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Help Lien : Une secte, c'est quoi au juste ? Lien : PLUS D'INFORMATION SUR INFO-SECTE Lien : Mind Control: Definition and Information
Lien : Intégrismes: la rencontre de la religion et de la politique Lien : Athéisme Lien : agnosticism Lien : RÉFLEXION: L'avenir d'une illusion
Lien : Faut-il avoir peur de la mort ? Lien : L'entrée du bouddhisme au Tibet Lien: Le phénomène des sectes
Original modules
History : Hominization, or The History of the Human Lineage Hominization, or The History of the Human Lineage

Cult-like schisms can also develop within major religions. Integrism is a schismatic form of traditionalism, whose adherents seek to preserve the original integrity of the doctrine in which they believe. But integrists go one step further. For them, the scriptures of their religion are universal truths that are indispensable for the salvation of the world. Hence, anyone who questions these truths, however slightly, is seen as a barbarous monster who must be fought, or even eradicated by any means necessary.

Thus integrism goes beyond religion to become a fanatical ideology, and no religion has been exempt from it—examples include the Catholic Inquisition, the Islam of the Taliban, Protestant and Jewish integrism, and the creationism now embraced by so many fundamentalists in the United States.

Lien : Intégrismes: la rencontre de la religion et de la politique Lien : Intégrisme, Fanatisme et Fascisme. Lien : L'islam au pied de la lettre

One of the first discoveries that Homo sapiens made was the fact of death. In response to the anxiety that death elicited in the earliest humans, they began to bury their dead and to seek ways of restoring the social ties that were disturbed by the departure of their loved ones.



Death is regarded as the driving force not only behind culture, but also behind the entire phenomenon of religion, with its rituals, singing, and dancing, which has been used to promote the cohesion of communities throughout known history.

Except that, as Montaigne observed, wherever there are humans, there is human folly. In other words, early on, the human predispositions to cheat one another and to form power hierarchies led some people to enhance their material wealth, prestige, and access to resources by exploiting other people's credulity and anxiety.

Thus, throughout history, cults have emerged whose stated goals were spiritual but whose leaders have exercised absolute power over their members. Typically, these members have been recruited through an attractive approach that exploits legitimate aspirations such as personal development, human fellowship, and spiritual enlightenment.

But very quickly, individuals who join such cults find themselves in conflict with society and become isolated from their friends, neighbours, and family. Thus cut off from their anchors in the broader community, cult members become psychologically vulnerable and lose their capacity for critical thinking. It then becomes just as hard for them to leave the cult as it was easy for them to join it.

In essence, the mental manipulation that takes place within cults involves alternating periods of positive and negative reinforcement, in which the members are seduced on the one hand, then made to feel guilty on the other. The analogy with the infinite love of God and the concept of sin inherent in the major religions is unmistakable. Hence many people say that religions are basically nothing more than cults that have succeeded.  

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