Undeceptions

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’.

Episodes

Cybersex trafficking

This episode of Undeceptions was a difficult one for us to make. But we believe it's an important one. It's a myth that there's no such thing as slavery in modern times. And just as Christians were at the forefront of anti-slavery work way back in the 5th century, and again in the 19th century, we’ll be speaking to today’s heroes, continuing that tradition and fighting for the absolute end of slavery in their lifetime. (read more)

Gospel truth

In episode 7 we ask Dr Peter Williams, author and academic from Cambridge, can we really trust the Gospels in the Bible? And how do the gospels - considered our best evidence for the existence of Jesus - stack up against the evidence for other historical figures of the day? (read more)

Rational universe

We speak with one of the world's top theoretical physicists, Professor Ard Louis, about whether it's really true that the more we discover about life from a scientific perspective, the less we need God. (read more)

Social capital

Federal MP Andrew Leigh says Australians are disconnected. And he thinks the decline of religion - amongst a few factors - is making social cohesion worse. Andrew is an atheist, which made John Dickson want to speak to him even more. If he can’t sign on to the church’s beliefs, why does he think society benefits when it has more religious believers? (read more)

Moral classics

In episode four of Undeceptions, John Dickson speaks with Teresa Morgan, a professor of Graeco-Roman History at Oriel College, Oxford University about what life was like for the average person living on the outskirts of Rome at the time of Jesus. What did they believe and what shaped their ideas of the 'good life'. And how did the arrival of Jesus change everything? (read more)

God science

"I think some people can ... deceive themselves into thinking that science will keep them going, but they're usually people who are having a very good life and they're not hitting the big existential problems of existence where science doesn't really help very much." That's John Lennox, one of Christianity's great 'Undeceivers'. He has debated Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer on the question of 'Can science explain everything'? This episode, he sits down for tea with John Dickson in the gardens of Green Templeton College. (read more)

Football free

Religion often makes an appearance in elite sports. But does it do any good? John Dickson speaks to Green Bay Packers star Mason Crosby, team chaplain Troy Murphy and long-time Packers trainer Pepper Burruss, to discover the surprising place of faith on the field. (read more)

Old papers

"We’re getting about as close to the writings of the New Testament as you can get." John Dickson enters the climate-controlled vault housing the earliest manuscripts of the epistles of Paul, and speaks to head archivist Brendan Haug about where these "papers" came from and what they mean. (read more)