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  • This search engine returns results primarily from websites and blogs that address cults from a sociological perspective.
  • If you are looking for information on religious cults, churches, movements, preachers or doctrines from a mainstream Christian theological perspective, use ApologeticsSearch.com instead.
  • See also: theological vs. sociological definitions of the term ‘cult.’

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If you have questions or concerns about cults, you’ve come to the right place.  Use CounterCultSearch.com to find information about (alleged) cult groups, cult-like organizations, abusive churches, cultic behavior, spiritual abuse, undue influence and related topics.

You can also search for information about lay- and professional cult experts, but buyer-beware: you’ll want to be careful when selecting an expert.

Cults

The term ‘cult’ can be defined in different ways, usually depending on the context in which it is used.  For instance, a movement or organization can be considered a cult theologically if it departs in significant ways from the essential doctrines of the movement it identifies with. Such a group may or may not exhibit cult-like characteristics sociologically. 

Theology is about beliefs/doctrines. Sociology is about practice/actions.  Use the search engine or these links to find more information.

Cult Experts

Be careful when evaluating people who present themselves as ‘cult experts.’ The term is not protected. Anyone can use it regardless of ability, approach, or level of acceptance by recognized authorities in the field.  

This is true for similar titles as wel, such as: ‘consultant,’ ‘thought reform consultant,’ ‘lecturer,’ ‘exit counselor,’ ‘intervention specialist,’ ‘cult specialist,’ ‘court expert,’ ‘cult watcher,’ ‘cult tracker,’ and et cetera.

Stay away from individuals who come across as used car salesmen, refer to their efforts with pompous sounding titles, or talk primarily in sound bites.

See How to Select a Cult Expert for details.  

Recommended Books about Cults

Education is often the first step out of a cult — or the reason not to join one in the first place.

Book: Combating Cult Mind Control
Steven Hassan

Combating Cult Mind Control

The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults. Steven Hassan, PhD is America’s leading cult expert

Book: Take Back Your Life
Janja Lalich
Madeleine Tobias

Take Back Your Life

Recovering from cults and abusive relationships

Book: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
David Johnson
Jeff Van Vonderen

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

Recognizing and escaping spiritual manipulation and false spiritual authority within the church

Book: Healing Spiritual Abuse
Ken Blue

Healing Spiritual Abuse

How to break free from bad church experiences

Book: Twisted Scriptures
Mary Alice Chrnalogar

Twisted Scriptures

Breaking Free from Churches That Abuse

Book: Toxic Faith
Arterburn and Felton

Toxic Faith

Experiencing healing from painful spiritual abuse

Book: Spiritual Abuse Recovery
Barbara Orlowski

Spiritual Abuse Recovery

Dynamic research on finding a place of wholeness

Book: Soul Repair
Jeff van Vonderen
Dale & Juanita Ryan

Soul Repair

Rebuilding your spiritual life

Book: Healing Spiritual Wounds
Carol Howard Merritt

Healing Spiritual Wounds

Reconnecting with a loving God after a hurtful church

Book: Shunned, a Survival Guide
Bonnie Zieman

Shunned

Survival guide for victims of shunning by shunning by religions, quasi-religions, cults and other extreme groups

Book"Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists
Bonnie Zieman

Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists

What every cult victim wants their therapist to know

Book: Recovery from cults
Michael Langone (Editor)

Recovery From Cults

Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse

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First published March 10, 2015

Last Updated on February 13, 2024