origin and uses of cult

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Surname 1NameProfessorTitleDateCultsThe word cult has different meanings depending on how a given group of people relateto it. A cult is described as a religious system of worship, a group of people bonded due to acommon belief or a religion/sect that is considered as false or extreme. In modern society, cultsare viewed negatively, they are considered as being deviant from society. The word cult is usedin most cases in society as a subjective term to attack/criticize people that have different views orpractices from the society (Boa 8). A group of people may be regarded as a cult if they do notfollow the beliefs of their society.The origin of cults can be dated back to the 17th century, where the word cult was usedto describe the practice of worship/religion. The 'cult' is heavily borrowed from the Frenchculture, through the French word culte, which means worship. In the 19th century, cults startedbeing regarded as sociological classifications, whereby religion was divided into church and sect.Under church, there is ecclesia and denomination and under sect, cult, and sect. According tothese sociological classifications, cults are as a result of novel practices and beliefs (Boa 17). By1930, Christians began terming cultism as a form of Satanism and this conception becamewidespread as the 20th century approached its conclusion. The widespread conception had somenegative effect on the idea of cults as a majority of scholars and sociologists

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