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  • Legitimate Religions And Cults
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    Cult as a word has been around a for long time. Its original form was the Latin word cultus which means worship. As the word evolved it took on a new meaning. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as Worship; reverential homage rendered to a divine being or beings and as a particular form of religious worship, in reference to its external rites and ceremonies. Yet, this is not the word as it is known today. According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary, a cult is a minority religi...
  • Charles And Other Members Of The Cult
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    The word cult is defined as an alternative religion. Most cults are started because someone doesn't like the way the world is, and feels that his / her church isn't doing anything to make it better, so they leave and create what they believe to be the perfect religion. Then this person strives to make others believe as they do so they will join (Miller, 1991, p. 15). There are somewhere around 3,000 to 5,000 of these cults throughout the United States, but only 75 to 100 are documented (Miller, ...
  • Anti Cult Movement
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    I. Brief Introduction Recently during our in class discussion we where introduced to the definition of a cult. So unb enounced to myself I was unaware of the fact this paper was due. Which is entirely my fault. This in turn peaked my interest to learn more of the cult and where this term originated. So The past week I attempted to read many articles on such things as Waco and the like. The controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the memb...
  • Cult Literature Lures Potential Cult Members
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    Cults Each year, hundreds of North Americans join one of the increasing, estimated 3000 unorthodox religions that exist across North America. The increasing number of cults, to date in North America, is due to the fact that cults are a social movement that attempts to help people cope with their perceived problems with social interaction. Cult recruiters target those who perceive themselves as different from the rest of society, and give these individuals the sense of belonging that they crave. ...
  • Cults Under Some Definitions Of The Term
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    Cults and Their Leaders For many years, cult leaders always had a psychological hold on their followers minds. Whether it was to kill other people or to kill themselves, they did it without question. Some cult leaders used fear, violence and guilt as a means of a weapon to control the minds of their followers. Other cult leaders used persuasive and spiritual speeches that made their followers believe they were doing good and fulfilling God's plan. Because cult leaders are powerful through psycho...
  • Pythagoreans And The Mystery Cults
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    Mystery cults greatly influenced the development of Pythagoreanism as Pythagoreans adopted many of their traditions, behaviors and beliefs. Pythagoras, the founder of the Pythagoreans, established a school in which he developed and taught these adopted cultural behaviors and beliefs. "The nature of daily living in the school, both its moral and its intellectual disciplines, can perhaps best be understood as an intellectualized development from earlier mystery cults such as the Eleusinian" (Wheel...
  • Different Cults Charles Manson
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    Cults Types of cults Two main kinds of cults exist today: Messianic Cults This is a cult that has a leader. Whatever the leader orders his members to do must be done, whether it would be sacrifice or murder, it must be done. In return the leader of the cult would 'save' his followers. Millenarian Cults This is a type of cult that refers to the 1,000 year reign of Christ. These groups believe that dramatic events, such as the end of the world or judgment day, will occur at the turn of the century...
  • Eight Characteristics Of Destructive Mind Control Cults
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    When one hears of a cult, one thinks of organizations such as the Church of Scientology, the Jehovah's Witnesses, and small fanatical groups such as the Assembly of God. According to Robert J. Lofton, author of Letters to an Elder, there are two kinds of cults; those that use mind-control, and those that do not. Lofton describes eight characteristics of destructive mind-control cults, saying, "If any group exercises all eight of these control elements, they are, in fact a destructive mind contro...
  • Members Of Hare Krishna
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    The form of deviance being studied is cults, particularly the Hare Krishna. Krishna is a popular Hindu god and is the inspiration of many cults. Prabhupada came to America in the 1960's and founded the Hare Krishna movement. He was sent to America by his guru to spread the word of Krishna when he was 70 and attracted a following of young hippies disillusioned with material goods. But failed to attract a larger population because this behavior is viewed as deviant by most of society. There are di...
