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  • 1:00:47 Patreon Monthly Livestream #4 - April 2018

    Patreon Monthly Livestream #4 - April 2018

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  • 1:36:27 Publisher ID - Episode 11 - Watchtower: In Focus

    Publisher ID - Episode 11 - Watchtower: In Focus

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    After a number of emails from concerned Jehovah's Witnesses have been received at JWsurvey.org, prompting the team to discuss growing concerns over the way Watchtower harvests and maintains data. In Europe, incoming legislation known as "GDPR" (the Genera

  • 39:36 Ask Cedars #3

    Ask Cedars #3

    by Philip Gahan Added 5 Views / 0 Likes

    It's time to answer viewer questions submitted as tweets, comments and voicemails. In this episode of "Ask Cedars," I explain my approach to criticizing religion, briefly discuss the perceived subliminal imagery in Watchtower publications, and grapple wit

  • 20:16 My Honest Review of "Jonah: A Lesson in Courage and Mercy" (2018 JW convention drama)

    My Honest Review of "Jonah: A Lesson in Courage and Mercy" (2018 JW convention drama)

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    "Once upon a time, a man was swallowed by a fish, then convinced an entire city (including the animals) to wear sackcloth, and then got very annoyed over the death of his magic bottle-gourd plant." No, this is not the script for a drug-induced hallucinati

  • 51:09 Patreon Monthly Livestream #5

    Patreon Monthly Livestream #5

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  • 34:50 A Closer Look at Lösch: Canada Branch Visit (GB member's tirade against higher education)

    A Closer Look at Lösch: Canada Branch Visit (GB member's tirade against higher education)

    by Philip Gahan Added 4 Views / 0 Likes

    (Cedars' vlog no. 207) As part of a special "branch visit" to Canada yesterday, Gerrit Lösch - a Governing Body member - urged thousands of young Jehovah's Witnesses against pursuing higher education, warning that they would "answer to Jehovah" for doing

  • 56:36 A conversation with Anthony Magnabosco (activist, proponent of street epistemology)

    A conversation with Anthony Magnabosco (activist, proponent of street epistemology)

    by Philip Gahan Added 5 Views / 0 Likes

    Street epistemology is growing in popularity, thanks in large part to Anthony Magnabosco's efforts to engage respectfully with people about their beliefs. In this video, I ask Anthony to explain his approach, and explore its potential when talking to beli

  • 1:30:28 My thoughts on JW Broadcasting 42 - May 2018 (with Mark Sanderson)

    My thoughts on JW Broadcasting 42 - May 2018 (with Mark Sanderson)

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    (Cedars' vlog no. 208) The time has come to ready the popcorn as we descend once more into the cultish collective mind of the Governing Body, who in this month's JW Broadcasting episode are represented in the amiable form of Mark Sanderson. By means of a

  • 1:10:50 European Update - Episode 13 - Watchtower: In Focus

    European Update - Episode 13 - Watchtower: In Focus

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    The team reviews recent developments related to Europe's response to growing concerns over child abuse mishandling among Jehovah's Witnesses. In addition to media exposure in Norway and Finland, Watchtower in the Netherlands has been under increasing pres

  • 52:07 A conversation with Mikaysha Shaley (ex-JW, sex abuse and domestic violence victim)

    A conversation with Mikaysha Shaley (ex-JW, sex abuse and domestic violence victim)

    by Philip Gahan Added 4 Views / 0 Likes

    When Mikaysha Shaley's mother allowed her to be adopted by a Jehovah's Witness elder, she had no way of knowing he was a sexual predator who would molest her daughter within hours of receiving custody. In our interview, Mikaysha tells the heartbreaking st

  • 1:20:13 My thoughts on JW Broadcasting 25 - October 2016 (with Gary Breaux)

    My thoughts on JW Broadcasting 25 - October 2016 (with Gary Breaux)

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    (Cedars' vlog no. 209) Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to think of the "two witness rule" as scripturally-based and therefore non-negotiable in its application when dealing with accusations of child sex abuse. In a video released late last year, Governing

  • 08:51 The Trouble with the Afterlife

    The Trouble with the Afterlife

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    (Cedars' vlog no. 210) In this video, filmed during the final hours of a whirlwind few days in Los Angeles, I explain why the concept of an afterlife would pose problems for me even if I could bring myself to be religious. Support me on Patreon: https://p

  • 1:18:06 Leaked Attendant Training Videos

    Leaked Attendant Training Videos

    by Philip Gahan Added 5 Views / 0 Likes

    (Cedars' vlog no. 212) Every year, Jehovah's Witnesses assemble at sports venues and conference halls for their regional convention program. Waiting to welcome them are an army of volunteer "attendants" who perform the role of crowd stewards, ushering att

  • 44:05 Patreon Monthly Livestream #6

    Patreon Monthly Livestream #6

    by Philip Gahan Added 5 Views / 0 Likes

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  • 12:35 "God Must Have an Organization"

    "God Must Have an Organization"

    by Philip Gahan Added 5 Views / 0 Likes

    (Cedars' vlog no. 213) In this video I tackle the widely-held presupposition of Jehovah's Witnesses that God must have an organization in these "last days" before Armageddon - a premise central to explanations of why the Witness religion is God's one true

  • 1:36:03 Dedicated Funds - Episode 14 - Watchtower: In Focus

    Dedicated Funds - Episode 14 - Watchtower: In Focus

    by Philip Gahan Added 3 Views / 0 Likes

    The team dissects a number of fascinating leaks from Watchtower offering a tantalizing glimpse of the state of the organization's finances. Jehovah's Witnesses are told to consider it a privilege to supply the "faithful slave" with their "valuable things,

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