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Defining Cults in Todays Society Cult kult n F L F culte fr L cultus care adoration- 1 Formal religious veneration WORSHIP 2 a system of religious belief and ritual also its body of adherents 4 a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by promulgator 5 a great devotion to a person idea or thing esp such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b a usu Small circle of persons united by devotion or allegiance to an artistic or intellectual movement or figure - cul-tic kel-tik adj - cult-ism kel-tiz-em n - cul-tist kel-test n Forward When I first chose cults as the topic for my research essay I was confident it would be a simple task of researchingwellcults But the problem arose when trying to explain what a cult is The dictionary basically describes a cult as a system of religious belief therefore that would make any religion or philosophical belief system definable as a cult Due to this confusion when I refer to the term cult in my report it is referring to any religious system or system of beliefs that A Harms the followers of the belief physically psychologically emotionally andor spiritually B Causes oppression to the followers society or any person C Is a belief system in which the leader is self-appointed and highly manipulative through charisma yet is determined and domineering D A belief system that is authoritarian in structure and often has a double set of ethics E A belief system that requires members to undergo a major disruption or change in life-style I hope that this clears up any questions you may have pertaining to the definition of the term cult used in this report Origin of Religion From the time man was first able to consciously ponder such issues as birth death
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