Journals Higher Education



25 January 2006

272 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780195420098

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Comprehending Cults

The Sociology of New Religious Movements

Second Edition

Lorne L. Dawson

Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. Completely revised and updated in this second edition, the book examines all aspects of cults while striving to delineate the very real limits of our knowledge. In addition to dealing with the troublesome aspects of the subject, including issues of violence, sexuality, and brainwashing, the author also considers the possibility that new religious movements are a source of spiritual satisfaction to their members.