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In the last few years the world has changed in unexpected ways. The power of radical ideas and groups is growing. But what is life like on the political fringes? What is the real power of radicals? This is an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements who are rejecting...
Updated throughout, the third edition of the acclaimed Sacred Fury explores violence in world religion. Featuring new material on violence in Buddhism and Hinduism, the rise of ISIS, "lone wolf terrorists," and more, this is an essential text for understanding the connections between religion and violence both historically and today.
Seventh-Day Adventists, Melanesian cargo cults, David Koresh's Branch Davidians, and the Raelian UFO religion would seem to have little in common. What these groups share, however, is a millennial orientation-the audacious human hope for a collective salvation, which may be either heavenly or earthly.
Storming Zion offers a compelling explanation for the growing trend of state raids on new and nontraditional religious communities. Stuart Wright and Susan Palmer base their study on a massive data set documenting 116 government raids over the last six decades, primarily in Western countries.
By Paul Maltby
Within the familiar clash of religious conservatism and secular liberalism Paul Maltby finds a deeper discord: an antipathy between Christian fundamentalism and the postmodern culture of disenchantment. Arguing that each camp represents the poles of America's virulent culture wars, he shows how the cultural identity, lifestyle and political commitments of...
Investigates the origins of fundamentalism, outlining its characteristics and history, considering examples from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
In Fidelity without Fundamentalism Gerard J. Hughes shows that in fact being a truly faithful Christian involves avoiding fundamentalism; to be faithful is to express our faith in a way that respects contemporary knowledge.