Publication Date

1987

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Department

Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies

LCSH

Faith Assembly||Cults--United States

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate material published on religious cults in the United States. Six steps of commitment building, as well as practices that identify Christianity-based cults are presented. The research focused on the author’s own experience in Faith Assembly. Since the death of its leader/ founder, Dr. Hobart E. Freeman, it has perpetuated itself under no name or identifiable leadership structure. The goal of the study is to show the sophisticated but recognizable techniques that cults employ to recruit, indoctrinate, and retain members. Suggestions for further research include education’s role in alerting the community concerning cults’ existence, the position of psychiatry in deprogramming, and the effects of the wide availability of self-hypnosis tapes.

Comments

Bibliography: pages [66]-67.

Extent

v, 101 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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