Why The Word “Cult” Was Invented

Some have recently attempted to attack beliefs by calling them religions



  • Port:
    • Some have recently attempted to attack beliefs by calling them "religions."
    • When did "religion" become an insult?
  • Starboard:
    • "Religion" is a term of great subtlety.
    • Normally it refers to beliefs about the supernatural that provide life lessons and a sense of larger order.
    • However, when used as an insult it is intended to conjure visions of brutal judgments and irrational actions.
    • Thus, "religion" is a compliment, yet "religion" is an insult.
  • Port:
    • Or...perhaps some people don't realize that in order for it to be an insult it must be...bad.


  1. thad Says:

    As a possible example check out the description for Coulter’s recent book Godless. Also, atheism is sometimes aggressively called a religion.

  2. Gared Says:

    Religiosity has for generations been an insult as is aptly expressed here,although slightly veiled. It was an insult because thinking used to be something that was strived for by the great and the leaders of men. That is no longer required of public and popular figures, and this current Administration in America has used it to their advantage/worked to further it. I only hope the tide will turn and we can undo the damage that has been done/is being done from January, 2001 to January, 2009.