Unit 3: New Religious Movements (NRMs) (Summary)

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Work is based from Wallis 'The Sociology of the New Religions' Social Studies Review. He was influential in his attempt to develop a typology of NRMs.

- He observed that many NRMs drew on Christian traditions as well as Non-Western religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Island and combined these with techniques drawn from pyschology/ pyschotherapy.

- He distinguishes between NRMs by how the relate/orientate themselves to the world:

1) World Affirming :)

- Focus is on the problems of the individuals.

- They market themselves as a service which individuals can purchase and consume at their convenience.

- Practices are directed at reducing the problems of this life.

- They accept most of the goals and values of the…


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