Sects are groups, which had in history separated from their mother-culture, in particular from Christianity, mostly denying or opposing their origin. They are believing in being better, more complete and conscientious - that's the break with their origin. For often you can find Gnostic opinions in this context. In the literature of history of religions in Germany the sects separated from Christianity were called as "Classic Sects"

Author: Winfried Müller