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Erin Prophet, MPH, PhD, is an author and scholar who studies religious experience and narratives of self-improvement and transcendence. Among her publications are “Charisma and Authority in New Religious Movements” in the Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements Vol. II. She is a co-author with Jeffrey Kripal of the textbook Comparing Religions. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Religion, Nature and Health at the University of Florida.


"It matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies."

--Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, 1903

Like body odours, ecstasy is something that nice people don’t talk about, but the hell with that.
— Robert Irwin, Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties, 2011