Crisis Cult
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1. The phrase “crisis cult” refers broadly to a collective attempt to meet a crisis situation along cultic lines. It is not a matter of personal religion in crises in individual life but involves a group situation. Research into crisis cults is thus done by sociologists.

Crises affect not only religious groups but also political, racial, and social groups and involve political, military, economic, cultural, or religious reasons. In reality, there is seldom a single cause. Although a crisis is an acute situation whose outcome is uncertain, some scholars speak of permanent crises (e.g., d…

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Greschat, Hans-Jürgen, “Crisis Cult”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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