  • Cult Members
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    CULTS. Introduction Thesis: The forces that draw individuals into cults can be explained by psychological doctrine. II. What is a cultA. Brief description B. Types of cults 1. religious 2. psychotherapy or personal growth 3. political 4. popular or faddist. Popular cult groups A. People's Temple. David Koresh. Heaven's GateD. The Family IV. Charismatic group. Brief desciptionB. Characterization. Sigmund Freud's beliefs. Belonging to a group. Super-egoV I. Thought ReformA. Brief description. How ...
  • Low Class Members Of A Cult
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    Page 1 Cults have been characterized as domineering and persuasive. Cults are willing to prey on any social class and gender in order to attain another member. The increasing popularity of joining cults is reflected on economic status, social class, and emotional state (Singer p. 16, 1995). A conflict perspective suggests that poor economic stability, social class, and no authority attest to the fact that more people are joining cults, and that increasing each might lessen the chance of joining ...
  • Cult Leaders And Other Members
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    Cults have become a phenomenon in our world today. Each year "hundreds of Canadians join some of the 3,000 unorthodox religions of one type or another" (Farnell, Braswell, 189) all across North America. Like every organization, club or even in the common work place there is usually a person who is a figure of authority or other wise know as a "leader" and with every leader there are always rules and objectives that each and every member has to do and follow. The common psychological profile and ...
  • Reasons People Join Cults
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    Cults: Reasons People Join Cults are intriguing and arouse curiosity in the minds of people who have accepted life in society and joined humanity the way it is. It is amazing to think that people leave their life of normalcy to put their trust in something that is alien but promises them something in return or will save their souls from whatever will harm them. There are many causes that affect people's minds to make them join cults. Cults are very promising, can be very eye-opening, and may be ...
  • Counter Cult Group
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    "While every person is guaranteed freedom of conscience and freedom of belief, the freedom to act is not guaranteed. When belief is translated into action a person may be required to conform to regulations". Argued the constitutional lawyer Alan Gold hammer in a trial with the Supreme Court (Andres 1-15). With the recent spread of eastern religions to the United States and the fabrication of unorthodox churches, there has been great opposition to these forces. The general term, cult, has been gi...
  • 9 Symbol The Falun Dafa Symbol
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    expense of the health system to many people and faltering mutual support networks, the positive effects of Qigong practice and the support networks resulting from membership will have been supportive for the spread of the Falun Gong". However, the Falun Dafa is taught as a path which is more than just the practice of Qigong; is seen a way of life. 1 Founder Li Hongzhi (a. k. a. Master Li) has said that, in the past, its secrets were passed only from master to student. Hongzhi made the movement p...
  • Heaven's Gate Cult
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    The Heaven's Gate Suicides RED ALERT! Hale-Bopp brings closure to: Heaven's Gate. This is the greeting one receives upon visiting the Heaven's Gate web page. It is a haunting message that was left behind when 21 women and 18 men took their own lives on March 23, 24, and 25, 1997. This mass suicide was under the supervision of Marshall Herff Applewhite, the cult's charismatic leader. Heaven's Gate was not Applewhite's first cult. It was the latest of three organizations that he and his partner, B...
  • Recruitment The New Cult Member
    732 words
    Cults have been spreading throughout society taking people over with their beliefs; some cults are making a terrible impact in the world outside of them. Some people join cults for religious reasons, like seeking spiritual enlightenment. Others join cults because their friends or family members are in the same cult. Some people feel completely accepted by group members in ways that they never found in the outside world. People who feel dissatisfied with life, or disillusioned with the world join...
  • Cult Leaders
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    There are many types of cults in the world, cults are everywhere but you just do not see them. Every person in the world has been in contact with them in one way or another in many cases you cannot see them. The closest cult we know of is on Rice Lake called the Monies led by Reverend Myung, where I have currently visited. Cults can be involved in churches and even are earliest religions are called cults. Cults are not the strongest groups's ects are the strongest group. When you join a sect you...
  • Anti Cult Movement
    998 words
    Cult Conversion: Freewill Or Brainwashing? Essay, Research Cult Conversion: Freewill Or Brainwashing? The controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the members of these religions come of their own freewill or if they convert as a necessary and inevitable response to advanced coercion, or "brainwashing" techniques employed by the cult leaders. The concept of brainwashing came into popular existence in the 1950's as the result of attempts to...

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