In response to Nova Religio articles by Andreas Pietsch and Sita Steckel, Michael Driedger, and Johannes C. Wolfart calling for a reframing of new religious movements by new religions scholars, agreement is offered that new religions studies will be well served by incorporating insights from scholars of new religious movements and sectarian movements of the late medieval and Reformation eras, as well as by recasting assumptions that associate apocalyptic movements with violence. It is also suggested that a more sophisticated assessment of pluralism in previous centuries and more attention to methodological issues will provide a firmer foundation for current claims of a growing religious diversity in the contemporary world.
Research Article| May 01 2018
An Initial Response to the Call for Reframing the History of New Religious Movements
Nova Religio (2018) 21 (4): 88–95.
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J. Gordon Melton; An Initial Response to the Call for Reframing the History of New Religious Movements. Nova Religio 1 May 2018; 21 (4): 88–95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.21.4.88
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