You'll find articles about this subject in each of the items listed, even if the term does not necessarily occur
within the headlines or descriptive text.
The term ‘cult’ can be used in a positive, negative, or neutral sense. It does not necessarily have a pejorative meaning, although the term has taken on negative connotations — precisely due to the behaviour of some groups that have been identified as cults.
The ambiguity of the term ‘cult’ makes it necessary to identify or determine in what sense the word is used.
Note that the term ‘cult’ can be defined either sociologically or theologically. Sociology concerns itself with behavior, while theology concerns itself with doctrine. [More about the differences between sociological and theological definitions of the term ‘cult’]
Also, in some countries the term ‘sect‘ — equally ambiguous in meaning — is used instead of the word ‘cult.’
Cult FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions About Cults, Sects, and Related Issues
The Senate has agreed to launch an inquiry into the tax exempt status of religions and charities after allegations of abuse within The Church of Scientology.
However, the Senate inquiry will not focus on a single group.
Despite evidence of abusive acts by cults
, the Senate rejected Nick Xenophon's request for an inquiry into Scientology when both major parties voted against it. We've …
Addressing a conference of cult survivors in Brisbane today, Senator Nick Xenophon said a new motion for a new parliamentary inquiry might include a push for police to take criminal action …
Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon will address a conference in Brisbane which claims to be the first specifically organised to help people …
groups are on the rise in New Zealand. Now the two-part Inside New Zealand: How To Spot A Cult documentary uncovers what really …
Raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses
, Brenda Lee now educates people about cult
involvement in communities across the world.
In free seminars, she addresses topics …
Monday November 17, 2008
An opinion writer with a poor grasp of the facts claims that the term 'cult' has fallen into disuse.
In doing so he merely …
After the trial of Louis Lamonica, Richard Ofshe said he could have offered the jury insight into the nature of cults to help them understand what was happening at …
of a woman recovering from critical injuries she said were inflicted by members of an occult group may be difficult to unravel because it doesn't match the typical …
Thursday July 3, 2008
Cult expert and exit counselor Allen Tate Wood has a series of brief but informative articles in The Faith Column of the New Statesman on the subject of cults.
Saturday June 28, 2008
Various scholars try, and fail, to answer the question asked in the headline.
In the aftermath of the raid by Texas authorities into the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints' Yearning for Zion ranch, polygamous sects are an issue of discussion at the International Cultic Studies Association meeting this weekend at the University …
Monday April 21, 2008
Reading about the child abuse in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Yearning for Zion community in Texas is painfully frustrating for cult specialists like me. Having worked with cultists and former cultists for more than …
They have escaped from a bizarre world of polygamous sex - but the girls of the West Texan sect may soon wish they could return to it, writes Tim Guest, who spent his own childhood in a notorious religious commune …
The children removed from Jeffs' compound will likely suffer from terrifying phobias, says cult expert Steven Hassan. "In the mind of someone who has a phobia, they can't imagine will have a positive result," said Hassan. "They'll develop phobias …
Monday March 31, 2008
Destructive cults make an appeal to social contributions, which turn out to be fronts for recruitment and fundraising, solely for increasing the wealth and prestige of the leader. Members surrender their possessions, money, time and lives to their leaders.
Sunday February 24, 2008
For many it is simply a sign of his charisma. But for a growing number of Barack Obama sceptics, there is something disturbing about the adulation with which the senator and Democratic presidential frontrunner is greeted as he campaigns for …
French chief of staff Emmanuelle Mignon has tried to correct some of the controversial quotes attributed to her on the subject of sects. In an interview with the publication VSD, she reportedly said that “sects were a non-problem in France”.
Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a troubling mysticism is emerging in Russia, attracting up to 800,000 followers, experts say.