studies groups whose aspirations to greatness
3-2-04 Moscow - Dvorkin: A cult can be created from a light bulb
2-24-04 Schwaz, Austria - Jehovahs Witnesses knock on doors [more]
3-1-04 North Korea - Cult of hatred against Americans flourishing [more]
2-29-04 Berlin - Scientology Church now twice as big [more]
2-27-04 Hamburg - Government agency dismisses US Scientology criticism [more]
2-25-04 Poland - Scientology imported almost 100 tax-free Rolls Royces [more]
2-26-04 North Korea - Moon's automobile factory [more]
2-26-04 Moscow - Krishnas collect 45,000 signatures supporting temple [more]
2-24-04 Blogoveshchensk - Investigation reveals state money used for Scientology services [more]
2-17-04 Saint Petersburg - Scientologists release postage stamp with image of L.R. Hubbard [more]
2-24-04 Moscow - Krishna parents accuse broadcaster of fomenting religious discord [more]
2-22-04 Moscow - Scientology's Volunteer Minister Crusade Campaign [more]
2-2-04 Norway - Lying to outsiders OK for cults [more]
2-16-04 USA - Study shows Americans takes Bible literally [more]
2-18-04 Ukraine - A sample of cults in the world [more]
2-12-04 Moscow - Orthodox citizens against construction of Krishna complex [more]
2-13-04 Belorussia - American Senator gives speech about human rights violations [more]
2-13-04 Republic of Buryatia - more than 20 sect victims [more]
2-12-04 Moscow - Orthodox journalist pointedly refused at journalists center [more]
2-11-04 Tyumen - officials taking control of sects [more]
2-9-04 RF - Appeal to protect youngsters from the cult of violence [more]
2-7-04 Poland - Mormons and Buddhists on mission in the Wild East [more]
2-3-04 Moscow - Aleksandr Dvorkin talks about the risks of pseudo-Orthodox sect [more]
1-30-04 Norway - Power and Charismatics [more]
2-1-04 Germany - sect commissioner slot - benefit or danger? [more]
1-31-04 Russia - has twice as many Muslims as Saudi Arabia [more]
5-01-03 Germany - Evangelical Church: What is a sect ? [more]
1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers.
3. the object of such devotion.
4. a group or sect bound together by devotion to or veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
5. Sociol. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
6. a religion that is considered or held to be false or unorthodox, or its members.
7. any system for treating human sickness that originated by one usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of diesease, and that employs methods generally regarded as being unorthodox and unscientific.
[< L cult(us) tilling, care, refinement, worship, n. use of ptp. of colere to cultivate, worship, dwell]
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth. . .
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Weltanschauung: a complex meaning-system which interprets, explains and directs everyday life by alternative means to conventional, common-sense knowledge. Particularly in the area of the psychological life of man, it offers a radically competing theory to those prevailing in orthodox scientific circles and those which look to them for the authority for their beliefs.
... from Societal Reaction to Scientology by Roy Wallis in the section entitled "Reality Conflict" in the book Sectarianism, copyright by Roy Wallis 1975.
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