Cult Danger Evaluation Frame

29 Jul 2012 20:43 #1 by Friday
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27 Sep 2012 18:22 #2 by bruja
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This evaluation tool is "right on the money". Over the years I've seen many groups , Pagan and Christian alike , that would qualify as high scorers on the test.
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28 Sep 2012 04:12 #3 by Otatara
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Agreed - it is indeed, right on the money, as Bruja said.
In Mr Bonewit's article, he also points out that many people in the anti-cult movement attack them on theological or ideological grounds, when more empirical data such as control over their members, and wealth of the leaders as opposed to the members, are more successful counter-arguments.

I was musing over his list, thinking of a man I know who was entrapped into a church here in New Zealand, which I believe to be a cult. He got his family into it, and after they tried to make him participate in a ritual he felt to be degrading, he left with his oldest son. His wife remained in the cult with their six other children. He has since regained two other children, but he lost his marriage and some of his children, all four of whom are indoctrinated with the cult's beliefs.

My parents (Christian) also lost a friend to that group, as he objected to their theological and ideological arguments. Whilst I feel that control and manipulation are far harder to dispute, and better argument tools, I cannot help but agree it is unlikely that God (or any deity), would approve of a congregation of mostly lower socio-economic class people being forced to give 10% of their meagre incomes so that the leaders can live a luxurious lifestyle. Reinforcing my idea that the "church" is a cult, is the feeling that their arguing against it without using theology, would have been equally as ineffective. They've never seen him again.
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