For practical reasons a cult or sect is sometimes defined as "any religious group with a distinctive worldview of its own derived from, but not identical with, the teachings of a major world religion." As we are speaking here of special groups that usually pose a threat to people's freedom and to society in general, cults and sects have also been characterized as possessing a number of distinctive features.
These features often are
The basic work on these characteristic marks was published by an American, Dave Breese, Know the Marks of Cults (Victor Books, Wheaton, III., 1985).
Sects and cults are an unmistakable phenomenon of our modern world. Among the questions people frequently ask are the following:
"Sects and Cults" are more appropriately described as "New Religious Movements". For more information, click here.