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Undeceptions with John Dickson
Undeceptions with John Dickson
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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... more

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On Augustine

There's a reason our guests have mentioned Augustine more than any other theologian or philosopher. St Augustine of Hippo was... more

21 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
SINGLE: On Persuasion

Reasoning can take us to almost any conclusion we want. We ask "Can I believe?" if we want to believe,... more

14 Jul 2024 · 9 minutes
SINGLE: Jazz Church

Jazz is a genre of music steeped in tradition, culture, and most importantly, improvisation. According to some, the church can... more

07 Jul 2024 · 26 minutes
American Evangelical

Evangelicalism has always been a politically loaded word - but especially since the turn of the century. This is especially true... more

26 May 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Question Answer XI

John faces down some of our most diverse - and controversial - questions yet. What's the deal with circumcision? Why... more

19 May 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Gospel Contradictions

If Christianity is one big conspiracy, we wouldn't find so many mistakes and inconsistencies in the Gospels! Surely if the... more

12 May 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Jesus' Biography

You can make a pretty good case that the Gospels are the four most influential - and controversial - books... more

05 May 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
SINGLE: Bondi Junction

In this special Undeceptions Single, Stan Grant shares his reflections on God and suffering in the wake of the Bondi... more

28 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Christianity's Comeback

From the mid-1990s to the 2010s, 'New Atheism' dominated the intellectual space. A virulent, attacking form of godless evangelism, it... more

21 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
The Theologians

Theology: It's a dry term that conjures images of old academics writing dusty books that will never be read. However, this... more

14 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
True Science

Science is a relatively new term. Chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy - all have only existed as defined, singular fields for... more

07 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Political Jesus

The Apostle Paul writes that Christians must battle against "powers and principalities". But what are they? What does the Bible... more

31 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
The Resurrection

There are sophisticated, academic arguments for the resurrection of Jesus. It’s not just a matter of accepting on the basis... more

24 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
SINGLE: Holy Virginity

The pursuit of celibacy is seen as strange, taboo, and repressive in modern society. But that's what David Bennett, a... more

17 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
SINGLE: Cancel Culture

At the heart of cancel culture is a desire to combat injustice, and expose flaws within society. This is a... more

10 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
French Atheism

For the final episode of season X, we're taking a deep dive into the global centre of Atheism - France.... more

14 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Question Answer X

Aliens, more Old Testament violence, and ... The Devil. Our tenth question-and-answer episode was one of the toughest yet for John. Make... more

07 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
12 Objects

The story of Christianity is full of wonderful highs and terrible lows. It's truly an epic - and it takes... more

31 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Jewish Jesus

Christianity wasn't always its own religion - the first Christians were, in fact, Jewish ...  because Jesus was Jewish! How... more

17 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Holy Angels

Angels are everywhere in history. From winged guardians in Sumerian mythology to the messengers of the Gods in Ancient Greece,... more

10 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
On Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien needs no introduction. The Oxford Philology Professor who would go on to create the world of Middle Earth... more

03 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Medieval Jesus

The Middle Ages saw an explosion of literature, art, and thought around the personhood of Jesus. What can we learn... more

26 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
The Puritans

The Puritans: Everything wrong with a Christian society, or much misunderstood forefathers of innovation and social justice?This season of Undeceptions... more

19 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Cultural Christianity

This episode, we're visiting some of the ancient Christians to see that they were actually real human beings, with flaws... more

12 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Growing Older

Our world spends billions of dollars a year on anti-ageing, but nothing will change the simple fact that we are... more

05 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Violent Faith

"I love Jesus but I hate the God of the Old Testament. He's just so violent."You might have heard this... more

29 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Many Gods - Live from Melbourne

In this live episode, recorded at the Melbourne leg of the Undeceptions Conference, we ask: What did the first Christians... more

22 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
The Multiverse

The multiverse has become a popular cinema trope, but more and more astrophysicists are taking it seriously. Could there really... more

15 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
She Believes

Is the Bible bad news for women? Is Jesus misogynistic?Or - as some claim - were the teachings of Jesus... more

08 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Deconstructing Faith

To kick off season 10 of Undeceptions, we're exploring the new "threat" to the Christian faith -  deconstruction.Deconstruction has become... more

01 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Single: If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then it would confirm everything

If Jesus was just a teacher who lived and died in first-century Palestine, Christianity would be a waste of time.But... more

28 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Single: A compelling answer to the question "What's wrong with the world?"

