Episode 18

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The Big Questions, Series 5 Episode 18 of 20

Duration: 1 hour

Nicky Campbell asks, is there a difference between a religion and a cult?

Nicky's guests include Cristina Odone, journalist for The Telegraph; Rabbi Yitchak Schochet from Mill Hill Synagogue; Cole Moreton, author of Is God Still an Englishman: How We Lost our Faith (But Found New Soul).

Contributors also include Francesca Stavrakopoulou, professor of ancient religion at Exeter University; Dr George Chryssides from Birmingham University; Simon Cooper from the Unification Church; Glenn Carter, president of the UK Raelian Movement.

Also joining in the discussion are Livingstone Fagan, Branch Davidian survivor of the Waco siege; Yoel Ben David from Jews for Jesus; Ian Haworth from the Cult Information Centre; Juliana Buhring, who was brought up in The Children of God and is now a director of Safe Passage Foundation; Barbara Weed, who has not seen her son since he became involved in an internet group four years ago.

Other guests taking part are Jon Atack, author of A Piece of Blue Sky, and Rod and Linda Dubrow-Marshall from the International Cultic Studies Association.

  • The Big Question Featured in this Episode

    Is there a difference between a cult and a religion?

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Nicky Campbell
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