Cults: history, beliefs, practices

Newcombe, Suzanne (2014). Cults: history, beliefs, practices. In: Muck, Terry C.; Netland, Harold A. and McDermott, Gerald R. eds. Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI, USA: Baker Academic, pp. 568–572.



There is no universally agreed definition of the word "cult"; it is only rarely used as a self-description and does not refer to any particular belief system. Since the 1920s, the word "cult" has most commonly been used to designate a minority religious group whose beliefs and practices an outside observer deems dangerous or strange.

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