Introduction to the issue of authenticity, Lewis F. Carter. Part 1 The state, religious hegemony and official definition of "genuine" religion: religious authenticity as a function of state power, William Herbrechtsmeier; the contested authenticity of "free exercise" and "free speech" - the convergence of anti-cult, anti-porn and anti-hate speech discourses, Dick Anthony and Thomas Robbins; sacred claims - the "cult controversy" as a struggle over the right to the religious label, Arthur L. Greil. Part 2 The hegemony of authority in maintaining religious orthodoxy: defining protestant orthodoxy - religious authentication and the "new" evangelicalism, 1940-1960, Jon R. Stone; charisma, structure and contested authority - the social construction of authenticity in Mormonism, Daryl White and O. Kendall White, Jr.; authority and authenticity in the Mormon church, David Clark Knowlton; authentication at the periphery - old order Mennonite and Unitarian-Universalist congregations and their discursive practices, George V. Zito and Daniel B. Lee. Part 3 Cultural revitalization and innovation: "real" religious communities - a study of authentication in new Roman Catholic religious orders, Patricia Wittberg; practical religion and peasant recruitment to non-Catholic groups in Latin America, Miguel L. Leatham; possible criteriological categories used in the judgement of the authenticity of Shamanism, Alan F. Jensen; "authenticity" in Afro-Caribbean religions - contested constructs, contested rites, Stephen D. Glazier. Part 4 Henotheism - plural views of authenticity: authenticity in Hinduism - who, what, how?, Bradley R. Hertel and Meeta Mehrotra; truth and authority in Tibetan religious practice, Kenneth Loberman. Part 5 Authenticity lost through betrayal of trust: authenticity lost - when victims of clergy abuse confront betrayed trust, Anson Shupe.