This study is an examination of the factors which influence religious success, with a focus on religious members. I use two UFO Religions, Heaven’s Gate and the Raëlian Movement, as case studies to explore how the formation of religious identity in individuals contributes to the success of religious movements. Through looking at social influences, theological concepts, and the socialization which occurs within religious movements, I will illustrate the importance of individual members of NRMs to the growth of their religious movement. I use a largely theoretical approach in analyzing the religious movements I am focusing on. The purpose of this project is to further examine the rarely-explored concept of religious success, and to search for previously unconsidered influences to the growth and development of NRMs.


Crothers, Lisa


Religious Studies


New Religious Movements


ufo religions, new religious movements

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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