The future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formation /

Religion is alive and well in the modern world, and the social-scientific study of religion is undergoing a renaissance. For much of this century, respected social theorists predicted the death of religion as inevitable consequence of science, education, and modern economics. But they were wrong. St...

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Online Access:Electronic book from JSTOR
Main Author: Stark, Rodney.
Other Authors: Bainbridge, William Sims.
Format: eBook
Published:Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1985.
Table of Contents:
  • The nature of religion
  • Of churches, sects, and cults
  • The spectrum of faiths
  • Religious regionalism
  • The eternal exodus : causes of religious dissent and schism
  • American-born sect movements
  • Sect transformation and upward mobility : the missing mechanisms
  • Three models of cult formation
  • Cult movements in America : a reconnaissance
  • Client and audience cults in America
  • Cult membership in the roaring twenties
  • Scientology : to be perfectly clear
  • The rise and decline of transcendental meditation
  • Networks of faith : interpersonal bonds and recruitment to cults and sects
  • Friendship, religion, and the occult
  • The arithmetic of social movements : theoretical implications
  • The "consciousness reformation" reconsidered
  • Who joins cult movements?
  • Secularization, revival, and cult formation
  • Church and cult in Canada
  • Europe's receptivity to cults and sects
  • Rebellion, repressive regimes, and religious movements.