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Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including:

  • New religions;
  • New movements within established religious traditions;
  • Neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements;
  • Ancient Wisdom and New Age groups;
  • Diasporic religious movements;
  • Marginalized and stigmatized religions.

The journal contributes to understanding unconventional religions in their particularities and in relation to the larger social contexts in which they are situated. Nova Religio is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope.

Submissions are welcome from across the academic disciplines concerning all parts of the world.

Subscription provides free access to all back issues.

Volume 19, Number 3, February 2016

Thomas Robbins Awards

Charles Sarno and Helen Shoemaker, Church, Sect, or Cult? The Curious Case of Harold Camping's Family Radio and the May 21 Movement

Jill Krebs, Transposing Devotion: Tradition and Innovation in Marian Apparitions

Chengpang LEE and Ling HAN, Mothers and Moral Activists: Two Models of Women's Social Engagement in Contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism

Yueh-po HUANG, Colonial Encounter and Inculturation: The Birth and Development of Tenrikyo in Taiwan

John M. Bozeman, Conference Updates


In Memorial: Thomas Robbins

13th Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements

First Place Winner is:

Christopher James Blythe, "'Would to God, Brethren, I Could Tell You Who I Am!' Nineteenth-century Mormonisms and the Apotheosis of Joseph Smith," Nova Religio 18, no. 2 (November 2014): 5-27.

Second Place Winner is:

Jaap Timmer, "Heirs to Biblical Prophecy: The All Peoples Prayer Assembly in Solomon Islands," Nova Religio 18, no. 4 (May 2015): 16-34.

For previous Robbins Awards, click here.

3rd Annual Helen Crovetto Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia

Phillip Charles Lucas, "Non-Traditional Modern Advaita Gurus in the West and Their Traditional Modern Advaita Critics," Nova Religio 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 6-37.

For previous Crovetto Awards, click here.

Nova Religio :: ISSN: 1092-6690:: eISSN: 1541-8480 :: Frequency: Quarterly
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