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Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

IndoctriNation Rachel Bernstein

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 473 Ratings

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

    Ministers Of Propaganda w/Scott M. Coley

    Ministers Of Propaganda w/Scott M. Coley

    Scott M. Coley is a lecturer in philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His research interests include philosophy of religion, moral epistemology, and political philosophy. He is the author of the upcoming book Ministers of Propaganda: Truth, Power, and the Ideology of the Religious Right which unravels the rhetoric and biblical proof-texting that support Christo-authoritarianism: the ideology that presses Christian theology into the service of authoritarian politics.



    In this highly informative conversation, Scott provides insights into the theological interpretations that Christian Evangacalism relies on to justify its authoritarian stances and how they are used to influence public policy in the U.S.



    Before You Go: Rachel explains how using the bible as the one true source of morality and justice limits a broader understanding of the world.



    Scott’s book is available for pre-order here:
    https://www.eerdmans.com/9781467466004/ministers-of-propaganda/



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: On Survivors & Forgiveness

    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: On Survivors & Forgiveness

    This is just a preview of our Patreon exclusive bonus episode. You can hear the full episode at:

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    In this solo bonus episode, Rachel offers her insights on the benefits, but also the dangers of survivors offering forgiveness to their abusers. She outlines scenarios where it is and where it sometimes is not healthy, so that survivors can weigh the options and be empowered to do what is best for their own healing.


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    • 5 min
    The Conspiracism of Evangelical Christianity w/Cynane Shay

    The Conspiracism of Evangelical Christianity w/Cynane Shay

    Returning guest, Cynane Shay is a nuclear engineer in South Carolina. Her childhood in White Christian Nationalism normalized conspiracy theories like Obama “Birther-ism” and the Biblical apocalypse; but 2020, with COVID and Qanon, finally made her realize something was deeply wrong. Now Cynane is writing a book, “Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat: How Lizard People and Space Lasers Dismantled my Christian Worldview,” to process the deconstruction of her fundamentalist evangelicalism and her propagandistic patriotism.

    We invited Cynane back to the show to continue discussing the inseparable link between cults, conspiracy theories, and American White Christian Nationalism.



    In this fascinating and informative follow-up conversation, Cynane delves deeper into the insidious nature of the Christian nationalism that defined her early family life and worldview.



    Before You Go: Rachel explains why she believes anxiety and insecurity are at the roots of the modern Christian nationalist movements.



    You can find more information on Cynane's forthcoming book as well as other resources at:
    www.takingoffthetinfoilhat.com/


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    All of Rachel's free informational PDF documents are available here:
    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/pdf.html

    All of Rachel's video lectures are available for purchase here:

    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/videos.html

    To help support the show monthly and get bonus episodes, shirts, and tote bags, please visit:

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Breaking Away from Christian Patriarchy w/Cait West

    Breaking Away from Christian Patriarchy w/Cait West

    Cait West is a writer and editor based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her work has been published in The Revealer, Religion Dispatches, Fourth Genre, and Hawai`i Pacific Review, among others. As an advocate and a survivor of the Christian patriarchy movement, she serves on the editorial board for Tears of Eden, a nonprofit providing resources for survivors of spiritual abuse, and cohosts the podcast Survivors Discuss. Her debut memoir, Rift: A Memoir of Breaking Away from Christian Patriarchy is available now for preorder.



    In this poignant and vulnerable conversation, Cait reflects on growing up under Christian patriarchy, offering insights into her forthcoming memoir.



    Before You Go: Rachel examines the inherent constrictions of the stay-at-home daughter movement, outlining how its practitioners keep women restrained.

    You can find out more about Cait and her work at www.caitwest.com

    You can pre-order Cait's book here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Rift-Memoir-Breaking-Christian-Patriarchy/dp/0802883583



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    All of Rachel's free informational PDF documents are available here:
    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/pdf.html

    All of Rachel's video lectures are available for purchase here:

    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/videos.html

    To help support the show monthly and get bonus episodes, shirts, and tote bags, please visit:

    www.patreon.com/indoctrination

    Prefer to support the IndoctriNation show with a one-time donation? Use this link:

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: On Jay Shetty & Spiritual Influencers

    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: On Jay Shetty & Spiritual Influencers

    This is just a preview of our Patreon exclusive bonus episode. You can hear the episode in its entirety, by becoming a member at:

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    In this solo bonus episode, Rachel examines the recent controversies of "self-help guru" Jay Shetty outlined in the viral Guardian expose by John McDermott. Rachel points out how Jay's deceptions are actually very common among cult leaders and manipulative entrepreneurs of all kinds.



    Guardian Article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/ng-interactive/2024/feb/29/jay-shetty-self-help-empire

    Keya's World Interview with John McDermott:
    https://www.youtube.com/live/ViC1fmd_EsQ?si=zKnU47gBLjQYbTBd



    Thanks to all of our Patreon supporters for making this episode possible.

    • 5 min
    Fighting Excommunication w/Tammy Synovec

    Fighting Excommunication w/Tammy Synovec

    Today we continue our conversation from last week with Tammy Synovec. Tammy was first introduced to Scientology in 1993 by a friend she met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. At this vulnerable time in her life, the ready-made group of friends in Scientology were of course there to welcome her with open arms....little did she know that she would become a dedicated Scientologist from that point on. Tammy became deeply immersed in the cult for 17 long years while they controlled every aspect of her life. In 2010, after completing 90 hours of “counseling sessions" in an attempt to move up the ranks of Scientology, she realized the dream she had been chasing would never become a reality, and began backing away quietly.

    Tammy wanted to return to the show to offer further details about her complex experience with Scientology and offer more insights for others on a similar path of healing. So if you have not already, please go back and listen to last week’s episode where Tammy introduces her story.


    In this continuation of Tammy's story, she shares details from the years of struggle it took to get her husband out of Scientology and the continued difficulties she faces as she attempts to do the same for her daughter.



    Before You Go: Rachel speaks about her experience supporting Tammy through the disconnection of her family, witnessing firsthand the abusive nature of Scientology.



    All of Rachel's free informational PDF documents are available here:
    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/pdf.html

    All of Rachel's video lectures are available for purchase here:

    www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/videos.html

    To help support the show monthly and get bonus episodes, shirts, and tote bags, please visit:

    www.patreon.com/indoctrination

    Prefer to support the IndoctriNation show with a one-time donation? Use this link:

    www.paypal.me/indoctrination

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    You can always help the show for free by leaving a rating on Spotify or a review on Apple/ iTunes

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
473 Ratings

473 Ratings

Mumstheword54 ,

Humane host, wise, respectful

This pod is a must-listen whenever a new one hits the queue. Lowkey conversational tone, thoughtful questions and responses.

Madam-Mim ,

Great podcast, very educated host

I love this podcast because the host is so well educated on coercive controlled environments and cults in general. She is also the rare therapist that understands cults and the people who are in them.

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Wonderful

Thoughtful host, enlightening conversations, not stuffed with ads.

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