16 minutes | Mar 1, 2012

What’s the Difference Between a Religion and a Cult?

In Episode 15 of the PsychPod Studio Podcast, I discuss the difference between a cult and a religion. Are all religions actually cults which have been accepted in mainstream culture?  Is there a surefire test to prove whether or not a religion is a cult? Welcome to the PsychPod Studio Podcast with Psychological Thriller Author M.E. Anders, where we chat 15 minutes of weekly news and views.  Merging fact and fiction into an infotainment-packed show. Here we’ll explore hot psychological topics from the perspective of a suspense and mind-altering thriller author. Popular topics include cult survivor tales, author interviews, psychological expert interviews, reader discussions, critical thinking skills, skepticism, freethinking, and religion.   How You Can Listen: iTunes - Click here to download the episode or listen in iTunes! RSS Feed - Click here to subscribe to the podcast in the RSS feed of your choice. Stitcher - PsychPod Studio is now on Stitcher!  Listen to us on the web, your iPhone, Android Phone,  BlackBerry and WebOS phones. Click the Play in New Window button below to listen now. _________________________________ The Podcast Shownotes One bit of Psych News: How One Woman Left Islam - Wafaa Soultan If you cannot see the video in your browser, click here to watch it in a new window.   What I’m Reading?  Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klineberg     What I’m Writing? Busy getting ready for my new life as a single, so I have been writing up blog posts, doing podcasts, and making videos ahead of time.  I am relocating to San Luis Obispo County, California as of March 18.     What I’m Watching?   Doubt - Blurb, "In a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 a popular priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12 year old black student is questioned by the school's principal." This movie left me ill at ease with the lingering questions, but it moved me in ways I would not have predicted.   Where am I? AWP Conference in Chicago from March 1 - March 3, 2012.   Reader Mailbag (Q & A)   In response to my podcast about “Do Christians Really Leave Religion Because of Other Christians?”   Lilburn Lowell Decker  says, “When someone learns I'm an ex-Christian and now an athesit, the most common knee-jerk conclusion of fundamentalists is that I renounced the religion because I was "hurt". Hundreds of times I've heard "I'm sorry you were hurt" and
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