A 19th-century free-love venture that sought to establish a Utopian society in Central America but ended in disaster.
In the United States of America, where freedom of belief and expression are deeply enshrined, there exists a more obscure and often misunderstood phenomenon: the existence of cults. Cults, as defined by sociologists and psychologists, are groups that often exhibit extreme devotion to a single cause or leader, with beliefs or practices that deviate markedly…
A spiritual reformation movement advocating for a new understanding of religious philosophy and equality among all beings.
A radical shift from conventional medical practices to faith-based home births.
A tragic tale of faith gone awry, marked by severe discipline and a quest for purity.
A vibrant spiritual movement rooted in ancient Hindu practices aiming to connect its followers with divine consciousness through devotional service.
A theological stance emphasizing divine predestination and the limited role of human agency in salvation.
A charismatic Christian megachurch with a global reach and a strong emphasis on contemporary worship music.
A monumental shift toward Christianity in West Africa sparked by a Liberian prophet's vision.
A historic figure who claimed prophethood among the Berber Ghomara, sparking a unique religious movement in 10th-century Morocco.
A charismatic televangelist known for his faith healing services and prosperity gospel teachings.
A philosophical movement that redefines reality through the lens of mathematical idealism.
Bridging Jewish heritage with Christian faith since 1866.
A self-sustaining intentional Christian community known for its agrarian lifestyle, craftsmanship, and rich educational culture.
A unique blend of Christianity and traditional Kikuyu beliefs, deeply rooted in Kenyan society.
A controversial figure blending Islamic creationism with a lavish lifestyle and a global reach.
An Anabaptist group living communally in North America, tracing their roots to the 16th-century Radical Reformation in Europe.
A modern spiritual path rooted in the ancient traditions of Germanic peoples, embracing polytheism and nature reverence.
A Black Muslim group in Washington D.C., led by Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, known for its adherence to Sunni Islam and involvement in a dramatic siege.
A spiritual community embracing global enlightenment through ascended masters.
A militant group preparing for an apocalyptic battle with the forces of the Antichrist.
A medieval monastic movement embracing humility, labor, and strict adherence to Benedictine principles.
A religious commune known for its iconic amusement park, distinctive beards, and orchestral bands.
A unique anarchist community in Washington State, known for its radical social experiments and commitment to individual freedom.
A spiritual community in Utah, led by Marie Ogden, known for its unique blend of Christian Science, Theosophy, and direct revelations.
An African spiritual and military movement led by Alice Lakwena, known for its blend of Christianity, traditional beliefs, and rebellion against Ugandan government forces.
A utopian community in California, founded by William Riker, known for its unique blend of religion, marketing, and eccentric leadership.
A Texas-based religious group advocating for strict adherence to Old Testament laws, known for its apocalyptic prophecies and controversial practices.
A Christian-based religious community emphasizing the restoration of the biblical priesthood of Aaron, with distinctive practices blending Mormon and Christian beliefs.
A Japanese spiritual group known for its controversial foot-reading techniques and the subsequent legal issues surrounding its founder.
A mystical community of German Pietists in 17th-century Pennsylvania, known for their esoteric practices and apocalyptic beliefs.
A mystical and esoteric tradition blending ancient Jewish Kabbalah with Western occult and esoteric beliefs.
A late 19th-century occult society known for its intricate rituals, esoteric teachings, and influential role in the development of modern Western mysticism.
A UFO religious cult known for its mass suicide in 1997, believing it would lead them to an extraterrestrial salvation.
A faith-based educational institution embroiled in controversy over its disciplinary practices and child welfare concerns.
A 19th-century Christian communal society known for its successful economic enterprises and commitment to celibacy.