In conversation with an ex-ISKCON member about their experience..

In this video, Dr David Webster chats with Ben den Ouden, a postgraduate student at the University of Groningen, in the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies. Ben used to be an active member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), although he has ceased to be a member of that group at all.

Ben is not your stereotypical angry-ex-member of a NRM, and he talks reflectively about what led him to the movement, and his own personal experience of it.

NOTICE: Ben sadly passed away on the 21st April 2017. There is an obituary notice here.

 

From RPE at Gloucestershire.

Popular Culture and UFO Religions

In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Erik A.W. Östling about  the relation between popular culture and UFO religions.

Erik has presented some materials on this topic such as THIS paper in Israel recently, and THIS article on the Raëlian religion. 

If you are seriously interested in Heaven’s Gate – you should definitely go and read this: http://www.fromthesquare.org/?p=6742

Erik mentions Heaven’s Gate – and the use of Star Trek imagery – here is the video below from their ‘Exit Statements’ that were made before the mass suicide. The section he refers to is at 52min 20seconds into the video: (warning – given what happened, the video messages, while cheerily given, can make for rather grim viewing).

(It was also reported at the time that among the dead was Thomas Nichols, brother of Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura in the original “Star Trek” series.)

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Alien Abduction and UFO Religion

In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Erik A.W. Östling about the notion of Alien Abduction and UFO religion:

 

Erik has presented some materials on this topic such as THIS paper in Israel recently, and THIS article on the Raëlian religion. In this interview he mentions the work of John E Mack: there is a (sceptical) piece about him HERE

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