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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Riders, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Riders

    Riders Well-Known Member

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    Right a threat of going to hell is what some churches do now.
     
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    But I was told that heaven and hell do not exist in the Bible?
     
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    Huh? The cult of atheism cited is bigger than RF, I mentioned Hitler and others who never used the Internet.
     
  4. DavidMcCann

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    The word "cult" in the sociological sense may be a badly chosen one (the word is still needed in its original sense in other scholarly contexts) but it has a clear meaning. It doesn't mean a belief you consider weird, but a (pseudo-)religious organisation which attempts to control the minds and lives of its members. Christian churches may tell their members what to think, but (most) of them do not prevent them from mixing socially with non-members, for example. Here's a good checklist for identifying cults:
    The Advanced Bonewits' Cult Danger Evaluation Frame
     
  5. Quintessence

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    The "cult of atheism" (if it can be said to exist) doesn't even include RF, though. I don't understand why you would include this forum on such a list to begin with. RF isn't an atheist forum. The fact that I'm here, you're here, and a bunch of other theists are here should make that obvious. I mean, I guess if you believe something like "anyone who doesn't agree with my unique theism is an atheist" everything would be part of your "cult of atheism," but other than that? I'm not seeing it. As an admin, comments like that concern me because if there's something I need to be made aware of, please let me know (via PM is probably best).
     
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    I'm still not tracking with you--not trying to be dense here, by the way. I'm a human and may have misused the word "cult" here, though.
     
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