New Religious Movements (NRMs) are also known as cults or sects. Sites listed here are primarily concerned with the academic study of religious groups younger than the major Western monotheistic traditions. These sites do not pass judgment on NRMs on religious grounds, though certain groups may be criticized on sociological, psychological, or mental health grounds.
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Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
Established in 1988 and recognized in Italy as a public cultural institution in 1996, CESNUR is an international research center in the field of religious studies and new religious movements.
Cults and New Religious Movements: A Bibliography
Extensive reference list of scholarly literature pertaining to cults and NRMs.
Cults and Religion: Nurelweb
Includes complete texts of selected academic works, an exploration of African religions, and a mailing list: nurel-l.
Cults: From Positive to Homicidal Faith Groups
Essays from the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance cover cults, NRMs, the counter-cult movement, and attitudes toward minority religions.
International Cultic Studies Association
Resources concerning psychological manipulation, cult groups, sects, and new religious movements. Includes conferences, full text essays, study guides, and details of periodicals.
Online Texts About Cults and New Religious Movements
Extensive listing of links to complete text articles.
Jeffrey K. Hadden's collection of resources covering cults, sects, and new and established religions. Includes profiles and links for over 200 religious movements, discussion of cult group controversies, and teaching course materials.
When Scholars Know Sin: Alternative Religions and Their Academic Supporters
Article by Stephen A. Kent and Theresa Krebs sounds the alarm about trusting researchers being co-opted by the groups they study, thus bringing the social study of religion into disrepute.
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