Sacred Schisms Paperback

How Religions Divide

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Sacred Schisms

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Schism (from the Greek 'to split') refers to a group that breaks away from another, usually larger organisation and forms a new organisation. Though the term is typically confined to religious schisms, it can be extended to other kinds of breakaway groups. Because schisms emerge out of controversies, the term has negative connotations. Though they are an important component of many analyses, schisms in general have not been subjected to systematic analysis. This volume provides the first book-length study of religious schisms as a general phenomenon. Some chapters examine specific case studies while others provide surveys of the history of schisms within larger religious traditions, such as Islam and Buddhism. Other chapters are more theoretically focused. Examples are drawn from a wide variety of different traditions and geographical areas, from early Mediterranean Christianity to modern Japanese New Religions, and from the Jehovah's Witnesses to Neo-Pagans.

Sacred Schisms was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2014. The ISBN for Sacred Schisms is 9781107684508.

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Page last updated 27th July 2016
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2014)
Number of Pages352
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4274004
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