One thing that has generated a lot of Scares over the last 50 to 6o years are cults, and they still do. Cults have plagued and challenged established religions of every culture worldwide. Many scholars feel that many of the major world religions started out as cults. The cults that are displayed in this exhibit are North American and include Peoples Temple, Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, Manson Family, Church of Satan, Southeast Snake Handling Cults, and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. The goal of this exhibit is to increase viewer’s knowledge of cults and to better understand them in terms of their historical, cultural setting. The books in the exhibit are only a few examples of the literature available in the SMU Libraries on this topic.
The Fondren Exhibits Committee is charged with providing educational exhibits for the SMU community that showcase special events, academic areas and individuals associated with the SMU campus.