New Religions and the Theological Imagination in America

New Religions and the Theological Imagination in America

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Bednarowski is especially good at elucidating the theological daring of these new American religions.... [She] demonstrates in a very few pages how... theology and group adherence made the individual count, a configuration simultaneously American, un-American, and important." -Jon ButlerThe cultural confrontation with these `new religions' is very real and usually very misinformed. Bednarowski has gone to great lengths to dispel the ignorance." -The Christian CenturyA groundbreaking study." -Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and CultureOrganized as a series of theological conversations about ultimate questions, this book offers a guide to the answers these six religions offer. Drawing heavily on sources from the movements themselves, it presents a balanced comparative account of the emerging theological systems of America's new religions.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0253209528
  • 9780253209528

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This book is an introduction to the theological systems of six 'new' religions-Mormonism, Christian Science, Theosophy, the Unification Church, Scientology, and the New Age movement.show more

About Mary Farrell Bednarowski

MARY FARRELL BEDNAROWSKI is Professor of Religious Studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.show more

Table of contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Introduction: New Religions and the Theological Imagination2. Who or What Is God Like? Concepts of Deity in the New Religions3. What Does It Mean to Be Human? Views of Human Nature in the New Religions4. The Dead Learn Forever: Death and Afterlife in the New Religions5. How Shall We Live Our Lives? Ethical Reflection and Moral Issues in the New Religions6. Epilogue: Broadening the ConversationNotes, Annotated Bibliography, and Indexshow more

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