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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 • 270 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’.

    American Evangelical

    American Evangelical

    Evangelicalism has always been a politically loaded word - but especially since the turn of the century. 
    This is especially true of American evangelicalism. 
    But if we strip away all the nationalistic and political weight, what is evangelicalism? What makes the American strain of evangelicalism particularly unique? How does it compare to other types of evangelicalism?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Question Answer XI

    Question Answer XI

    John faces down some of our most diverse - and controversial - questions yet. What's the deal with circumcision? Why does John hate the term apologetics so much? Is Director Mark sick of John picking on him all the time? 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Gospel Contradictions

    Gospel Contradictions

    If Christianity is one big conspiracy, we wouldn't find so many mistakes and inconsistencies in the Gospels! Surely if the faith was one big lie, the Gospels would have some uniformity to them, united to deceive readers.
    Well, that's one side of the argument. Others might point to the Gospel contradictions as proof the entire thing is made up.
    So, why are there contradictions in the Gospels? Does this undermine their credibility?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jesus' Biography

    Jesus' Biography

    You can make a pretty good case that the Gospels are the four most influential - and controversial - books of all time. But who were the authors? How do we know who wrote them? And why was it that these four books were selected, and not others? 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    SINGLE: Bondi Junction

    SINGLE: Bondi Junction

    In this special Undeceptions Single, Stan Grant shares his reflections on God and suffering in the wake of the Bondi Junction attacks that occurred on April 13 in Sydney, Australia.

    • 19 min
    Christianity's Comeback

    Christianity's Comeback

    From the mid-1990s to the 2010s, 'New Atheism' dominated the intellectual space. A virulent, attacking form of godless evangelism, it saw people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens top best-seller lists, and draw huge crowds to their lectures. Justin Brierley was in the middle of it all as New Atheism rose - and then collapsed. In its wake, Justin says he is seeing a new openness to theism - but where that might lead is anyone's guess.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 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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