Exploring new religions

  title={Exploring new religions},
  author={George D. Chryssides},
Methodological issues the "suicide cults" the old new religions the "new Christian" movements new religions in the Hindu tradition new forms of Buddhism independent new religions the human potential movement new age, witchcraft and paganism the counter-cult movement. 
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Introduction 1. Religion: a social constructionist approach 2. Secularisation 3. The vagaries of religious pluralism 4. Globalisation and religion 5. Social theory and religious movements 6.
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