Most of us can agree that the world is a pretty messed up place.But what’s the problem with humanity? What’s... more

24 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Single: Christianity is about life to the full

Many believe Christianity is all about following rules and not having any fun.However, this is a huge misunderstanding; Christianity is... more

20 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Single: It's worth thinking through what life's all about

Lots of people assume that Christianity is a nice story for kids or a niche hobby for weirdos.John Dickson brings... more

17 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Decoding Dreams

Throughout history, humans have looked for hidden meanings behind dreams. But in this modern, scientific age, surely we don't believe... more

02 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Question Answer IX

Is there a place for pessimism in the Christian life? Is Halloween evil? Does God have 'mothering' characteristics, too? Why... more

25 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
Blind Faith

If we can make sense of our faith, is it really faith at all, or just a projection of what... more

18 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Ancient Letters

The Bible uses a very "human" way to communicate God's word: letter writing. But how do we know these letters... more

11 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Keller's Legacy

In memory of Timothy James Keller (1950-2023).This season of Undeceptions is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Get discounts on MasterLectures video... more

04 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Saving Nature

Is nature inherently valuable if there is no God? According to one scientist, without faith, that's an almost impossible question... more

28 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Overcoming Apathy

Apathy has seeped into every part of society. We've become a "Seinfeldian culture"; alive to the trivial, and numb to... more

21 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers was much more than a celebrated detective novelist - she was a Christian playwright and author who... more

14 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Apocalypse

There aren’t many parts of the Bible that excite the imagination more than its thrilling climax in the book of... more

07 May 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Medical Miracles

Is there room for the supernatural and the advancing world of medicine? According to some scientists - absolutely!This season of... more

30 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
With Beth

An hour with acclaimed speaker and church leader Beth Moore.This season of Undeceptions is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Get discounts... more

23 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Venerable Bede

Introducing The Venerable Bede: Father of English history and the most brilliant polymath you've never heard of.This season of Undeceptions... more

16 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
The Crucifixion

Why did Jesus have to die? Why did it have to be such a violent death? And what on earth... more

06 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
The Reformation II

Is there still something to celebrate about the Reformation, or is it, as many claim, the root of Christian division... more

02 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
The Reformation I

The Reformation: one of the greatest ruptures in European history, a rupture that permanently split the church, triggered wars, created... more

26 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ahistoric Age

"We know less than ever about history and are losing the ability to grapple with the ethical complexities of the... more

20 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
Jesus Quests

What have scholars throughout history thought about who Jesus was and what did they conclude about his significance in their... more

15 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Question Answer VIII

This is our seasonal Q&A episode, and our first question is all about why Jesus came to earth when he... more

08 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Beautiful Science

The more we learn about the world, the more we see how it operates under elegant laws. There is an... more

01 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Old Christ

There’s no such thing as a “New Testament Christian”. While the popular scepticism about parts of the Old Testament is... more

25 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
First Noel (second time around)

‘Tis the podcast before Christmas, so we’re diving into the fairy lights and tinsel to uncover some of the myths... more

18 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
Lewis' Narnia

You might think the Chronicles of Narnia are just for kids. But scholars have discovered some amazing historical, literary, and... more

11 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine capital, Constantinople, was famously fortified with an impenetrable three-wall network, which preserved it from foreign conquest for centuries.... more

04 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Time Matters

How we think about time, the value we give to the three parts of time (past, present, and future) really... more

27 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
On Animals

We’re talking all things animals in this episode, starting with why God would create a world that seems to embed... more

20 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Lewis' Oxford

There's much more to C.S. Lewis than the (wonderful) Chronicles of Narnia. Join John Dickson as he tours Oxford -... more

13 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Really Old? Single

With so much riding on such small fragments of our past, how do we know our old stuff is actually... more

06 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
In Christ single

One of the surprises when we turn the pages of the New Testament is how little the word “Christian” actually... more

30 Oct 2022 · 10 minutes
Critical Theory

The Bible has its own way of exposing the flaws of our culture, and, of course, pointing to the Good.

