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In this episode we talk more about those awful religious leaders who took advantage of people, broke the law, were just kinda shady, or were plain old hypocrites. We talk Carl Lentz, Ravi Zacharias, John Crist, and so on and so forth. They’re gross dudes.As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Do…
 
This episode is all about christians and their views on gender. We talk about outdated and insane gender roles, strange dress codes, and the ordination of women.We also discuss their reaction to trans people existing and which churches are more ok with that than others.As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelma…
 
You’ve seen the John 3:16 signs at sports games but do you know who started that whole thing? It was all thanks to a man named Rollen Stewart aka Rockin Rollin aka Raibow Man aka The John 3:16 guy.We discuss his heartbreaking early life, his passion for getting attention at large sporting events, his revelation that this was his mission, and his tr…
 
In this episode we discuss the video game company Wisdom Tree. We talk about how they got around Nintendo's chip and how they jumped on an opportunity with the christian market.We talk about their classic games like Bible Adventures Game, King of Kings: The Early Years, Sunday Funday, Bible Buffet, and Super Noah 3D.As always we are not experts, we…
 
This episode is all about Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. We discuss the outrageous claims and products like the jade egg, vaginal steaming, bee sting therapy, vampire facials, and goats mild detoxes.We also talk about false advertising claims, false medical claims, and all the lawsuits. It’s dangerous, she’s dangerous.As always we are not experts, we just…
 
This episode is all about the failed predictions of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society. We discuss 1914, 1925, 1975, and all the other years the world was supposed to end. We discuss why people buy into these predictions, why it gets new followers, and how they justify their predictions after the fact.As always we are not experts, w…
 
This episode is all out Mike Seaver, that’s right, we’re talking about Kirk Cameron. We discuss his movie career, the banana man, the crocoduck, and his homophobiaAs always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien DoeppingFor more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/Also fo…
 
In this episode, we talk about the world of religion in 2020. We discuss churches ignoring COVID, a crazy cult lady becoming a supreme court justice, George Pell being released from prison, a kid becoming one step closer to being the saint of the internet, the Christian freak-out over Black Lives, Matter, and the Christian freak-out over the electi…
 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. In this episode, we talk about the history of Christmas and a number of Christmas traditions.We discuss the pagan, Norse, and Roman roots of the holiday. We talk about Christmas trees, mistletoe, leaving cookies out for Santa, Christmas carolers, why we hang socks, why we like red and green, and lots more. …
 
This episode is all about TV preachers or Televangelists as they are affectionately called. We talk about the early days of radio, and the evolution from just filming a church service to creating television empires with mansions and private jets.We discuss Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, Jimmy Swaggart, Ji…
 
This episode is all about christian rock. It’s a nostalgia trip for Trevor and a bunch of information about terrible music for Damian. We talk about the church's original distaste for the rock and roll genre, the influence of the Jesus People, and some early pioneers like Larry Norman.We discuss its rise through the 70s and 80s with bands like Stry…
 
In this episode we discuss Pure Flix, from Christian movie studio to Christian streaming service. We talk about David A.R. White, the history of the studio, and the impact of God’s Not Dead.We also discuss a number of it’s movies, why they’re so terrible, and why they can be super damaging.As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Ho…
 
In this episode, we discuss the disgusting Halloween tradition of evangelical hell houses. We discuss their history, their recurring themes, their psychological effects on viewers, and their use of false advertising. This is definitely a disturbing part of fundamentalism and something we really hope stops soon. As always we are not experts, we just…
 
In this episode we discuss disgraced megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll. We discuss his story, his sexism, homophobia, bullying, and all around creep factor. We also discuss his plagiarism, some of his more disgusting quotes, and how he was forced out of his church.We also discuss the interview that brought him back and what he’s up to now.As always w…
 
In this episode we discuss the world of Christian homeschooling. We talk about the origins of homeschooling with John Holt in the 1970s, the fight to make it legal, and of course why it was embraced by fundamentalists. We discuss the lack of oversight in most places, some of the dangerous lessons, how it can facilitate abuse, and of course why that…
 
