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Cults: Some Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

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Publication Date: June 1977

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Moshe HaLevi Spero

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social movements)

Keywords: Culture; Psychology; Youth; Mental Health


The author analyzes psychosocial dynamics which impel what he describes as a surprisingly large proportion of adolescents toward cults. He also discusses the means by which cults entrap members and compel obedience. The author further discusses weaknesses in Jewish affiliation which may encourage susceptibility to cults. Cults discussed include the Moonies, Hare Krishna, the Jesus People, the Jesus Freaks, Scientology and Maharj Ji's Divine Light Mission.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, ed. by Sanford Sherman, v.53, no.4, June 1977, p.383-388.


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