Eugene Gallagher: Black and White and Read All Over: Appropriations of the Ten Commandments in New Religious Movements

  • 2/6/2013 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Searles Science Building, Room 315
  • Event Type: Lecture

Gallagher's research uses the development of the early Christian movement in the Greco-Roman world as a paradigm of how an initially obscure and suspicious cult movement can enter the social mainstream and achieve a position of power and respectability.  His familiarity with early Christianity decisively shapes his understanding of contemporary new religions, or so-called "cults." In both instances he is particularly interested in forming an understanding of the processes of conversion and disaffiliation as well as a group's missionary activity and self-defense ("apologetics").