Other Dimensions of World Religions
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Other dimensions of world religions include alternative spirituality or beliefs that have modern origins and are tangential to mainstream religion. They can be part of a wider religion but distinct from its existing denominations. While some deal with the challenges of the modern world by espousing individualism, others exist as esoteric collectives. In all, there are tens of thousands of new religious movements worldwide, with most of their adherents living in Asia and Africa. Most have only a few members, some have thousands, and a few have more than a million.
New religions often face resistance and animosity from established religions and secular organizations. In Western nations, secular and Christian movements arose during the 1970s and 1980s to oppose emerging cults. In the 1970s, the study of new religions developed in academe, and there are now numerous scholarly organizations and journals devoted to them, that view these movements in the modern contexts of secularization and globalization.
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Religion in the Neolithic Era | Religion in Ancient Egypt: Ikhnaton • Beliefs • Deities • Main Gods • Lesser Gods • Sky Gods • Sun Gods • River and Land Gods • Sacred Plants • Animal Gods | Assyria | Babylonia: Deities • Funerary Customs • Magic • Magic and the Evil Eye • Myth • Creation • Personal Religion • Temples: Wealth | Phoenicia | Phrygia | Sumer: Beliefs • Deities • Temples | Persia: Zoroaster: Zoroastrianism | Religion in Ancient Greece: Deities • Festivals • Mystery Religions | Religion in Ancient Rome: Mystery Religions •Personal Religion • State Religion: Cults • Calendar • Deities • Major Deities • Festivals • Ritual • State Religion and the State | Etruscans | Byzantine Empire | Religion in Colonial Africa: Christianity • Spirit Churches • Islam: Jihad | Americas: Religion of the Early Inca | Religion in Colonial Latin America | Religion in Japan: Shinto • Buddhism: Heian Period • Warring States Period • Edo Period | Religion and Ancient Hawai’i
River and Land Gods
Ancient Near East
Babylonia: Funerary Customs
Babylonia: Magic and the Evil Eye
Babylonia: Personal Religion
Babylonia: Temples and Wealth
Religion in Ancient Greece
Mystery Religions of Greece
Religion in Ancient Rome
Mystery Religions of Rome
State Religion and the State
Religion in Colonial Africa
Religion of the Early Inca
Religion in Colonial Latin America
Religion in Japan
Warring States Period
Religion and Ancient Hawai’i