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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 Butler

"The 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 Century

"A groundbreaking study." -- Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture

Organized 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. One: Introduction: New Religions and the Theological Imagination
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Two: Who or What Is God Like? Concepts of Deity in the New Religions
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. Three: What Does It Mean to Be Human? Views of Human Nature in the New Religions
  2. pp. 45-74
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  1. Four: The Dead Learn Forever: Death and Afterlife in the New Religions
  2. pp. 75-97
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  1. Five: How Shall We Live Our Lives? Ethical Reflection and Moral Issues in the New Religions
  2. pp. 98-126
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  1. Six: Epilogue: Broadening the Conversation
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 141-163
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  1. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 164-170
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 171-175
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