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Every week on Undeceptions we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’ and let the truth ‘out’.

Undeceptions with John Dickson Undeceptions Ltd

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 262 Ratings

Every week on Undeceptions we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’ and let the truth ‘out’.

    The Theologians

    The Theologians

    Theology: It's a dry term that conjures images of old academics writing dusty books that will never be read. 
    However, this couldn't be further from the truth. The study of theology is the study of who we are as humans, and how we can make sense of both God and the complexities of the world.
    So, who are the theologians we should all know about?

    • 1 hr 25 min
    True Science

    True Science

    Science is a relatively new term. Chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy - all have only existed as defined, singular fields for the last century and a half. Before that was the mysterious world of natural philosophy - an ancient tradition that saw the natural world as one, combined entity. Our guest, Professor Alister McGrath, argues that this old way is a path to a new kind of appreciation of the world and each other. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Political Jesus

    Political Jesus

    The Apostle Paul writes that Christians must battle against "powers and principalities". But what are they? What does the Bible say about political power?
    Special thanks to our season sponsor Zondervan Academic. Get discounts on MasterLectures video courses and exclusive samples of their books at zondervanacademic.com/undeceptions
    Check out more of N.T. Wright's work - including his writing, and Bible studies - here.
    A transcript of this episode is available here. Please note, that due to software not all exchanges between guests will be completely accurate.
    For the full episode shownotes, head to undeceptions.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Resurrection

    The Resurrection

    There are sophisticated, academic arguments for the resurrection of Jesus. It’s not just a matter of accepting on the basis of faith. The modern industry of Christian apologetics doesn't get us much closer to the historical reality of Jesus' resurrection - but there are solid, investigative ways of examining this seemingly miraculous event.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    SINGLE: Holy Virginity

    SINGLE: Holy Virginity

    The pursuit of celibacy is seen as strange, taboo, and repressive in modern society. But that's what David Bennett, a gay man, decided, after becoming a Christian during a night out in Sydney's gay quarter. 
    Since then, he's become a scholar of "holy virginity", and the queerness of his Lord, Jesus. This is his story.  

    • 31 min
    SINGLE: Cancel Culture

    SINGLE: Cancel Culture

    At the heart of cancel culture is a desire to combat injustice, and expose flaws within society. This is a good thing ... but as recent history has shown, there is a lack of forgiveness at the heart of the movement. This is where Christianity can help.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
262 Ratings

262 Ratings

Billy Goat 321 ,

Fascinating and surprising

An enjoyable exploration of questions that are worth asking. Even when I wonder if I would be interested in the topic I am always surprised with profound truths that touch my heart and soul.

laepelba ,

Such a fabulous podcast!

This is one of my absolute favorite podcasts. (And I listen to a lot of podcasts!) I love that it challenges me intellectually and spiritually at the same time. The production quality is excellent, and it is so helpful when John’s explanation of something an interviewee says is overlayed with the conversation. And every episode seems to cover a topic that I didn’t realize I needed to learn about.

Cmundle ,

Interesting, Insightful and Informative

I’ve been enjoying this podcast off and on for awhile now, and as of recent, have begun listening more frequently. I owe a review by this point.

I am a graduate student studying theology, and this podcast has acted in some way to encourage my exploration of an abundance of theological, historical, and philosophical modes of scholarship and thought. John Dickson speaks with a variety of people from a variety of disciplines, and these discussions have been a source of immense help and invigoration for me in my studies. This podcast has pointed me in many directions (in a good way), and consequently, I feel that I have expanded my scholarly horizons and research interests, in part thanks to the quality and variety of these podcasts. Very much looking forward to future episodes!

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