Asked by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Nov. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by proudmomma777 at 1:28 AM on Nov. 29, 2009
I don't think there is one absolute definition of the word. But cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are generally considered sinister or radically different from what is accepted mainstream. So neither Mormons nor Jehovah's Witnesses (of which I'm one) consider themselves a cult and are not officially, by Goverment, thought so either.
BUT, cult is often used as: a derogatory term by members of the general public; to refer to a religious group who are uncompromising in their beliefs; have relatively few members; or who have only recently (within a century for example) been recognised as a religion by goverment. Hence why Jehovah's Witnesses (amongst others) are referred to as a cult in the States.
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Answer by SaraP1989 at 3:10 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
What people around here mean when they say cult is "people who act different from me and that scares me"
Yep that is what most people mean. The working definition of a cult is often a group with a single strong leader that controls the lives of followers. That can apply to sooo many groups, especially if "control" is applied selectively, so an amendment is often added so that the working definition in effect becomes a group with a single strong leader that controls the lives of followers in ways that the majority of the society is uncomfortable with.
Answer by nysa00 at 3:13 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
"What people around here mean when they say cult is "people who act different from me and that scares me"
Yes, people around here really need to start using a dictionary. They throw around words like 'cult' and 'oppression' without really understanding the true meaning. It's kind of sad, the amount of ignorance that flies around here on a daily basis.
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