James R. Lewis (scholar)

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James R. Lewis (born November 3, 1959) is a writer and academic specializing in new religious movements, astrology and New Age.wikipedia
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New Age

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James R. Lewis (born November 3, 1959) is a writer and academic specializing in new religious movements, astrology and New Age.
While acknowledging that New Age was a problematic term, the scholar of religion James R. Lewis stated that it remained a useful etic category for scholars to use because, "There exists no comparable term which covers all aspects of the movement."

Tokyo subway sarin attack

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Some months prior, in May 1995, Lewis, fellow scholar Gordon Melton and religious freedom lawyer Barry Fisher had flown to Japan in the early stages of investigations into the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway to voice their concern that police behaviour, including mass detentions without charge and the removal of practitioners' children from the group, might be infringing the civil rights of Aum Shinrikyo members.
In May 1995, after the sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, two Americans, James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton, flew to Japan to hold a pair of press conferences in which they announced that the chief suspect in the murders, religious group Aum Shinrikyo, could not have produced the sarin with which the attacks had been committed.

Sex, Slander, and Salvation

Sex, Slander, and Salvation was co-edited by Lewis.
Sex, Slander, and Salvation (Investigating The Family/Children of God) was a 1994 book edited by J. Gordon Melton and James R. Lewis, on the Family International.

J. Gordon Melton

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Some months prior, in May 1995, Lewis, fellow scholar Gordon Melton and religious freedom lawyer Barry Fisher had flown to Japan in the early stages of investigations into the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway to voice their concern that police behaviour, including mass detentions without charge and the removal of practitioners' children from the group, might be infringing the civil rights of Aum Shinrikyo members.
In May 1995, in the early stages of investigations into the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Melton, fellow scholar James R. Lewis and religious freedom lawyer Barry Fisher flew to Japan to voice concern that police behaviour, including mass detentions without charge and the removal of practitioners' children from the group, might be infringing the civil rights of Aum Shinrikyo members.

New religious movement

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James R. Lewis (born November 3, 1959) is a writer and academic specializing in new religious movements, astrology and New Age. In his youth, in the early and mid-seventies, he was a member of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO, a new religious movement combining the teachings of kundalini yoga and Sikhism.

Astrology

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James R. Lewis (born November 3, 1959) is a writer and academic specializing in new religious movements, astrology and New Age.

Leonardtown, Maryland

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Lewis was born in Leonardtown, Maryland, and raised in New Port Richey, Florida.

New Port Richey, Florida

New Port RicheySims ParkNew Port Richey, FL
Lewis was born in Leonardtown, Maryland, and raised in New Port Richey, Florida.

Harbhajan Singh Khalsa

Yogi BhajanHarbhajan Singh Yogi
In his youth, in the early and mid-seventies, he was a member of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO, a new religious movement combining the teachings of kundalini yoga and Sikhism.

3HO

3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization)Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization
In his youth, in the early and mid-seventies, he was a member of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO, a new religious movement combining the teachings of kundalini yoga and Sikhism.

Kundalini yoga

Laya yogaKundalinikuṇḍalinī
In his youth, in the early and mid-seventies, he was a member of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO, a new religious movement combining the teachings of kundalini yoga and Sikhism.

Sikhism

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In his youth, in the early and mid-seventies, he was a member of Yogi Bhajan's 3HO, a new religious movement combining the teachings of kundalini yoga and Sikhism.

University of Wales, Lampeter

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Lewis received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter, in the United Kingdom, and pursued a career as a professional reference book writer in the 1990s.

Eileen Barker

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Other scholars involved in the formulation of AWARE as an "anti-anti-cult organization" included Eileen Barker, David G. Bromley, and Jeffrey Hadden, who felt a need for an organization of academics prepared to appear as expert witnesses in court cases.

David G. Bromley

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Other scholars involved in the formulation of AWARE as an "anti-anti-cult organization" included Eileen Barker, David G. Bromley, and Jeffrey Hadden, who felt a need for an organization of academics prepared to appear as expert witnesses in court cases.

Jeffrey K. Hadden

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Other scholars involved in the formulation of AWARE as an "anti-anti-cult organization" included Eileen Barker, David G. Bromley, and Jeffrey Hadden, who felt a need for an organization of academics prepared to appear as expert witnesses in court cases.

Aum Shinrikyo

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Some months prior, in May 1995, Lewis, fellow scholar Gordon Melton and religious freedom lawyer Barry Fisher had flown to Japan in the early stages of investigations into the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway to voice their concern that police behaviour, including mass detentions without charge and the removal of practitioners' children from the group, might be infringing the civil rights of Aum Shinrikyo members.

Waco siege

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Lewis likened the group's treatment to a Japanese Waco.

Ashgate Publishing

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Lewis edits a series on Contemporary Religions for Brill, and co-edits a series on Controversial New Religions for Ashgate.

University of Wisconsin System

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He has taught in the University of Wisconsin system and, on an adjunct basis, at DePaul University, and is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

DePaul University

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He has taught in the University of Wisconsin system and, on an adjunct basis, at DePaul University, and is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

University of Tromsø

TromsøArctic University of NorwayUniversity of Tromso
He has taught in the University of Wisconsin system and, on an adjunct basis, at DePaul University, and is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

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A prolific author, Lewis won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award for Cults in America in 1999.

New York Public Library

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He has also won New York Public Library and American Library Association awards for his reference books.

American Library Association

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He has also won New York Public Library and American Library Association awards for his reference books.