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In this podcast we explore movements, sects, or interesting things about the world of religion.
We aren't historians we just google it and talk about it.

The Belief It Or Not Podcast Trevor Poelman & Damien Doepping

    • Religion & Spirituality

In this podcast we explore movements, sects, or interesting things about the world of religion.
We aren't historians we just google it and talk about it.

    Ep. 64 - Christian Homeschooling

    Ep. 64 - Christian Homeschooling

    In this episode we discuss the world of Christian homeschooling. We talk about the origins of homeschooling with John Holt in the 1970s, the fight to make it legal, and of course why it was embraced by fundamentalists.

    We discuss the lack of oversight in most places, some of the dangerous lessons, how it can facilitate abuse, and of course why that homeschool kid in your neighbourhood is so weird.

    We also have possibly the worst christian song we’ve ever discussed.

    As mentioned in the episode here are some results of the movement:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsxlqkO1iV4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH_wPUVlJ38&t=135s

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 52 min
    Ep. 63 - Church State Separation

    Ep. 63 - Church State Separation

    In this episode we discuss the separation of church and state, from the reformation to Thomas Locke to Thomas Jefferson. We discuss prayer in public school, creationism in the classroom, government grants for churches, and the ten commandments on courthouse lawns.

    We also talk about how fear of communism changed the game and how Trump will ruin things for years to come.

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 33 min
    Ep. 62 - The Jesus Seminar

    Ep. 62 - The Jesus Seminar

    In this episode, we discuss the Jesus Seminar, a group of New Testament scholars who tried to discover what Jesus actually said. We talk about their methods and criteria, how the media covered them, and why it made evangelicals really angry.

    We also play our own quiz game where Damien tries to identify the words of Jesus vs the words of Tom Hanks.

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 29 min
    Ep. 61 - Prophecy Fails

    Ep. 61 - Prophecy Fails

    This episode is all about predictions that were supposed to be from God but never came to be. We talk about the Bible predicting cities that would soon be destroyed that are still doing great, centuries of people predicting the date of Christ’s return, and pastors saying God told them COVID 19 would be gone in March of 2020.

    We also discuss why people continue to look at prophecy to confirm their beliefs.

    Watch the Kenneth Copeland remix here:
    https://youtu.be/m2s0nB2VPvs

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 38 min
    Ep 60 - Kanye 2020

    Ep 60 - Kanye 2020

    In this episode we discuss Kanye West’s interview in Forbes Magazine where he shares his political platform and reason for running.

    We use this article as a jumping off point to talk about the issues with american politics, the dangers of becoming a theocracy, and why celebrities shouldn’t run for president anymore.

    We also go off on a number of tangents discussing why Oprah is worse than Jeffrey Dahmer, why we don’t participate in extreme sports, and why you shouldn’t compare your partner to a fast food chain.

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 41 min
    Ep. 59 - Amway

    Ep. 59 - Amway

    In this episode we’re getting all cleaned up, we're talking about everyone’s favourite christian cleaning supply company, Amway. We discuss its founders Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos, and how they envisioned the American way of life.

    We discuss how they use religion to rally their “Independent Business Owners,” the money they’ve donated to the religious causes, and their influence on politics.

    We also discuss the Proctor & Gamble controversy, as well as why MLMs are dangerous in general.

    As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff.

    Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping
    For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/
    Also follow us on twitter @beliefitornot, instagram @beliefitornotpodcast, or facebook https://www.facebook.com/beliefitornot/
    Or email beliefitornotpodcast@gmail.com

    • 27 min

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