Respond to the following essay questions. Cite quoted material and other sources (MLA), pay attention to supportive detail, correct grammar, edified diction and thorough approach.
1. Discuss how the combined forces of modernization, globalization, and secularization have created a favorable environment for the growth of new religious movements (NRMs).
2. What views do most atheists hold in common, and how do contemporary exponents of an atheist worldview regard the persistence of religious belief in modern societies?
3. Several “New Age” religious movements have been built around ideas and spiritual disciplines derived from Hinduism and Buddhism. Identify some of these movements and discuss how each claims to lead its followers toward spiritual enlightenment.