World accommodating nrm

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The first type emerged as participants of the counterculture, somewhat disillusioned with its approach and objectives, began to turn to religions such as Hare Krishna (see INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY …), the Divine Light Mission, the Unification Church (see MOON, SUN MYUNG), and the Children of God, which shunned the world and stressed the importance of the expressive, experiential approach to religious truth over against reason and reflection.

For a time these movements, highly authoritarian, rigid, demanding, and communalistic, exercised most appeal, sometimes rivalled by the world-affirming Scientology and Transcendental Meditation.

==NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS== From the early 60’s, there was a large growth of the number of religious organisations in society.

CHURCH – Large, universalistic organisations aimed to include the whole of society.

Since a high proportion of these NRMs have survived, the overall number has continued to rise.

Typically led by a charismatic leader and claim to have the monopoly of truth. WALLIS coined the term “new religious movement” to cover the different types of religious movements growing.

DENOMINATION – Lay midway between churches and sects. Led by “practitioners” or “therapists” who claim special knowledge. He identifies between three different kinds of NRM. Offer a service, and claim to allow people to achieve their ‘full potential’. - WORLD ACCOMMODATING – These NRM’s neither fully accept, nor fully reject mainstream values.