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Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious world is an exploration of the weird, the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating phenomena in the physical world around us—and beyond—from a Catholic perspective. Join Jimmy Akin and his co-host Domenico Bettinelli as they examine ancient mysteries, folk tales, urban legends, and miraculous stories with a methodical, logical, well-reasoned but not entirely skeptical eye.

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Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious world is an exploration of the weird, the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating phenomena in the physical world around us—and beyond—from a Catholic perspective. Join Jimmy Akin and his co-host Domenico Bettinelli as they examine ancient mysteries, folk tales, urban legends, and miraculous stories with a methodical, logical, well-reasoned but not entirely skeptical eye.

    What is the Mark of Beast? (RFID, chip, vaccine?)

    What is the Mark of Beast? (RFID, chip, vaccine?)

    MYS138: The Book of Revelation describes a terrifying beast with the number 666 and that people had to take the mark of the beast on themselves. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli consider what the mark is: a literal tattoo, a computer chip, a vaccine, or even the Covid vaccine?
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    Links for this episode:

    * Suetonius’s book The Twelve Caesars
    * Richard Bauckham’s book The Climax of Prophecy
    * Isopsephy
    * Alexander Panchenko’s article “The Beast Computer in Brussels”
    * RFID microchips
    * Human microchip implants
    * Fact check on Covid vaccine and RFID chips
    * Vatican Statement on Covid Vaccines


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    Mysterious Headlines

    * Alleged Covid “Chip” Actually Boss Metal Zone Guitar Pedal Schematic
    * White House Planetary Protection Strategy

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Communication with the Dead (Séances, Mediums, Channelers, Spiritism, Spiritualism)

    Communication with the Dead (Séances, Mediums, Channelers, Spiritism, Spiritualism)

    MYS137: Throughout the ages, grieving people have sought contact with the dead, including through the use of mediums. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli ask whether mediums really can contact the dead, whether we should trust them, and what the Bible has to say about it.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Deborah Blum’s book Ghost Hunters: William James and the Scientific Search for Proof of Life After Death

    * The textbook Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century

    * The textbook An Introduction to Parapsychology (5th ed)

    * Fr. Alois Wiesinger’s book Occult Phenomena in Light of Theology

    * Rev. Minot Savage’s book Psychics: Facts and Theories

    * Mediumship

    * Rayleigh Scattering (video)

    * Cold reading

    * Hot reading

    * Unconscious fraud

    * Beischel & Schwartz 2007 Mediumship Study





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    Mysterious Headlines



    * Zodiac 340 Cipher Cracked!

    * Pleiades Stories May Be 100,000 Years Old



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    • 1 hr 22 min
    What Is the Great Reset? (Davos and the World Economic Forum)

    What Is the Great Reset? (Davos and the World Economic Forum)

    MYS136: The World Economic Forum has proposed to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to have a “Great Reset” to fundamentally transform the way the world works. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore what the WEF is, what the Great Reset is, and whether this is a sinister conspiracy.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Klaus Schwab’s book Covid-19: The Great Reset
    * World Economic Forum (article)
    * World Economic Forum (home page)
    * World Economic Forum (YouTube channel)
    * Great Reset (article)
    * Great Reset Home Page
    * Content-Free Great Reset Teaser Trailer (video)
    * Great Reset Podcast
    * Great Reset Launch Highlights (video)
    * Deleted “You’ll Own Nothing, and You’ll Be Happy” Video
    * 4th Industrial Revolution
    * Manager Magazin article on the breakup of Davos Man
    * US Government Spending to GDP
    * Crony Capitalism
    * Adam Smith’s Quote in Context


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Alien Demons, Alien Souls, Cremated Incorruptibles, Unintentional Indulgences & More Weird Questions

    Alien Demons, Alien Souls, Cremated Incorruptibles, Unintentional Indulgences & More Weird Questions

    MYS135: Happy New Year! Jimmy Akin is answering more weird questions, including whether indulgences can be retroactively applied; if UFO aliens could be demons; what happens to cremated saints who should be incorruptible; and whether aliens could have souls.
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    Questions covered:

