Both cults and violent extremist movements have similar push and pull factors at the individual level.
Donald Trump didn’t make a triumphant return on Jan. 20 and is unlikely to on March 4. How a 19th-century religion dealt with a similar disappointment may give clues on how QAnon supporters may react.
Speculation and conspiracy theories abound about the Mozambican insurgents leaving a trail of violence in resource rich Cabo Delgado.
A scholar visited Rajneeshpuram and met the many highly accomplished men and women who became devotees of the controversial guru. What brought them to the spiritual community, and what made them stay?
The story of this video game speaks to what seems a powerful political moment, of an American nation literally at war with itself.
A scholar explains the popular use of the label ‘cult,’ and what makes it problematic.
No other nation has conjoined business success and piety quite like America has. Is Donald Trump’s election a strange perversion of this tradition?
Don’t mock – try to be the best friend they can have.
Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – and if technology can actually shift our beliefs.
The furore over atheism in Kenya comes at a time of slow but steady growth in the number of people unaffiliated to any religion, thanks to religious discontent and access to scientific knowledge.
What makes cults so attractive to their followers?
Why and how do new religious movements emerge? And how can Indonesia protect religious freedom amid hostility towards unorthodox religious groups?