This book is an experiential analysis of over twenty modern religious/spiritual groups. The book is divided into two generic segments, inclusive of a tri-perspective experiential analysis using a variety of cult danger rating scales, and a more personal experiential description of the author's involvement in these groups, written in stream of consciousness essay form. The groups explored include controversial religious organizations such as Scientology and The Unification Church, as well as lesser known religious groups such as Conversations with God and Avatar, and also new age retreat centers such as Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. The author describes both the dangers and benefits of various groups, and based upon his own experiences is able to rate these groups on a cult danger vs. spiritual benefits scale on a gradient from "high cult danger" to "favorable spiritual group."
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By Stephen Webster
Dec 20, 2013
I have long held an atheistic view of world Religions, primarily believing them to be nothing more than cults. After reading Dr. Benjamins Modern Religions An Experiential Analysis and Expose', I find myself a bit more entrenched in my original beliefs. If anyone has a desire to explore the many different Religions the world has to offer, for whatever reasons, I believe that reading Dr. Benjamins book , offers many perspectives on the subject, and is an excellent read.
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