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To the mid nineteenth century when Mormons Freemasons And Even Catholics Freemasons and ven Catholics vehemently denounced for supposed ritualistic violence fraud and sexual depravity As Charles Ferguson observed in America has always

been the sanctuary 
the sanctuary amazing cults But America has also been the home of an often hysterical anti cult backlash Jenkins provides an insightful new analysis of why cults arouse such fear and hatred both in the secular world and in mainstream churches many of why cults arouse such fear and hatred both in the secular world and in mainstream churches many which Baptists uakers Pentecostals and Methodists were themselves originally regarded as cults Most importantly Jenkins argues that an accurate historical perspective is urgently needed if we are to avoid the kind of catastrophic confrontation that occurred in Waco or the ruinous prosecution of imagined Satanic cults in the s While not ignoring genuine instances of aberrant behaviour Mystics and Messiahs goes beyond the vast difice of myth distortion and hype to reveal the true characteristics of religious fringe movements and why they inspire such fierce antagoni. .

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Where the multiplication of sects was "CHARACTERISTIC OF JUST ONE PHASE OF "of just one phase of history the mid seventeenth century such multiplication has been a constant feature of American history This book is an ngaging xamination of
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divesity Ecclesiastical vol Jenkins is to be commended for his thoroughness and his Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey evenhandedness in describing and comparing heterodox religious movements Todd Breyfogle Reviews in Religion and Theology Vol Issue June With unusual insight and religious sensitivity Jenkinsxplores the origins development and lines of continuity Over Time To Various Non time to various non religious beliefs and practices in America Jenkins account is learned and God's Pocket engaging to read a helpful index makes itasy to find a discussion of whatever sect or movement however conventional or uirky the reader happens to fancy The scope of the narrative is remarkable He ffortlessly weaves together comparable stories from America s checkered religious past Todd Breyfogle Reviews in Religion and Theology Vol Issue June a book tha. ,
T is not only highly readable also sheds important light on the development of alternative religions in the Western world Church England Newspaper th Sept Perhaps this book will do some good by ncouraging us to beselective and discriminating in our response to them cults Church of England Newspaper th Sept Always stimulating Patrick Allitt TLSAre religious fringe movements a recent phenomeon in American history Are widespread fears of mass
suicides sexual abuse 
sexual abuse brainwashing in cults justified Do marginalized religious groups play any positive role in American spiritual life Do the panics over such groups follow any discernible pattern Phillip Jenkins gives fascinating and surprising answers to these and many other uestions in Mystics and Messiahs the first full account of cults and anti cult scares in American history Jenkins shows that contrary to popular belief cults were by no means an invention of the s In fact most of the frightening images and stereotypes surrounding fringe religious movements are traceable. ,

Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History