Essay Discuss the Differences Between Churches, Sects and Cults
A church: is a religious group that accepts the social environment in which it exists. In more plain language, a church is widely accepted by the host culture in which it resides. In America, Protestantism would be a church. It is generally accepted by the whole and is consistent with the culture's values (maybe not traditional Protestantism, but what forms we have of it today). Church may have denominations which are small changes made in the church that are still accepted by the host culture.
A sect: is a religious group the rejects the social environment in which it exists. Now, it's not as extreme as that definition makes it seem. A sect doesn't necessarily share …show more content…
There remains a negative connotation for many people to the word sect; they would much rather refer to their faith group as a denomination.
Cults: Cults are novel forms of religion that are not evolved from churches or other religious groups. They typically completely reject the values of the host culture and hold the host culture in distrust. The host culture generally holds the cult in distrust as well. The two groups hold a lot of tension with each other. By sociological typology, cults are, like sects, new religious groups. But, unlike sects, they can form without breaking off from