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New religions

New religious movements, which may be novel in origin or part of a wider established religion, include:

Shinshūkyō is a general category for a wide variety of religious movements founded in Japan since the 19th century. These movements share almost nothing in common except the place of their founding. The largest religious movements centered in Japan include Soka Gakkai, Tenrikyo, and Seicho-No-Ie among hundreds of smaller groups.

The Bahá'í Faith is an Abrahamic religion founded in 19th century Iran and since then has spread worldwide. It teaches unity of all religious philosophies and accepts all of the prophets of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as additional prophets including its founder Bahá'u'lláh.

Cao Đài is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, established in Vietnam in 1926.

Ananda Marga, Ayyavazhi, and Swaminarayan Faith are examples of Hindu reform movements - new religious movements within Indian religions.

Unitarian Universalism is a religion characterized by support for a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning," and has no accepted creed or theology.

Scientology wants to be considered a religion but has more in common with a commercial business model than a religious model. It teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.

Eckankar is a religion with the purpose of making God an everyday reality in one's life.