chapter  9
New Religious Movements
ByPETER B. CLARKE
Pages 12

This discussion of theism and New Religious Movements (henceforth: NRMs) is loosely organized around the following themes: defining an NRM for the purpose of showing in what sense, if any, notions of theism found in NRMs are new; the global dimension and syncretistic nature of the NRM phenomenon; case studies of theism and NRMs with special reference to African, Indian and Japanese NRMs, the New Age Movement (henceforth: NAM) and the Self-religions. Also discussed, albeit briefly, is how the Constitution of a country (in this case Indonesia) can determine a religion’s position regarding theism.