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When does a cult become a religion? What are the criteria that demarcates one from another? I've always wondered this. I suppose the first hurdle is establishing exactly what is a cult and what is a religion. For cult, there appear to be several definitions, ranging from defining any nonChristian theology/practice as a "cult", to labeling any group which contains elements of coercion and abuse as a "cult", to a more neutral alternative to "sect". The definition I use is more neutral and academic: "adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices". Religious folk (irrespective of which religion you practice), what are your thoughts on this?
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Originally posted by UppityNegress:
When does a cult become a religion? What are the criteria that demarcates one from another? I've always wondered this. I suppose the first hurdle is establishing exactly what is a cult and what is a religion. For cult, there appear to be several definitions, ranging from defining any nonChristian theology/practice as a "cult", to labeling any group which contains elements of coercion and abuse as a "cult", to a more neutral alternative to "sect". The definition I use is more neutral and academic: "adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices". Religious folk (irrespective of which religion you practice), what are your thoughts on this?


I was Having a discussion with my dad recently,and we both agreed that Some Christian groups are cults too.

Cults when they preach to members about doing things completely for the benefit of them, instead of God.
When voodoo is added to turn curses on other people.Only to benefit them ,only to make the leader feel comfortable or superior to the rest.Religion is something that allows all members to feel spiritual freedom.

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