370-200-VA, Religious Cults and Sects
Sensational media headlines about mysterious doctrines, sex cults, mass suicide pacts, alien prophets and thought control inform our opinions about New Religious Movements. But are these descriptions accurate? This course will focus on cults and new religious movements in order to explore this question, as well as to discover who joins such groups and why. The student will also become aware of the changing complexities of religious expression around the world.