James R. Lewis

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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The Overview to this book starts by introducing the field of study, new religious movements (NRMs). It outlines how NRM studies were conceived and developed. It then provides a detailed survey of the contents of this book, introducing the various topics studied in turn. The book’s core, the Overview states, deals with issues that have consumed the most academic activity in this field—conversion, the role of women, the brainwashing debate, and millennialism.

Keywords: new religious movements; NRMs; development; conversion; role of women; brainwashing debate; millennialism

Article.  5327 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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