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New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America

Edited by Derek Davis and Barry Hankins

New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America
Paperback, 238 pages $34.95
Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780918954923
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Political Science, All Religious Studies, Religion & Politics

New nontraditional religious movements are the most likely groups to offend mainstream culture and the least likely to have representatives in government to ensure that their liberty is protected. These new religious movements are sometimes ostracized and subject to various forms of discrimination. As America becomes increasingly pluralistic, with more and more groups contributing to the nation's religious mosaic, new religious movements may well play an increasing role in the course of religious liberty in America, just as groups such as the Jehovah's Witnesses did formerly. This book explores the problems and possibilities posed by new religious movements for religious liberty in America.




Barry Hankins

1. Controversial Christian Movements: History, Growth, and Outlook

Timothy Miller

2. The Cult Awareness Network and the Anticult Movement: Implications for NRMs in America

Anson Shupe, Susan E. Darnell, and Kendrick Moxon

3. A Contemporary Ordered Religious Community: The Sea Organization

J. Gordon Melton

4. Women in Controversial New Religions: Slaves, Priestesses, or Pioneers?

Susan J. Palmer

5. Satanism and Witchcraft: Social Construction of a Melded but Mistaken Identity

James T. Richardson

6. A Critical Analysis of Evidentiary and Procedural Rulings in Branch Davidian Civil Case

Stuart A. Wright

7. New Religious Movements and Conflicts with Law Enforcement

Catherine Wessinger

8. Christian Reconstruction after Y2K: Gary North, the New Millennium, and Religious Freedom

Adam C. English

9. A Not So Charitable Choice: New Religious Movements and President Bush's Plan for Faith-Based Social Services

Derek H. Davis

10. Fighting for Free Exercise from the Trenches: A Case Study of Religious Freedom Issues Faced by Wiccans Practicing in the United States

Catharine Cookson

11. The Persecution of West Virginia Jehovah's Witnesses and the Expansion of Legal Protection for Religious Liberty

Churck Smith


About the Contributors


This excellent treatment of contemporary developments on the religious scene offers fresh insights into the dynamics of new religious movements and will help to relieve one's anxieties about their baneful effects. After all, Christianity was once a new religion, and the freedom we demand for ourselves must also be allowed to these faiths. In today's secular world we stand side by side in the struggle for religious liberty.

—Richard V. Pierard, Indiana State University, and Scholar in Residence, Gordon College

Derek H. Davis is director of the J.M. Dawson Institute on Church-State Studies at Baylor University. Editor of the Journal of Church and State, his publications include Original Intent: Chief Justice Rehnquist and the Course of American Church-State Relations (1991) and Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789: Contributions to Original Intent (2000). He has also published extensively in various law and academic journals.

Barry Hankins is Associate Professor of History and Church-State Studies at Baylor University. He is author of God's Rascal: J. Frank Norris and the Beginnings of Southern Fundamentalism (1996) and Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture (2002). He is also co-editor with Derek Davis of Welfare Reform and Faith-Based Organizations (1999).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 238 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL017000, REL084000
 Baylor University Press

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