    * 02:42 – There are certain acts which have an indulgence attached to them.  Let’s say that a woman named Mary is in the habit of a particular prayer at a particular place and time.  One day Mary explains her habit to Martha.  Martha exclaims “Did you know there’s an indulgence attached to that”.  “No, I didn’t”, Mary replies. My weird question is: Does Mary receive those indulgences retroactively with this knowledge and desire?  Or has she been unconsciously receiving them all along?  Or is it the case that only going forward, she will receive the indulgence?
    * 07:53 – My understanding is that during the canonization process the body of the potential saint is exhumed and if their body has not suffered corruption that plays a role in their path towards sainthood. The question has to do with cremation. With the rise in acceptance and practice of cremation for Catholics, how would someone being a future incorruptible interact with the act of cremation? Would the body burn at all? If it would, are we destroying future incorruptibles by practicing cremation?
    * 10:34 – I was wondering if Jimmy could speculate on a presupposed notion on the salvation of Erwin Rommel. Rommel was a Catholic German General during WWII and supposedly involved in the plot to kill Hitler. Because of the nature of the cause he fought for, would his Catholic faith have (assuming he stayed true to its tenets) be sufficient for his salvation?
    * 16:55 – If someone went into a church and removed the consecrated Eucharist from the church.  Would it be a matter of kidnapping or theft?
    * 21:20 – Saint Apollonia leaped into a fire. They would have tossed her in anyway, because she wouldn’t renounce her faith. Where do you draw the line between martyrdom and suicide?
    * 32:57 – I have heard a theory that alien abductions could be demons pretending to be aliens. This is supported by the fact that in a lot of these cases anti-religious messages are given by the aliens. Could this be possible? I have also been intrigued by the theory that gods worshiped in antiquity (specifically Mayan and Sumerian) may have been demons also. Would this fit the Catholic belief system? How would God allow this if true?
    * 39:32 – Are you familiar with Isaac Asimov’s short story “The Last Question”? How do you understand the final sentence with in the whole of the story? And what was the message Isaac was trying to convey?
    * 46:15 – I’ve been trying to read about the theological implications of finding out that aliens exist. How might we determine if any aliens we had met were fallen, once we knew they had souls?

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    • 51 min
    Confessing to a Cat? Satanic Panic? Bodily Mortification? Baptismal Tea? & More Weird Questions

    Confessing to a Cat? Satanic Panic? Bodily Mortification? Baptismal Tea? & More Weird Questions

    MYS134: Merry Christmas! Jimmy Akin is answering more weird questions, including whether an insane person confessing sins to a cat could result in forgiveness; whether one could baptize with tea in emergency; and whether some bodily mortification is spiritually healthy.
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    Questions covered in this episode:

    * 02:51 – I’d like to know about the so-called “Satanic Panic” around Dungeons and Dragons, but also the related panic about D&D and murder/suicide.
    * 14:38 – Does CCC 2290 have anything to say about people’s addiction to coffee? We all seem to give coffee a pass even though people spend lots of money on it and develop significant physiological and psychological dependence on it. Find any humorous coffee meme and substitute the word “heroin,” and suddenly it isn’t so funny.
    * 20:57 – Where would we be today if the Library of Alexandria never burned down?
    * 24:20 – I have questions about bodily mortification. I am reading about the lives of saints who did actual damage to their physical bodies. To me, that seems very wrong, as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and God created the body as “good,” so much so that burial of the dead is an act of Christian charity. Yet, we still are being advised in some quarters to “subdue” our bodies” with either extreme and unhealthy neglect, or actual harm.
    * 30:33 – Was Jesus dead all day on Holy Saturday and just waiting to come out on Sunday?
    * 32:55 – What would the implications be in terms of philosophy, theology, and morality if animals other than humans were discovered to be sapient?
    * 38:42 – In dire circumstances, can one baptize using tea? It’s mostly water. What if it’s sweetened?
    * 41:45 – In Confirmation class a kid once asked me this: “If there were an insane man who thought his cat was a priest, and he went to Confession to his cat and heard the cat give him absolution, would his sins be forgiven?”
    * 49:50 – I read that Augustine believed that concupiscence is specifically passed down through the act of intercourse of the parents. Would concupiscence still be part of a child if there was artificial Insemination without any sexual act involved?


    * : (the book containing the short story “Monkey See” that Jimmy mentions)
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    • 49 min
    Randonautica and Randonauting (Paranormal Journeys with Your Phone?)

    Randonautica and Randonauting (Paranormal Journeys with Your Phone?)

    MYS133: The Randonautica phone app promises to take you on a magical, mystery journey. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore whether there is anything paranormal about these random journeys or if it’s all just random chance. And Jimmy reveals the unexpected results of his own Randonautica trip.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Randonautica.com
    * Top 10 Ways to Randonaut Responsibly
    * 16 Happy Randonauting Experiences
    * Global Consciousness Project
    * Freakiest Randonautica Coincidences (video)
    * Confirmation Bias
    * YouTube Version of Original Seattle TikTok Video (DISTURBING)
    * Police Probable Cause Document
    * Random Noun Generator
    * Sheep-Goat Effect
    * The Mysterious Throw Rug Jimmy Found


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    Mysterious Headlines

    * App That Translates Cats’ Talk
    * Human Genes Expand Monkey Brains
    * BONUS: Rare (800 Year) Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction Dec. 21

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    • 1 hr 33 min

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mgships ,

Brilliant

Very much enjoying this podcast. I listened to a recent episode and decided to start at the beginning and work my way through all of them. I appreciate Jimmy’s almost encyclopedic knowledge. and acute logic, when digging into his subject matter. Thanks so much for the great work!

Fr Matt N ,

Intriguing and Unique

Jimmy Akins Mysterious World is always interesting and informative. I appreciate the balanced approach not only in terms of faith and reason but a healthy balance between credulity and skepticism. I can’t recommend this thoroughly Catholic podcast investigating mysterious phenomenon.

Bigfoot Yetith Sasquatchingson ,

Hours of entertainment and learning

Jimmy Akin provides a wealth of knowledge and entertainment in this auricular treat. How tall is Dom?????????????????? (I want to put google pictures in perspective)

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