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quote:5 a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book);
quote:Originally posted by TishaUntil 300 A.D., christianity was a cult.I suppose one could argue that there are good cults and bad ones.
quote:Originally posted by beavisA cult is a religion with beliefs that most people dont approve of and usually not as many members. Cults are valid religions.
quote:Originally posted by TishaHmmmm . . . 1. The Christian priests and pastors would have you believe that leaving the Faith will result in eternal damnation. Pretty final, don't you think? Some christian sects even practice "shunning." (Amish). I think the Catholic Church still practices excommunication.2. The original Charismatic Leader was the Son of God . . . spoke with him directly . . . past the Word of God down to the masses . . .hmmm. 3. Many (but not all) Christian churches - - - the evangelicals come to mind - - - engage in what many would call cult recruiting practices (i.e., love-bombing, etc) and mind control. The priesthood within the Catholic Church is rather cultish - - - the consequences of "wrong thinking" are pretty dismal.But then there are other churches within the Christian communities who are not cultish at all. I rather believe that once a cult becomes very large, it becomes rather difficult to control. A charismatic leader, for instance, will be able to control a few hundred people, but a few thousand or a few MILLION . . . it gets to be a bit like herding cats.