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5.0 out of 5 starsGood overall view
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2020
It was a good overall taste on the subject. This book led me to a few other books that went into more detail about some of the subjects of this book.
The heading of Part 1 of this book is: “Was Jesus the original Charles Manson?” Just asking such a question speaks volumes about this author's religious orientation. This question may provide the astute reader with an insight into one of the agendas of this author. In this section he suggests the cult-like nature of early Christianity. The author then informs us that Manson had long hair and preached a gospel of love. It is clear what the author is trying to insinuate. The answer to his provocative question about Jesus is very revealing: The author wrote that it was too long ago to have proof that the motivations of Jesus were not the same as the motivations of the love-preaching, murderous cult leader Charles Manson. In this same section the author informs the reader about the negative experiences he had growing up as a nominative Christian. Was the author himself using a cult-mind control technique to plant the seed in the reader’s mind that original Christianity was just a Manson-like cult that grew large enough over time to become too big to be called a cult today? It is very easy to gain the interest and sympathy of a reader by describing the details of some of the most horrendous modern-day cults. However, the author does only a partial service because he fails to describe the attributes of authentic religious or spiritual movements. This would have been very helpful because the author himself concludes that one of the motivations of a cult joiner is to find real spiritual or religious fulfillment. The reader is left with the impression that the author may have become an agnostic, if not an actual atheist, because of his personal negative experiences with religious and spiritual movements. One is also left wondering if the purpose of this book is to indirectly attack modern, mainstream religions by exposing blatant modern cults which the author would have us believe are images of what our current religions were like in their earliest days. For example, he claims that all cult leaders do not start out with evil intent. How does the author know what was really in their warped minds? It is for the reasons stated above that this book was given only a one star rating.
5.0 out of 5 starsCults that thrill and cults that kill
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2020
This was a fascinating piece of work, well researched, and very stimulating. The author provided an account of how each sect worked, as well as back story on its leaders. Including how each member was affected. Great work and will recommend it to anyone who wants to be better educated in this subject matter
I’m familiar with a lot of these cults, and remember the downfall of a few of them. Mr.Warren makes it easy to understand for people who don’t know of these groups, but also interesting for those who do. It’s a win/win for me. Looking forward to more from this author.
I love Allen Warren , this is my first book I have read by him and I am waiting to dive into the others soon . The topic on cults peaked my interest and how Mr Warren description of cults and the difference in religion causes one to really think and be mindful . I loved the book .
I learned a lot in this book. A friend has a sister in a cult so it intrigues me why she made this choice and continues to stay. I now understand this better. People that rule the cults appear very messed up and do terrible things to their followers. If you are looking for deeper understanding of cults, this is a good book for you.