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Cult vs. religion: what's the difference?
Cult vs. religion: what's the difference?

A pastor supporting Rick Perry calls Mormonism a "cult." Is that untrue? Well, what's the difference between a "cult" and a "religion"? Not easy to say. Many people think they know the difference when they see it. Scientology and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church are cults — aren't they? And Judaism and Christianity are surely religions. But in fact, early Christianity was considered just a cult by both Jews and Romans; Islam was long considered just a cult by medieval Christians; and, of course, many Protestant groups, from the Baptists to the Quakers, were considered cults by other Christians. Moreover, if your definition...

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