Violence and New Religious Movements

David G. Bromley

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Violence and New Religious Movements

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The episodes of new religious movement (NRM)-related violence in the mid-1990s that indirectly helped to establish new religions as a field of study also prompted NRM specialists to give greater attention to the issue of violence. This article examines a number of general models that have been developed since the mid-nineties, models that have moved in the direction of taking into account the dynamics between NRMs and the social agencies with which they interact, and the potential for violent acts from either side. It then outlines a number of theoretical and public policy issues that need to be addressed in the future.

Keywords: new religions; violence; general models; public policy

Article.  8302 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems ; Religious Studies

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