Communities organized around strong millennialist beliefs often fall into the category of “New Religious Movements.” Difficult to define, NRMs are eclectic and syncretic ethical or spiritual groups of modern origin, often organized around a charismatic leader who claims extraordinary powers. “Counter-cultural” NRMs might be termed cults, alternative religions or self religions, and can provoke anxiety from the mainstream who feels that they practice forms of coercion and mind-control on their members. Especially when convinced that they are living in the endtimes, members of NRMs might advocate extreme social and political practices. However, although many NRMs do not long outlive their founders, other millennialist movements developed from fringe groups into mainstream religions.
Additional resources online:
- Wikipedia. Consult material on the Endlinks Wikipedia page, as well as the following:
- New Religious Movements, and Anti-Cult Movements although the neutrality of these pages is questioned
The article on Millenarianism contains a useful list of Millenarian groups and links to their entries.
- Washington Post Archives, The Cult Controversy: Spiritual Quest or Mind Control?
- This illustrated chronology gives a historical overview of controversial religious and other New Age groups through dozens of Post stories, covering groups from the 1950s through the 1990s.
- Religious Tolerance Organization is reviewed on Endlinks
- Note in particular their article on Doomsday, Destructive Religious Cults.
- All About Cults, submitted by Lisa Roane.
- The organization All About God is the creator of this website and it takes a look at cults from a religious point of view and tells why some groups who may appear as community social organizations or cults have deeper goals and religious motives. In the popular media, a cult is typically defined as a religious sect whose members are "controlled" by a manipulative organization or individual while this website states that a cult is any religious group that deviates from the fundamental teachings of the Bible by denying or distorting the essential Christian doctrines. Although this website is from a specific point of view, one of Christian religious belief, it allows people who have relatively zero knowledge of religious cults to learn the history of several cults and discover the basic doctrines of each and why they should not be looked at as controlling or manipulative. (Accessed November 8, 2010)
The Survival Right knows that the end is coming courtesy of satanic forces that have conspired throughout history to undermine America. Often this conspiracy is viewed in religious terms as a crusade by Satan and his seed to wreak havoc upon God's true chosen peopld, the Celts, lombards, Aryans and other members of Yahweh's true chosen white race.
James Coates, Armed and Dangerous NY: Hill and Wang, 1995, p. 227.
- Mark Pitcavage developed the site Militia Watchdog, which is an archive of materials collected between 1995-2000.
- In September 2000, Pitcavage became the National Director of Fact-Finding for the Anti-Defamation League, whose site now houses many of his watchdog alerts on various extremist groups. Of particular interest is the section Y2K Paranoia, Extremists Confront the Millenniium.
- It's difficult to keep track with white supremacist groups on the web, because they're constantly moving for security reasons. Keep trying.
- The old Aryan Angel's White Pride site seems now to be subsumed under
- Stormfront.org, a community of White Nationalists. You must register on this site to gain access to their forums.
This page last updated 19 December 2010