Center for Studies on New Religions

The Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) is an independent international network that engages in scholarly research and provides accurate information to the public on new religious movements, always protecting religious freedom while acknowledging the criminal nature of certain cult activities. It hosts annual conferences and topical seminars and also sponsors public lectures to promote its methodology. CESNUR's publications include a series of reference guides on new religious movements and the Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy (2001). In addition, it has provided scholarly criticism to the French government's 1996 Parliamentary Report on Cults. Professor Massimo Introvigne's publications collection on minority religions (on loan to CESNUR) includes over 20,000 volumes and manuscripts from almost 200 journals and is open to researchers. CESNUR receives financial support from the Italian government and has satellite offices in the United States and France.

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