CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2017 CESNUR Conference

Co-organized by:
Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
The Israeli Information Center for New Religious Movements (MEIDA)
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) 


Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
2 July - 6 July 2017




The Aesthetic Theory of L. Ron Hubbard and the Freewindsas a Mobile Holy Land, by Massimo Introvigne

Daesoon Jinrihoe - An Introduction (.doc) / Daesoon Jinrihoe - An Introduction (web page), abstract by Massimo Introvigne

Destruction of the Divine History of the Unification Movement (abstract and powerpoint), by Jongsuk Kim

The Birth of a New Religion: Maitreya Great Tao, by Edward Irons

Is “Lev Tahor” a destructive cult?, by Gabriel Cavaglion, see also Statement by Lev Tahor

You Shall Be as Gods: the Mormon Sacred Story, by Robert Ptaszek

The place beyond time and space – on the ritual circle in British Traditional Wicca (abstract and powerpoint), by Joanna Malita-Król

A Prophet Like Moses in Korea? The Rise and Future of a Korean New Religious Movement (abstract and powerpoint), by Han Gang Hyen

From the Origins up to Today: the Carmel and the Ecumenical Passion, by Cristiana Dobner

Holy Sites within New Religions in the Chinese Diaspora: Influencing The Practices and Development of Weixin Shengjiao, by Hsiu-Yi (Zoë) Liu and M. A. (Mary) Haighton

The Role of the Spiritual Places in the Definition of Scientology as a Church and Their Legal Status in France, by Frédéric-Jérôme Pansier

The Meaning of ‘Haewon-sangsaeng’ and the Sacred Place in Daesoon Jinrihoe: Focusing on its Religious Hierophany in relation to ‘Sinin-jowha’, by Taesoo Kim

A century of Reiki practice: from one Holy Place to many versions of Sacred Space (abstract and powerpoint), by Liad Horowitz, Jojan Jonker, (in absence) Dori-Michelle Beeler

Is Nothing Sacred? Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Significance of Bible Lands (abstract and powerpoint), by George D. Chryssides

In God We trust? The Sociology of Religion Revisited (podcast), by Eileen Barker





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