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Religion in Society Is the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints Mormonism a cult The nature of Latter Day as a religion has been doubted furthermore many are those that have claimed that this doctrine could be a cult In this essay we would analyze the main controversies against this religion and see whether or not LDS Latter Days Saint are a cult However before we enter into the topic we should first examine the meaning of the word cult There is no generally accepted single current definition for the term cult The complexity of defining this word has engendered a controversy among theologians psychologists philosophers and sociologists Cult such as Christian hell heaven occult are terms that often causes a social misunderstanding over their meanings We will examine some of the definitions that have arisen from this term Walter Martin a Christian theologian defines cult as a group religious in nature which surrounds a leader or a group of teachings which either denies or misinterprets essential biblical doctrines This is an unsatisfying definition as it is too general and subjective to agree with It embraces most religions such as Mormon Church Wicca Islam Hinduism and all of the other religions of the world Over 70 of humanity would belong to cults by this definition According to the Dictionary of Cults Sects Religions and the Occult a cult is a relatively small often transitory religious group that commonly follows radical leader A cult unlike a sect espouses radically new religious beliefs and practices that are frequently seen as threatening the basic values and cultural norms of society at large Therefore people who are involved in cults frequently exhibit antisocial and neurotic behavior In recent times orthodox Christians have used the term to describe those religious groups that deny the TRINITY and specifically the deity of Jesus Christ Their teachings are contrary to historic Christian ORTHODOXY The
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