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  1. A podcast where two non-believers read through the Bible but aren't, you know, jerks about it. Join comics writers Benito Cereno and Chris Sims as they journey through the Good Book from Acts to Zephaniah, with stops in the Apocrypha along the way.
  2. Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
  3. Satanists discuss modern Satanism, its history, left-leaning political activism, and how Satanism relates to current events and pop culture. It's a show for the Satan-curious, or those already involved in Satanic groups.
  4. Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.
  5. Welcome to “Feminists Talk Religion” where feminist voice, religion-talk, and honest conversation intersect. “Feminists Talk Religion” is a project of the CoLaboratory branch of Feminist Studies in Religion. The Lab fosters community through digital and in-person opportunities to connect with others navigating the complicated world of religious studies, identity, and activism. "Feminists Talk Religion” is a platform for feminist discussions about all things related to religion. It is an opportunity to hear from new and old voices, to be challenged to learn about and from the scholastic world of another, and to have discussions we might not have otherwise. It is a space where the historically marginalized, especially women, are taken seriously.
  6. When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud. New episodes will come out weekly.
  7. Expand your understanding of the ways religion shapes the world with lectures, interviews, and reflections from Harvard Divinity School.
  8. Tara Jean Stevens was a teenager when a bizarre spiritual movement spread to her childhood church in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Worshipers were laughing uncontrollably, shaking, and falling to the ground. Some even claimed that gold teeth miraculously appeared in their mouths. In season 1, join Tara Jean as she begins her exploration of the “Toronto Blessing”. In season 2, she tracks the spread of this movement to Bethel Church, in Redding, California. Today, Bethel is one of the largest and most unusual churches in America. What goes on inside its bewildering School of Supernatural Ministry? Is Bethel as powerful as its critics believe it to be? And, during the COVID-19 pandemic, why are its most high-profile leaders defying public health orders? Heaven Bent: an examination of divine intervention.
  9. In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question... ‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment. "Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults," is now a four-part docuseries inspired by this podcast, streaming on HBO Max.
  10. Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
  11. Keeping it 101 is the podcast that helps our nerdy listeners make sense of religion. Why religion? Well, if you read the news, have a body, exist in public, or think about race, gender, class, ability, or sexuality, you likely also think about religion — even if you don’t know it yet. Let us show you why religion is both a lot more important and a little easier to understand than you might think. Each 40-ish minute episode has a topic: a core idea we’re trying to get y’all to think through—topics you need to know to think about religion, of course, but more importantly, the world around you. We’ve got critique on critique, gender, race, sexuality, and imperial theory. Also jokes. Many jokes. Each episode has a homework assignment because we can always learn more. All episodes have show notes that include: bibliographic information (because citations are politics), complementary media, and accessible transcripts. Keeping it 101 is hosted by two lady professors—Megan Goodwin and Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst—whose research & teaching expertises overlap, but who think about very different spaces, topics, and time periods. It is recorded on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Abenaki, Wabenaki, and Aucocisco Peoples, where Megan & Ilyse are grateful to live, work, and kill joy professionally and professorially. As of July 2020, we have grants from the New England Humanities Consortium and the UVM Humanities Center to support this public humanities project.Put us in your earholes and let us show you why religion isn’t done with you — even if you’re done with religion.
  12. Let's Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence. You can support us on Patreon, with a one-off donation, and on Pozible. “A fascinating and well-researched look into cults and the charismatic leaders behind them.” Peter Wells, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2019 “A fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion… a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more.” Zach Johnston, Uproxx, February 2019 “Cleverly named, meticulously researched.” Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29, December 2018 “The best podcast of its kind – I can’t wait for another episode!” Apple Podcasts review from a US listener “I study cults and sects and for this reason listen to many podcasts on these subjects. This one is by far the best.” Apple Podcasts review from a US listener “Best podcast about cults I’ve found.” Apple Podcasts review from an Australian listener
  13. Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett. New conversations every Thursday, with occasional extras.
  14. Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.
  15. "Recovering from Religion" is an international community for those who have questions or doubts about their faith. We aren’t here to talk you out of or into faith, just provide a safe place to examine what you believe. And perhaps, why you believe it. Your hosts, authors Tim Rymel, M.Ed., and Bill Prickett, bring guests who've experienced harm from extreme religious beliefs and practices, as well as experts who can offer help, hope and healing.
  16. This is the official broadcast of the nonprofit organization Recovering from Religion (RfR), hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith, two volunteers on RfR's Hotline Project. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.
  17. The Jim Wallis Show informs and inspires grass roots, influentials, and political leaders to examine our priorities in meeting the Biblical call for social justice and from that examination take action to promote racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship.
  18. On November 18 1978 Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple died in Jonestown in what is considered to be the largest mass suicide in modern history. Locked deep within an FBI vault, the tapes chronicling the history of Peoples Temple were finally made public after 20 years. From Jim Jones shady beginnings as a faith healer to that final tragic night that his loyal followers drank the Koolaide. Join us as we piece together the history of Peoples Temple and try to understand what led to their demise.
  19. Truce is a history podcast about the Christian Church, from pyramid schemes to political campaigns. Is the US a Christian nation? Why do some Christians like Donald Trump? Season three explores how the rise of communism and socialism in Russia changed the American Christian Church. Podcast Magazine says Truce is, "reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell". Truce is hosted by Chris Staron, writer/ director of the films "Bringing up Bobby" and "Between the Walls", and author of "Cradle Robber".
  20. Religion is the driving force behind much of what happens in the world today -- particularly when it comes to the "big three" religions -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Religious differences have and continue to spark wars, create nations, and spawn ongoing conflict down through the centuries. No matter what religion you adhere to (or even if you claim that you don't adhere to any religion at all), you need to have a basic understanding of the world's religions in order to understand what is happening in the world today so that you can be better informed and a more useful citizen of your nation and of the world. Without some knowledge of religion, you will not understand the underpinnings of what is happening in an increasingly global society.
  21. Weird Religion is a podcast for people who think religion is weird but love it anyway. Your hosts, Leah Payne and Brian Doak, are both professors, authors, and pop culture aficionados, whose interests range from archaeology and history and linguistics to LARPing and The Walking Dead. Episodes tackle some piece of media highlighting the wonderful weirdness of religious experience—a documentary, a television show, a Twitter scandal—and use that as a "thread" on which to hang reflections on a wide variety of topics. Cults. The perils of fame within the evangelical world. Church attendance. Atheism. Gamer communities. Millennials and avocado toast. It's all here.
  22. The Historical Blindness podcast is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and forgotten truths. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, Historical Blindness searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

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