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Church sues woman for leaving and calling them a cult.

Discussion in 'Religious Issues' started by Gunhaver, May 18, 2012.

  1. Gunhaver

    Gunhaver the wrong hands

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  2. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

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  3. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    A cult is an unpopular religion, whereas a religion is a popular cult.
     
  4. juggy4711

    juggy4711 Nimrod Son

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    Well said
     
  5. DonGlock26

    DonGlock26

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    Sociological definitions of the term 'cult' ...

    ...include consideration of such factors as authoritarian leadership patterns, loyalty and commitment mechanisms, lifestyle characteristics, [and] conformity patterns (including the use of various sanctions in connection with those members who deviate).

    http://cultfaq.org/cultfaq-perspectives.html
     
  6. juggy4711

    juggy4711 Nimrod Son

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    Where did this trend of selecting definitions for words by what benefits one's argument come from? Choosing a definition that has come about threw New Speak is disingenuous. Etymologically a cult is: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.

    Religions are cults, cults are religions. Rock. Stone.
     
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  7. Paul7

    Paul7 New Guy

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    "The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre."

    That makes your world-view a cult in my eyes.
     
  8. void *

    void * Dereference Me!

    ... by a people who a majority of which are currently members of religions that were at one time considered abnormal or bizarre ...


    Although, word usage does change over time.