Featuring guests Dr. Erin Prophet, and Joe Szimhart.
Erin Prophet is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. She specializes in religion and medicine. She has a PhD in religion, with a specialization in Western esoteric traditions, from Rice University, Houston, Texas. She has a master’s degree in public health with an epidemiology concentration from Boston University.
Joe Szimhart is an artist, a cult information specialist, and a mental health professional who currently works for a psychiatric emergency hospital in Pennsylvania. He made his living as a cult interventionist from 1985 through 1998 after exploring and rejecting groups and teachings derivative of Theosophy and New Thought including Agni Yoga, the Mighty I AM, and The Summit Lighthouse, also known as Church Universal and Triumphant.
(01:38) News Segment: Covid and climate updates, rioting and looting in South Africa, the space billionaires, behind-the-scenes reports from Trump’s coup attempt, and confirmation of Russia / Putin’s long term cultivation of Donald Trump as an intelligence asset.
(25:35) Guest introduction.
(27:49) Guest segment. T-shirts.
(35:23) Discussion of the impact of conspiracy theories. What conspiracy theories are the most dangerous? The role of the conspiracy theory in the human search for truth. Danger point is when people consider that a conspiracy theory is “actionable.”
(45:41) Why do people who create “new religious movements” tend to end up re-creating the same problems as the institutional religions they are rejecting?
(51:48) Are there links between QAnon and the “new age” movement generally? Why do you think the new age went so far right? Discussion of the ideological origins and political leanings of the “western esoteric tradition.”
(01:08:58) The theocratic undertones of religion, independently of whether or not their doctrines are liberal or conservative. Purity, authority, transcendence. Tension between individual choice and submission to concepts of divinity. Ariosophy as a link to right wing esotericism.
(01:13:34) Christophe discusses growing up Black in The Summit Lighthouse.
(01:18:02) What were the teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky on race? The concept of “root races” as distinct from ethnicity.
(01:36:08) The Summit Lighthouse recently hosted a guest speaker Dr. James Lindsay, who is a big proponent of anti-wokeism and opposition to social justice and Critical Race Theory. What does this say about the connection between the racist right and this organization?
(01:44:35) Wrapup and outro.