WITH REFERENCE TO AT LEAST TWO NRMS, EXAMINE THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY SECURE ALLEGIANCE FROM THEIR FOLLOWERS.
1. Introduction Bruce (1996) observes that the Western world (in particular) experienced a significant proliferation of new religious movements (NRMs) from the 1960s, and has attributed this to the effects of the counter-culture movement of this period, which precipitated a move by Westerners to experiment Eastern spiritualities like Zen Buddhism and Transcendental Meditation. Mainstream churches […]
The use of ICT in the process of teaching and learning in the classroom is a national agenda as evidenced in the ‘National Curriculum for Teaching ICT’ and the administering of this agenda in different Key Stages in the educational system. The core requirement of ICT in the National Curriculum is thus to give pupils […]
There is considerable deliberation as to whether Britain today is still a ‘Christian’ country. Many researchers have relied heavily on measuring how Christian a nation Britain is by such things as church attendance and the prevalence of Christian rituals such as the traditional church marriage, baptism and confirmation services. These have been measured and compared […]
EXAMINE THE VARIETIES OF OPPOSITION TO NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, AND CRITICALLY EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AT LEAST TWO OF THESE
Introduction It is quite difficult to categorise religious groups as new religious movements (NRMs) as the use of the term has been met with some objections both within academic circles and within some groups who have been ‘labelled’ with that term (Coney, http://www.iskcon.com/icj/6_1/6_1coney.html). Introvigne (2001) observes that doctrinal and chronological issues come into play in […]
Contemporary Britain is a fine example of a country which is proud of its multiculturalism. Nevertheless, within these religious and ethnic groups, questions arise over such things as equality, representation and much more. That said, the key question of how religious traditions within certain faith groups can potentially conflict with nationality is an interesting one. […]
Examine the role and status of women in Theravada Buddhism, and examine how this contrasts to how Theravada Buddhism is practiced in the wes
Theravada Buddhism is the oldest surviving form of Buddhism and the most traditional, initially practiced mainly in Southern Asia – predominantly Sri Lanka and Thailand it is now practiced in the west and throughout the world. This essay will look at the role of women in Theravada Buddhism then, now and in the west. The […]
Examine the rites of passage in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, their meanings and how they are practiced
Rites of passage are celebrations or rituals, marking out stages of the lives of a person’s social, religious and sexual status throughout their lives. Birth, puberty, marriage and death are the most commonly celebrated stages, but there are many others involved within different religious traditions; this essay will focus on the rites of passage celebrated […]
Hinduism, the umbrella term for the many religious traditions of the majority of India, is one of the largest and certainly the oldest of established religious traditions existing today. It spans over four millennia and there over nine million followers worldwide, the majority of which reside in India and Nepal. However Hinduism is not exactly […]
Are the differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism matters of doctrine or matters of practice?
This essay compares and contrasts the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, examining both belief systems and how followers of both traditions differ in their everyday adherence to the Buddhist philosophy. First the similarities are discussed and then the main differences between the two strands are examined. Finally a comparison of the two belief systems will […]
Examine how the 'structures and organisation' prevalent in the new religious movement ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) contrast from those of traditional Hinduism?
The religion of India and its related customs and traditions have existed for over four thousand years. The oldest of any organised religious movements has over 943 million followers, making it the third largest world religion. It has no founder, rather as Bhaskarananda (2002) discusses, ancient Indian sages founded the religion through realization of the […]