James R. Lewis, "Cults: A Reference Handbook" (Contemporary World Issues)
ABC-CLIO | 2nd edition (2005) | English | ISBN: 1851096183 | 356 pages | PDF | 1.65 MB
In February 1993, 76 federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. After a 51-day siege, more than 80 members died. In March 1995, a poison gas attack that occurred in a Tokyo subway and killed 12 people was attributed to the controversial Japanese religious group AUM Shinrikyo. According to cult watchdog groups, our society is populated by hundreds, if not thousands, of cult groups, many of which are capable of extreme actions.
Over half of U.S. religions have formed since 1960, but the term "cult" applies only to a few high-demand religious groups. In the 1990s, a series of violent incidents involving alternative religious groups reactivated the controversy in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. High-profile terrorist violence such as the September 11 attacks has prompted interest in the issue of religion and violence, which in turn has stimulated new work on the cult issue. This volume surveys the cult controversies from the early 1970s to the present. Included is an in-depth look at brainwashing and the issue of alternative religions and violence. The principal controversial religions, movements, and individuals that have made the headlines are also examined.
(No mirrors, pls)
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