CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2016 CESNUR Conference co-organized by:
Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR)
Korean Academy of New Religions (KANR)
Department of Daesoon Theology, Daejin University


koreaDaejin University - 1007 Hoguk Road, Pocheon City, Republic of Korea
5 July - 10 July 2016


Tuesday July 5, 2016

1.45 p.m. / Participants with the “full registration” package will congregate for a departure at 1.45 p.m. in Seoul, the Square of Seoul Central Train Station, and board a bus for moving to Daejin University throughout the North region of Seoul (Bus will leave at 2 p.m.).

4 p.m. / Check-in (Guest Room Building in the University)

Opening Reception
(Professors’ Hall, Daejin University)

5.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. / Registration

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. / Opening Reception
Welcome Greetings (President of Daejin University)
Welcome Greetings (President of KANR)
Introduction to Religious Movements in Korean History


Wednesday July 6, 2016

Place: Daejin Educational Building
Plenary - 1st Floor / Parallel - 2nd Floor

9.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. / Session 1 - Plenary

Religion and Globalization: Korea and the World

Presiding and Introducing: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Religion and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities
Anselm Kyongsuk MIN (Claremont Graduate University, Southern California)

Prioritizing Ki: The Shift toward Energy and Transformation in 19th century Korea
Donald BAKER (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Eastern Lightning (Church of God Almighty) moves to Korea. The Place of a Controversial Group in the Spectrum of East Asian Religion
J. Gordon MELTON (Baylor University, Waco, Texas)

11.30 a.m. - 11.50 a.m. / Coffee Break

11.50 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 1bis - Plenary

The Post-Charismatic Fate of the Unification Church

Chair: J. Gordon MELTON

Unification, Diversification or Fragmentation? The Globalization, Localization and Glocalization of a Korean New Religious Movement
Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics)

Preston Moon and the Family Peace Association
Massimo INTROVIGNE (Pontifical Salesian University, Torino, Italy)

Schism in the Unification Church: 2016 Update
Dan FEFFERMAN (International Coalition for Religious Freedom, Washington DC)

Respondent: KIM Youngjun (Family Peace Association)

1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. / Lunch

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Parallel Sessions 2,3,4

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 2

The Secret World of “Cults” in Popular Culture

Chair: Liselotte FRISK

Cult Stereotypes in Signs and Wonders (1995)
Carole M. CUSACK (University of Sydney)

Portraying The Truth in Fiction – Jehovah’s Witnesses in Novels
George CHRYSSIDES (York St John University)

2.30 - 4 p.m. / Session 3

Case Studies

Chair: WOO Hairan

Hit Gyulakazet: A Liberal Fundamentalist Church
Holly FOLK (Western Washington University)

A Comparative Study on a Course in the Miracles and Alcoholics Anonymous - A Phenomenological Interpretation
AHN Shin (Paichai University, Daejeon)

The Christian Science Monitor: An Example of the Practical Application of the Theology of Christian Science, on a Global Scale, through the Medium of Journalism
Susan SEARLE (University of Newcastle, Australia)

A Study on the Reception of Science-Technology in Choendoism
KIM Tae-Yeon (Ewha Womans University, Seoul)

2.30 - 4 p.m. / Session 4

Mormonism, Esotericism, Racism, and Heterosexism


Mormonism and Masonry: The French Connection 
Michael HOMER (Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City)

Mormonism, Magic, and Sexual Purity
Clyde FORSBERG (Karabuk University)

Accusations of Satanism against Mormonism and the Utah Satanic Abuse Scare
Massimo INTROVIGNE (Pontifical Salesian University, Torino, Italy)

4 p.m. - 4.20 p.m. / Coffee Break

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Parallel Sessions 5,6,7,8

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 5

A Comparative Study of East Asian New Religions

Chair: David W. KIM

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, the End of Times?: A Comparison of Eschatology in a Selection of Popular New Asian Religions
Jason Paul GREENBERGER (University of the West, Rosemead)

A Contrasting View of Three Teachings in East Asian New Religions: Daesoonjinrihoe, I-Kuan Dao and Caodaism
LEE Gyungwon (Daejin University, Pocheon City)

Iglesia ni Cristo and the Local Churches: Contrasting Roads to Success in Two East Asian Religions
Edward IRONS (Hong Kong Institute for Culture, Commerce and Religion)

Nationality. Three Religions and the Way of Yi: The Comparative Study between Korean Daesoonjinrihoe and Taiwan Weixinshengjiao
CHANG Hsin-Fang Fiona (National Cheng Chi University, Taipei)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 6

T’ienti Teachings: A New Religion in Taiwan

Chair: TSAI Yuan-Lin

The Prospective Aspect of the Cosmogonic Models in Laozi and Tianti Teaching's Text
LIOU Chien-Hui (Anthro-Celestial Research Institute, Taiwan)

