Cults: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition (Contemporary by James R. Lewis

By James R. Lewis

Over half U.S. religions have shaped when you consider that 1960, however the time period "cult" applies in simple terms to some high-demand non secular teams. within the Nineteen Nineties, a sequence of violent incidents concerning replacement spiritual teams reactivated the debate within the usa, Europe, and East Asia. High-profile terrorist violence equivalent to the September eleven assaults has brought on curiosity within the factor of faith and violence, which in flip has encouraged new paintings at the cult issue.This quantity surveys the cult controversies from the early Nineteen Seventies to the current. incorporated is an in-depth examine brainwashing and the problem of other religions and violence. The vital arguable religions, hobbies, and members that experience made the headlines also are tested.

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These and other criticisms influenced the secular anticult movement to rethink their stance on deprogramming. ” CFF did, however, continue to voice support for voluntary deprogramming (that is, counseling situations in which “cult” members were free to break off the conversation and leave at any time, usually referred to as “exit counseling”). The vast majority of deprogrammers have little or no background in psychological counseling. Often their only qualification is that they are themselves deprogrammed former cult members.

As he studied the matter, he found that kidnapping charges would be difficult if not impossible to make stick if parents were involved at every stage of such an operation. ” In 50 percent or more of the cases, they abandoned their new faith. Thus, the practice of “deprogramming” was born. Initially, Patrick did not pursue deprogramming for personal enrichment. Gradually, however, he found the demand high enough that he turned his attention to kidnapping “cult” members on a full-time basis. The father of a new profession, he began to require compensation for his time.

However, the readiness of people to buy into the stereotype of child-abusing cultists convicted David Koresh and sentenced him to death before he was able to receive a fair hearing. One of the more important cultural contradictions that is projected onto alternative religions is tied up in the brainwashing, or mind control, notion that is the core accusation leveled against such groups. Discourse that glorifies mainstream society usually does so in terms of a rhetoric of liberty and freedom. However, while holding liberty as an ideal, we experience a social environment that is often quite restrictive.

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