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"Barrett writes...in an accessible, objective, and...encyclopedic fashion that makes his work truly stand out."--Library Journal. "This is a fascinating book to read. . .a useful resource. . ."--Booklist. A greatly expanded, revised, and updated edition of this much-praised, topical, and best-selling reference. From variations on the major world religions to the Moonies, W ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by Cassell
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Journalist David Barrett creates what must be the most comprehensive, detailed list of alternative religions in the Western world to date in this book. Better yet, he gives them a fair chance/objectivity, which is needed in a discussion that brings up the strong emotions associated with "cults". Here he draws a thick line between "cults" - the Kool-aid drinking, destructive few that have hit the news - and thousands of alternative religions that exist and are not harmful. You'll find all kinds o ...more
May 13, 2011 Devilyn (Emily) rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I took a course on alternative spiritualities and this book came in really useful. It has also just been good to read about all the different 'religions' that are around. Some of them are a little bizarre but it has been fun reading the book and it has helped me with other courses and assessments. A good read if your interested in any of the smaller and more alternative traditions found around the world.