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Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America

Benjamin E. Zeller

Abstract

By the twentieth century, science had become so important that religious traditions had to respond to it. Emerging religions, still led by a living founder to guide them, responded with a clarity and focus that illuminates other larger, more established religions' understandings of science. The Hare Krishnas, the Unification Church, and Heaven's Gate each found distinct ways to incorporate major findings of modern American science, understanding it as central to their wider theological and social agendas. In tracing the development of these new religious movements' (NRMs) viewpoints on science ... More

Keywords: American science, religious movements, religious groups, religion, religious traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814797204
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814797204.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin E. Zeller, author