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Religion and Theology
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When a person tries to gain an understanding of the people who comprise the membership of a cult or religion, one may not normally associate them with the need of man for social acceptance…
Religion in effect, gives these like minded people a place where they can meet and exchange ideas freely. Although their intention is based on sound principles, the problem is that religion, just like any clique in school or lifestyle trend in the real world, tends to encourage a sense of “group in, group out” among its members (Libby Anne “In Group, Out Group”).. Religion tends to encourage that their members mingle amongst each other and disallow influences outside of the church into their lives. It is through this controlling aspect that religion manages to control their members. It is also this sense of belonging and safety among like minded people, who seemingly get hypnotized into believing the same things without question just because “God said so”, that has turned sect and religious membership into a group phenomenon (Stewart, Joyce “What the Phenomenon of a Small Group Says About the Vitality of the Local Church”). ...
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