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My name is John Verner. I used to be a part of the largest cult in the United States. After studying the Bible, Christian history, and ministry, I set my sights on confronting the problematic nature of white evangelicalism in the United States. In 2019, I published my first book as a first step in addressing the subtle issues of this complex system. This podcast will continue that work under the same title. Welcome, to
The Cult of Christianity.


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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Hi there, friend.
My name is John Verner. I used to be a part of the largest cult in the United States. After studying the Bible, Christian history, and ministry, I set my sights on confronting the problematic nature of white evangelicalism in the United States. In 2019, I published my first book as a first step in addressing the subtle issues of this complex system. This podcast will continue that work under the same title. Welcome, to
The Cult of Christianity.


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    Season Two Finale! (Featuring Chris and Lilly)

    Season Two Finale! (Featuring Chris and Lilly)

    We did it! John invites Lilly and Chris on to the chaotic conclusion of the 2nd season of The Cult of Christianity! Shoutouts, recaps, trivia, hate mail, unvaulted clips, and plenty of drinking, this episode is quite literally for sh!ts and giggles! Video is available exclusively on Spotify! Thanks everyone who listened this season and I'll talk to y'all soon!



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    • 2 hr 14 min
    S2Ep18: Religious Freedom

    S2Ep18: Religious Freedom

    John points out that freedom of religion seems to be a misnomer among Christian cultists. 


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    • 54 min
    S2Ep17: Determinism & Free Will

    S2Ep17: Determinism & Free Will

    John monologues about the various issues of determinism and free, how the philosophical conundrum interacts with Calvinist theology, and why Christians are not predisposed to believe in autonomy.  


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    • 59 min
    S2Ep16: Kidnapped By Christians (Featuring Fin)

    S2Ep16: Kidnapped By Christians (Featuring Fin)

    John's friend, Fin, shares his wild story of being recruited, "trained," and psychologically maltreated, all in the name of becoming a Christian leader. The story gets more and more shocking as it goes on, and has a terrifying conclusion. 



    CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, torture is mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed. This episode might be especially triggering for those who have experienced military boot camp or other psychologically intense occurrences. 






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    • 1 hr 44 min
    S2Ep15: Conversion Therapy (Featuring Lucas Wilson)

    S2Ep15: Conversion Therapy (Featuring Lucas Wilson)

    Lucas shares his unfortunate experiences of conversion therapy while attending Liberty University. John and Lucas zoom out and try to demonstrate how such a torturous practice can be normalized in the homophobic culture of evangelicalism. 



    CW: This episode contains content that may be distressing to some listeners. Specifically in this episode, therapy abuse, sexual assault, torture practices, and suicide are mentioned, detailed, and/or discussed.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    S2Ep14: Catholicism and Protestantism (Featuring Patrick Gruber)

    S2Ep14: Catholicism and Protestantism (Featuring Patrick Gruber)

    Patrick, long lost friend of John's, stops by to help compare and contrast the structure of the catholic church with the protestant movement. History, clergy, the bible, and general cultural behaviors are discussed, especially in light of the problematic tendencies of American evangelicalism. 


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    • 1 hr 24 min

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