"Edited by Allan R. Brockway and J. Paul Rajashekar".
"The new religious movements 'may be constructive or destructive, can lead to a new freedom or new enslavement, can depersonalize individuals or reveal their fuller human potential, can depend on religious faith or on new rituals equivalent to magic and the occult, can reclaim the drug addict and encourage virtuous lives or exhibit immoral and demonic features'. But if we are to follow the way of Jesus, that of 'barrier-breaking and not barrier-building', these movements must challenge us to dialogue -- a dialogue that does not exclude criticism. These and related issues were discussed at a consultation jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation. The book brings together the papers presented at the consultation and its findings and recommendations". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface / Allan R. Brockway and J. Paul Rajashekar -- Introduction / J. Paul Rajashekar -- Part I: Understanding New Religious Movements -- A Global Phenomenon / Harold Turner -- Contemporary New Religions in the West / Reinhart Hummel -- Contemporary New Religious Situation in Japan / Shinji Kanai -- Part II: Some Aspects of New Religious Movements -- The World-view/Cosmology of the New Religious Movements / Johannes Aagaard -- The Emergence of a New Religosity in the Western World / Jean-Francois Mayer -- Bringing Them In: Some Observations on Methods of Recruitment Employed by New Religious Movements / Eileen Barker -- A Response / Rudiger Hauth -- Religious Liberty and Socio-political Values: Legal Threats to Conversion in the United States / Dean M. Kelley -- Part III: Responding to New Religious Movements -- Churches' Response to Innovative Religious Movements of the Past / Reender Kranenborg -- A Response / Friday M. Mbon -- Response of the Churches to New Religious Movements: a Report from North America / Diana L. Eck -- Dialogue with New Religious Movements ? / Kenneth Cracknell -- Appendices -- Summary Statement and Recommendations -- Sects or New Religious Movements: Pastoral Challenge -- List of Participants -- Contributors.
OTCH Note: Participants include Canadian Anglican the Rev. James A.J. Cowan (p. ).
"With a commentary by Allen Brockway, Paul van Buren, Rolf Rendtorff [and] Simon Schoon".
Includes bibliographical references.
"What are the official theological positions of churches on Jews and Judaism ? And what do these say about Christian faith itself -- in light of what theologians are saying about the significance of the Jewish people for the faith of the church ? The twenty statements by churches and church bodies -- in particular the World Council of Churches -- that comprise the first part of the book, and the commentary that follows, are designed to offer some answers to those questions. This book is offered in the hope that the churches throughout the world will continue to reflect on the significance of the Jewish people for their own faith and life and will undertake with greater vigour the theological re-evaluation that forty years of intentional dialogue with Jews has made incumbent upon us all". -- back cover.
Contents divided into two main sections: The Documents -- The Commentary.
Contents: Statements by the Churches -- General Trends -- Theological Issues -- Final Reflections.