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My Teenage Life After Leaving a Cult

I spent my childhood waiting for the apocalypse. When it never came, I grasped at anything I could to feel in control, from binge drinking to suicide.

I Grew Up In a Fundamentalist Cult  Like the One in  “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Don’t think Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision is realistic? I was raised in a conservative Christian cult where women were viewed as submissive birthing vessels.

Meet the Modern-Day Pagans Who Celebrate the Ancient Gods

Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, a community of Druids is reviving Celtic rites. They might seem hokey or outlandish, but maybe, just maybe, they’re the ones who have...


Getting High on Cactus and Chasing Away Evil with the Shamans of the Black Lagoon

What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing at a Mosque Like This?

Inside the life of a Jewish Sufi.

I Was a Hard-Nosed Amateur Boxer. Now I’m a Buddhist Monk.

How finding my footing in the ring led me down the path to Zen.

The Sisters Who Spoke to Spirits

After an otherworldly encounter in their bedroom, two young women found fame and fortune helping nineteenth-century mourners speak to their dead. The religion they inspired lives...

The Night My Fiancé Died—and the Questions the NYPD Won’t Answer

As my fiancé’s life slipped away before my eyes, I was shocked that the cops didn’t perform CPR. When the same thing happened to Eric Garner, I wanted answers.

Church of the Godless

Deep in the world’s most notorious cradle of soullessness — Hollywood, California — a community of strident atheists finds something they can believe in.