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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’.

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God saves the Queen

EPISODE 3

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Sexual Revolution

EPISODE 2

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Work

EPISODE 1

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Critical Theory

EPISODE: 80
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A Christian Nation?

EPISODE: 81
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The Oasis Effect

EPISODE 10

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The Artist

EPISODE 70

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The Benefit of Doubt

EPISODE 7

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Show Me The Money

EPISODE: 76
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Good Grief

EPISODE 6

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5 Minute Jesus: Redeeming the Cosmos

by John Dickson So how does the Christian faith cope with the idea of extra-terrestrial…

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Black Box

EPISODE 5

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On Suffering

EPISODE 67

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The River

EPISODE 2

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Using reason in defence of Christianity

5 Minute Jesus: Pacifist or Advocate?

by John Dickson Probably Jesus’ most famous speech is the one in Matthew 5-7, the…

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5 Minute Jesus: What did Paul really know about the life of Jesus?

5 Minute Jesus: The inclusivity of Jesus and Paul

by John Dickson The most extraordinary thing about the Apostle Paul is his inclusiveness. He…

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The conundrum of consciousness

5 Minute Jesus: The Greatest Philosopher

by John Dickson There is a typical way of talking about Jesus, he’s the Lord,…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Eternal Logos

by John Dickson There is a fascinating argument amongst historians and anthropologists about whether polytheism…

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Dark Sky Thinking

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Soul Searching

EPISODE: 72
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70: Costly conscience

EPISODE: 70

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Resting Well

EPISODE: 60

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Question Answer V

EPISODE: 58

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Jesus Philosopher

Jesus Philosopher

EPISODE: 57

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Good Life

EPISODE: 50

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Guilty Conscience

Guilty Conscience

EPISODE: 39

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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

5 Minute Jesus: It's OK to lament, Jesus did

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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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Rachel Gilson is same-sex attracted and a Bible-believing Christian

Rachel Gilson is same-sex attracted and a Bible-believing Christian

By Rachel Gilson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 24 'LGBTI Christian' of the Undeceptions Podcast) I spent…

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No, religion is NOT on its way out

No, religion is NOT on its way out

By Dr Rebecca McLaughlin (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 18 'Confronting Christianity' of the Undeceptions Podcast) Just…

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5 Minute Jesus: When Jesus calls us home

5 Minute Jesus: When Jesus calls us home

5 Minute Jesus: When Jesus calls us home

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5 Minute Jesus: What did Paul really know about the life of Jesus?

5 Minute Jesus: The importance of Creation

5 Minute Jesus: The importance of Creation

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A scientific case for miracles

A scientific case for miracles

By Professor Ian Hutchinson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 20 'Miraculous Physics' of the…

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It's a big mistake to think that science is all there is

It’s a big mistake to think that science is all there is

By Professor Ian Hutchinson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 20 'Miraculous Physics' of the…

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5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

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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?

5 Minute Jesus: How are we to view Jesus' 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

Jesus often called on people to believe in him, to exercise faith in him. His…

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5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

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5 Minute Jesus: The Bible’s sophisticated form

5 Minute Jesus: The sophisticated form of the Bible

5 Minute Jesus: The sophisticated form of the Bible

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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

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

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5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

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5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

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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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5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

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Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

5 Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

5 Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

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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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The perils of indifference

The perils of indifference

By Laural Moffatt I’ve been thinking about statues lately, as they’ve been falling -- from…

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Science can explain everything, right?

Science can explain everything, right?

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

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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

Conversations for the curious: World Religions Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids,…

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Millennium chats with Professor Richard Bauckham

Millennium chats with Professor Richard Bauckham

What is 'The Millennium' in the Bible? What do premillennialism, postmillennialism, and amillennialism mean for…

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World Religions: Christ among the gods

What's the Difference? Christ among the gods Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church Grand…

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World Religions: Jesus and the Eastern Faiths

What's the Difference? Jesus and the Eastern Faiths Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church…

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World Religions: Christ and the Crescent

What's the Difference? Christ and the Crescent Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church Grand…

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Conversations for the curious (2)

Conversations for the curious - Part Two Readings: Various Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible…

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Check list

Check List Reading: Luke 23 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church Grand Rapids, Michigan…

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Jesus as God

Jesus as God Reading: John 13-14 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church Grand Rapids,…

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Conversations for the curious (1)

Conversations for the curious - Part One Reading: Various Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible…

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Shine – Choosing joy under pressure

Shine - Choosing Joy under Pressure Reading: Philippians 2 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible…

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How Christianity changes the world

How Christianity changes the World i Reading: Colossians 4 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible…

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The Bible – The ultimate wish fulfilment

The Bible - the ultimate wish fulfilment Reading: Various Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible…

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Character – Humilitas

Character: Humilitas Reading: Philippians 2:3-8 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church Grand Rapids, Michigan…

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Keys for Winning the World

Keys for Winning the World Reading: Matthew 9:35-38 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA Bible Church…

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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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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 The care we must take never to diminish other human beings made…

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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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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

Learning to Trust: the story of Abraham Reading: Genesis 22 Speaker: John Dickson Location: ADA…

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Full to overflowing

Full to overflowing

Speaker: John Dickson

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Public Christianity

Public Christianity

Public Christianity in the secular world. Asking what is the logical and beautiful thing about…

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World Religions

World Religions

World Religions

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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

John Dickson's three part series about "making sense of the Christian faith and why he…

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

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

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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 Id end all the pain

If I were God I’d end all the pain

A three part series exploring the problem of pain and the biblical explanation. Advocating for…

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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

CPX: Public Christianity

by John Dickson

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ARTICLES

5 Minute Jesus: Redeeming the Cosmos

by John Dickson So how does the Christian faith cope with the idea of extra-terrestrial life? Imagine we do discover rational life out there, or…

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Atoning death

5 Minute Jesus: Refuge

by John Dickson In my public speaking career, I've been interrupted just three times. Once in the Manning Bar at Sydney University, during my band…

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5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

5 Minute Jesus: On Sabbath Rest

"I think our society is diminished by not having a shared civic day of rest."

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Using reason in defence of Christianity

5 Minute Jesus: Pacifist or Advocate?

by John Dickson Probably Jesus’ most famous speech is the one in Matthew 5-7, the so-called ‘Sermon on the Mount’. It opens with a kind…

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BOOKS | VIEW ALL

A Doubter’s Guide to World Religions

The world is a very religious place. Wherever you look, people are worshipping, praying, believing, following, even dying for their faith. But are all faiths the same? Do they all call on the same God using different names?
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7 Reasons to (Re)consider Christianity by Ben Shaw

7 Reasons to (Re)consider Christianity

by Ben Shaw | Lots of people assume that Christianity is simply a nice story for kids or a niche hobby for weirdos-or worse, unattractively restrictive. In this book, Ben Shaw invites skeptical readers to think again.
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Ben Shaw Funeral Booklet

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

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SEND US  A QUESTION

Oh boy, does John love questions. So don’t be afraid to send them in. At the end of each season we dedicate an episode or two for John to answer all your burning questions about Christianity. Want to know something more about a previous episode? Or perhaps you’ve got a question about faith that you’ve been struggling to find an answer for?
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