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Cults and World Religions. What is a Cult?. The literal and traditional meanings of the word cult is derived from the Latin cultus, meaning "care" or "adoration", as "a system of religious belief or ritual ; or: the body of adherents to same" Answers.com

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What is a Cult?

  • The literal and traditional meanings of the word cult is derived from the Latin cultus, meaning "care" or "adoration", as "a system of religious belief or ritual; or: the body of adherents to same"

    Answers.com

  • A religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious. (Webster’s Dictionary)


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  • cult (kŭlt) n.

    1.

    a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.

    b. The followers of such a religion or sect.

    2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.

    3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.

  • A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.

    a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.

    b. The object of such devotion.

    6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.

    American Heritage Dictionary


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I. 12 World Religions Christianity.”

  • Animism

  • Baha’i

  • Buddhism

  • Confucianism

  • Hare Krishna

  • Hinduism


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  • Islam Christianity.”

  • Judaism

  • Rastafarianism

  • Shinto

  • Sikhism

  • Taoism


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II. 8 Pseudo-Christian Cults Christianity.”

  • Christian Science

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • Moonies (Unification Church)

  • Mormons


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  • Scientology Christianity.”

  • Unity

  • Unitarian Universalism

  • Worldwide Church of God


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III. New Age/Occult Christianity.”

  • Ancient Creeds (Druid, Egyptian, Mayan, Native American, etc.)

  • Astrology

  • Gnosticism (Kabbalah)

  • New Age


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  • Santeria Christianity.”

  • Satanism

  • Transcendental Meditation

  • Wicca/Neo-Paganism


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IV. Secular Religions Christianity.”

  • Atheism

  • Freemasonry

  • Humanism

  • Marxism

  • Post Modernism


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V. Whacky Christians ? Christianity.”

  • International Church of Christ

  • United Pentecostals

  • 7th Day Adventists


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