Minority Religions and the Context of Violence
A Conflict/Interactionist Perspective
This chapter uses a conflict orientation to examine the violence associated with the recent rise of newer religious groups or "cults," as well as longer-term minority religions. The interactional nature of such violence is discussed, with accusations of violence concerning minority and newer religions placed in a conflict perspective that stresses the interdependency of religious groups and their opponents. Special attention is given to allegations of violence derived from group teachings and practices (with a focus on major recent tragic events involving religious groups) and to violence directed against members and groups by others, including private individuals and organizations, as well as governmental entities.
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