Presents a study of the recruitment strategies and conversion rhetoric in contemporary religious movements, focusing primarily on two movements in Taiwan, Tzu Chi and Falun Gong. This work demonstrates that an examination of such rhetoric has the potential to provide genuine insights into how a given religion gains adherents.
Dr. Kai-Ti Chou is a leading researcher in the study of contemporary religions. She received her Ph.D in Religions and Theology from Manchester University.
List of Tables; List of Figures; Foreword by Philip S. Alexander; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Religion in Chinese/Taiwanese Society; The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation as Traditional Religious Revivalism; Falun Gong as a New Religious Movement; Tzu Chi and Falun Gong's Rhetorical Visions and their Implications Conclusion, Reflections and Suggestions; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.