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Beijing detains 18 members from a banned religious cult group that believes 'Jesus is a Chinese woman' - Daily Mail

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 08:13

Daily Mail

Beijing detains 18 members from a banned religious cult group that believes 'Jesus is a Chinese woman'
Daily Mail
Beijing has detained 18 members of a banned religious cult that believes that Jesus has reincarnated as a Chinese woman. The cult named 'The Church of Almighty God' became known worldwide after five of its 'disciples' beat a woman to death in a ...

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The Tower of Gender Babble - American Thinker

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:19

American Thinker

The Tower of Gender Babble
American Thinker
American society is drowning in the dank waters of an anti-God reformation of belief, in which truth, purity, and beauty are despised while cults of selfishness and pride are venerated. Our minds are bedeviled by the "lesbian-gay-bisexual" obsession ...

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The Forgotten Religions That Worshipped Electricity - OZY

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 00:01

OZY

The Forgotten Religions That Worshipped Electricity
OZY
This story, recounted in an essay called “Electricity and Religion,” from 1876, is one of countless examples of how electricity was incorporated into the religious landscape. Much like the so-called “cargo cults” of the South Pacific Islands that, when ...

The Republican Party As Cult - Peacock Panache

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:13

The Republican Party As Cult
Peacock Panache
On several occasions, I've remarked that today's GOP bears less and less resemblance to the party I once worked for, and more and more resemblance to a cult. I used the term in its broadest and least precise sense–to indicate a walled-off reality–but I ...

Childhood Sexual Shame and its Effect on Your Adult Sexuality - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:44

PsychCentral.com (blog)

Childhood Sexual Shame and its Effect on Your Adult Sexuality
PsychCentral.com (blog)
Either cults brand sex as a religious act incorporating sex, sadism and orgies into their religion OR the cult demands celibacy. Growing up in a narcissistic family is like growing up in a cult. The inter-personal dynamics are the same, including the ...

The Last Religion Standing - Patheos (blog)

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:16

Patheos (blog)

The Last Religion Standing
Patheos (blog)
To oversimplify, they offered a whole reconstruction of religious history that dated back to polytheistic and pagan fertility cults, rooted in local rural communities. According to this model, this is the prehistory we all share, with its common ...

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The French Conspiracy With The Russian Orthodox Church That Destroyed The Jehovah's Witnesses - The Daily Caller

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 20:40

The Daily Caller

The French Conspiracy With The Russian Orthodox Church That Destroyed The Jehovah's Witnesses
The Daily Caller
A French NGO — fully-funded by the French government with the aim of combatting religious minorities — partnered with the Putin administration and the Russian Orthodox Church to label non-Orthodox religions in Russia as extremist groups and eliminate ...

Cambodia's Minister of Cults and Religion Him Chhe visits Long An ... - VietNamNet Bridge

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:58

VietNamNet Bridge

Cambodia's Minister of Cults and Religion Him Chhe visits Long An ...
VietNamNet Bridge
Cambodia's Minister of Cults and Religion Him Chhe visited Vietnam's Long An province on July 18, during which he affirmed that no enemies can make corrupt ...

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A bombshell story alleges R. Kelly is holding women against their will in an abusive cult - Vox

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:40

Vox

A bombshell story alleges R. Kelly is holding women against their will in an abusive cult
Vox
On Monday morning, BuzzFeed published an explosive article reporting that R&B legend R. Kelly is holding multiple young women against their will in what their parents are calling an abusive sex cult. But the young women in question keep telling ...
R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told PoliceBuzzFeed News
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Sacred Architecture - The FADER

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:30

Sacred Architecture
The FADER
To the Saranap Sufis, the opposition to the sanctuary looked like plain, all-too-familiar religious persecution. They were portrayed as a cult; they were labeled as mysterious and secretive for their faith practices. To the opposition, the sanctuary ...

This apocalyptic Korean Christian group goes by different names. Critics say it's just a cult. - PRI

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:31

PRI

This apocalyptic Korean Christian group goes by different names. Critics say it's just a cult.
PRI
When people first sign up for Bible study classes offered by Shinchonji, they are not told about the affiliation with the controversial religious group. This Bible study center in downtown Seoul, for example, does not advertise itself as being part of ...

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Trapped in a religious cult: One woman's story of sexual exploitation at the hands of a 'guru' - The News Minute

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 03:46

The News Minute

Trapped in a religious cult: One woman's story of sexual exploitation at the hands of a 'guru'
The News Minute
Though the common misconception is that only 'crazy, unstable, or weird people' join cults, a paper published in the Cultic Studies Journal by Janja Lalich, has shown that most cult members are of above-average intelligence, come from stable ...

The Link Between Vietnam's Cult of Heroes and Nationalism - The Wire

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 04:31

The Wire

The Link Between Vietnam's Cult of Heroes and Nationalism
The Wire
The move illustrates the government's control over private cults and how it uses them for its own benefit. The worship of Trần Hưng Đạo, a legendary warrior-turned-saint, is a good example of the way the Vietnamese authorities use religious figures to ...

10 Utterly Fascinating Cults - WhatCulture

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:45

WhatCulture

10 Utterly Fascinating Cults
WhatCulture
We define what belief is crazy by holding it against our own standards of sanity and legitimacy, but sometimes throughout the course of human history spiritual organisations have come along that are just inherently weird – and have been considered by ...

Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories? - WBUR

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:29

WBUR

Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?
WBUR
After believing she was haunted — and subsequently finding a scientific explanation for the phenomenon — she chose to become an investigative journalist, collecting evidence to explain paranormal claims. She is currently writing a book about cults.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories? - KCCU

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:21

KCCU

Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?
KCCU
Carrie Poppy is a writer, comedian, and podcast host. Her show, Oh No, Ross and Carrie, explores fringe science, spirituality and claims of the paranormal in our world. After believing she was haunted — and subsequently finding a scientific ...

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The Visionary Activist Show – At Dark of Solstice Moon, Entheogenic Renaissance! - kpfa 94.1fm

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:05

kpfa 94.1fm

The Visionary Activist Show – At Dark of Solstice Moon, Entheogenic Renaissance!
kpfa 94.1fm
(That he also placed this—the heart of Christianity—in the context of the complex of the earlier ancient Near-East fertility cults, and maybe Hellenistic Mystery religions, is especially salient. ... to the social), but only to call attention to one ...

When China meets the Catholic Church - The Straits Times

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:00

The Straits Times

When China meets the Catholic Church
The Straits Times
Could the Beijing leadership be coming round to recognising that communism and Taoist philosophy aren't quite enough to fill the spiritual void in the Chinese people? Beijing is also actively ... It is no secret that China abhors cults. In February ...

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Who were the authors of the so-called “Gnostic gospels,” and what did they believe? - Aleteia EN

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:03

Aleteia EN

Who were the authors of the so-called “Gnostic gospels,” and what did they believe?
Aleteia EN
The knowledge they were seeking was not intellectual, but spiritual and intuitive—namely, the discovery of divine nature itself: eternal, hidden, and imprisoned in the body and the psyche. This knowledge was reserved for an elite group of “spiritual” men.

Reza Aslan's 'Believer' Was Everything Wrong with Religion Reporting - Patheos (blog)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:56

Patheos (blog)

Reza Aslan's 'Believer' Was Everything Wrong with Religion Reporting
Patheos (blog)
This Bill Nye of spirituality insists that “religion isn't about scripture or temples or priests or rules or regulations. It's about the individual, and the quest for meaning, the idea that there is something more to life than just what we see with our ...

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