Religious Studies | New Religious Movements in the Americas
C335 | 28614 | J. Paddison


This course examines the emergence, reception, and history of new religious movements in
North America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By exploring a series of cross-
cultural case studies, some well-known and some obscure, we will consider what draws
people to new religions, why they rise and fall in popularity, and how they are viewed and, at
times, repressed by the broader society. Movements we will examine include the Kingdom of
Matthias, Mormons, Brotherhood of the New Life, 1890 Ghost Dance, Nation of Islam, People’s
Temple, and Branch Davidians.