June 16 2024

Teaching New and Alternative Religious Movements: Resources

Snake handling at Pentecostal Church of God, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky September 15, 1946

“Forum: Religion and the Biographical Turn.” 2014. Religion an American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 24 (1): 1–35.

American Academy of Religion. 2008. “The Religion Major and Liberal Education — A White Paper.” https://www.aarweb.org/about/teagleaar-white-paper.

Ambros, Barbara R. 2015. Women in Japanese Religions. Women in Religions series. New York: New York University Press.

Bean, John C. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. 2001. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bednarowski, Mary Farrell. 1980. “Outside the Mainstream: Women’s Religion and Women Religious Leaders in Nineteenth-century America.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 48 (June 1980): 207–31.

Billings, Gloria Ladso. 2004. “New Directions in Multicultural Education: Complexities, Boundaries, and Critical Race Theory.” In Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, edited by James A. Banks and Cherry A. McGee Banks. 2nd edition, 50–65. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Bowman, Nicholas A. 2010. “College Diversity Experiences and Cognitive Development: A Meta-Analysis.” Review of Educational Research 80 (1): 4–33.

Bromley, David and Lewis F. Carter, eds. 2001. Toward Reflexive Ethnography: Participating, Observing, Narrating. Amsterdam and New York: JAI Publications.

Brookfield, Stephen. 2007. “Diversifying Curriculum as the Practice of Repressive Tolerance.” Teaching in Higher Education 12 (5-6): 557–568.

Burns, Charlene P.E. 2006. “Cognitive Dissonance Theory and the Induced-Compliance Paradigm: Concerns for Teaching Religious Studies.” Teaching Theology and Religion  9 (1): 3–8.

Chidester, David. 1988. “Rituals of Exclusion and the Jonestown Dead.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 56 (4): 681–702. 

Cohn, Norman. 1970. The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corrigan, John and Lynn S. Neal, eds. 2010. Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Dallam, Marie W. 2011. “Women’s Apostate Narratives.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 14 (4): 104–114.

Daschke, Dereck and W. Michael Ashcraft. 2005. New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader. New York: New York University Press.

Davis, David Brion. 1960. “Some Themes of Countersubversion: An Analysis of Anti-Masonic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Mormon Literature.” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 47: 205–24.

Dawson, Lorne L. 2006. Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dawson, Lorne L., ed. 2003. Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Frederick, Peter J. 1990. “The Power of Stories in the Classroom.” American Association for Higher Education Bulletin 43 (3): 5–8.

Hume, Lynne. 1997. Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Ioaniddes, Mara W. Cohen. 2004. “‘But They’re JUST People!’ Teaching Jewish American (Auto)biography in a Jewishly Impoverished University.” Journal of Religion & Society 6: 2–14.

Johnson, Paul E. and Sean Wilentz. 1994. The Kingdom of Matthias:  A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jones, Carolyn M. and Theodore Louisk Trost, eds. 2005. Teaching African American Religions. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Killerman, Sam. 2013. The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Austin, TX: Impetus Books.

Locklin, Reid B. 2013. “Teaching with Complicating Views: Beyond the Survey, Behind the Pro and Con.” Teaching Theology and Religion 16 (3): 201–220.

Lonsdale, Akasha. 2010. Do I Kneel or Do I Bow? What You Need to Know When Attending Religious Occasions. New York, New York: Kuperard.

Matlins, Stuart M. and Arthur J. Magida. 2006. How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook. 4th edition. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths.

Melton, J. Gordon. 2007. “New New Religions: Revisting a Concept.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 10 (4): 103–112.

Moore, Rebecca. 2015. Women in Christian Traditions. Women in Religions series. New York: New York University Press.

Orsi, Robert A. 2005. “Snakes Alive: Religious Studies Between Heaven and Earth.” In Robert Orsi, Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars who Study Them, 177–204. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Perry, William G., Jr. 1981. “Cognitive and Ethical Growth: The Making of Meaning.” In Arthur W. Chickering and Associates, The Modern American College, 76–116. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Perry, William G., Jr. 1970. Forms of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years. New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.

Prothero, Stephen. 2008. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t. New York: HarperOne.

Pye, Michael. 1994. “Religion: Shape and Shadow.” Numen 41(1): 51–75.

Robbins, Thomas. 1984. “Constructing Cultist ‘Mind Control’.”  Sociological Analysis 45: 241–56.

Spickard, James V., J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, eds. 2002. Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion. New York: New York University Press.

Vance, Laura. 2015. Women in New Religions. New York: New York University Press.

Wenger, Tisa. 2005. “We Are Guaranteed Freedom: Pueblo Indians and the Category of Religion in the 1920s.” History of Religions 45 (2): 89–113.

Wessinger, Catherine, ed. 1993. Women’s Leadership in Marginal Religions: Explorations outside the Mainstream. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

———, ed. 2000. Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

———. 2009. “‘Culting’: From Waco to Fundamentalist Mormons,” Religion Dispatches. July 3, 2009. http://religiondispatches.org/culting-from-waco-to-fundamentalist-mormons/

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Header Image: Snake handling at Pentecostal Church of God, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky, September 15, 1946 (National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier 541335). Photo by Russell Lee. In the Public Domain.