Jonestown. Aum Shinrikyo. The Manson Family. Raëlism. The Church of Scientology. Heaven’s Gate. The Branch Davidians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormon church). Lutherans. Are these cults?
Or are they religions? Or are they sects? Or are they denominations? Or are they something else?
Sometimes, people ask me, “Hey Ken, is that a cult?” Although the people asking usually have an answer in mind already it's an invitation to an important discussion on what we call a "cult" and what we call a "religion" and what the real differences are between them.