Är mormonrörelsen en religiös sekt? : en analys utifrån sektteorier om mormonernas organisation och tro

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan i Gävle/Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap

Sammanfattning: My aim for this essay is to investigate if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a religious sect, on the basis of literature and information about the Mormons organisation and their religious standpoints. My conclusion is that Mormon Church is a religious sect. Their organisation has several sect characteristics according to sect definitions; see for example Göran Gustafsson (2000), Mikael Rothstein (1997) and Bryan R. Wilson (1970). Other researchers in religious studies think that the Mormon Church is not a sect but a cult. To a lot of people, researchers in religious studies or not, religious sects are something bad. This is an unbalanced view, because in many cases people should have been alcoholics or a drug addicts if they were not members of a religious sect. There are in all societies religious groups that are dangerous for the people who want to be within this kind of groups. According to my analysis The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can’t be seen as a dangerous sect even if the church fit the definition for manipulative sects.

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