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|ISBN:||9780737739947 0737739940 9780737739954 0737739959|
|Description:||218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||ch. 1. What are cults? Cults are harmful and extreme religious groups / Jayanti Tamm --
The term cult is misused for new religious movements / Douglas E. Cowan and David G. Bromley --
Cults and religions have important differences / H. Stephen Shoemaker --
Cults and religions have similarities / Brad Hirschfield --
Mormonism and cults have similarities / Christopher Hitchens --
It does not matter if Mormonism is a cult / Michael Riley --
Scientology is a dangerous cult / Amy Scobee, as told to Mike Hess --
Scientology is more than just a cult / Janet Reitman. ch. 2. Are cults a serious threat? Cults are prone to crime and violence / Tom O'Connor --
The threat of cults is exaggerated / Bruce A. Robinson --
Cults are a serious threat in Japan / Leo Lewis --
Some cults are sexually abusive / Celeste Jones, Kristina Jones, and Juliana Buhring --
Polygamist cults threaten women and girls / Carolyn Jessop, as told to Luiza Ch. Savage --
The practice of polygamy is defensible / Jacob Hodgen. ch. 3. Why do people join cults? Cults brainwash their members / Michael Haag --
Cults do not brainwash their members / Bruce A. Robinson --
Psychological traits can influence people to join cults / Frank MacHovec --
People join cults for a variety of reasons / Robin Jackson. ch. 4. How can cult members be helped? Ex-cult members can be deprogrammed / Rick Alan Ross --
Some cult deprogrammers are as harmful as cults / Dominic Streatfeild --
Some ex-cult members maintain healthy connections with their former cults / Gina Catena --
Children should not be returned to their parents in cults / Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown --
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|Series Title:||Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)|
|Responsibility:||Roman Espejo, book editor.|
This volume explores the topics relating to cults, usually referring to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered non-traditional or unorthodox, by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.
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