Children of God – Part 2

The Children of God, later known as The Family, became notorious for their practise called “flirty fishing”. They believed in bringing up their children to have no inhibitions around sex, but the ramifications of their approach to this would echo through the generations as trauma, and result in a shocking murder-suicide committed by the very son prophesied as the Prince who would lead them through the End Times.   Full research sources listed on each episode page at You can support the creation of this independent podcast at   With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via, and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via   Credits: Written and hosted by Sarah Steel Research by Sarah Steel and Haley Gray Music by Joe Gould   Links: The Origins of a Movement: From "The Children of God" to "The Family International" — website archive from, 29 April 2009 History — The Family International website, accessed March 2020 The Children of God: The Inside Story — by Deborah Davis a Bill Davis, Zondervan Publications, 1984 The Children of God — by Robert McFarland, MD, The Journal of Psychohistory, Volume 24 Issue 4, Spring 1994 The Family in Transition: The Moral Career of a New Religious Movement — by Gordon Shepherd and Gary Shepherd, research paper presented at CESNUR International Conference 2002 The "RNR"! Destruction of the Super-Blob a the New Nationalisation — by David Berg, Mo Letter, January 1978 The Pubs Purges — scanned and archived on, June 1991 a March 1996 Summit ’93 Mama Jewels! — No.2, portion of newsletter by Karen Zerby written in 1992

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