Welcome to the Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements

The Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements is the largest collection of cults, sects, and new religious movements online. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive resource for exploring the diverse religious movements across the globe.


Whether you're a curious seeker, a researcher, or simply interested in understanding the evolving face of spirituality, our encyclopedia offers a wealth of knowledge. From the historical origins to the contemporary expressions, we delve deep into the beliefs, rituals, leaders, and influences that have shaped these movements.

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What Is A New Religious Movement?

The term "new religious movements" (NRMs) refers to a category of religious and spiritual groups in the fringe of the dominant culture. The term developed in the 1970s by scholars as an alternative to the "cults" as the word was becoming increasingly pejorative in the public sphere. While this cagetory most often refers to groups that formed in the 20th or 21st centuries, it can also include emerging alternative religious movements throughout history.

New Religious Movements