The Prototype of R.O.C Red Heart Association: Overview for the Archives of Shanxi Province Red Heart Association, 1935-1951
LIU Wenxing (Tienjen Humanities Institute, Taiwan)

“Ziran” and “Wuwei” between Mr. Lee Er and Mr. Lee Yü-Chieh
SHEN Ming-Chang (Taiwan Police College, Taiwan)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 7

Jewish, Muslim and Other Developments

Chair: Carole CUSACK

New Religious Communal Settlements in Israel: New Religiosity and National Ethos
Boaz HUSS (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva)

The Tablighi Jamaat Movement in Kyrgyzstan: Real and Imagined Threats
Meerim AITKULOVA (The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø)

Introducing Universal Medicine
Angela COCO (Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia)

A Study on the Similarities between Neo-Confucianism and Islam, through Maitreya, Egypt-Isis, Christianity, YinYangWuxing and I-ching in Daesoonjinrihoe
CHOI Wonhyuk (Daejin University, Pocheon City)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 8

New Age and the Return of Esotericism

Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Catholic Pyramid? Locating the Phenomenon of Pyramid of Merkine within Global Field of Religions
Milda ALISAUSKIENE (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)

Treatises of Romantic Geometry in the Magical Art of Zbigniew Makowski
Malgorzata Alicja DULSKA and Karolina Maria HESS (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Going Within: Shirley MacLaine in Taiwan’s New Age
Paul FARRELLY (Australian National University, Canberra)

Modern Postural Yoga: From Orthopraxy to Religion?
Matylda CIOLKOSZ (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

As Global as Could Be: Channelers in Russia
Ksenia KOLKUNOVA (St Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow)

6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. / Banquet
Hosting by Daesoon Academy of Science, Daejin University

Thursday July 7, 2016

Place: Daejin Educational Building
Plenary - 1st Floor / Parallel - 2nd Floor


9.30 a.m. - 11.10 a.m. / Session 9 - Plenary

East Asian Movements

Chair: J. Gordon MELTON

Varieties of Personal Religious Experience in Korean New Religious Movements: A Jamesian Approach
KIM Chae Young (Korean Association for Religious Studies, Seoul)

A Theoretical Reflection on the NRMs in the Taiwanese Context
TSAI Yuan-lin (Taiwan Association for Religious Studies, Taipei)

New Religious Movements in Modern Mongolia: Their Social Impacts and Issues
TSEDENDAMBA Samdan (National University of Mongolia, Sùhbaatar)

Ritual Acts: Falun Gong’s Shen Yun Song and Dance Performance
Benjamin PENNY (Australian National University, Canberra)

11.10 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. / Coffee Break

11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 9 - Plenary (continued)

Refreshment: Special Dance Performance by the Students (for 10 min)

The List: The Evolution and Significance of China’s List of Illegal and Evil Cults
Edward IRONS (Hong Kong Institute for Culture, Commerce and Religion)

The Localization and Globalization of Vietnam-Based New Religious Movements: Innovation and Transformation Within and Beyond Asia
NINH Thien-Huong (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

Common Ground and Sacred Exchange - An Overview of Theological Similarities and an Account of Inter-religious Activities among Caodaism, Oomoto, and Dào Yuàn
Jason Paul GREENBERGER (University of the West, Rosemead) and Tran CANH (President of Cao Dai Overseas Missionary)

1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. / Lunch

1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. / Lunch and Business Meeting for the members of the International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR)

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Parallel Sessions 10,11,12

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 10

About Globalization

Chair: WOO Hairan

A Four Brain Trait Model Based on Neurotransmitter-EEG Matching
KIM Daekeun (Seoul National University)

New Religious Movement and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Case of Universal Peace Federation
NOH Minjung (Temple University, Philadelphia)

From Reifying to Formatting: Religion, Universality and the Globalized World
Patrick LAUDE (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 11

Chinese and Japanese Movements

Chair: Boaz HUSS

Kampo as Esotericism after 1970’s in Japan: Risk Perception in Modern Japanese Vitalism
TANOJIRI Tetsuro (The University of Tokyo)

The Methods of Propagation of a Japanese New Religion in the UK – Tenrikyo
HUANG Yeuh-Po (Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Innocent Victims of Chinese Oppression, Or Media Bullies? Falun Gong’s In-Your-Face Media Strategies
James R. LEWIS (University of Tromsø)

The Disease Viewpoint of Falun Gong
CHAO Huang (Wuhan University, China)

2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 12

Sacred Esoteric Eroticism and Controversies: The Strange Case of MISA

Chair: Liselotte FRISK

MISA: An Overview
Massimo INTROVIGNE (Pontifical Salesian University, Torino)

