BJU is a Cult - BONUS (Video Audio)

Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, non-denominational evangelical university in Greenville, South Carolina, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions. The university, with approximately 2,500 students. *note this is repurposed audio from a video I recorded

In this episode, I examine the culture of Bob Jones through the lens of a cult expert. I use two models used by cult experts to analyze the BJU environment. The two models are “Lifton’s Criteria for Mind Control or Thought Reform” and Steve Hassan’s “BITE” Model of Authoritarian Control.

What is Lifton’s Criteria for Mind Control?

These criteria are:

1. Milieu control (environment)

2. Mystical manipulation (or planned spontaneity)

3. The demand for purity

4. The cult of confession

5. Sacred science

6. Loading of the language

7. Doctrine over person

8. Dispensing of existence


What is Hassan’s BITE Model?

Behavior control, Information control, Thought control, Emotional control. (BITE)


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