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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’.

PHILOSOPHY PODCAST

Jesus Philosopher

Jesus Philosopher

EPISODE 57

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Good Life

EPISODE: 50

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Gospel Bites

with John Dickson 

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Intersectional Jesus

Single Intersectional Jesus

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7 Reasons to (Re)consider Christianity by Ben Shaw
Guilty Conscience

Guilty Conscience

EPISODE: 39

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Western Fundamentalism Single
Still Cancer Single

5 Minute Jesus: Loving the children

By John Dickson In recent decades we've learned a lot about the way institutions like…

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5 Minute Jesus: It’s OK to lament. Jesus did.

5 Minute Jesus: It’s OK to lament. Jesus did.

By John Dickson There is just one reference in the Bible to Jesus singing. It's…

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Did Jesus rise from the dead?

Did Jesus rise from the dead?

By John Dickson This question takes us to the ‘pointy end’ of Christianity. The first…

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Did Jesus really die?

Did Jesus really die?

By John Dickson The popular French philosopher Michel Onfray has argued that Jesus was more…

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A Hindu priest encounters Jesus

A Hindu priest encounters Jesus

By Rahil Patel (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 17 'Hindu Priest' of the Undeceptions Podcast) In our home,…

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5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

By John Dickson The starting point for the Bible's teaching about sexual intimacy isn't 'this…

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5 Minute Jesus: The cross is not a symbol of power

5 Minute Jesus: How are we to view Jesus’ miracles?

By John Dickson The philosophical, scientific and historical rationale for an openness to miracles -…

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You should read 100 pages of the Bible in 2021

You should read 100 pages of the Bible in 2021

By John Dickson The Bible is a literary ‘classic’, perhaps the literary classic. And like…

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World's End

World’s End

EPISODE: 34

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5 Minute Jesus: Faith that is not blind

5 Minute Jesus: Faith that is not blind

By John Dickson Jesus often called on people to believe in him, to exercise faith…

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5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

By John Dickson One of Jesus' hardest teachings was delivered in metaphor: Hell. I'm sometimes asked…

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5 Minute Jesus: God is present in the world’s ugliness

5 Minute Jesus: God is present in the world’s ugliness

Ben Shaw, my friend fighting a battle with cancer, his wife Karen and Oxford professor…

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5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

By John Dickson It's perhaps odd to begin a Christmas reflection with an insight from…

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5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

By John Dickson What is the Christian view of the world? I know some people…

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Is the story of creation in Genesis myth or fact?

Is the story of creation in Genesis myth or fact?

Professor C. John Collins (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 14 'Six Days' of the…

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Christianity disrupts the ‘brutal’ morality of the ancient world

Christianity disrupts the ‘brutal’ morality of the ancient world

By Teresa Morgan (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 4 Moral Classics of Undeceptions, Season 1) …

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5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

By John Dickson Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, observed that we are happiness-seeking creatures. His…

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Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

5 Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

By John Dickson What was the heart of Jesus' ethical teaching? Was he a theologian,…

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5 Minute Jesus: Honour, shame and humility

5 Minute Jesus: Honour, shame and humility

By John Dickson In the ancient world, humility was not a virtue. The idea that I…

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Smart people can be Christian, too

Smart people can be Christian, too

By Sarah Irving-Stonebraker (adapted by Kaley Payne from Undeceptions Season 1, Dominus Illuminatio)  When Sarah Irving-Stonebraker…

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BONUS: Extra Q&A content from Season 3

BONUS: Extra Q&A content from Season 3

We had so many questions from Season 3 that we couldn't fit them all into…

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Lennox: Why it's no problem for a scientist to believe in miracles

Lennox: Why it’s no problem for a scientist to believe in miracles

By John Lennox (adapted by Kaley Payne from Undeceptions podcast episode 3: God Science.)  You…

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Charity, Science and other Christian inventions

Charity, Science and other Christian inventions

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference2004

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Relativism

Relativism

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2002

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Confidence in the text and canon of Scripture

Confidence in the text and canon of Scripture

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2002

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The law of Freedom - the 10 Commandments

The law of Freedom – the 10 Commandments

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2001

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Cancer and the logic of suffering

Cancer and the logic of suffering

By Kaley Payne, with Professor Tim Maughan Cancer is so destructive, it’s become a by-word…

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Humilitas - A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership -John Dickson
The dangers of monotheism (and why it’s not so dangerous)

The dangers of monotheism (and why it’s not so dangerous)

By Kaley Payne The argument that monotheism (that is, the belief in the existence of…

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The conundrum of consciousness

The conundrum of consciousness

By Brianna McClean In the world of philosophy, consciousness is a hot topic. We can’t…

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Is God hiding?

Is God hiding?

