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Sects Ed

A History of Unorthodox Faiths

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Sects Ed

Sects Ed

A History of Unorthodox Faiths

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Welcome to Sects Ed, a podcast that carefully explores and shares the history of unorthodox faiths. Whether it be cults, heresies, or new religious movements, Sects Ed is dedicated to understanding the beliefs of peripheral faiths and teaching you both how the world viewed them and how they viewed themselves. Thank you for joining us as we analyze religious groups outside the mainstream whose histories are often overlooked. We post new episodes bi-weekly on Tuesdays.

Latest Episodes

Contemporary Satanism, Part 2: Devil's Advocates

Content Warning: Satanic Ritual Abuse, Child Abuse In this very special Halloween episode, we discuss the Satanic Panic, including "Michelle Remembers" and the McMartin Preschool Trial containing some disturbing elements. We then bring our story into the present with the Satanic Temple.

45 MIN2017 NOV 1
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Contemporary Satanism, Part 2: Devil's Advocates

Contemporary Satanism, Part 1: Speak of the Devil

In this episode, we discuss the origins of modern Satanism with a look at the life and work of Anton LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible and founder of the Church of Satan. The music used in this episode is "Carnival Freaks" by Myuu and is registered under a Creative Commons License.

32 MIN2017 OCT 9
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Contemporary Satanism, Part 1: Speak of the Devil

"The" "Discordian" "Episode"

In this episode, we consult our pineal glands and attempt to explain some of the beliefs and history of a group of people that are occasionally inclined to describe themselves as the Discordians.

37 MIN2017 SEP 27
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"The" "Discordian" "Episode"

Mahdist Revolution, Part 2: Melankhalifa

Following the Mahdi's death, Abdullahi al-Khalifa became the undisputed ruler of the Mahdist State. In this second part of our look at the Mahdist Revolution, we discuss the Khalifa's administration of the Sudan, religious conflicts both internal and international, and war with the British Empire during its Scramble for Africa.

34 MIN2017 SEP 13
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Mahdist Revolution, Part 2: Melankhalifa

Mahdist Revolution, Part 1: A Mahdist Proposal

On June 29, 1881, Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah declared that he was the Mahdi, a messianic figure aiming to expel the British and Ottoman Empires from the Sudan and create a theocratic Islamic state. Join us as we discuss the Mahdi's rise and revolt in this first part of our series on the Mahdist Revolution. Correction: The Funj Sultanate was founded in the early sixteenth century, not the nineteenth century as we accidentally say.

38 MIN2017 AUG 26
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Mahdist Revolution, Part 1: A Mahdist Proposal

Holy Rola

In this episode, we discuss the rise and fall of one of the greatest heretical leaders of Renaissance Italy, Girolamo Savonarola. Content Warning: Disease, Rape, Torture

47 MIN2017 AUG 10
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Holy Rola

Frum Here to Eternity

This episode of Sects Ed takes us to the South Pacific. On the island of Tanna, many Indigenous people worship a divine American serviceman named John Frum. Join us as we explore the origins of this "cargo cult" that emerged in the 1940s as a response to European colonialism, but remains a recognized regional religion to this day.

27 MIN2017 JUL 26
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Frum Here to Eternity

Taiping Rebellion, Part 2: Sibling Rivalry

In part two of our series on the God Worshiping Society, Hong and his followers spark one of the largest wars in human history as their new religious movement evolves into a full blown revolutionary movement.

35 MIN2017 JUL 12
Comments
Taiping Rebellion, Part 2: Sibling Rivalry

Sectstra Credit, Episode 1: Lost in the Flood

Welcome to the first episode of Sectstra Credit, a Sects Ed side project profiling individual religious figures and facets of faiths. In this inaugural episode, we sit down with Cory James Young of the Activist History Review to discuss young Earth creationism and intelligent design. We also have a written piece designed to compliment this episode. To find it and other great work by activists and scholars showing how the past is relevant to the present, visit activisthistory.com

51 MIN2017 JUN 30
Comments
Sectstra Credit, Episode 1: Lost in the Flood

Taiping Rebellion, Part 1: Big Brother Is Watching You

In the aftermath of the First Opium War, the self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus began his quest to convert China to his own unique version of Christianity. In part one of our two part series on the Taiping Rebellion, we discuss the early life of Hong Xiuquan and the events that led to the creation of the God Worshiping Society and the Taiping Rebellion.

