How cults attract followers

On the use of the word “cult”:

“It’s a value judgment more than it is a functional word. Every prophet of every major religion can be considered a charismatic leader. In fact, the biggest joke in religious studies is that ‘cult plus time equals religion.'” – Reza Aslan, author, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

Watched the short documentary “Cults Explained” on Netflix. It’s pretty chilling to hear the accounts of survivors of different cults—including someone from the Peoples Temple cult of the infamous Jonestown massacre that claimed the lives of 918 people.


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