A term used by opponents to identify religious movements they regard as malignant or dangerous. Because of its judgmental and controversial use, it was largely abandoned by the academia since the 1980s, and replaced by “new religious movement.” The same derogatory role is played in German (sekte), French (secte), Italian (setta) and Spanish (secta) by words literally translating the English “sect.” In this context each of these terms should be translated as “cult” rather than “sect,” and vice versa “cult” in English should be translated as sekte, secte, setta, secta.
House Churches and Their Schools Suppressed in Xiamen
Protestant churches are raided in this southeastern China’s metropolis, as the CCP seeks to eliminate unregistered churches and educational institutions they run.
The Church of Almighty God Refugees: Remember Them on World Refugee Day
The world remembers refugees. Do not forget the asylum seekers who were persecuted and tortured in China for their faith.
New Religious Movements in China: They Were Always There
A new book on the sacred scriptures of “redemptive societies” helps exposing myths and misunderstandings about Chinese religion.
After Forced Demolitions, Farmers Left with No Means to Survive
Amid the economic downturn, the CCP deprives farmers of their primary sources of income by destroying pig sheds and gardens.