(Original post by Horner94)
Hello, thank you for your response.
Do you consider the word cult an academic term? Are cults always a bane for society? What about mainstream religions and not all cults are religious?
Look forward to your response.
No, I don't consider cults to be an academic term.
Nor restricted solely to groups with a religious agenda.
Healy's Workers Revolutionary Party, Balakrishnan’s Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and the Revolutionary Communist Party were all cults hiding behind the mask of politics.
I believe that cults are always sinister, destructive and opt out of national law.
But many are very small groups with limited funding and less than a dozen members, so don't have the potential to cause mass or significant disruption to wider society.
Mainstream religions are never cults, although renegade sects/ fringe leaders can form their own splinter organisations that are cults.
Even smaller religions like jehovah's witnesses, scientology, mormon church of lds cannot accurately be deemed cults.
Nor fringe religious offshoot movements like the hinduthva/ khalistanis.