posted on Oct, 13 2006 @ 11:42 PM
Cult is a bad word to use because of its pejorative nature. There are about eight different definitions for "cult" that I can think of (taken from
1. A particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies ex: "the Jesus Cult", "the Krishna Cult", "the
2. An instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers ex: the Catholic Cult of "Marianism";
3. The object of such devotion, e.g., the viurgin Mary;
4. A group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc ex: just about everyone who is in a religion;
5. Group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols: Masons, perhaps;
6. A religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction
of a charismatic leader , ex: Jim Jones' temple;
7. The members of such a religion or sect, ex: Jim Jones' kool-aid drinkers;
8. Any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that
employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific. "Vitamin B17" "cures" for Cancer.
My wife was raised in a cult where, as part of their rites, they ritualistically committed cannibalism on their god. They termed this symbolic
cannibalism "communion" and called themselves "christians"
Most of my friends follow the same cult behavior, the only thing is that they have additional "holy books" and refer to themselves as "mormons"
Yet another group has no formal rites at all, but engage in ritual suicide every four years. they call themselves "democrats".
The bottom line is that calling a religion that is different from one's own as a "cult" is like calling an Italian-American a "wop" or an
African-American a "'n-word'"; it really reflects more on the lack of breeding of the person who uses the term than it does on the object of that