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Religion Religious Groups - Cults Cult- small religious groups whose teachings and beliefs put it at odds with the dominant culture or religion Usually begin with a charismatic leader Christianity and Islam started out as cults Rejection by society, commitment by follower must be strong Most cults fail; those that do not evolve into sects Sects Larger than a cult, but still experience tension between the group and larger society Loosely organized Emphasize personal salvation and emotional expression of relationship with God. Stress Evangelism The more it grows, the less at odds it becomes with society and then becomes a church Church Large, bureaucratized organization with national and international offices that give direction to local congregations Enforce rules about ordaining ministers and finances Relationship with God less intense Worship services are generally more sedate, with more formal sermons Don’t stress evangelism New members come from within and are affirmed at a certain age
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Ford during the Fall '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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