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Date:         Fri, 10 Mar 89 18:22:33 EST
From:         "Homer W. smith" 
Subject:      Re: Meaning of "cult"
To:           Adore-l list 
In-Reply-To:  Message of Thu, 9 Mar 89 14:51:00 EDT from 

>        The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines 'cult' as:
>        n.  System of religious worship; devotion, homage, to person or thing.
>        The word is related both to 'culture' and 'cultivate.'  If one
>considers worship to lie at the heart of the concept of cult, then
>Theravada Buddhism, Zen, Taoism (of the philosophic sort), Confucianism,
>and Shamanism arguably are not cults.

     If one considers devotion to something as central to a cult,
then are not these all cults?

 Homer W. smith      Adore-l list         3/10/89*Meaning of "cult"