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Faith and knowledge:  Churches, Cults, and other ideologies.

Faith is an accepted and important part of many established religions. Though some people question the reliability of knowledge gained through faith, few use this point as a premise to argue that the religions themselves are unacceptable. We generally do not object to people who are 'faithful' Catholics, Christians or Muslims. This tolerance does not, however, readily transfer to those 'faithfully' following various other ideologies such as cults or other non-mainstream organizations.

For example, we often consider people in cults, white supremacist organizations, or even nontraditional political parties to be unreasonable, illogical, and even crazy because their beliefs can not be accounted for objectively or rationally.

Here are a few specific questions and some hyperlinks that are a starting point for using the Internet to find answers.

A. Is faith the same in all cases? Are all faith based beliefs equally valid?

B. Are cults only called cults because they have relatively small numbers of adherents and are relatively new? Are "hate" groups only evil because they espouse beliefs that are different from what most of us believe?

The Ex-cult Archive

The Religious Movements Homepage at University of Virginia

The Anti-Cult Movement

The Making of a Skinhead

Fire from Heaven Ministries

Faith and Reason Ministries

Virtual Religion Index

The JW Place: Jehovah's Witness Discussion Forum

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