Re: [brights-281] Don't think you can define Methodists as a cult - from Wikipedia.

From: bugpowder
Sent on: Friday, September 12, 2008 12:52 AM
Look, kids!  "Troll" is also a verb.


Larry Oubre wrote:
> "*Cult*" typically refers to a cohesive social group devoted to 
> beliefs or practices that the surrounding population considers to be 
> outside the mainstream.
> A group's cult status begins as rumors spread of its novel belief 
> system, its great devotions, its idiosyncratic practices, its 
> perceived harmful or beneficial effects on members or its perceived 
> opposition to the interests of mainstream cultures and governments. 
> Persistent rumors may follow relatively small and recently founded 
> religious or non-religious groups when they are perceived to engage in 
> excessive member control or exploitation.^[/cita­tion needed 
> <http://en.wikiped...­]
> The issue of perception, whether notably positive or negative, is the 
> main cause of variation in the use of "cult" as a descriptive term. In 
> common usage, "cult" has a positive connotation for the members of 
> devotee groups in the domains of painting, music, writing, fiction, 
> and fashion devotees, despite or even due to the relatively low 
> economic value of the object of art.^[1] 
> <http://en.wikiped...;­ In contrast, when used 
> to describe new religious groups, extreme political parties, 
> questionable therapeutic alliances and pyramidal business groups, the 
> word usually has a negative connotation.^[2] 
> <http://en.wikiped...;­ For this reason, most, 
> if not all, non-fan groups that are called cults reject this label. In 
> general, translation of the pejorative connotation from modern English 
> to use of the same term in other languages can be misleading as they 
> (e.g. French) may retain the original meaning.^[/citation needed 
> <http://en.wikiped...­]
> Methodism started as a reform movement in the Church of England - 
> mainly concerned with the
> reform of alchoholism and reaching out to impoverished slum denizens.
> Think we owe them some respect for that,
> although I in no way endorse them or their modern proponents. 
> Dr Larry A. Oubre
> Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing
> http://LearntoSin...­
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