Class handouts and other materials:
Materials for the early classes
"Restoration" as a theme in sectarian movements
Why religious traditions tend to split into lots of diverse movements.
The Apocalypse and the Last Days
The separatist and cult-like aspects of early Christianity
William Hogarth's savage cartoon on religious fanaticism (click on the picture to enlarge)
The amazing images of the Martyrs' Mirror (click on the pictures to enlarge)
UFO cults and contactees.
A film about modern-day polygamist sects.
"The Satanic menace"
The response of the psychiatric profession to the Satanic scare.
Common themes in esoteric and occult sects and movements.
One of the classic English witchcraft trials.
How people imagine "dangerous outsiders" in various cultures.
Tim Guest's My Life in Orange.
Dorothy Allred Solomon, Daughter of the Saints.
Deborah Layton's Seductive Poison.
The official website for Prophet's Daughter
Sites of some specific groups and traditions that have attracted controversy
The Summit Lighthouse (followers of Elizabeth Clare Prophet)
St Germain Foundation - Ascended Masters
David Berg of the Children of God
Materials about the Children of God/Family
Warning - this is a useful site, but some of these materials and images are upsetting and/or controversial.
The Family as it exists today
Tony Alamo Ministries
Rev. Sun M. Moon
The Los Angeles International Church of Christ
Church of Scientology
Nation of Islam
Jews for Jesus
Temple of Set
Church of Satan
I'm also including some links for groups that are undoubtedly new religious movements or churches, but I make no suggestion whatever that these are cultish or controversial
Some general links on new religious movements, sects and cults:
Obviously what follows is a very partial list of launch sites!
Religion Resources on the Web
World Religion Resources
New Religious Movements
CESNUR, the Center for the Study of New Religions.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Christian apologetics and anti-cult materials
Some major anti-cult organizations
Pagan and indigenous religions
Rick Ross's Institute
REVEAL (directed against International Churches of Christ)
Rob Nanninga's excellent bibliography
Misc links - including material on alternative Christianities
Some unpublished papers of mine:
To What Green Altar?
The anti-cult scare of the 1940s
Horror, the media and cult scares in the 1940s
The Jesus of the Cults
And finally, two humor items. Take them in the spirit intended!
Useful hints for evil cult members