If I had to pick the single most valuable contribution Isaac Bonewits (RIP) made to Pagan culture, it was his Cult Danger Evaluation frame. I’m actually a bit stunned how few of the newer Pagans actually heard of it – maybe I’m rare in that I read every single appendix notation made in Margot Adler’s Drawing Down the Moon. It seems like it’s been a bit forgotten lately, which is a shame -because it’s a high quality reality check every coven, Pagan org, or vehicle of any other religion. I used it as a foundation for academic work years ago, and it still holds up. In fact, I should file it away for the next time I have real students (it does happen from time to time.)
Check it out, and check your own religious group against it if you’re in one. It might be worth rechecking once a year – it could be a real eye-opener.