World accommodating religious movements
Given such harsh realities, one would suppose that efforts to distinguish between the occasional success and the mass of failures would have very high intellectual priority. When I published an initial version of a theoretical model of how new religions succeed (Stark 1987), I could find virtually nothing to cite.
And, aside from an essay from Bryan Wilson (1987) - published in the same volume as was my model - that remains true.
Furthermore, with bibliographies at the end of each article, it also provides an excellent starting point for further study." Marburg Journal of Religion "The editor has collected a number of fine writings by leading authors, theorists and researchers in the field of NRMs.
One find understandable and accessible essays by historians, sociologists and psychologists of religion and other scholars well known for their work on the subject and/or famous in their disciplines ...
Belief that God has a special contract with a Hebrew tribe, involving many specific rules of behaviour About Judaism" href="judaism.html"Judaism, Christianity" JQPU_Content="Belief that a single creator god had a son, Jesus Christ, born to a human mother, and that Jesus' crucifixion by the Romans brings salvation About Christianity" href="christianity.html"Islam. Atheism" JQPU_Content="Either (1) the active and extrinsic disbelief that God exists, or (2) an intrinsic lack of belief due to lack of knowledge about god(s) in local culture About atheism" href="atheism.html"Atheism: Belief systems that do not contain any creator god(s).
Buddhism" JQPU_Content="The belief that meditation and good living can break the cycle of reincarnation and result in enlightenment About Buddhism" href="buddhism.html"Taoism are examples of Atheism" JQPU_Content="Either (1) the active and extrinsic disbelief that God exists, or (2) an intrinsic lack of belief due to lack of knowledge about god(s) in local culture About atheism" href="atheism.html"atheist religions.
The words comes from Greek a-theos which means "no gods". Belief system: A series of beliefs meshed together by a common structure and framework. If evidence for a belief system is found, it becomes a theory (⇒ see: What is Science and the Scientific Method? Cult: A biased and derogatory terms used to describe a small group of non-mainstream believers who are unpopular for some reason.
The sociologist Rodney Stark's essay is also excellent.Although it is impossible to calculate the actual rate of success, probably no more than one religious movement out of 1,000 will attract more than 100,000 followers and last for as long as a century.Even most movements that achieve these modest results will become no more than a footnote in the history of religions.Prefatory Note This report, Christian Witness to New Religious Movements, is one of a series of Lausanne Occasional Papers (LOPs) emerging from the historic Consultation on World Evangelization (COWE) held in Pattaya, Thailand, in June 1980. – Psychological self-realisation movements with religious overtones.The report was drafted by members of the ” Mini- Consultation on Reaching Mystics and Cultists” under the chairmanship of Mr. – Aberrant Christian groups: – those with Christian elements added to a non-Christian religious base – those with non-Christian elements which have been added to a Christian base – those with deviant doctrinal interpretation which arise within an otherwise Christian context. Portraits of the New Religious Movements: The “seed” and the “soil” With more than 10,000 different new religious movements in Africa, 500 in the U. A., 450 in Germany, 95 in the United Kingdom, and similar numbers in other parts of the world, we are faced with an almost endless variety of movements.