RELS 108 Lecture Notes - Lecture 32: Theodicy, True Identity, Religulous

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Cults is traditionally a negative term and carries a heavy connotation even today. In the past several decades, there has been a great understanding and acceptance of religious pluralism. The derogatory term cult has been replaced by a term meant to reflect this acceptance of religious pluralism: new religious movements (nrm(s)) We can have a better understanding by refining this scope of what we are examining (nrms in america) Generally, religious alternatives (to christianity and it"s denominations) in america fall into or relate to the following 8 categories: the latter day saints (mormons, communalist (nature/self-sustained, metaphysicians (christian scientist, scientology, precedence of the. Mind: psychic-spiritualist groups (mediums, paranormal, neo-shamanism, ancient wisdom schools (ancient sources, occult knowledge, magical groups (wicca, neo-paganism, eastern religions (hinduism, buddhism, taoism, etc. , the other abrahamic faiths (judaism, islam-including heir mystical groups) Occult or the occult is again, traditionally a pejorative term.

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