New religious movement
A New Religious Movement appears as a religious, ethical or spiritual grouping that has not (yet) become recognised as a standard demonination, church or body. Some sociological observers prefer the term to that of "cult".
Examples of New Religious Movements might include:
- Neo-Paganism, in which followers seek to revert back to the pre-Christian earth and nature worship of Western Europe.
- Eclectic Combinatory Movements, such as Celestialism and Theosophy, which posit concordant elements to all religions .
- New World African Hybrid Religions, such as Rastafarianism, Voodoo or Vodun, and Santeria, which combine African Naturalistic religions with Judeo-Christian traditions.
See also Totalitarian religious group