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ERIC Number: ED427354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 12
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Forensics as a Cult: Lessons To Be Learned. Fitting the Criteria: Individual Events.
Holm, Todd T.
This paper addresses the question whether or not forensics is a cult. The paper states that forensics can be compared to the criteria listed on the "Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry Homepage" which says that a cult is a group that is unorthodox, esoteric, and has devotion to a person, object, or new set of ideas. In keeping with that definition, a part of the forensics indoctrination process is to learn the specialized language of forensics. Also, a cult may have a non-verifiable belief system, and forensics coaches and students believe in things that cannot be proven to some extent. However, when forensics leaders are examined under the critical lens provided by the criteria, forensics can be differentiated from cults. Forensics leaders are not above reproach, nor do they claim to speak for God. The paper concludes that forensics is not a cult, but it has many cult-like characteristics. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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