A cult expert is an expert on cults, sects, and so-called new or alternative religious movements.
Cult experts range from self-taught (or self-proclaimed) activists to academically trained professionals.
Note that organizations and individuals dealing with cults operate from various perspectives:
- Anticult organizations and invididuals generally fight cults for reasons other than theological ones.
- Countercult organizations and invididuals usually oppose cults for religious, doctrinal reasons.
- Self-proclaimed "value-free," "neutral," or "non-sectarian" organizations range from, essentially, consumer protection agencies to cult apologist (cult defenders) organizations.
In evaluating and selecting a cult expert, it is vital to understand the differences and similarities between these approaches.
Our CultFAQ.org website includes guidelines for selecting a counselor and/or cult expert
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