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New Religious Movement Founders

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  • Andrew Nugent Dugger, Elder (1886 - 1975)
    Biography He was a very giving person. Once he went away for a couple weeks to preach at some meetings with seven dress shirts his wife had ironed. when he came back he was wearing one backwards; he ...
  • Anton Szandor LaVey (1930 - 1997)
    Anton Szandor LaVey (born Howard Stanton Levey) was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of ...
  • Rev. Samuel King (1775 - 1842)
    ) Robert King, the father of Rev. Samuel King, was an early settler in North Carolina, and served his country for some time as a captain of volunteers in the war of the revolution. In this position...
  • Charles Grandison Finney (1792 - 1875)
    Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was a leader in the Second Great Awakening. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovat...
  • Joseph Bates (1792 - 1872)
    ) Joseph Bates (July 8, 1792 – March 19, 1872) was an American seaman and revivalist minister. He was the founder and developer of Sabbatarian Adventism, a strain of religious thinking that ev...

New Religious Movements are those traditions, either independent religions or movements within existing religious frameworks, established from roughly 1800 C.E. forward. Some famous examples include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Pentecostalism, Scientology, Wicca, the Baha'i Faith, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism, and Messianic Judaism.

Status of Project

Current Objectives

The current priorities for the project are:

  • Gathering all related profiles currently on Geni
  • Creating basic profiles for founders not yet on Geni

Once profiles are gathered, tree-building and content-revising can be completed later.

Future Objectives

If the project gathers enough steam, we might be able to do sub-projects based on which traditions inspired each of the founders -- for example, NRMs in the Christian tradition, NRMs in the Jewish tradition, etc.

An organized list of founders by theological thematics, geographic scope, or chronology might also be a nice addition.

Founders in Project

Founders to Add

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  • Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • J. N. Andrews, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventists
  • Joseph Bates, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventists
  • Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Restoration movement
  • Thomas Campbell, co-founder of the Restoration movement
  • James Hal Cone, co-founder of the Black liberation theology movement
  • Ignaz von Döllinger, founder of the Old Catholic Church
  • Josemaria Escriva, founder of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei
  • Charles Grandison Finney, co-founder of the Revivalist movement
  • Gerald Gardner, founder of the modern Wicca movement
  • Max Heindel, founder of the Rosicrucian Fellowship
  • Samuel E. Hill, co-founder of the Gideons International
  • Franciszek Hodur, founder of the Polish National Catholic Church
  • William Irvine, founder of the Two-by-Twos/Testimony movement
  • Allan Kardec (born Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail), founder of the organized Spiritism movement
  • Samuel King, co-founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian movement
  • Felix Y. Manalo, founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo
  • Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
  • Wallace Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam
  • Benjamin Wills Newton, co-founder of the Plymouth Brethren movement
  • John H. Nicholson, co-founder of the Gideons International
  • A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  • George Rapp (born Johann Georg Rapp), founder of the Harmonist movement and the Harmony Society
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher, founder of the Liberal Christianity movement
  • Francis Schuckardt, co-founder of the Sedevacantist movement
  • William J. Seymour, co-founder of Pentecostalism
  • Nathaniel William Taylor, founder of the New Haven Theology movement
  • Dr. John Thomas, founder of the Christadelphian movement
  • George Wigram, co-founder of the Plymouth Brethren movement
  • Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, founder of the Subud movement