Religion in the Midst of Social Problems

The Question of "Cults"

Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, ed.

Tokyo: Seikyūsha, 2003.

Available only in Japanese

The eleventh Nanzan symposium focused on social problems emerging in connection with religious movements. It brought together a group of 9 specialists in religious phenomena to consider the question from a variety of standpoints, including civil law, journalism, sociology, and psychology.

The volume is available only in Japanese, but an English summary of the Symposium may be downloaded from the pages of the Nanzan Institute’s annual Bulletin.

  • Robert Kisala, “Orientation”
  • Fujita Shōji, “Cults and Mind-Abuse.
  • Yamaguchi Hiroshi, “Social Problems Connected with Religion”
  • Sakurai Yoshihide, “The Form of ‘Cult’ Problems in Japan”
  • Nakano Takeshi, “Whence the Problem of ‘Cults’?”
  • Yumiyama Tatsuya, “Chiaroscuro in the Study of Religion Today”
  • Yoshida Tetsurō,”The Experience of Studying the ‘Aum Shinrikyõ
  • Phenomenon’ and Afterthoughts”

Obviously not all the questions related to cults and religion as a social problem are exhausted in this one book, but its dialogues have produced a good measure of fruit and as such represents a valuable step for ongoing interdisciplinary efforts. Far from merely the proceedings of a symposium, its pages are rich in content and will be found suitable for use in special courses and graduate school seminars that treat religion, sociology, or social questions.

Koike Yasushi, Religious Studies

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