a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
the object of such devotion.
a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
the members of such a religion or sect.
any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.
of or pertaining to a cult.
of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees: a cult movie.
On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 12:52 AM, bugpowder <[address removed]> wrote:
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.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed>/]
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.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult#cite_note-0> 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.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult#cite_note-1> 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.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed>/]
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://LearntoSingTexas.com
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