Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

Anglophone Census and National Survey Data on New Religious Movements

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

James R. Lewis [+-]
Wuhan University
James R. Lewis is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University. He is well-published in the field of new religious movements. His publications and edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Controversial New Religions (with Jesper Petersen), Scientology, Children of Jesus and Mary (with Nicholas Levine), and, most recently, Violence and New Religious Movements.

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As discussed throughout this volume, an important source of information bearing on the question of numbers of adherents to alternative religions is national census data. The censuses of four English-speaking countries – New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom – collect information on religious membership that included select New Religions. There has also been an important series of religion surveys conducted in the United States, the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). Though a few scholars of New Religions have referred to one or moreof these censuses, no one has attempted a general survey except this writer (Lewis 2004). Following an examination of one estimate of world religious adherents, this appendix examines census data for the light such data sheds on participation rates in alternative religions. In the final section, relevant data from the ARIS survey will also be examined.

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Lewis, James. Anglophone Census and National Survey Data on New Religious Movements. Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 177-190 Nov 2014. ISBN 9781781791080. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24764. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24764. Nov 2014

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