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.« Back to Glossary Index
Freedom Under Siege and the Tai Ji Men Case
The assault on religious liberty is increasing, not decreasing, and is often conducted through the improper use of taxes.
The Order of the Solar Temple. 6. Tragedy in Switzerland
Order of the Solar Temple: on October 5, 1994, the police found 48 dead bodies in the villages of Cheiry and Salvan.
Church of Almighty God Refugees: Favorable Decisions by Italian Supreme Court and Court of Rome
Judges recognized that the CAG is severely persecuted in China, and members are harassed by the CCP even abroad.
The Order of the Solar Temple. 9. Learning from the Tragedy
What does the homicides and suicides tell us about which among thousands of pacific new religious and esoteric movements may turn violent?