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Episode 127: This Old Hoax - Spider and Shelle Review ”The Amityville Horror (1979)”

It was a hoax worthy of the Satanic Panic and a testament to the power of the phrase "a true story." This week, Spider and Shelle review one of the most pervasive stories of its era, the Amityville Horror. still maintains an audience that believes implicitly that a suburban family in the mid 1970s was driven from their home by evil forces that had taken control of it. What, if anything at all, happened George and Kathy Lutz? Is there any way to even know for sure? We look at all these questions and more as we take a deep dive into this enigmatically enduring cult horror atrocity from 1979. 

Episode 126: The Satan Sellers Hall of Shame - Grifters of the Satanic Panic

Mike Warnke, Bob Larson, The Peters Brothers... these are just a few of the shameless grifters who poured gasoline on the fires of the Satanic panic and used their influence to spread fear, especially among the young in the 80s and 90s. We look at their stories and more in this week's edition of Unbound October. 

Episode 125: No Happy Medium - Psychics and the Grift of Grief

Psychic mediums prey on people's insecurities and fears and grief is a huge market that many successfully tap into. In this episode, we look at the who and the how of what these people do and shed light on the things they do to manipulate people who are grieving into thinking they have the ability to reunite them with those who they've lost. Is any of it legit? Does it ever really do any measurable good? We look at these questions and more along with three more cringeworthy stories from the files of Christians Behaving Badly.

EPISODE 124: Are Ghosts Real? - Confessions of a Former Ghost Hunter

During his Wicca period, Spider went through a brief, but very enthusiastic, ghost hunting phase. This episode is inspired by his experiences (or, in some cases, the total lack thereof) and the things he's learned about them since in this year's first entry for Unbound October. Shelle delivers three more sad tales of Christians Badly. 

Episode 123: Healing Hands and Hardened Hearts - Spider and Shelle Review ”Resurrection (1980)”

This week, we look at the 1980 cult classic "Resurrection' and give it our usual spin. When a young woman has a near death experience, she returns with the power to heal, but her refusal to "give God the glory" raises the hackles of some of the people in her rural Kansas town. Why are Christians so put off by love when it presents in any legitimate way? Because when you serve a self-proclaimed "jealous god" who always needs the spotlight on HIM, bad things happen when he doesn't get it. Three more stories of abject Christian tomfoolery round out this week's Christians behaving badly.

Episode 122: The Power Vested in YOU: The Pros and Cons of Getting Married

There are many reasons why people still want to get married and some are not just valid, but also very smart. There are also many more reasons that getting married is an overall bad idea. We're going to look at both sides of the argument and compare all the pros and cons so YOU can decide if getting married would be a good move in your life. 

Episode 121: Feelings, Voices, and Difficult Choices - Understanding Bereavement Hallucinations

An astonishing number of people, across all religious and non-religious lines, believe that deceased loved ones are still playing a role in their lives. While that will always be true in the case of memory and reflection, what happens when our brains start feeding us data that suggests that these people are still there and still interacting with us in real time? We look at this question and more this week along with three more cringe-worthy entries into the files of Christians Behaving Badly.

Episode 120: Take Your Luggage With You - Spider and Shelle Review Joe vs. the Volcano

Life is full of problems. We face new ones every day. But some people never learn that you can't just dump your problems on someone else and let them handle them. But that's precisely what one man tries to do in this multi-layered comedy that makes a few serious, and accurate, points about how life just doesn't work. Crack open an orange Jump with us and settle in for the tale of Joe vs. The Volcano, complete with our Christians Behaving Badly newsreel that's just bursting with more face-palming moments than a marathon of prosperity gospel sermons. 

Episode 119: Twelve Step Programs: Let’s Admit They Have a Problem

The effectiveness of 12-step problems is a lot smaller than any of the organizations that fall under their cover would ever want to admit. Around here, we don't have that problem. We're going to have a frank conversation about 12-step programs, why they rarely work, and how they try to hide their real agenda: conversion and control. This along with two more stories from the files of Christians Behaving Badly along with one more huge reason why those who understand the difference between right and wrong need to get to the polls this November.

Episode 118: ”The Way They Should Go…” - The Effects of Toxic Christian Parenting

What happens when child rearing turns deadly? And what about the ones who survive? There is so much toxicity in the messaging about Christian parenting that, in some cases, discipline has turned to murder. In lesser cases, toxic parenting can have lifelong effects on a person's mental and emotional wellbeing, but worse, on how they raise their kids. Join us for this conversation as well as a surprisingly uplifting edition of Christians Behaving Badly. No, seriously.... 

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