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 // Season 4

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)