The largest ever gathering of academic expertise on new religious movements in Ireland will take place this weekend at Maynooth University

Religious_Movements

Maynooth Conference

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The largest ever gathering of academic expertise on new religious movements in Ireland will take place this weekend at Maynooth University. The conference runs from Friday 3oth October to Sunday 1st November.

The conference will be opened by Prof. Tom Inglis, Irelands foremost authority on the rise and decline of Irish Catholicism.

Professor Eileen Barker will give the keynote lecture. Prof. Barker is one of the worlds best known experts on New Religious Movements and was the founder of the UKs Information Focus Network on Religious Movements. Prof. Barkers Friday address is on definitions of Cults, sects and /or new religions

With over fifty researchers from three continents and fifteen academic disciplines presenting research papers on the history and significance of many of the new religious, spiritual, healing, and occult movements that have emerged in or emanated from modern Ireland, this promises to be one of the most extraordinary conferences ever staged here.

Participants will discuss everything from the organisation of Islam here to the multi-billion euro international alternative healing industry and from Celtic Buddhism in America to the remarkable growth of Pentecostalism in Ireland.

Other papers will look at feminism in new religious movements, how Celtic Christianity has become mainstream, Traveller religion in the 21st century, the psychology of religious belief; cults, how spirituality has become a marketing device, and how the Internet is being used to spread new religious ideas and occult beliefs.

Prof. Brian Bocking, founder of Cork Universitys new department for the Study of Religions, will argue that Catholicism should now be seen as a new religious movement and he will announce an important new initiative aimed at promoting the academic study of religion in Ireland.

The conference is open to the public and the evening lectures by Prof. Barker and Dr. Carmen Kuhling can be attended separately.

Dr. Kuhling (Limerick University) will consider New Age Re-enchantment in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland on Saturday.