Next Inform Seminar:
‘Book Launch – Radical Transformations in Minority Religions, Beth Singler and Eileen Barker (eds.)
Will be held online Thursday 10th February 2022 – 5:30-7:30 pm GMT
Respondents will include:
Professor Emeritus James A. Beckford, University of Warwick
Michael Langone, Executive Director, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), USA
Professor Linda Woodhead, King’s College London
To register please make a donation using the donate button below. A link to the event will be sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account. If you cannot make a donation at this time, please email Inform@kcl.ac.uk to register.
All religions undergo continuous change, but minority religions tend to be less anchored in their ways than mainstream, traditional religions. This volume examines radical transformations undergone by a variety of minority religions, including the Children of God/ Family International; Gnosticism; Jediism; various manifestations of Paganism; LGBT Muslim groups; the Plymouth Brethren; Santa Muerte; and Satanism.
As with other books in the Routledge/Inform series, the contributors approach the subject from a wide range of perspectives: professional scholars include legal experts and sociologists specialising in new religious movements, but there are also chapters from those who have experienced a personal involvement. The volume is divided into four thematic parts that focus on different impetuses for radical change: interactions with society, technology and institutions, efforts at legitimation, and new revelations.
This book will be a useful source of information for social scientists, historians, theologians and other scholars with an interest in social change, minority religions and ‘cults’. It will also be of interest to a wider readership including lawyers, journalists, theologians and members of the general public.
For the table of contents see the Routledge Website.
Other Upcoming Events:
Inform and the TRS Department at KCL look forward to hosting the British Association for the Study of Religion‘s Annual Conference in September 2022