04 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Question Answer VII

It's our seasonal Q&A episode and there are actually quite a few curly questions about the future of the universe,... more

28 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
Scientific Imagination

It may just be that science is an imaginative, creative, and emotive enterprise, just as it is obviously a rational,... more

21 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bookish Religion?

We take a closer look at 15 words that are often misunderstood, or sometimes forgotten. And my guest today reckons... more

14 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Against Euthanasia

We’re laying out the best arguments for and against legalising euthanasia.

07 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Global Christianity

The death of religion was the conventional wisdom in the social sciences during most of the twentieth century. Turns out, they... more

31 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Medieval Science

Right in the so called ‘Dark Ages’, it wasn’t all flat-earthers and biblical literalists. In fact, there were very few... more

24 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
On Buddhism

Buddhism probably takes the prize today for World’s Most Lovable Religion. But is this widespread appreciation of Buddhism matched by... more

17 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Flood

In some ways, the biblical story of Noah and his ark has been a focus over centuries for debates about... more

10 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Emotional Intelligence

Some think we might not be too far away from Artificial Intelligence actually having feelings. If it does happen, what... more

03 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ben's Song

Four weeks before John's mate Ben Shaw died of cancer, a group of friends got together to record Ben playing... more

16 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
The Artist

The question: ‘What is beauty’ has been of interest since the earliest ancient philosophers began asking questions. It’s often considered... more

22 May 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Trans Gender

Is there a Christian way to think about and engage with people who identify as something other than their birth... more

15 May 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Question Answer VI

It’s Season 6’s Q&A episode – and you guys really didn't hold back. There are some TOUGH questions this time... more

08 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
On Suffering

We’re asking one of the most frequent - and fraught - questions I come across as someone who talks about... more

01 May 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
The Vikings II

In Part Two of our in-depth look at the Vikings, we meet the greatest Viking of the era: the man... more

24 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Vikings I

An epic episode about The Vikings - their origins, exploits, culture, religion and - perhaps the best-kept Viking secret -... more

17 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Kingdom Come

What is heaven, really? If there is life after death, is the heavenly cliche of harps and angels and clouds... more

10 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Introducing: Small Wonders with Laurel Moffatt

Take a trip with Laurel Moffatt, host of 'Small Wonders', a new podcast in the Undeceptions Network, to Joshua Tree... more

07 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
With Keller

An in-depth discussion with Tim Keller who is something of a Christian prophet for our secularizing 21st century.

03 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Become an Undeceiver

This season, we’re launching Undeceptions Plus which offers exclusive bonus content to members, our 'Undeceivers'.

31 Mar 2022 · 1 minute
Science Wars

The perceived conflict between science and religion would seem to be alive and well - and maybe even growing! But if... more

27 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Emperor Constantine

When the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed he had converted to Christianity, it changed the world forever. But was that change... more

20 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
No Coward single

Foreign affairs journalist Greg Sheridan nails his colours to the mast and shares why he thinks Christianity should make perfect... more

13 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Transforming Tales single

The With All Due Respect team join the Undeceptions Network and introduce our listeners to the transforming power of stories.

27 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Life's Variations single

In our first single for season 6, guest writer Laurel Moffatt shares life lessons learned from listening to Johann Sebastian... more

13 Feb 2022 · 11 minutes
The Log In Our Eye

In this final episode of the Bullies And Saints super-series, John Dickson reflects on Jesus' instruction to His disciples to... more

06 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
The Not-So-Dark Ages

In this episode, John up-ends a four-hundred-year-old fallacy that has been promoted since the Enlightenment: the Christian faith is a... more

30 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
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In this episode, John up-ends a four-hundred-year-old fallacy that has been promoted since the Enlightenment: the Christian faith is a brake on... more