MISA and the Esoteric Tradition of Sacred Sexuality
J. Gordon MELTON (Baylor University, Waco, Texas)

Yoga in the Courts: A Legal Story of MISA
Gabriel ANDREESCU (National School for Political Studies and Public Administration,

4 p.m. - 4.20 p.m. / Coffee Break

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Parallel Sessions 13,14,15,16

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 13

Daesoonjinrihoe: A Korean New Religion

Chair: David W. KIM

Study on the Relations between Kang Jeungsan and Cho Jeongsan Described in the Chapter Two of “Passing on of the Teachings” (Jeong-gyeong)
KO Namsik (Daejin University, Pocheon City)

Religious Belief System of Daesoonjinrihoe – Focused on Daesoonjichim
JOO Soyeon (Daejin University, Pocheon City)

Incantation Practice of New Religions in South Korea
PARK Ingyu (Seoul National University)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 14

Case Studies of East Asian Movements

Chair: TSAI Yuan-Lin

Culture, Education and Salvation: The Development of I-Kuan Tao in Asia
CHUNG Yunying (Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan)

Critics and Defenders: Disputes over Yiguan Dao (I-Kuan Tao) in Buddhist Thailand
LIN Yu-sheng (Kyoto University)

Ven. Cihang and the Development of a Modern Taiwanese Buddhism
Jens REINKE (Leipzig University)

Esoteric Current in Cao Dai: Inner Transformation and Millenarian Aspect
Grzegorz FRASZCZAK (Aberdeen University)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 15

Korean Developments

Chair: PARK Kwangsoo

Sicheonju (Serving God within Ourselves) and the Movement for Creating a New “Post-World” of Donghak
YOON Suksan (Hanyang University, Seoul)

The Process of Canonizing of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)
JO Eung-Tae (Sunmoon University, Asan)

Research on the Ethical Characteristics of ‘Haewonsangsaeng’ Shown in the Principle of ‘Guarding Against Self-Deception’ in Daesoon Thought
KIM Taesoo (Seoul National University)

Social Participation Activities in Won Buddhism: Focused on Education and Interfaith Dialogue
JO Seong-Hun (Wonkwang University, Iksan)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 16


Chair: Holly FOLK

Globalisation and Censorship Tactics of Controversial Korean Groups
Peter DALEY (Independent scholar, Seoul)

Medicine and Healthcare in Controversial Minority Religions: Different Perspectives
Liselotte FRISK (Dalarna University, Falun)

Crying in the Flesh: Disciplining Children in Knutby Filadelfia
Sanja NILSSON (Dalarna University, Falun)

6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. / Banquet

Presiding and Introducing: Milda ALISAUSKIENE

Next Year in Jerusalem: Anti-Cultism in Israel and the Case of Bnei Baruch
Massimo INTROVIGNE (Pontifical Salesian University, Torino, Italy)

Friday July 8, 2016

Place: Daejin Educational Building
Plenary - 1st Floor


9.30 a.m. - 10.50 a.m. / Session 17 - Plenary

Korean Movements

Chair: Donald BAKER

Challenge and Response of New Korean Religions and Social Movements
PARK Kwangsoo (Wonkwang University, Iksan)

Psychotherapy and Religion in South Korea: Focused on Two Meditation Groups, Maum Suryon and Dongsasup
WOO Hairan (Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon)

Sangje and Samkye: The Cosmology of Daesoonjinrihoe in Korean New Religions
David W. KIM (Australian National University, Canberra)

10.50 a.m. - 11.10 a.m. / Coffee Break

11.10 a.m. - 12 a.m. / Session 17 - Plenary (continued)

Strategies of Korean Minor Religions for the Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
YOO Kwangsuk (Kyung Hee University, Seoul)     

Neo-Shamans, Nurtured by Traditional Shamans in Modern Korea
KIM Dongkyu (Sogang University, Seoul)

12.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. / Lunch

1.30 p.m./ Check out and Board a Bus for Field Trip


Preliminary Field Trip Schedule

Friday July 8

1.30 p.m. / Moving to Religious Sites

Field Trip / Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (Cheongpyung Headquarters)

8 p.m. / Moving to Yeoju and check-in (Sun Valley Hotel)

Saturday July 9

9.00 a.m. / Moving to Religious Sites

Field Trip / Fellowship of Daesoon Truth (Yeoju Headquarters)

1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. / Moving to Jeonju and check-in (Roni Hotel)

7 p.m. / Field Trip (Jeonju Hanok Village)

Sunday July 10

9.00 a.m. / Field Trip / Won Buddhism (Iksan Headquarters)

1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. / Moving to Seoul, Saying Goodbye