Cult Is A Cult Or Cult?

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When you think of a Religion most would never think of it as a Cult but, I ask the question “Could a religion actually be considered a cult?” A few religions that we have studied in class have actually been considered a cult at one point in history, either many years ago, or very recent. What intrigues me about this is: the definition and characteristics of a cult or religion, what groups/religions have been considered to be a cult, and why do we think that a cult is not considered a religious group. Some characteristics of a cult can be: that the leader becomes the person worshiped instead of a god. It has thought reform like characteristics that are systematic in principle with a great focus on confession, criticism, and self-criticism, in a systematic way. The last characteristic has to do with heavy exploitation from the leader and other high ranking people and exploitation can be economical and sexual. This was given from a documentary given on the history channel that I had watched many years ago. The definition of a cult given by Wikipedia is: a cult is a religious or other social group with socially deviant and novel beliefs and practices. The Merriam-Webster’s definition is also similar: a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous. A different definition that I had found for a cult and I think is a better explanation is: By its primary dictionary

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