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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

Sexuality and New Religious Movements

Editors: Lewis, J., Bogdan, Henrik (Eds.)

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Issues relating to sexuality, eroticism and gender are often connected to religious beliefs and practices, but also to prejudices against and fear of religious groups that adopt alternative approaches to sexuality. This is especially apparent in connection with new religious movements, which many times find themselves accused by the media and anti-cultists of promoting illicit and controversial views on sexuality. This anthology aims to critically investigate the role of sexuality in a number of new religious movements, including Mormon fundamentalist communities, the Branch Davidians, the Osho movement, the Raël movement, contemporary Wicca and Satanism, in addition to the teachings of Adidam and Gurdjieff on sexuality.

About the authors

Henrik Bogdan, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Martha Sonntag Bradley, Cornell University, USA Chas S. Clifton, Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA Anthony Costabile, Adidam Midwest Center, USA Jennifer Lara Fagen, Lamar University, USA Per Faxneld, Stockholm University, Sweden James R. Lewis, University of Tromsø, Norway Susan Palmer, Concordia University, Canada Jesper Aagaard Petersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Johanna J. M. Petsche, University of Sydney , Australia Roshani Cari Shay, Western Oregon University, USA Stuart A. Wright, Lamar University, USA

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"Sex is not just sex. As anyone who has deeply engaged the history of religions knows, human sexuality runs the gamut from the most mundane fetish or fantasy to the profundities of charismatic authority, mystical experience, discarnate erotic encounter, alien abduction, even human deification. The essayists in this new volume demonstrate this still ill-understood truth in abundance and with astonishing historical and psychological detail. They thus take us further down the road toward a genuine understanding of our real situation in this weird, weird world." - Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Reflexivity and Eroticism in the Study of Mysticism


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Sexuality and New Religious Movements

    Bogdan, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Empowerment in Mormon Fundamentalist Communities

    Fagen, Jennifer Lara (et al.)

    Pages 9-28

  • Gender among the Branch Davidians

    Bradley, Martha Sonntag

    Pages 29-58

  • Sex and Gender in the Words and Communes of Osho (née Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)

    Shay, Roshani Cari (et al.)

    Pages 59-88

  • Sexual Practice, Spiritual Awakening, and Divine Self-Realization in the Reality-Way of Adidam

    Costabile, Michael Anthony

    Pages 89-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexuality and New Religious Movements
Editors
  • J. Lewis
  • Henrik Bogdan
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38643-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137386434
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40962-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 240
Topics