REL 402 - World's Living Religions

InterNet Links

Religions, Sects, and Cults

Smaller Groups
There are many smaller religious groups. Some of them are quite difficult to classify, as they tend to be eclectic (taking ideas and practices from several religions). Some of the main influences tend to be : Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, paganism, magic, UFO cults, science fiction
At one time the University of Virginia had a great "Religious Movements" site with information on several hundred groups. However, the organizer of the site has died, and the site was hacked. It is still available in an archived form at That url will get one into the directory of files for the site, and from there one just has to troll through the site and pick out whatever files one wants.
The faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University are re-building the site, and putting up other pages, at
Group pages on the Virginia Commonwealth University site :
Adidam :: Aetherius Society :: Ammachi :: Ananda Marga :: Association for Research and Enlightenment :: Aum Shinriko :: Branch Davidians part 1 :: Branch Davidians part 2 :: Chen Tao :: Church Universal and Triumphant :: Course in Miracles :: Discordianism :: Elan Vital :: Falun Gong :: The Family International (Children of God) :: Father Divine :: Feng Shui :: Growing in Grace :: Gurdjieff :: Happy, Healthy, Holy - 3HO :: Heaven's Gate :: Holy Order of MANS :: Integral Yoga :: Jesus Army :: Jesus People USA :: Kopimism :: League for Spiritual Discovery :: Lifespring :: Local Church :: Mexican-US Catholic Apostolic Traditional Church - Iglesia Apostolica Catolica Tradicional-Estados Unidos :: Movement for the Restoration of the Twelve Commandments of God :: MSIA - Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness :: Nation of Yaweh :: Order of the Solar Temple :: Osho :: Peoples' Temple :: Phoenix Goddess Temple :: The Process Church of the Final Judgment :: Raelians :: Ramtha's School of Enlightenment - This one's in Roswell :: Redeemed Christian Church of God :: Santa Muerte :: Sathya Sai Baba :: Self-Realizarion Fellowship :: Silva Method :: Soka Gakkai :: Sri Chinmoy :: Sukyo Mahikari :: Suma Ching Hai :: Synanon :: Synchronicity Contemporary Meditation :: TM - Transcendental Meditation :: The Twelve Tribes :: Unarius :: UDV - Uniao do Vegetal :: Universal Life Church - this one "ordains" anyone over the InterNet. They used to do it for free - now they charge money :: Urantia Brotherhood :: Vedanta - Ramakrishna Order of the Vedanta Society :: The Way International ::

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Be careful when trolling the InterNet - there are some very strange sites out there. There are also many very good informative ones. As part of this course, I hope you will develop the ability to distinguish a good factual presentation from one which is merely someone's opinion and personal agenda.
Also, be very careful to cite your sources, and try to put things into your own words, rather than just copy and paste from a web page.

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