Minority Religions and the Context of Violence

James T. Richardson

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735631
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894512 | DOI:
Minority Religions and the Context of Violence

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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.

Keywords: violence; NRMs; context; interaction; legal; law; governments; Waco; Davidians; Peoples Temple

Chapter.  15673 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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