Church and sect in the contemporary religious landscape Cover Image

Kościół i sekta w perspektywie współczesnej religijności
Church and sect in the contemporary religious landscape

Author(s): Kazimierz Pierzchała
Subject(s): Theology and Religion, Islam studies
Published by: Verbinum
Keywords: confessional association; sect; new religious movement; charism; sociology of religion; psychology of religion; religious institution

Summary/Abstract: Poland has about 150 registered churches and religious groups. Many experts say there are as much as twice this number that operate as associations or charities; many without any registration at all. Polish return to democracy, freedom and respect for civil rights (including religious freedom) in 1989-1990 has made it possible to legalize new religious groups. Sects employ unethical methods of recruitment. New members are subjected to thought control, manipulation of feelings and emotions and learning prescribed psychological reactions. They are expected to sever their old family and social bonds and submit to the objectives of the sect. They often suffer serious psychological and physical damage and lose their money; sometimes even life. Destructive influence of the sects on private and public life is enormous. They can bring down families and entire social groups. Sects contribute to the spread of diseases, drug addiction and prostitution.

  • Issue Year: 138/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 213-226
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish