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Updated: November 11, 2004

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General Information on Cults

Religious Tolerance Site
A discussion of what the word "cult" means in different contexts (positive, neutral, negative, and very negative) that helps explain the confusion, misunderstanding, and emotional heat surrounding many cults. See as well Religious Tolerance's Menu: Cults, aka New Religious Movements, particularly the outline of "topics covered on this section of the website."

CultWatch: A Look at Cults in America
The sections of this useful essay are General Cult Information, Anti-Cult Movements, and A List of Cults. Written by Jeffrey K. Hadden, who founded the Religious Movements Page below.

Apologetics Index
An evangelical, orthodox Christian site for Christians and non-Christians on cults, anti-cults, counter-cults, sects, new religious movements, etc. To understand the perspective of the site look at Apologetics Index Viewpoint. Note that the publishers of this site consider Jeffrey K. Hadden (see Cult Watch above and The Religious Movements Page below) a "notorious apologist for cults."

The Religious Movements Page
"This page provides a gateway to profiles of more than two hundred Religious Movements, most of which were created by students in Sociology 257 at the University of Virginia. Each Profile offers basic demographic and background information, a summary of beliefs, discussion of controversial issues (when appropriate), links to important web sites about each group, and select print bibliographies. In addition, we provide an index with links to hundreds of religious groups that are not profiled on this site."

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Destructive Cults

About Cults
A brief site, addressed specifically to college students, with some good information about "destructive" cults.

Doomsday/Destructive/Apocalyptic Cults
The Religious Tolerance Site defines "Doomsday/Destructive/Apocalyptic cults to be religiously based, very high intensity, controlling groups that have caused or are liable to cause loss of life among their membership or the general public," and immediately adds, "It is important to realize that out of the tens of thousands of new religious groups worldwide, only a very few meet these criteria."

American Family Foundation
The American Family Foundation began almost 20 years ago as a result of the Jonestown tragedy. Its mission is "to study psychological manipulation and cultic groups, to educate the public and professionals, and to assist those who have been adversely affected by a cult-related experience."

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Roadside Attractions
Another interesting site you might want to try.

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