In this episode we discuss the separation of church and state, from the reformation to Thomas Locke to Thomas Jefferson. We discuss prayer in public school, creationism in the classroom, government grants for churches, and the ten commandments on courthouse lawns.We also talk about how fear of communism changed the game and how Trump will ruin thin…
 
In this episode, we discuss the Jesus Seminar, a group of New Testament scholars who tried to discover what Jesus actually said. We talk about their methods and criteria, how the media covered them, and why it made evangelicals really angry. We also play our own quiz game where Damien tries to identify the words of Jesus vs the words of Tom Hanks. …
 
This episode is all about predictions that were supposed to be from God but never came to be. We talk about the Bible predicting cities that would soon be destroyed that are still doing great, centuries of people predicting the date of Christ’s return, and pastors saying God told them COVID 19 would be gone in March of 2020.We also discuss why peop…
 
In this episode we discuss Kanye West’s interview in Forbes Magazine where he shares his political platform and reason for running.We use this article as a jumping off point to talk about the issues with american politics, the dangers of becoming a theocracy, and why celebrities shouldn’t run for president anymore. We also go off on a number of tan…
 
In this episode we’re getting all cleaned up, we're talking about everyone’s favourite christian cleaning supply company, Amway. We discuss its founders Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos, and how they envisioned the American way of life. We discuss how they use religion to rally their “Independent Business Owners,” the money they’ve donated to the re…
 
In this episode, we discuss Richard Allen. Born into slavery Richard Allen was able to teach himself to read and write, buy his freedom, and become the first black ordained bishop in the United States. From staging a walk-out in a segregated church, starting his own church and help start the first black denomination in America, he was a fascinating…
 
This episode is all about sex and the Christian. We discuss how the Old Testament and New Testament differed on the issue, how Augustine ruined sex for Christians for hundreds of years, and how sex is viewed in the church today.We talk about the dangers of abstinence only education, the importance of teaching consent, and we break down a really stu…
 
In this episode, we discuss baseball player turned evangelist Billy Sunday. We talk about his early life, his ball career, his conversion, his unique speaking style, his rise and fall, and his family life. We also talk about how he changed the game for evangelists who would come after him.And also we play a game called Creed Lyric or Bible Verse. A…
 
In this episode we discuss everyone's favourite Christian vegetables. Of course we’re talking Bob, Larry, Junior, that gourd with the gold tooth, and all the other healthy funny snacks. We talk about the creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki and how they went from a church puppet ministry to one of the most successful animation studios of the nin…
 
In this episode, we talk about the radio show turned Christian media empire and consistently hateful organization Focus on the Family. We discuss it’s founder James Dobson, the history or the organization, its magazines, and its children’s shows. We also talk about the ways they fight against same sex marriage, same sex couples adopting, teens bein…
 
In this episode, we discuss the infamous hippie cult, Children of God, aka Teens for Christ, The Family of Love, The Family, or finally The Family International. We talk about its leader David Brandt Berg, aka King David, Mo, Moses David, Father David, Dad, or Grandpa. We talk about their view of “free love” and how it seemed more like mandatory se…
 
In this episode we discuss pandemics and epidemics, how the church responded to them, and how people responded to the church. We discuss people wondering why the church failed to predict the black death, or why God wasn’t protecting his priests, or the religious leaders who said it was a punishment from God. We discuss religious people failing to a…
 
In this episode we talk about the mountain meadows massacre. An event that happened on September 11, 1857. As a wagon train was making their way from Missouri and Arkansas to California, they stopped in Mormom run Utah for supplies. Tensions grew as the mormon settlers believed the travelers to have sinister motives, eventually leading to a very vi…
 
In this episode we discuss talking to the dead. We talk about the history of mediums, the tricks of the trade, and some famous mediums. We talk cold reading, warm reading, hot reading and all the readings. We talk clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and all the clairs. We discuss Sylvia Browne, John Edward, and the woman who inspired that …
 
It’s Christmas, so you know what that means… bells on every corner asking you to donate to homophobia. That’s right we’re talking about the Salvation Army. We discuss their origins in East London in the 1860s, how they got their name, their beliefs, why they have bands, how they gave us donuts, and of course how they fight against progress. And als…
 
