The Logos Foundation

Special Guest: Esther*

Esther (*not her real name) spent about a decade in the Logos Foundation as a child, with her family moving from Perth to the Blue Mountains to be involved. They later moved up to Toowoomba, Queensland, with the rest of the congregation, for what would end up being the final years of Logos – before it collapsed in a scandal from the very top.


Written and Hosted by Sarah Steel

Music by Joe Gould

Edited by Matt Brazel

November 16th, 2022

58 mins 10 secs

Season 5


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The Logos Foundation was often described as ‘mysterious’ in media coverage, but became a part of the religious right that published full page newspaper advertisements encouraging the electorate to vote on ‘moral’ issues at Queensland state elections in the late 1980s. Its embrace of the Shepherding Movement led many to consider it incredibly cult-like, and certain facets of the religious right today can trace a direct lineage to its teachings. Founder Howard Carter’s hard-line approach to sinful behaviour would prove to be hypocrisy-ridden for almost the entire time his organisation existed.