Welcome to the Undeceptions public library, advocating for the Christian faith in a doubting world.


undeceive: to free from deception, illusion or error

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’.

Previous Podcast Episodes

God’s War II

The First Crusade ended brutally. But the Crusaders had captured Jerusalem and the Holy Lands. Job done. Most returned home. So why did we have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Crusade? (read more)

God’s War I

923 years after the launch of the first Crusade, world leaders are still invoking their memory to explain ongoing conflict. But what were the Crusades, really? Chances are, much of what we think we know about the Crusades is wrong. (read more)

Religious Freedom

It’s often said that it was the intolerance of Christians, from the apostle Paul to the Renaissance Popes, that led to the Enlightenment’s secular cry for “freedom of religion” - and even freedom from religion. Religion fosters bigotry and violence toward difference. Enlightened secular thought fosters peace and pluralism. Right? But did you know there are religious origins to religious freedom? (read more)

Guilty Conscience

People sometimes speak of ‘religious guilt’ or ‘Catholic guilt’ and it’s almost always used negatively. The assumption is that if you are religious, you are dealing with much more guilt than the regular person; much more than is healthy. But maybe guilt is actually good? (read more)

Mental Health

Perhaps you’ve heard it before - religion is bad for your mental health. It triggers feelings of guilt, self-loathing and bigotry. But, actually, there are many ways in which the opposite is true. (read more)


Bullies and Saints

Is religion a pernicious force in the world? Does it poison everything? Would we be better off without religion in general and Christianity in particular? Many think so.

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Books by John Dickson