Strange Gods in a Great Southern Land: A Preliminary Survey of the Australian "Cult Controversies" 1960-2000

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Abstract

Between 1960 and 2000 Australia witnessed four waves of
“cult controversy.” This article provides a historical overview of these controversies. The four historical vignettes presented demonstrate the significance
of Australia in the wider global history of the “cult wars” and some of
the local societal reactions occasioned by various home grown and international
new religious movements that have proved controversial. This
article identifies a series of the key episodes and periods that might serve as
historical landmarks for the writing of a more fulsome history of new religions
inAustralia, introduces to a scholarly audience some of the important
individuals involved in these Australian controversies, and highlights the
key new religions and cult-watching groups whose interactions have collectively
shaped the Australian societal response over this period.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)5-30
Number of pages25
JournalNova Religio: journal of alternative and emergent religions
Volume24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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