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Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America
By the twentieth century, science had become so important that religious traditions had to respond to it. Emerging religions, still led by a living founder to guide them, responded with a clarity and focus that illuminates other larger, more established religions' understandings of science. The Hare Krishnas, the Unification Church, and Heaven's Gate each found distinct wa ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by New York University Press
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Mar 08, 2012 Susie rated it liked it · review of another edition
This book considers how the Hare Krishnas, Unification Church, and Heaven's Gate dealt with science and related it to religion. The Unification church aimed to guide science, Hare Krishnas sought to replace it, and Heaven's Gate attempted to absorb it. The importance of this book in its typology of how new religious movements are incorporating science into their theology and also how science is now necessarily involved in religion. Just as millennialism inspired elements of Pentecostalism and ot ...more