Controversial New Religions by James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

By James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen

This publication enhances Lewis's xford instruction manual of latest non secular routine. the previous offers an summary of the kingdom of the sector. This quantity collects papers on these particular New non secular activities (NRMs) that experience generated the main scholarly cognizance. With few exceptions, those agencies also are the debatable teams that experience attracted the eye of the mass media, actually because they've been interested by, or accused of, violent or anti-social actions. one of the events to be profiled are such teams because the department Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Aum Shinrikyo, sunlight Temple, Scientology, Falun Gong and lots of extra. The ebook will functionality as a reference for students, as a textual content for classes in NRMs, and also will attract non-specialists together with newshounds, legislations enforcement, public coverage makers, and others.

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32 I will attempt to explore the core beliefs that are central to the Family experience. These core beliefs center on Jesus and human salvation, Father David as God’s prophet, the spirit world, the End Times, the System, and the sexual ethic. Jesus and Salvation Human salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior is the cornerstone of Family theology. The disciples generally share an understanding of Jesus Christ that is consistent with evangelical Protestant Christianity. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, rose from the grave, and is returning soon to this earth.

Many female disciples established long-term relationships with wealthy or influential men, who often provided resources, help in immigration, and protection against social and political repression. 11 The issues of sexuality and distinctive sexual practices were playing an ever increasing role in Family life. ”12 In his own “rev- a family for the twenty-first century 25 olutionary” style, he made very clear that the disciples served a “sexy God” and that God loved sex and wanted his Children to enjoy it fully.

David Berg taught that human history would climax in a worldwide political, economic, and moral meltdown. The Antichrist will arise to save the world and for three and a half years will establish his reign as a wise and benevolent leader. Then his true nature will be revealed. He will declare his divinity and require the world to worship and obey him, persecuting unto death all those who refuse. Satan, acting through the Antichrist, will have almost total control of the earth. All people will be required to carry the “Mark of the Beast” as a control mechanism.

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