New Religious Movements in the United States and Canada: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography

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Reference Works

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

001. Crim Keith, ed. Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981.

Very good source of brief information on beliefs, practices and history of world religions. Particularly useful for those wishing to understand terms used in Eastern religions. The major traditions and some minor ones receive lengthy treatment. Many entries include a short bibliography. Illustrations.

002. Encyclopedia of Associations. Detroit: Gale Research, 1956-

The Religious Organizations section of the first volume includes a number of new religious groups, giving the address, number of members, publications, and a brief description of each organization. This is the only published source giving numbers of members, based on the organizations' reporting. Updated regularly.

003. Jack Alex, ed. The New Age Dictionary. Brookline, Mass.: Kanthaka Press, 1976.

It is difficult to characterize this dictionary because its breadth is as formless as the "New Age" concept is. Its definitions are generally brief and popular, with little attention to etymology. Does include new religious groups, terms used in Eastern religions, and spiritual leaders.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction 3
  • Reference Works 19
  • Cultural Background of New Religious Movements 30
  • Interdisciplinary Collected Essays 34
  • Historical Studies 38
  • Sociological and Anthropological Studies 46
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Studies 99
  • Theological and Religious Studies 122
  • Legal Studies 137
  • Personal Accounts 148
  • Popular Studies 154
  • New Religious Movements and the Spiritualization of Knowledge 171
  • Appendix: Selected New Religious Movements Publishers 181
  • Author and Title Index 187
  • Subject Index 219
  • About the Compiler 237
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