In Philadelphia, born and raised, people were upset that other people had different beliefs. In this episode we discuss the Bible Riots, or the Nativist Riots, or the Native American Riots of 1844. A mistrust of Catholic immigrants led many protestants to think they were trying to take bibles out of school, so what else would you do but riot?We loo…
 
In this episode we discuss the quiverfull movement. You know, those people with all the kids. We discuss the origins, how it spread through the internet, and of course how the Duggar’s made us all aware of it. We discuss their slim view of gender roles, their strict rules for sexuality and dating, and of course their love of homeschooling.We also d…
 
We get satanic in this episode… satanic panic that is. We discuss the people who thought satan was coming for you and your kids in the 80s and 90s. We discuss how they looked for satanic messages in movies, cartoons, and music, and how they thought there were evil rituals being held around every corner. We talk about how fear and mass hysteria can …
 
This episode is hell. We discuss the theology of hell, where it came from, what the bible says about it, and how it evolved over time. From Sheol to Dante, we dive deep into what the hell it’s all about.We also discuss how fear is used to keep people in the faith and why that fear shouldn’t control you anymore.As always we are not experts, we just …
 
In this episode we discuss the sleazy world of faith healing. From Smith Wigglesworth to Kathryn Kuhlman, A.A. Allen to Benny Hinn, we look at their lives, their money, their secrets, and especially with Todd Bentley why they are terrible people.We also discuss the tricks of the trades, the laws protecting children from them, and our personal exper…
 
In this episode we discuss some of the more interesting and quirky religions that are out there. We discuss cargo cults, UFO cults, magic, sex, and soccer players.As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien DoeppingFor more info and and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/Als…
 
In this episode we discuss abortion and the people who don’t like it. We discuss the laws and attitudes about the issue before Roe v Wade, how Jerry Falwell used it for his racist agenda, the methods they use to bend the law, the hurt they cause, and the violence that occurs.As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor …
 
In this episode we discuss bible stories that are told to children in brightly coloured books, cartoons, or Sunday school felt boards, and try to figure out if these classic stories are really appropriate for kids.We discuss the genocide, incest, and naked drunkeness of Noah’s ark, the violence and plagarism of David and Goliath, the weirdness of J…
 
In this episode we discuss the small sect of Christians who think that God’s going to protect them against snake bites even though he continually doesn’t protect them against snake bites. That’s right we’re talking about the snake handling churches of the Appalachian Mountains and southeast United States. We talk George Went Hensley, Jamie Coots, a…
 
In this episode we talk about TV’s bigoted grandpa Pat Robertson. We discuss his days in law school, his military “service,” starting a TV station, creating the 700 Club, trying his hand at faith healing, running for president, using a tragedy to scam people out of money to pay for his blood diamond mines, and of course all the terrible things he’s…
 
In this episode we talk Davidians and Branch Davidians. We discuss The Shepherd’s Rod, their break from the Seventh-Day Adventists, the history of Mount Carmel, their popularity in the fifties, the many leadership struggles, and of course David Koresh and the ATF raid on the compound that cost the lives of 76 of its members.What’s the worst that ca…
 
In this episode we discuss conversion therapy, sometimes called ex-gay therapy, reparative therapy, sexual orientation change efforts, or simply child abuse. We talk about the history of the practice, the organizations promoting it, the efforts to stop it, and the long term damage it causes. We also sit down and talk to Pirate Jen Takahashi, an act…
 
In this episode we discuss some of the insane rules people at bible college and other religious schools have to follow. Rules about how short your shorts are, how long your hair is, what music you can listen too (if any), what movies you can watch (if any), who you can ride an elevator with, what road you can take to go to the store, and what you c…
 
In this episode we talk all things Mormon or, less offensive to them suddenly, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We talk Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, golden plates, seer stones, polygamy, plagiarism, coffee, secret ceremonies, becoming a god, the three witnesses, stopping LGBTQ from getting married, and of course god changing his min…
 
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