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CESNUR is a center for studies on new religions, based in Turin, Italy. It was established in 1988 by a group of religious scholars from universities in Europe and the Americas, working in the field of new religious movements. Its director is the Italian attorney Massimo Introvigne. CESNUR claims to be independent of any religious group, church, denomination or association. It has evolved into a network of scholars and organizations who study the field. A new religious movement or NRM appears as a religious, ethical or spiritual grouping that has not (yet) become recognised as a standard denomination, church, or body, especially when it has a novel belief system and when it is not a sect. ... Location Region Piedmont Province Turin Area   – Total   – Water 130 km² (50 mi²) ##.# km² (#.# mi²) #.##% Population   – Total (2002)   – Density 857,433 6,596/km² Time zone CET: UTC+1 Latitude Longitude   45°04′ N 7°40′ E1. ... A scholar is either a student or someone who has achieved a mastery of some academic discipline. ... Professor Massimo Introvigne, a lawyer and social scientist (B.D. Philosophy, and Dr. Jur. ...


They say they are devoted to promote scholarly research in the field of new religious consciousness, and are dedicated to exposing the problems associated with some movements, while defending the principles of religious liberty. The work of CESNUR is financed by royalties on the books it publishes and from contributions from its members. The CESNUR is non-profit public entity, registered in the region of Piedmont, Italy. Piedmont is a region of northwestern Italy. ...


CESNUR claims to give a greater weight to religious freedom than anti-cult activists and is critical about concepts like mind control, thought reform, and brainwashing asserting that they lack scientific and scholarly support and are mainly based on anecdotal evidence. Freedom of religion is the individuals right or freedom to hold whatever religious beliefs he or she wishes, or none at all. ... Book published by the International Cultic Studies Association (a. ... Mind control (or thought control) has the premise that an outside source can control an individuals thinking, behavior or consciousness (either directly or more subtly). ... Thought reform is the alteration of a persons basic attitudes and beliefs by outside manipulation. ... Brainwashing or thought reform is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people for political purposes. ... // What is science? There are different theories of what science is. ... Anecdotal evidence is evidence stemming from a single, often unreliable source which is used in an argument as if it had been scientifically or statistically proven. ...


They do not believe that all religious movements are benign but oppose special laws against religious movements.


CESNUR sponsor yearly conferences in the field of new religions. Conferences have been held inter alia at the London School of Economics (1993 and 2001), the federal university of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil (1994), the State university of Rome (1995), the Université de Montréal (1996), the Free university of Amsterdam (1997), the Industrial Union in Turin (1998), the Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania (1999), the university of Latvia in Riga (2000), the university of Utah and Brigham Young University (2002), and the university of Vilnius (2003). The London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as the London School of Economics or the LSE, is a specialist university based in London, often regarded as the worlds most prestigious social science institution. ... Pernambuco is a state of Brazil, located in the Brazilian Northeast. ... (meaning reef in portuguese; population 1. ... The Université de Montréal (UdeM) (University of Montreal) is one of four universities in Montreal, Quebec. ... The Vrije Universiteit is a university in Amsterdam, The Netherlands The Vrije Universiteit should not be confused with the University of Amsterdam. ... Location Region Piedmont Province Turin Area   – Total   – Water 130 km² (50 mi²) ##.# km² (#.# mi²) #.##% Population   – Total (2002)   – Density 857,433 6,596/km² Time zone CET: UTC+1 Latitude Longitude   45°04′ N 7°40′ E1. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... University of Latvia is the oldest university in Latvia. ... Riga (RÄ«ga in Latvian), the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of River Daugava, at 56°58′ N 24°8′ E. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and serves as a major cultural, educational, political, financial, commercial and industrial... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U) was established by Mormon leader Brigham Young. ... Name Brigham Young University Location (main campus) Provo, UT 84602 Established October 16, 1875 Community Urban Type Private coeducational Classification Parochial Religion Owned by the LDS Church Enrollment 32,400 Faculty 2,100 President Cecil O. Samuelson Nickname Cougars Mascot Cougar School Colors Dark blue and beige Motto Enter to... Vilnius University (Lithuanian Vilniaus Universitetas, Polish Uniwersytet Wileński, formerly Stefan Batory University) is the oldest and biggest university in Lithuania. ...


CESNUR affiliated scholars include

Eileen Barker is a professor in sociology and is an emeritus member of the London School of Economics, and a consultant to that institutions Centre for the Study of Human Rights at. ... The Vrije Universiteit is a university in Amsterdam, The Netherlands The Vrije Universiteit should not be confused with the University of Amsterdam. ... Amsterdam Location Country The Netherlands Province North Holland Population 739,295 (1 January 2005) Coordinates 4°89E - 52°37N Website www. ... The University of Virginia (also referred to as UVa and often called simply Virginia for short) is a research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, and the author of several books on cults and new religious movements including the Encyclopedia of American Religions and Religious Leaders of America. ... The University of Missouri System is one of two public state university systems. ... Anson Shupe is an American sociologist who studies religious groups and the anti-cult movement. ... Indiana University may refer to: the Indiana University system Indiana University of Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Virginia Commonwealth University VCU logo Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. ...

Criticism

CESNUR has been criticized by the Christian countercult movement and the anti-cult movement including some former members of purported cults. Counter cult activist Anton Hein of the Apologetics Index describes it as having "[...] gained a reputation for being mostly uncritical and, in fact, supportive of movements considered to be cults by secular anticult- and/or Christian countercult professionals." The Christian countercult movement is a loosely knit affiliation made primarily of Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians to resist viewpoints and organizations which they see as opposing what they view as the historic and orthodox Christian faith. ... The ongoing controversy regarding the definitions of a cult is examined in the article on cults. ...


CESNUR rebut these criticisms by saying that most of the information supplied by anti-cult activists are mainly theoretical and anecdoctal, mostly based on second-hand accounts by families of members, press-clippings, and accounts of ex-members who rationalize their past.


One CESNUR affiliated scholar responds to Hein's criticisms by stating that "[...]Some of us—myself (Douglas Cowan), Eileen (Baker), Massimo (Introvigne), Jeff (Hadden), Irving Hexham, Anson Shupe, David Bromley, Gordon Melton—are listed on Hein's site as dedicated "cult apologists" of varying degrees of prominence. While his characterization of the understanding, motives, and expertise of these "cult apologists" is by-and-large inaccurate and insulting, it serves the agenda of the Countercult by placing these characterizations in the public library of the Internet.[...]"[2]. Cowan further asserts that "Cult apologists, are", by the way, those "claiming to champion religious freedom and religious tolerance."


External links

  • Homepage of CESNUR

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New age / new religious movement / cesnur (672 words)
CESNUR is a center for studies on new religions, based in Turin, Italy.
According to their website, the CESNUR is devoted to promote scholarly research in the field of new religious consciousness, and are dedicated to exposing the problems associated with some movements, while defending the principles of religious liberty.
CESNUR rebuts these criticisms by saying that most of the information supplied by anti-cult activists are mainly theoretical and anecdoctal, mostly based on second-hand accounts by families of members, press-clippings, and accounts of ex-members who rationalize their past.
CESNUR - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (888 words)
The CESNUR is non-profit public entity, registered in the region of Piedmont, Italy.
CESNUR has been criticized by the Christian countercult movement and cult-watching organizations, and some former members of purported cults.
While no director of CESNUR International (as far as I know) is a member of Opus Dei or of Freemasonry, one of the directors, J. Gordon Melton, is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, and I am a member of Alleanza Cattolica.
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