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by David V. Barrett

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Author: David V. Barrett
Publisher: Blandford Pr (March 1, 1997)
Language: English
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David Barrett is a graduate in the phenomenology of religion and an ex-intelligence analyst for GCHQ (the intelligence .

David Barrett is a graduate in the phenomenology of religion and an ex-intelligence analyst for GCHQ (the intelligence analysis service of the UK Government) and the NSA. He is now a successful freelance writer and journalist with several published works to his name. The content is well organised into sections: Part 1: A brief history of world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Sikhism and the Bahai.

The New Believers: A Survey of Sects, 'Cults', and Alternative Religions, is a book by David V. Barrett covering the origin, history, beliefs, practices and controversies of more than sixty new religious movements. Barrett covering the origin, history, beliefs, practices and controversies of more than sixty new religious movements, including The Family International (previously known as the Children of God), International Church of Christ, Osho (Rajneesh), Satanism, New Kadampa Tradition, Wicca, Druidry, chaos magic, Scientology, and others.

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Is the next David Koresh or Jim Jones building a following in your town? And is there a foolproof way to distinguish between harmless cults and ones that foster suicide, violence, and brain-washing?

Is the next David Koresh or Jim Jones building a following in your town? And is there a foolproof way to distinguish between harmless cults and ones that foster suicide, violence, and brain-washing? A leading expert on both traditional and new religions discusses humans' needs for spirituality, and acts as a guide through the confusing variety of movements that attract fervent adherents. Encyclopedic and international in its scope, some of the groups investigated have received international notoriety, such as the Branch Davidians of Waco, or Tokyo's nerve-gas-wielding Aum Shinrikyo.

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Many people belong to cults and sects which appear strange, frightening or disturbing to others. Aimed at the general reader, this book reveals the beliefs and practices of many modern cults and sects, explaining their origins and attempting to answer the questions raised by their activities.

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Many people belong to cults and sects which appear strange, frightening or disturbing to others. Aimed at the general reader, this book reveals the beliefs and practices of many modern cults and sects, explaining their origins and attempting to answer the questions raised by their activities.
Comments: (4)
Gajurus
This was an enormous effort by the author, and I know he did his best to be accurate, but it's hard to do justice to many of these cults, sects, and alternative religions without actually understanding them from the inside. Some of them I am familiar with, such as the Transcendental Mediation Program, and it seemed to me his biases were showing so his presentations were not entirely fair. It is a useful book however.
Best West
David Barrett is a graduate in the phenomenology of religion and an ex-intelligence analyst for GCHQ (the intelligence analysis service of the UK Government) and the NSA. He is now a successful freelance writer and journalist with several published works to his name.

In this 1996 publication, Mr. Barrett summarises his years of research into more than 50 different sects, cults and ‘alternative’ religions. The content is well organised into sections:

Part 1: A brief history of world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Sikhism and the Bahai

Part 2: A history of Christianity and its schisms caused by doctrinal differences, exploring the beliefs of nonconformist offshoots like Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Unification Church

Part 3: Eastern movements like ISKCON, Elan Vital, the ‘School of Economic Science’ and the Japanese Soka Gakkai sect

Part 4 is split into two parts: esoteric movements like Theosophy, Gurdjieff, the Rosicrucians and the flying saucer cults; and Neo-Pagan movements like Wicca, Shamanism and the Fellowship of Isis

Part 5: Personal Development Movements such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology and the Emin

The book concludes with a list of useful addresses (some necessarily now out-of-date since the book’s 1996 publication), a large bibliography and index.

The writing style is literate, informative and lively, with the occasional witticism. The author is often ironic but his observations of the cults and societies investigated are both sympathetic and informative. The information about each contemporary movement is mostly supplied from the organizations themselves and from meeting/interviewing followers, ex-members and - for balance - occasional detractors. Movements from the past are described from carefully researched primary sources and placed in their historical perspective.

Overall, an excellent book: scholarly, dispassionate and non-partisan, and as far as I can tell, accurate. It’s an illuminating portal of entry into some of the diverse and thriving (and often quirky) belief systems in our contemporary pluralistic society, lurking just beneath the surface of our so-called ‘scientific’ consensus reality.
Mikarr
This book is an almost encyclopedia like account of the many and varied non-traditional religious groups. It offers a brief history as well as a beliefs and practices section for each of the more than 50 different sects that it covers. These range from large Christian based religions, such as the Mormons, to Asian influenced groups such as the Hare Krishnas. In addition, many smaller sects are covered that Barrett classifies as beither being esoteric or neo-pagan.

I was impressed by how objective Barrett remained throughout the book, no matter how ridiculous some of these groups may seem to the average person. His writings were largely based on the information provided by the groups themselves. However, he sometimes does offer an opinion or warning, especially when a particular group is known as being potentially violent or dangerous such as the Branch Davidians in Waco. Overall, the book is well written and researched

I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in reading about a wide-range of "alternative" religions.
Rko
Mr. Barrett does an outstanding job of presenting the spiritual beliefs throughout the world with a dispassionate, nonjudgmental voice. Before enumerating and describing the many cults and alternative religions, he explains the major world religions, as well as the differences and similarities between each, and then again between their own individual sects. This provides a strong and understandable foundation for understanding the roots of various cults and their beliefs. As much as possible, he obtains views on these from both their proponents and detractors. I have never read a more comprehensive book on this topic. Well-written, good organization, valuable information without sensationalism.