This short film, featuring Professor Eileen Barker, introduces and illustrates two of the most significant ways to define religion: the substantive, with a focus on the salient features of religion and the functional, where the focus is on what religion does for the individual and society.
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Sometimes practised far away
from the world and sometimes in the full glare of hostile media, there are
thousands of new religions. With examples, such as the Moonies, Scientology, the
Missionary Church of Kopimism, Paganism and the doomsday cult Heaven’s Gate,
this film identifies some of the characteristics of these new religious
movements and how some scholars see
their rise as an example of a major cultural shift where increasing numbers of
people are losing faith in large institutions.