An Address by the Bishop of Norwich
Below is the text of an address given by The Rt Revd Graham James, The Bishop of Norwich, at the Opening of the 2008 Inform/CESNUR International Conference at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 16 April 2008. In this address the Bishop considers the place of religion in contemporary Britain and the importance of accurate informaton about religion in contemporary society.
We are grateful to the Bishop for permission to publish his paper here
Professor Eileen Barker has published a number of works describing the work of Inform including:
Barker, E., (2007) "Charting the Information Field: Cult-Watching Groups and the Construction of Images of New Religious Movements", in Teaching New Religions
, D.G. Bromley, Editor. Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York. pp. 309-329.
Barker, E. (2001) "INFORM: Bringing the Sociology of Religion to the Public Space", in Frontier Religions in Public Space
, Côté, Editor, University of Ottawa Press: Ottawa. pp.21-34.
Barker, E. (1995) "The Scientific Study of Religion? You Must be Joking!"Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
34(3): 287-310. Reprinted in Lorne L. Dawson (ed.) Cults in Context: Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements
, Piscataway, NJ: Transaction, 1998: 5-28; and in The ‘Cult’ Controversy: A Reader (RST2255)
, edited by The University of South Africa. Muckleneuk, Pretoria: University of South Africa, 2009: 1-24. Available at: http://dialogueireland.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/barkerpaper1995ocr.pdf
"What Makes a Cult?" From 26-29 May 2009, The Guardian
(London) ran a series of articles asking: 'What Makes a Cult? What are the criteria and can they be meaningfully applied?' Professor Barker's response to this question, 'One Person's Cult is Another's True Religion', was published on 29 May 2009 and can be found here
. The full series of articles can be found here