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Cults 101

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This week, Mike, Case and Rich explore the concept of “Cults”, what they are, what they mean, and what it is like to be in one.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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[…] we mentioned on last week’s episode, our very own Rich Lyons, spent years in a fundamentalist cult that believed that secular movies […]


While indeed it is nowhere near as good as the other five original crew Star Trek movies, I’m surprised that it isn’t more of a hit around here. After all, it’s Captain Kirk’s skepticism that saves the day at the end, and leads to the delightful quote, “What does God need with a starship?”


Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, that is.


For Rich:
– Night on Earth
– everything from Tim Burton (e.g. Corpse Bride)
– Dead Man (with Johnny Depp) !

On another note: Who draw those 2 Puffin pics in the middle of the video?

Jeremiah Hanley

more movies for rich

south park the movie
team america
v for vendetta
anything made by Quentin Tarantino
any film by Clint Eastwood except hereafter
usual suspects
any thing made by mike judge

Jeremiah Hanley

I think The distinction you are making between cult and religion, where a cult doesn’t allow you contact with the outside world, is only true because of the massive scope of religions. Religions want to do the same thing, prevent any and all contact with the outside world, but their size makes that goal next to impossible to achieve. It’s easy to prevent your followers from experiencing the outside world if there is only a couple of hundred people in the religion. It’s a lot more difficult when your followers make up 80 percent of the population.


>Becky: […] There’s also a state church, which would be like the Anglican Church or the Church of Sweden […]

Sweden doesn’t have a state church. I got abolished 11 years ago.

Brad Dupuis

Currently my favorite podcast. I’ve been sharing them (and LAF) on my tumblr,

Patti Naretta

I also enjoyed Crystal Skull! You’re not alone…


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