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All articles & reviews tagged with cults-and-other-religions

The new pagans

Article

February 2004
Cults and other religions

The new pagans

Pagans were the country folk ('pagan' means country dweller) who resisted organised religion and practised ancient rituals and ceremonies. Their pre-Christian religion could be described as animism - the belief that everything is alive with natural or supernatural spirits.The ancient pagans used magical enchantments, honoured a myriad of gods and goddesses, and lived close…

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Concerning Cults

Article

February 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Mormon Fundamentalists (3)Do Dan Lafferty and Osama bin Laden have anything in common? 'I've asked myself that', Dan acknowledges. In prison with his brother Ron for the gruesome murder of their sister-in-law and her baby, Dan is reflective but unrepentant.'Is that what I'm like?' His personal answer is an emphatic 'No'. His reasons? The…

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Judeophobia

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February 2004
Cults and other religions

Judeophobia

A Christian leader once asked me if I 'liked Jews'? I thought it was a strange question to ask someone who is committed to sharing the love of Jesus with Jewish people, and I answered without hesitation, 'Of course I do'. He appeared surprised.'I found them to be the rudest boys in school', he…

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Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

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January 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

A story of two parts - polygamy and violence. That is, in a nutshell, the story of Mormon Fundamentalism (MF). After considering polygamy in the last article, we now attempt to understand MF violence in its contemporary expression.I continue outlining the story of Dan Lafferty and his brothers in order to identify some of…

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Baha’i

Article

November 2003
Cults and other religions

Baha’i

The Baha’i faith — to which the British weapons expert Dr David Kelly converted some four years ago — could hold a clue to his frame of mind before he committed suicide, a friend believes. Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the circumstances of his tragic death was told about the teachings of the faith and…

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Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

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November 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

What does Osama bin Laden have in common with Jim Jones, David Koresh, Shoko Asahara and Dan Lafferty? To begin with, they are all deeply religious. They are also extremists of one kind or another who have devoted themselves to the zealous pursuit of their religious ideals.Furthermore, these people have in common the use…

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Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

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October 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

On the Continent, and in France especially, Claude Vorilhon is well known. For one thing, he was a former French racing driver and sports magazine editor. During the 1980s and 1990s, Vorilhon travelled extensively in order to race in his Mazda RX 7 Turbo.What made him even better known, however, was an experience he…

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