David C. Lane
David Christopher Lane (born April 29, 1956 in Burbank, California) is a professor of philosophy and sociology at Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, California. He is notable for his book The Making of a Spiritual Movement: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar which exposed the origins of Eckankar and demonstrated the plagiarism of its founder, Paul Twitchell. He is also notable for introducing to a wider audience the teachings of Baba Faqir Chand, the Indian exponent of Surat Shabd Yoga from Hoshiapur. Among writings on Chand, he edited and published a book entitled 'The Unknowing Sage: Life and Work of Baba Faqir Chand'.
Lane has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in the sociology of knowledge from the University of California at San Diego. Additionally, he has another M.A. in the history and phenomenology of religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a B.A. from California State University, Northridge. Lane received his A.A. from Los Angeles Valley Community College. Attended Notre Dame High School
Lane was raised Roman Catholic, but went on to be initiated in 1978 by Charan Singh of Radha Soami Satsang Beas. He later has become critical of some but not all of the teachings of Radha Soami Sant Mat.
He previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, The California School of Professional Psychology, the University of Humanistic Studies, Palomar College, Mira Costa College, and the University of London and other academic institutions. He has given invited lectures at the London School of Economics, California State University, Fullerton.
In an interview in the San Diego Reader published on June 22, 1995, Lane complained about receiving death threats from defenders of several new religious movements or cults. He has also been involved in a number of lawsuits due to his critical stance of these groups.
Lane's booklet, Why I Don't Eat Faces: A Neuroethical Argument for Vegetarianism, was published in 1993.
Lane has also produced a number of short films, including Vertical Geometry, Moving Water, Liquid Air, and Digital Baba.
Lane frequently joins discussions and debates between current and former members of new religious movements, especially on Yahoo! group he set up for use with his classes (as well as occasionally posting on Brian Hines' Church of the Churchless blog). He puts some of his discussions on The Neural Surfer, the Mt. SAC philosophy department web site which also contains Lane's online diary and essays of a satirical nature on religious topics.
- Lane, David Christopher (1993) , The making of a spiritual movement : the untold story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar, Religious information systems series, vol. 11.; Garland reference library of social science, v. 891., Garland Publishing, ISBN 978-0-8153-1276-5, retrieved 6 September 2013
- Lane, David Christopher (1992), The Radhasoami tradition : a critical history of guru successorship, Sects and cults in America., Bibliographical guides ;, v. 14; Garland reference library of social science, v. 623., New York, ISBN 978-0-8240-5247-8
- Chand, Faqir; Lane, David Christopher (1993), The unknowing sage : the life and work of Baba Faqir Chand, Mt. San Antonio College Press, ISBN 978-1-56543-022-8
- Lane, David Christopher (1994), The Making of a Spiritual Movement: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell & Eckankar (revised ed.), Del Mar Press, ISBN 978-0-9611124-6-2
- Lane, David Christopher (1994), Exposing cults : when the skeptical mind confronts the mystical, Garland reference library of social science, v. 890.; Religious information systems series, vol. 10., Garland Pub, ISBN 978-0-8153-1275-8
- Lane, David Christopher (1995), The enchanted land : a journey with the saints of India, MSCA Philosophy Group, ISBN 978-1-56543-053-2
- Lowe, Scott; Lane, David Christopher (1996), DA : the strange case of Franklin Jones, MSCA Philosophy Group, ISBN 978-1-56543-054-9
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