New Religious Movements
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A copious amount of literature has been produced over the last thirty or forty years on the New Religious Movements (NRMs). From the mid-1960s, the new religions found a ready acceptance in the USA, and from there many of the larger ones, such as the Unification Church and the Children of God (COG), spread to other countries, frequently winning thousands of converts and becoming truly global movements. Since that time, NRMs have come and gone with some regularity so that today it is difficult to approximate their number. Wallis proceeds in his classification. NRMs, he argues, can be divided into three broad groupings: world-rejecting movements, world-affirming movements, and world-accommodating NRMs. Each category displays different attitudes towards the outside world and this is evident by way of their principal beliefs and the kind of people that any given movement attracts.