In Part 1 you learn about some famous cults and one very famous political cult of the 20th century. You learn what a cult is and how some people become cult leaders. With reference to three notorious cults and the research into how the mind works in social situations you learn that no one is immune to being influenced by others. You meet three cult experts: Steven Hassan a cult counsellor and author, Louise Samways, a clinical and health psychologist and David Millikan a Uniting Church Minister.
You also meet a young woman who is curious about cults but thinks only the weak or stupid join them. Samways and Millikan point out that this is a myth – normal people join cults too! Finally you are introduced to four people who joined cults: Tore, Bevin, Matt and Emma.
This educational DVD can be purchased through Ronin Films roninfilms.com.au. A study guide accompanies the DVD.
We all want to be more spiritual, and to walk more deeply with Jesus. But are all spiritual methods innocent and good? We are making a shift from the informed, biblical mind of Two-ist spirituality which renews the mind by the word of God, to One-ist mysticism. Pamela Frost, an expert in alternative spiritualities discusses the shift that is happening in the Christian church and the dangers of spiritual practices which are rooted in ancient Pagan beliefs about spirituality rather than sound, Biblical teaching.
Pamela Frost holds an MFA and is currently researching, writing and speaking on the influence in the church of postmodern culture and the rise of neo-pagan spirituality. She focuses on how Contemplative Prayer and the Emergent Movement lead to the New Spirituality. Dr. Peter Jones' Spirit Wars helped Pam see the invasion of Gnostic spirituality. Dr Jones has encouraged Pam's research and for the last few years has invited her to speak at the annual truthXchange think tank. Pam serves on the truthXchange Steering Committee.
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