Churches and Sects

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  • Religious organisations
    • Church
      • Large formal organisations
      • Hierarchy of paid officials
      • Claims a monopoly of truth
      • Accepts and inclusive of wider society
      • Partial commitment
    • Sect
      • Small exclusive group
      • No profession hierarchy
      • Branched away from church or domination
      • Headed by a charismatic leader
      • Requites total commitment
      • Generally opposed to state & wider society
    • Similarities
      • Claim to have the correct interpretation
    • Differences
      • Church is seen as respectable and legitimate
      • Sects and cults are seen as deviant

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