By Dr Adam Dodds Is God real? If God is real, why doesn’t God show…

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Using reason in defence of Christianity

Using reason in defence of Christianity

By Wessel Venter In the mid-to-late 2nd century, a Greek philosopher named Celsus wrote a book…

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World Religions: Conversations for the curious

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Millennium chats with Professor Richard Bauckham

Millennium chats with Professor Richard Bauckham

As part of Season 3 of the Undeceptions Podcast, John Dickson spoke with Professor Richard…

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World Religions: Christ among the gods

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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World Religions: Jesus and the Eastern Faiths

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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World Religions: What’s the difference? Christ and the Crescent – Islam

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Conversations for the curious (2)

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan The Christian faith is biographical, historical,…

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Check list

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Jesus as God

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Conversations for the curious (1)

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Shine – Choosing joy under pressure

John Dickson 2017 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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How Christianity changes the world

John Dickson 2016 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Bible – The ultimate wish fulfilment

John Dickson 2015 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Character – Humilitas

John Dickson 2011 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Keys for winning the world

John Dickson 2011 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Prayer is the Paddle

By Laurel Moffatt A little while ago, I completely forgot about the pandemic. A friend…

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Christianity’s most frequently asked questions, answered

1. Science and God are opposed, right? Doesn’t evolution actually disprove the theory of creation? …

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Beware claims that atheism is on the rise

Beware claims that atheism is on the rise

On paper, the number of people claiming atheism is on the increase around the world.…

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Same sex relationships

Same sex relationships

Speaker: John Dickson

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Appealing to the rational to find the real Jesus

Appealing to the rational to find the real Jesus

An increasing number of people believe that Jesus was not a real figure of history,…

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Would the world be better off without religion?

Would the world be better off without religion? 

Almost 10 years ago, the Centre for Public Christianity was part of a debate for…

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Is Jesus Western culture’s most influential figure?

Is Jesus Western culture’s most influential figure?

Myf Warhurst on ABC Radio asks: where would we be without Jesus? She interviews John…

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A lifetime ambition to be a “public Christian”

A lifetime ambition to be a “public Christian”

John Dickson didn’t set foot inside a church until he was 16. “I had a…

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Religion needs tough love

Religion needs tough love

ABC’s Rachael Kohn thinks John Dickson is “pretty unusual”. Most Christian leaders are trained in…

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Humilitas

Humilitas

Speaker: John Dickson

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The prodigal son

The prodigal son

God is a running, embracing, forgiving father. We need to convey that picture of God…

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Learning to trust

Learning to trust

Speaker: John Dickson

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Atoning death

Atoning death

  Speaker: John Dickson

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Full to overflowing

Full to overflowing

Speaker: John Dickson

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Public Christians

Public Christians

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise…

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World Religions

World Religions

Part 1: Varieties and Origins Part 2: Hinduism Part 3: Buddhism Part 4: Islam

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First things first

First things first

Explore the Bible's opening 100 lines: Genesis chapters 1-3 Speaker: John Dickson

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Making sense

Making sense

Speaker: John Dickson

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Undeceptions Episode 23 - Ask Anything II

Ask Anything II

EPISODE: 23

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Post Christian

Post Christian

EPISODE: 21

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Confronting Christianity

Confronting Christianity

EPISODE: 18

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Pandemic Exposure Single

Pandemic Exposure Single

Pandemic Exposure Single

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5 Minute Jesus: The beauty of Jesus’ blood sacrifice at Easter

5 Minute Jesus: The beauty of Jesus’ blood sacrifice at Easter

At the Passover Festival of Jesus' day, the male representative of a household brought a…

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Ask Anything

Ask Anything

EPISODE: 11

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Dominus illuminatio

EPISODE: 9

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Social Capital

Social capital

EPISODE: 5

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If I Were God I’d Make Myself Clearer – Searching for clarity in a world full of claims
If I were God Id end all the pain

If I were God I’d end all the pain

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matt 27:46 Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? The…

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Religion needs tough love

Radio National

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A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus – An introduction to the man from Nazareth for believers and skeptics
A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible – Inside History’s bestseller for Believers and Skeptics
A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus – An introduction to the man from Nazareth for believers and skeptics

A triumph over the Pharisees?

ABC Religion and Ethics

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A Spectators guide to World Religions
Public Christianity – Talking about faith in a post-Christian world

ARTICLES

5 Minute Jesus: Jesus and The Exodus

5 Minute Jesus: Jesus and The Exodus

The Exodus is such a big deal in the Old Testament that many aspects of the New Testament and the life of Jesus can only…

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5 Minute Jesus: The cross is not a symbol of power

5 Minute Jesus: How are we to view Jesus’ miracles?

By John Dickson The philosophical, scientific and historical rationale for an openness to miracles - and the miracles of Jesus in particular - are pretty…

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5 Minute Jesus: Faith that is not blind

5 Minute Jesus: Faith that is not blind

By John Dickson Jesus often called on people to believe in him, to exercise faith in him. His opening words in Mark's gospel, for example,…

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5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

By John Dickson One of Jesus' hardest teachings was delivered in metaphor: Hell. I'm sometimes asked if I believe in hell. I think I must give…

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BOOKS | VIEW ALL

7 Reasons to (Re)consider Christianity by Ben Shaw

Ben Shaw Funeral Booklet

Benjamin-James Shaw 1968-2021   Download the Ben Shaw Funeral booklet here

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Bullies and Saints - book by John Dickson
Humilitas - A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership -John Dickson

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