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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

    Jan 24, 2012
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  2. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa

  3. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

    Jan 27, 2006
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    A cult is an unpopular religion, whereas a religion is a popular cult.
  4. juggy4711

    juggy4711 Nimrod Son

    Sep 20, 2006
    Galveston County, TX
    Well said
  5. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    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).
  6. juggy4711

    juggy4711 Nimrod Son

    Sep 20, 2006
    Galveston County, TX
    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.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  7. Paul7

    Paul7 New Guy

    Dec 16, 2004
    East of Eden
    "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.