When Prophets Die
The Postcharismatic Fate of New Religious Movements
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When the charismatic founder/leader of a religious movement dies, the popular belief is that the movement usually disintegrates. However, many new religions not only survive but prosper, despite leadership transition. In this book, prominent scholars examine what happened to eleven new movements following the deaths of their leaders, and why. An Introduction by J. Gordon Melton serves to integrate the case studies.
Timothy Miller is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.