Cults and New Religious Movements

PHIL 260
3 CR

Countless groups, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture. Students will critically examine the characteristics of a cult, and compare different types of cults and movements in our study. Analysis for each religious group will focus on its history and development, primary theological doctrines, ethical issues, and apologetics in terms of how mainstream traditions have responded. The goal is to expand understanding of philosophic and religious concepts, and equip students to evaluate them.

Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER reading score of 60, or a "C" in TSRE 55; and an ACCUPLACER sentence skills score of 75, or a "C" TSEN 65.