New Religious Movements

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  • Groups Widely-Publicized in Popular Media
  • Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & People's Temple
    [An excellent set of resources actively maintained by Rebecca Moore of San Diego State University.]
  • Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas
    [Links to sites representing various perspectives on the group and its fate at the hands of the U.S. Government.]
  • Heaven's Gate
    [A copy of the organization's web site.]
  • New Religions from India
    [Resources on some yoga and meditations movements, the guru figure, and related phenomena connected with new religions from India.]
  • Scientology
    Links to several official, semi-official, and oppositional sites.

    Bibliographies and Online Texts
  • Cults and New Religious Movements: A Bibliography
    [A non-annotated list of works in English, with an appendix of Dutch and German literature, by Rob H. Nanninga.]
  • Online Texts about Cults and New Religions
    [A well-selected set of links maintained by Rob H. Nanninga who works with the Stichting Skepsis: Dutch Foundation of Sceptics in the Netherlands.]

    Scholarly Journals
  • Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
    [A print journal published the University of California Press in USA.]

  • Internet Directories and Meta-Sites
  • Cults and Religion
    [A site maintained by Irving Hexham at the University of Calgary in Canada, who also moderates NUREL-L, an e-mail discussion forum on New Religions.]
  • CultWatch
    [An "oldie but goodie" site, not revised since 1997 but containing useful summaries apparently authored by J. Gordon Melton.]
  • GTU New Religious Movements Archives
    [A collection of resources begun during the first major NRM research project led by Robert N. Bellah and Jacob Needleman. The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (USA) has been active in the study of new religions since the 1970's.]
  • Home Page of Joel Elliott
    [Selected links and information on International Churches of Christ and Jehovah's Witnesses.]
  • New Religious Movements
    [A linking and resource page maintained by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.]
  • The World Religions and Spirituality Project
    [A worthy successor to the late Jeffrey K. Hadden's Religious Movements site at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA), this site is becoming a well-developed gateway to internet resources for the study of new religions.]
  • Online Resource Guide in Social Sciences
    [A New Religions resource gateway maintained by Tula Giannini at Pratt Institute.]
  • Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
    [A site that aims to provide summary information on a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices from a non-evaluative standpoint. Includes a guide to more than 60 identifiable traditions, movements, and groups.]
  • ReligioScope
    [An excellent, highly recommended, multilingual site maintained by J. F. Meyer.]
  • Yahoo Cults Index
    [A non-annotated and relatively poorly sorted collection of links from a major web-indexing service. Compare the similar Open Directory page.]

    Academic Professional Associations that Support Study of New Religions
  • American Academy of Religion
    [The AAR supports the study of emerging, new, and alternative religions; and its members meet annually in November.]
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
    [Formed in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society, current membership of the ASR is about 700 people interested in empirical study of religion. Meets annually in tandem with the American Sociological Association.]
  • CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni
    [Center for the Study of New Religions in Italy. Many online resources for current information about NRMs.]
  • Communal Studies Association
    [The CSA works to facilitate the preservation, restoration, and public interpretation of historic communal sites in North America, to provide a forum for the study of communal societies, and to communicate the successful ideas from, and lessons learned by, communal societies.]
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
    [The SSSR was organized to stimulate and communicate scientific research on religious institutions and religious experience. Scholars from all fields of study who are interested in the scientific exploration of religion are among its members.]
  • Society for Utopian Studies
    [An international, interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of utopianism in all its forms with a particular emphasis on literary and experimental utopias.]

    Oppositional and "Consumer Protection" Activists
  • New Religions - Cons and Pros
    [Links to web sites of various individuals, groups, and organizations that specialize in observation, opposition, or victim-assistance in relation to alternative, emerging, or new religious movements. Value-conflicts precipitated by some closely-knit movements, and by responses to them from people supposing they represent the cultural or religious majority, have led to stigmatization by means of the term 'cult', to the founding of cult-opposition organizations, and to intervention "to assist people to recover from cult experiences."]

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