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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]

cult

a specific complex of beliefs, rites, and ceremonies associated with some particular person or object, which is maintained by a social group. A cult is often considered as having magical significance.
Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death

cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Commonly called sects, and sometimes called cults, many NRMs are simply communities of dissent comprised of marginal groups who know that they are outsiders and choose to be.
Cults are the domain of self-appointed leaders whose teachings can lead to tragedy
Students studying cults were invited to test the independence of their own thinking and examine the shades of gray in adult life, said Lewthwaite.
By understanding that history we can better understand and contextualize the problems we have today with violent authoritarian Jihadist groups and destructive cults.
Cults grabbed the lead with only seven minutes on the clock after forcing a corner on the right.
Paul the martyr; the cult of the apostle in the Latin west.
The difficulty with studying mystery cults is that their initiates kept secret their rituals, and these secrets, passed down orally for centuries, were forgotten once Christianity came to dominate Western culture.
In the circumstances, it might be useful to get in touch with the Cult Information Centre and you can either write to BCM Cults, London WC1N 3XX or telephone 0845 4500 868.
And all too often, power hungry manipulators take advantage of this--and that is how cults are formed.
First thing, for Holger Jebens in his introduction and summary of the different papers, is to stress the leading deconstructionist purposes of most authors of this book in relation to the wide public fascination for Western writings on Cargo cults.
When the book sticks strictly to cults, it succeeds.
The first time I ever heard about Mormons was in fifth grade, sitting in a basement classroom of my Baptist church, watching a filmstrip about cults.