ESSENCE OF THE CONCEPTS "SECTS", "RELIGIOUS CULTS", "NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS"
Bilan Ol'ga Aleksandrovna Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University
Abstract. The structure of religion includes religious consciousness, religious activity and religious organizations (orderly groups of people, who share religious rites). There are various types of religious associations: Church (confession), denomination, sect, cults and new religious movements. The article reveals essence and main features of three most controversial religious associations: sects, cults and new religious movements.
Key words and phrases: секта, религиозный культ, социокультурная ситуация, религия, религиозная форма общественного сознания, типы религиозных объединений, новые религиозные движения, мистика, sect, religious cult, socio-cultural situation, religion, religious form of public consciousness, types of religious associations, new religious movements, mysticism.
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Veber M. Izbrannoe. Obraz obshchestva / per. s nem. M.: Yurist, 1994. 704 s.