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.
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.
Extensive reference list of scholarly literature pertaining to cults and NRMs.
Includes complete texts of selected academic works, an exploration of African religions, and a mailing list: nurel-l.
Essays from the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance cover cults, NRMs, the counter-cult movement, and attitudes toward minority religions.
Resources concerning psychological manipulation, cult groups, sects, and new religious movements. Includes conferences, full text essays, study guides, and details of periodicals.
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.
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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