29 MIN2017 JUN 28
Comments
Taiping Rebellion, Part 1: Big Brother Is Watching You

Latest Episodes

Contemporary Satanism, Part 2: Devil's Advocates

Content Warning: Satanic Ritual Abuse, Child Abuse In this very special Halloween episode, we discuss the Satanic Panic, including "Michelle Remembers" and the McMartin Preschool Trial containing some disturbing elements. We then bring our story into the present with the Satanic Temple.

45 MIN2017 NOV 1
Comments
Contemporary Satanism, Part 2: Devil's Advocates

Contemporary Satanism, Part 1: Speak of the Devil

In this episode, we discuss the origins of modern Satanism with a look at the life and work of Anton LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible and founder of the Church of Satan. The music used in this episode is "Carnival Freaks" by Myuu and is registered under a Creative Commons License.

32 MIN2017 OCT 9
Comments
Contemporary Satanism, Part 1: Speak of the Devil

"The" "Discordian" "Episode"

In this episode, we consult our pineal glands and attempt to explain some of the beliefs and history of a group of people that are occasionally inclined to describe themselves as the Discordians.

37 MIN2017 SEP 27
Comments
"The" "Discordian" "Episode"

Mahdist Revolution, Part 2: Melankhalifa

Following the Mahdi's death, Abdullahi al-Khalifa became the undisputed ruler of the Mahdist State. In this second part of our look at the Mahdist Revolution, we discuss the Khalifa's administration of the Sudan, religious conflicts both internal and international, and war with the British Empire during its Scramble for Africa.

34 MIN2017 SEP 13
Comments
Mahdist Revolution, Part 2: Melankhalifa

Mahdist Revolution, Part 1: A Mahdist Proposal

On June 29, 1881, Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah declared that he was the Mahdi, a messianic figure aiming to expel the British and Ottoman Empires from the Sudan and create a theocratic Islamic state. Join us as we discuss the Mahdi's rise and revolt in this first part of our series on the Mahdist Revolution. Correction: The Funj Sultanate was founded in the early sixteenth century, not the nineteenth century as we accidentally say.

38 MIN2017 AUG 26
Comments
Mahdist Revolution, Part 1: A Mahdist Proposal

Holy Rola

In this episode, we discuss the rise and fall of one of the greatest heretical leaders of Renaissance Italy, Girolamo Savonarola. Content Warning: Disease, Rape, Torture

47 MIN2017 AUG 10
Comments
Holy Rola

Frum Here to Eternity

This episode of Sects Ed takes us to the South Pacific. On the island of Tanna, many Indigenous people worship a divine American serviceman named John Frum. Join us as we explore the origins of this "cargo cult" that emerged in the 1940s as a response to European colonialism, but remains a recognized regional religion to this day.

27 MIN2017 JUL 26
Comments
Frum Here to Eternity

Taiping Rebellion, Part 2: Sibling Rivalry

In part two of our series on the God Worshiping Society, Hong and his followers spark one of the largest wars in human history as their new religious movement evolves into a full blown revolutionary movement.

35 MIN2017 JUL 12
Comments
Taiping Rebellion, Part 2: Sibling Rivalry

Sectstra Credit, Episode 1: Lost in the Flood

Welcome to the first episode of Sectstra Credit, a Sects Ed side project profiling individual religious figures and facets of faiths. In this inaugural episode, we sit down with Cory James Young of the Activist History Review to discuss young Earth creationism and intelligent design. We also have a written piece designed to compliment this episode. To find it and other great work by activists and scholars showing how the past is relevant to the present, visit activisthistory.com

51 MIN2017 JUN 30
Comments
Sectstra Credit, Episode 1: Lost in the Flood

Taiping Rebellion, Part 1: Big Brother Is Watching You

In the aftermath of the First Opium War, the self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus began his quest to convert China to his own unique version of Christianity. In part one of our two part series on the Taiping Rebellion, we discuss the early life of Hong Xiuquan and the events that led to the creation of the God Worshiping Society and the Taiping Rebellion.

29 MIN2017 JUN 28
Comments
Taiping Rebellion, Part 1: Big Brother Is Watching You
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