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Teaching New Religious Movements$
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David G. Bromley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.001.0001

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Social Building Blocks of New Religious Movements: Organization and Leadership

Social Building Blocks of New Religious Movements: Organization and Leadership

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(p.159) Social Building Blocks of New Religious Movements: Organization and Leadership
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Teaching New Religious Movements
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E. Burke Rochford Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0008

This chapter considers a number of questions and issues central to leadership and organization within new religions. Four key issues are explored: the social and historical context in which new religions have emerged; the distinctiveness of new religious organizations and how they differ from other religious collectivities; the role and fate of charismatic leadership; and the factors that influence the success, failure, and overall development of new religious movements. Attention is given to new religions as oppositional cultures and how the emergence of family life has altered both their pattern of social organization and relationship to mainstream society. A series of class exercises and research-based projects are included to aid teachers and students.

Keywords:   new religious organizations, charismatic leadership, success and failure, oppositional religious culture, family

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