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By Benjamin Zablocki, Thomas Robbins

Misunderstanding Cults presents a uniquely balanced contribution to what has turn into a hugely polarized zone of analysis. practicing a reasonable .third course. within the heated debate over new spiritual routine or cults, this assortment comprises contributions from either students who've been characterised as .anticult. and people characterised as .cult-apologists.. The research accommodates a number of viewpoints in addition to quite a few theoretical and methodological views, with the said aim of depolarizing the dialogue over substitute non secular pursuits. A in demand part in the ebook focuses explicitly at the factor of scholarly objectivity and the risk of partisanship within the learn of cults.

The assortment additionally comprises contributions at the arguable and masses misunderstood subject of brainwashing, in addition to discussions of cult violence, young ones mentioned in unconventional non secular routine, and the conflicts among substitute spiritual routine and their critics. certain in its breadth, this is often the 1st examine of latest spiritual pursuits to handle the details of controversy in the box whereas searching for a center floor among opposing camps of scholarship.

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