AUGUST 7-9 1997



Greetings:Hendrik M. VROON (Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Free University of Amsterdam)

Chairperson: Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam)

Introduction: Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Turin)

Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics), Selective Regulations of New Religious Movements in Europe

Michael W. HOMER (CESNUR U.S.A., Salt Lake City, Utah), Children in New Religious Movements: The Precarious Balance Between Freedom of Religion and the Best Interest of the Child

J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California), The Crisis of the Cult Awareness Network

Liliane VOYE' (Catholic University of Louvain), The Public Image of New Religious Movements in Belgium

Chairperson: Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam)

Richard SINGELENBERG (University of Utrecht), The Changing Face of Jehovah's Witnesses

Stephen HUNT (University of Reading), The Toronto Blessing: Repairing Cognitive Dissonance

Rufus PEREIRA (Catholic Bible Institute, Bombay), Conversions from Mainline Churches to Neo-Pentecostal Groups

Chairperson: Jean-Pierre LAURANT (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris)

Dadem Umar Habila DANFULANI (University of Jos, Nigeria), Exorcising Witchcraft: The Return of the Gods in New Religious Movements on the Jos Plateau and the Benue Regions of Nigeria

Véronique CAMPION-VINCENT (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris), Satanism's Reputation in 1997 France: Reflections on a New Outlook

Chairperson: Ermanno PAVESI (Clinical Psychiatrist, Siggenthal, Switzerland)

Priscilla COSTELLO (C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, Downsview, Ontario), Gnosticism and Jung

Michele C. DEL RE (Università di Camerino), "Other" Sciences in New Religious Movements

Maria Raffaella DALLA VALLE (Verona, Italy), Is the Feldenkrais Method Becoming a Religion?

Chairperson and Introduction: Thomas B. ROBERTS (Northern Illinois University), Entheogens: Research Leads and Research Needs

Paula Jo HRUBY (Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois), Research on Entheogens and Mystical Experiences: Where We've Been and Where We Are Going

Neal M. GOLDSMITH (Tribeca Research, New York), The Use of Psychedelics with the Dying: The State of the Research

Robin Brooke PAPPAS (Columbus, Ohio), Entheogenic Truth Serum: The Quest for Self and Spirituality in Women's Literature

Nicholas V. COZZI (University of Wisconsin), Are We Hardwired to Experience God?

Chairperson: Robert ELLWOOD (University of Southern California)

Ulf SJÖDIN (University of Uppsala), Modern Resonance: Swedenborg in Contemporary Sweden

Jan SNOEK (Rijks University, Leiden), Swedenborg, Freemasonry, and Swedenborgian Freemasonry

Dan A. SYNNESTVEDT (Academy of the New Church College, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania), Emanuel, Immanuel: Magic, Mystery, and Morals in Enlightened Religion

Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN (Academy of the New Church College, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania), A Swedenborg Legacy: Redefining the Miraculous in a Disenchanted World

Chairperson: Véronique CHAMPION-VINCENT (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris)

J. Edgar BAUER (University of Kiel), Antonin Artaud: Nature, the Apocalypse, and Van Gogh's Art

Donald BOISVERT (Concordia University, Montreal), Ecology and Gay Spirituality: The Sexual Quest for the New Earth

Judith CONEY (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Strategies and Discontinuities: The Social Context of the Development of New Religious Movements

Chairperson: H. Christina STEYN (University of South Africa)

Yoshimi UMEDA (Kawaguchi Gakuen Educational Foundation, Tokyo), The Oomoto Foundation as a Mother of New Religious Movements in Japan

Mauro VILLONE (Gente della Città Nuova, Torino, Italy), Talking with the Gods in Nigeria

Chairperson: J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California)

Wouter HANEGRAAFF (University of Utrecht), New Age and the Secularisation of Western Esotericism

Christoph BOCHINGER (University of Munchen), A Phantom and Its Traces in Reality: "New Age" as a Subject of History of Religions/Comparative Religion

Liselotte FRISK (Umea University, Sweden), New Age Participants in Sweden: Background, Beliefs, Engagement and "Conversion"

H. Christina STEYN (University of South Africa), South African New Age Prophets: Past and Present

Anneke VAN OTTERLOO (University of Amsterdam), New Age and the Body: Dutch Centers, Courses and Practices in the Nineties

Chairperson: Liliane VOYE' (Catholic University of Louvain)

Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam), Hindu-Eschatology within Modern Western Religiosity: The Idea of the Kali-Yuga in East and West

Kent P. JACKSON (Brigham Young University, Jerusalem), Mormon Folk Eschatology and the Approach of the Year 2,000

David PIFF and Margit WARBURG (University of Copenhagen), Millennial Catastrophism in Popular Baha'i Lore

Chairperson: Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN (Academy of the New Church College, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania)

Seymour B. GINSBURG (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), The Gurdjieff Meditation Technique

H. J. SHARP (Littlehampton, England), The Development of Gurdjieff Method as Outlined in "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson"

Nicolas TERESHCHENKO (Paris), Man's Bodies and His Souls According to Gurdjieff

Keith A. BUZZELL (Bridgton, Maine), "... Entirely New Principles": Gurdjieff and the Great Tradition

Dimitri PERETZI (Athens, Greece), Fourth Way Ideas: Tracing Some of the Gurdjieff System's Fundamental Concepts

Chairperson: Olivier-Louis SÉGUY (CESNUR-France, Paris)

François FAVRE (Rueil Malmaison, France), A propos de la pensée de Jan van Rijckenborgh

