Sects, `Cults' & Alternative Religions: A World Survey and Sourcebook by David V. Barrett

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Is the next David Koresh or Jim Jones building a following in your town? And is there a foolproof way to distinguish between harmless cults and ones that foster suicide, violence, and brain-washing? A leading expert on both traditional and new religions discusses humans' needs for spirituality, and acts as a guide through the confusing variety of movements that attract fervent adherents.

Blandford, 1996.
ISBN: 9780713727562. 320 pp.
Softcover. Very good.