Manged to somehow name a new cult this morning. After responding to a caroon on The ASBO Jesus site, re predestination. It got me thinking about cults, and not just the band fronted by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, but how cults start, become successful, or go down in a hail of controversy, fraud and bullets (great album title that).
Certainly it could be said that both Christianity and Islam both began as what we would call cults today. Its just the a combination of message context and need nourished the growth of these into what we now see today. Obviously there is a lot more polarisation both between these religions (when does a cult become a religion?), and also internally in both religions themselves. Is it the media that inflames this ever more extreme taking of sides? Perhaps, although it is too easy to blame them for everything. Perhaps the contemporary social and intellectual attitudes changes and deviations from the past reflect a need for a firm belief in 'something'.
In the coming days, weeks, months, i'll work on the cult of pedestrianism, and publish its core values tenets and beliefs, dogmas and doctrines.
Remember, its FUN!