Massimo Introvigne

Massimo Introvigne is an Italian sociologist of religions. He is the founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), an international network of scholars who study new religious movements.

Introvigne is the author of some 70 books and more than 100 articles in the field of sociology of religion. He was the main author of the Enciclopedia delle religioni in Italia (Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy). He is a member of the editorial board for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion and of the executive board of University of California Press’ Nova Religio. 

From January 5 to December 31, 2011, he has served as the “Representative on combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination, with a special focus on discrimination against Christians and members of other religions” of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

From 2012 to 2015 he served as chairperson of the Observatory of Religious Liberty, instituted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to monitor problems of religious liberty on a worldwide scale.



Intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe and North America
23 Nov 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Chrstianity, dechristianization, discrimination, hate crimes, hate speech, intolerance
There is a slippery slope from intolerance, to discrimination, to hate crimes and hate speech


Who is behind America’s After-School Satan clubs?
4 Nov 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Satanism, secularism
The sinister initiative is a ploy to remove Christianity from schools.


Separating the faith from the sword
1 Aug 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Catholicism, Islam, Pope Francis
The strategy of Pope Francis seems to be working in Italy.


Faster, faster! How to slow down in an accelerating world
6 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: religion, sociology, time management
Try losing time with those you love.


Lest we forget
8 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Christianophobia, religious freedom
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that persecution of Christians continues throughout the world, says a religious affairs expert.


How the Nazis engineered a paedophile priests scare
21 Apr 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, priest paedophilia crisis
In 1937 propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels organized a campaign to discredit the Catholic Church after Pope Pius XI severely criticised the Nazi regime. 


Moral panic flares again
3 Apr 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic Church, moral panic, sex abuse
Is priestly paedophilia a problem? Yes, says an Italian sociologist. Is it a big problem? No.


The shadowy world of the “Illuminati”
22 May 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Da Vinci Code, New Age
The popular film Angels & Demons packs a lot of information about hidden conspiracies into 138 minutes. And most of it is wrong.


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