Pierre GOHAR (Nouaillé Maupertuis, France), De la Science à la Gnose

Konrad DIETZFELBINGER (Munich, Germany), Gnose ancienne et gnoses modernes

Chairperson: Michael W. HOMER (CESNUR U.S.A., Salt Lake City, Utah)

Marco PASI (Doctoral Student, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris), Magic in Contemporary Occult Movements: Problems in Methodology

Peter KOENIG (Zurich, Switzerland), The McDonaldisation of Occulture

Forrest JACKSON (Dallas), with Steve AYDT (Dallas), Religion as Fun and Fun as Religion: The Hot Tub Mystery Religion

Chairperson: J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California)

Andri SOTERI (Doctoral Student, London School of Economics), A Comparison of Parents' Responses to their Adult Children Who Have Joined or Left The Family

Amanda VAN ECK DUYMAR VAN TWIST (Doctoral Student, London School of Economics), The Family's Children and Their Perceptions of the End-Time

Jesse KATZ (Doctoral Student, London School of Economics), Decline of Deprogramming in Great Britain

Chairperson: Jean DUHAIME (Université de Montréal)

Carlos GILLY (Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam), La magie au Moyen Age

Luigi BERZANO (Université de Turin), Le tertiaire ésotérique à Turin

Jean-Pierre LAURANT (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris), L'occultisme du XIXe siècle, religion nouvelle pour la fin des temps

Ermanno PAVESI (Clinical Psychiatrist, Siggenthal, Switzerland), La théorie de la réincarnation de la "Internationale Theosophische Verbrüderung" allemande au temps de la Grande Guerre

Chairperson: Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam)

Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy), Beelzebub's Tales to European Governments: A Crash Course on How to Reduce Religious Liberty to an Empty Shell

Boris FALIKOV (Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow), New Religious Movements in Contemporary Russia: A Historian's View

Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics) and Marat SHTERIN (Doctoral Student, London School of Economics), Religious Liberty in Eastern Europe

Respondent: J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California)

Chairperson: Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics)

Robert ELLWOOD (University of Southern California), Civilized Shamans: Sacred Biography and Founders of New Religious Movements

Robert PRANTNER (Philosophisch-Theologisch Hochschule Heiligenkreuz, Austria), Using the "Cult" Label: The VPM Wars in German-Speaking Europe

Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy), Lectorium Rosicrucianum: A Dutch Movement Becomes International

Georges BERTIN (Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers), New Religious Movements and the Glorious Cross in Dozulé (Normandy)

Mikael ROTHSTEIN (University of Copenhagen), The Construction of the Future and the Reality of the Present: A Case Study of the Aetherius Society

Nuri TINAZ (University of Warwick), The Nation of Islam and Its Relationship with Mainline Islam

Chairperson: Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy)

Olivier-Louis SÉGUY (CESNUR-France, Paris), Rapports parlementaires et liberté religieuse

Alain GARAY (Avocat, Paris, France), Paradigme autour des institutions de vérité: nouveaux mouvements religieux et médias

Jean DUHAIME (Université de Montréal), Les témoignages d'ex-membres de mouvements religieux

Régis DERICQUEBOURG (Université de Lille), A propos d'un mouvement controversé en France

Chairperson: Margit WARBURG (University of Copenhagen)

Anand NAYAK (Université de Fribourg), Religious Experience: Growth and Discernment

Albertina NUTGEREN (Catholic University of Tilburg), Tantric Influences in Western Esotericism

Rufus PEREIRA (Catholic Bible Institute, Bombay), The Prevalence of Magical Practices in Traditional Religions

Chairperson: Mikael ROTHSTEIN (University of Copenhagen)

Andre DROOGER (Free University of Amsterdam) and Sidney GREENFIELD (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Syncretic Processes and the Definition of New Religions

Herman A.O. de TOLLENAERE (Leiden), An Old New Religion and Authorities: The Theosophical Society in the Netherlands and in the Dutch Colonial Empire (1880-1996)

Robert VANLOO (Bruxelles), The Rosicrucians as Pioneers in Communication

F.A. JANSSEN (Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam), The Sources of Modern Esotericism and the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Chairperson: Wouter HANEGRAAFF (University of Utrecht)

J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California), Ramtha's School of Enlightenment

Constance A. JONES (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco), Students in Ramtha's School of Enlightenment: A Prophile from Demographic Survey, Narrative, and Interview

The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is considered the most important library in the world for the history of esotericism. Participants will be divided in small groups for guided tours of the facilities.




This panel has been added to the programme and will not be found in the printed text of the programme. Thursday August 7 at 8 p.m. at Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, a panel on Heaven's Gate will be held with the following schedule:

A selection of videos from and about Heaven's Gate

"Heaven's Gate: A Short History" - J. Gordon Melton (ISAR, Santa Barbara, USA)

"Heaven's Gate: An Analysis of Its Worldview" - Massimo Introvigne (CESNUR, Torino, Italy)

"Personal Comments on Heaven's Gate" - Rodney Perkins (Houston, Texas)


Regular participants (including those who present papers): Dutch Guilders 60. Students: Dutch Guilders 30


Before July 20, 1997, to: Prof. Reender Kranenborg, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV AMSTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS. Pay by cheque or bank draft to account (R. Kranenborg) at NG-Bank, Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam. After July 20, 1997: pay at the reception on August 7. Any request for information should be sent to Prof. Kranenborg or to cesnur_to@virgilio.it


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