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CULT AWARENESS by David Goodnough

CULT AWARENESS

By David Goodnough

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7660-1196-8
Publisher: Enslow

This latest entry in the Hot Issue series successfully introduces important information about cults, cut with chilling anecdotes and statistics. Goodnough tells true stories well, covering cults readers have encountered in the news, e.g., Heaven’s Gate, the Manson family, and Jonestown. He examines their common characteristics and possible origins, noting that similar groups have existed from the beginning of history; addresses the differences between cults and mainstream religions; and chronicles the difficulties inherent in attempts to fight cults legally. His information on how such organizations recruit members may help readers recognize and rebuff any such efforts. No discussion of this topic would be complete without mention of religious freedom, and Goodnough satisfies that requirement; he clearly elucidates how cults are legally protected and how anyone who wishes to join one is constitutionally guaranteed the right to do so. Readers will find themselves engaging in the author’s thoughtful speculation, coherently outlined, as he delivers a wealth of information on a fascinating subject. (notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)