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  • Heaven's Gateby Benjamin E. Zeller; Robert W. Balch

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 22.00

    In March 1997, thirty-nine people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, ritually terminated their lives. To outsiders, it was a mass suicide. To insiders, it was a graduation. This act was the culmination of over two decades of spiritual and social development for the members of Heaven?s Gate, a religious group focused on transcending humanity and the Earth,... more...

  • Formed From This Soilby Thomas S. Bremer

    Wiley 2014; US$ 99.95

    Formed from This Soil offers a complete history of religion in America that centers on the diversity of sacred traditions and practices that have existed in the country from its earliest days. Organized chronologically starting with the earliest Europeans searching for new routes to Asia, through to the global context of post-9/11 America of the... more...

  • Cultsby James R. Lewis

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 29.95

    Cults examines the history and current status of cults across the United States, Europe, and East Asia. Focusing on the principal controversial religions and movements that have attracted major media attention, the book also includes profiles of hundreds of minority religions, from Jesus People and Rastafarians to voodoo practitioners and the human-cloning... more...

  • Changing Faithby Darren Sherkat

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 118.50

    More than anywhere else in the Western world, religious attachments in America are quite flexible, with over 40 percent of U.S. citizens shifting their religious identification at least once in their lives. In Changing Faith , Darren E. Sherkat draws on empirical data from large-scale national studies to provide a comprehensive portrait of religious... more...

  • Religion in Public and Private Lifeby Clarke E. Cochran

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    Religious crosses the spheres of both the private life and the public institution. In a liberal democracy, public and private interests and goals prove to be inseparable. Clarke Cochran?s interdisciplinary study brings political theory and the sociology of religion together in a fresh interpretation of liberal culture. First published in 1990, this... more...

  • Roots of Haiti's Vodou-Christian Faith: African and Catholic Originsby R. Murray Thomas

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 48.00

    This book traces the development of Haiti's combined Vodou-Christian religion from 1500 to the present and explains how this combination of distinct faiths coalesces in a coherent belief system. more...

  • Visions of Zionby Erin C. MacLeod

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 73.50

    In reggae song after reggae song Bob Marley and other reggae singers speak of the Promised Land of Ethiopia. "Repatriation is a must!" they cry. The Rastafari have been travelling to Ethiopia since the movement originated in Jamaica in 1930s. They consider it the Promised Land, and repatriation is a cornerstone of their faith. Though Ethiopians... more...

  • Die Biologie der Zehn Gebote und die Natur des Menschenby Wolfgang Wickler

    Springer 2014; US$ 19.99

    Die Zehn Gebote markieren soziale Konfliktstellen bei Tieren wie Menschen, an denen der einzelne sich Vorteile auf Kosten der anderen verschaffen kann. Biologen konnen zeigen, warum sich von Natur her keine Lebensordnung einstellt, die das verhindert, und warum entsprechende ethische Normen erst fur den Menschen geboten und verpflichtend sind.Zwar... more...

  • Politics and Religion in the United Statesby Michael Corbett; Julia Corbett-Hemeyer; J. Matthew Wilson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    There is a complex relationship between religiosity and secularism in the American experience. America is notable both for its strict institutional separation of church and state, and for the strong role that religion has played in its major social movements and ongoing political life.?This book seeks to illuminate for readers the dynamics underlying... more...

  • American Gurusby Arthur Versluis

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 72.99

    By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the public spiritual teacher who neither belongs to, nor is authorized by a major religious tradition. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are now countless spiritual... more...