The Children of God Who Wouldn’t, but Had To

  • Annabelle Mooney


Writing about groups that are typically branded as cults is like walking a high wire; except everyone wants you to fall. The group you choose to examine will certainly never consider itself a‘cult’ (neither should it). Those who are interested non-members (often ex-members) see the group as exactly a ‘cult’. In this chapter, I will not be engaging with the question of what constitutes a ‘cult’. It seems to me, that according to the usage to which the term is put, no group is actually a ‘cult’. I am not, however, going to suggest that groups, especially perhaps religions, are always positive experiences for members. It is clear that they are not.1


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