By John Saliba
This balanced textbook appears at rising religions during the lenses of historical past, psychology, sociology, legislation, theology, and counseling. the second one variation is up to date all through and contains a new foreword by means of J. Gordon Melton.
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The Sufi Order in the West consists of a loose federation of small groups who follow the mystical tradition of Islam. Groups like Sufism Reoriented (founded by Meher Baba) and the Guru Bawa Fellowship are examples of contemporary Sufi movements in the West. Eastern religions, mainly Hinduism and Buddhism, have been the most conspicuous religious movements in the West since the late 1960s. Hindu groups, such as the Hare Krishna movement, Transcendental Meditation, and various Yoga ashrams and societies, Buddhist associations and meditation centers, especially Zen, and a few newer Japanese religions, such as Nichiren Shoshu (Soka Gakkai) and Mahikari, have at times figured prominently in the news.
Those that make active recruiting a major portion of their daily activities are the exceptions, not the rule. There are, for instance, many Buddhist groups that do not engage in heavy propaganda. It is thus possible that many people have become members of new religions because they discovered on their own the group they joined, rather than because they were actually sought after and successfully recruited by pushy devotees. Linked to the idea that members of all cults are heavy proselytizers is the assertion that they consciously employ deceptive techniques to lure people to join them.
7. Walter Ralston Martin, The New Cults (Santa Ana, C A Vision House, 1980), p. 16. This definition is repeated in a slightly different form in other works of Martin. See, for example, The Kingdom of the Cults: A n Analysis of the Major Cults Systems in the Present Christian Era (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany Fellowship, 1968), p. 11; and The Rise ofthe Cults (Santa Ana, CA: Vision House, rev. , 1980), p. 12. 8. Charles Braden, These Also Believe (New York: Macmillan, 1951), preface. 9. Martin, The Kingdom ofthe Cults (1968), p.
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