Contemporary Cults and New Religious Movements

CHM3610 Contemporary Cults and New Religious Movements (3)

This course is an introduction to the sociological study of cults and new religious movements in contemporary America and the Majority of the world, tracing their emergence from historical and religious perspectives, with particular attention to how they compare to and interact with Christiani-ty. New religious movements explored in this course will include those of a second book (e.g. Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science), civil and implicit religions (e.g. American civil religion, Masonry, Christian Identity), cults (e.g. Children of God, Unification Church), and export reli-gions (e.g. Transcendental Meditation, Soka Gakkai, Nation of Islam).