Where have all the cults gone?
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 @ 00:00
New religions have not vanished, but are now more mainstream, argues Eileen Barker.
IN AN authoritative survey in the late 1970s, more than 1000 Americans born between 1940 and 1952 were asked how they felt about 155 public personalities. Only three per cent of the respondents had not heard of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and no other individual (not even Idi Amin or Charles Manson) elicited less admiration (Woodstock Census, Viking, 1979).
Today, however, it is rare to find anyone under 40 who has heard of the Unification Church — or, as they ...
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