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Cult Conversion Freewill Or Brainwashing
963 wordsThe controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the members of these religions come of their own freewill or if they convert as a necessary and inevitable response to advanced coercion, or brainwashing techniques employed by the cult leaders. The concept of brainwashing came into popular existence in the 1950 s as the result of attempts to try and explain the behaviour of some American GIs who defected to the Communists during the Korean War...
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Cult Leaders Cult Members
1,154 wordsCults have become a phenomenon in our world today. Each year "hundreds of Canadians join some of the 3, 000 unorthodox religions of one type or another" (Fennel, Branswell, 189) all across North America. Like every organization, club or even in the common work place there is usually a person who is a figure of authority or other wise know as a "leader" and with every leader there are always rules and objectives that each and every member has to do and follow. The common psychological profile and...
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Branch Davidians David Koresh
1,148 wordsThe Branch Davidians Cult, which was until its demise headed by Warren Jeffs, had over 6000 members at its peak. These 6000 members lived in sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City in the barren US state of Utah. The cult in which control is the key is now considered by many to be closer to a terrorist organisation. The Branch Davidians had originated in the Seventh-day Adventist church where they in turn began to follow a Millerite which in short is a movement that believes the Bible sets ou...
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Jim Jones Cult Leaders
1,677 wordsThe mass suicides, that took place under the influence of Reverend Jim Jones, can be explained from a sociological perspective. By looking at how the group dynamics played into the outcome one gets a better idea of the whys? of the massacre. The sociological explanation is but one way to explain this horrific event. It is, however, the only one explored in this essay for reasons of concision. At one level, the deaths at Jonestown can be viewed as the product of obedience, of people complying wit...
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Beliefs And Practices Religious Beliefs
1,051 wordsExcept from psychologists of religion, conversion to cults has received little attention from psychologists. Can social psychologists describe and explain the process of religious conversion or is this a topic beyond a social psychological purview? On a more general level, can psychological and sociological descriptions of religious cults handle issues connected with a cult identity as this takes place through ones religious experience? This is an important question because we need to explain th...
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Religious Movements Cult Members
959 wordsThe controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the members of these religions come of their own freewill or if they convert as a necessary and inevitable response to advanced coercion, or? brainwashing? techniques employed by the cult leaders. The concept of brainwashing came into popular existence in the 1950? s as the result of attempts to try and explain the behaviour of some American GI? s who defected to the Communists during the Korea...
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Amount Of Time Cult Members
1,320 wordsA cult is a system of religious worship. These groups can vary in size. One cult may have a leader with a few followers, yet another may have a complex chain of command. They may use secret signals that cannot be understood by outsiders. Most use signs that do not require speech, such as their own version of sign language. This is to keep outsiders from knowing what they are up to. It actually works quite well, and is hard to decode. Cults reject the term, and prefer to call themselves new relig...
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Group Of People Charles Manson
486 wordsTypes of cults Two Cults Cults Types of cults Two main kinds of cults exist today: Messianic Cults This is a cult that has a leader. Whatever the leader orders his members to do must be done, whether it would be sacrifice or murder, it must be done. In return the leader of the cult would save his followers. Mellenarian Cults This is a type of cult that refers to the 1, 000 year reign of Christ. These groups believe that dramatic events, such as the end of the world or judgment day, will occur at...
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Shell Shock Religious Movements
1,355 wordsI. Brief Introduction Recently during our in class discussion we where introduced to the definition of a cult. So unannounced to myself I was unaware of the fact this paper was due. Which is entirely my fault. This in turn peaked my interest to learn more of the cult and where this term originated. So The past week I attempted to read many articles on such things as Waco and the like. The controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the membe...
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Cult Leaders Military Base
685 wordsToday there are many dangerous groups one should try to avoid. One of the popular groups today is a cult. Some cults can be completely harmless where others can lead a person (or many) to suicide. Many cults are formed by a fraud and just for the benefit of the leader. Here is a look at how some cults attract new members, how the members are treated, what they are trained to do, and what you should do before committing to any group. Cult leaders look for people who are not feeling good about the...
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Nazi Soldiers Concentration Camps
2,673 wordsPEOPLE ARE WILLING TO FOLLOW ORDERS THAT GO AGAINST THEIR MORALS? Tearful day when, from ashes, man shall rise to be judged guilty. ? These are the last words written by the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his Requiem, or funeral mass. These words also describe the day that the Nazi soldiers were declared guilty and sentenced to death at Nuremberg. In the Nuremberg war crime trials, the Nazis pleaded not guilty to charges brought against them regarding the treatment of Jews in concent...
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Cult Leaders Religious Movements
1,902 wordsCults: Reasons People Join Cults are intriguing and arouse curiosity in the minds of people who have accepted life in society and joined humanity the way it is. It is amazing to think that people leave their life of normalcy to put their trust in something that is alien but promises them something in return or will save their souls from whatever will harm them. There are many causes that affect people s minds to make them join cults. Cults are very promising, can be very eye-opening, and may be ...
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