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Sociology of Religion
Exam Review: Are cults dangerous?
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What are cults?
A religious group devoted to a specific cause of charismatic leader
Today cults are generally known as groups under the control of a charismatic leader who is suspected of brainwashing followers and promoting self-destructive, illegal, or immoral behaviour....
Or... a term for a new religion, typically demanding loyalty to a charismatic leader
Why are they considered dangerous?
Because of accusations that they use deceptive recruiting, brainwash, sexual abuse, violence, danger to society
Why did the New Religious Movements emerge?
Who joins them and why?
Not stereotypes, they do well in school, have friends (recruited through friends often)
Do they brainwash their recruits?
No but maybe social pressure
Do they promise sexual abuse?
Not abuse, but deviance (other than the norm),
Do they promote violence?
Being a religion it teaches there is some things more important than death, sometimes there are things worth dying for
Do they threaten mainstream religion? Many people are now joining alternative religions nowadays
Many people are now joining alternative religions nowadays
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