Mystics & Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History Philip Jenkins

ISBN: 9780195127447

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Mystics & Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History  by  Philip Jenkins

Mystics & Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History by Philip Jenkins
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This work gives an account of cults and anti-cult scares in American history. The author shows that, contrary to popular belief, cults were by no means an invention of the 1960s. Most of the frightening images and stereotypes surrounding religiousMoreThis work gives an account of cults and anti-cult scares in American history. The author shows that, contrary to popular belief, cults were by no means an invention of the 1960s.

Most of the frightening images and stereotypes surrounding religious fringe movements are traceable to the 19th century, when Mormons, Freemasons, and even Catholics were vehemently denounced for supposed ritualistic violence, fraud, and sexual depravity. As Charles Ferguson observed in 1928, America has always been the sanctuary of amazing cults. But America has also been the home of an often hysterical anti-cult backlash.

Questions answered include: are religious fringe movements a recent phenomenon in American history? Are widespread fears of mass suicides, sexual abuse, and brainwashing in cults justified? Do marginalized religious groups play any positive role in American spiritual life? Does the panic over such groups follow any discernible pattern?



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