Religious organisations

The main four religious organisations and their key features.

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  • Created on: 01-05-14 14:15
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  • Religious Organisations
    • Churches
      • Large
      • Millions of members
      • Place few demands on members
      • Claim monopoly of truth
      • Universalistic
      • Ideologically conservative
      • Linked to the state
      • Bureaucratic hierarchy
    • Cults
      • Tend to be world-affirming (Claim to improve life in this world)
      • Small
      • Highly individualistic
      • Loose-knit groups
      • No defined belief system
      • Tolerant of other religions
      • Don't require strong commitment
      • Led by 'practitioners' or 'therapists' who claim to have special knowlege
      • Broadly accept the values of society but are not linked to the state
    • Denominations
      • Not as demanding as sects
      • Tolerant of other religions
      • Impose minor restrictions
      • Not linked to the state
      • Accepts society's values
      • Exclusive membership
      • Midway between a church and a sect
    • Sects
      • Small
      • Exclusive groups
      • Demand commitment from members
      • Hostile to wider society
      • Recruit mainly from the poor and oppressed
      • Charismatic leader
      • Claim monopoly of truth


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