It got me thinking about the whole cult thing though. I mean, we use cult to describe a group of religious beings who are 'not quite right' in our eyes.
Yet the Collins Dictionary defines it as:
cultn1 a specific system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and deity2 a sect devoted to such a system3 a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents4 (Sociol) a group having an exclusive ideology and ritual practices centred on sacred symbols, esp. one characterized by lack of organizational structure5 intense interest in and devotion to a person, idea, or activity
the cult of yoga6 the person, idea, etc., arousing such devotion7a something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular groupb (as modifier)
a cult show8 modifier of, relating to, or characteristic of a cult or cults
a cult figure
(C17: from Latin cultus cultivation, refinement, from colere to till)
♦ cultism n
♦ cultist n
Taken from : http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definitions/cult
So essentially, the first two definitions pretty much describe any religion as far as I can see. So what is it that seperates the good from the so called bad? Why do we call the 'family', Moonies and Bent's Strong City groups cults yet call the Catholic , Anglican and Baptist groups "religions"?
well, I just did what any serious netter would do! I googled and got a real mixed bag of responses that make for some interesting/entertaining/frustrating reading LOL
I googled this : "the difference between religion and a cult"
And came up with :
and finally this one
as the first three links. I have to say out of the 3 the last one seems to have the best explanation in one of it's posts.
So, food for thought and all that. Would love to hear your views so leave a comment if you wish.