, and the factors that influence their success, decline and failure. A variety of new religions from North America and the West, as well as from Japan and China, will be considered. These may include the Shakers, the People's Temple, Hare Krishna, Soka Gakkai, the Children of God/Family, Solar Temple, Aum Shinrikyo, Falun Gong, the Branch Davidians, and the Raelians. 3 hrs sem. (Sociology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:
RELI0303 *

Sections

Spring 2015

SOAN0303A-S15 Seminar

Fall 2013

SOAN0303A-F13 Seminar (Rochford)

Fall 2012

SOAN0303A-F12 Seminar (Rochford)

Fall 2011

SOAN0303A-F11 Seminar (Rochford)

Spring 2010

SOAN0303A-S10 Seminar (Rochford)

Fall 2008

SOAN0303A-F08 Seminar (Rochford)

Fall 2006

SOAN0303A-F06 Seminar (Morrison, Rochford)