According to the dictionary, "cult" can also mean a group that pays special devotion to some individual.For example, in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, the first definition given is "a system of religious worship directed towards a particular figure or object." Yes, I suppose that definition fits us as well, with the particular figure or object of our worship being the Lord Jesus Christ. (And yes, you bet we believe in the grace and Atonement of Jesus Christ -- it's our only hope.) But recently, contrary to its original generic meaning, the word "cult" in popular use carries frightening overtones.2016 The Mormon Church now admits the Book of Mormon is not entirely historical.The comment by Apostle Nelson states 'some history is found within its pages.' He does not clarify where such history may be found in the book.
On a lark, I emailed my friend Cynthia Bowman,* a devout Mormon who grew up in Salt Lake City and returns there often, and asked her whether Mormon sex ratios are as lopsided as the ARIS study claimed.
It evokes images of suicidal, comet-chasing groups, physically abusive regimens, corrupt tyrants and Satanic rituals.
Clearly there are some odd beliefs and groups in the world -- but every religion can seem odd or even extreme to those who do not understand it.
This is a term 'disconnect' commonly used in Scientology. 2015 Missionaries often fail to report medical issues as they do not want to exhibit they are lacking in faith.
That’s the one thing that always came up when I’d discuss theories on declining marriage rates or the rise of the hookup culture with my friends or family. In reality, these values have ebbed and flowed throughout history, often in conjunction with prevailing sex ratios. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are 5.5 million college-educated women in the U. between the ages of 22 and 29 versus 4.1 million such men. Among college grads age 30 to 39, there are 7.4 million women versus 6.0 million men—five women for every four men.
Of course, tales of scarce men and sexual permissiveness in ancient Sparta won’t convince everyone, so I began to explore the demographics of modern religion.