Updated: November 11, 2004
More Religion &
General Information on Cults
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."
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.
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."
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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A brief site, addressed specifically to college students, with some
good information about "destructive" 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
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Another interesting site you might want to try.
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