Tag: Cults

The attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements

The ‘cult wars’ of the 1980s and 1990’s have largely abated, but those who fight for the right of “New Religious Movements” seemingly continue to worry more about such groups than about the impact “cultic deviations” have on victims of cults ands sects.

A brief look at an overview and comments by religious historian Jean-François Mayer, the founder and chief editor of Religioscope.

International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments.

ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

Here is a listing of upcoming events.

Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, and more…

Today in 1997 police in Southern California discovered the bodies of 39 people — who had committed suicide in order to board a UFO they believed would take them to heaven.

Black magic is firmly ingrained in some African belief systems. We’ll tell you what gri-gris are used for.

Then there is an illustration of religious insanity provided by a preacher who thinks he is an apostle.

Plus: get up to speed on the religious exemption case the US Supreme Court is grappling with.

Female bishops * Life of Brian * Breast feeding cult

In today’s religion news briefs: Russians have arrested a top breast feeding expert, excusing her of running a ‘cult.’

The Church of Sweden elects its first female bishop. And the head of the BBC’s religion department wonders whether you get the religious references in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Also: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine (and download a free book on the subject)