When does religion become a cult? What groups might qualify? And who decides?

In this episode of the CultureCast, Christian and Amy talk about the 6 criteria used to determine if a group is in fact a cult, have we as a nation become a cult, and are certain brands of Christianity cult-ish?

Christian interviews David Trotter about his new documentary Set Free Posse: Jesus Freaks, Biker Gang, or Christian Cult? The story revolves around pastor Phil Aguilar in Anaheim, CA. David talks about seeing him for the first time as a college student, their first face-to-face meeting in David’s house, Phil’s conversion in prison, his involvement with Trinity Broadcasting Network, housing people dealing with drug addiction in his home, and why things started to fall apart. Plus, they also talk about one particular moment, involving the set free posse and some hell’s angels… You can watch the documentary an Amazon, or head over to setfreefilm.com to learn more.

You’ll also hear about David’s new project, The Road to Edmond, staring Homebrewed Christianity’s own Tripp Fuller!

Amy and Christian also discuss the latest mass shooting at a Texas church, this New Yorker article, the location of evil (and love), and reminisce about the first time they met.

Make sure to join Christian at the Voices Conference in Minneapolis November 11th (you can get tickets here) for his keynote about his new book Surviving the Bible, and for a live podcast where they’ll talk about the theology of Prince. You can also enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Surviving the Bible and over $100 of other awesome books.

And last, but certainly not least, you can be apart of the CultureCast community by donating to help support the podcast. Patrons get access to all sorts of goodies, like Amy and Christian’s new series, Hidden God.

 

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