Jean Vernette
Jean Vernette was a French
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 of the diocese of Montauban
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. In 1973, he was appointed national secretary of the French episcopate for the study of cult
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s and new religious movements. He published several books on cults and new therapies. In 2000, he was auditioned by the French Senate
French Senate
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about the opportuneness of a law strengthening the prevention and repression of cults.

Main works

  • Dictionnaire des groupes religieux aujourd'hui, with Claire Moncelon, Presses universitaires de France, 2001
  • Les sectes, Paris, Presses universitaires de France, « Que sais-je ? », n° 2519, 1990
  • Le New Age, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, « Que sais-je ? », 1992
  • L'athéisme, Paris, Presses universitaires de France, « Que sais-je ? », n° 1291, 1998 (ISBN 2-13-049301-7)
  • L'Église catholique et les sectes, Cerf ed.
  • Réincarnation résurrection. Communiquer avec l'au-delà, Les mystères de la vie après la vie, Mulhouse, Salvator ed., 1988, 188p
  • Les Nouvelles Thérapies, mieux vivre et guérir autrement, with Clermons Lons, Presses de la Renaissance ed.
  • Nouvelles Spiritualités, nouvelles sagesses, Bayard ed.
  • Seront-ils chrétiens ? Perspectives catéchuménales, with H.Bourgeois, Chalet ed.
  • Sectes et réveil religieux, quand l'Occident s'éveille
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