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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Religion

 

What Made the Shroud of Turin Immortal (Skeptoid #795) - For centuries, the faithful have believed that the linen sheet called the Shroud of Turin bears the actual, physical imprint of the face of Jesus, made while his body lay in the tomb for three days. However, the science proves that it can't be true. So what is the much larger picture of how and why the Shroud came to be, that keeps believers believing after so long?
August 31, 2021
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
Illuminating Our Lady of Zeitoun (Skeptoid #766) - This Marian apparition from Egypt has some science fiction explanations and a sound one.
February 9, 2021
Read | Listen (14:40)
 
The Stoned Ape Theory (Skeptoid #734) - Throughout the 20th century, many of greatest creators have credited hallucinogenic drugs for their artwork or their vision. In many cases this has spilled over into advocacy for these drugs by citing false claims of other miraculous things they can do. So we shouldn't be surprised to learn of the "Stoned Ape Theory" that credits hallucinogens for getting early humans to stand on two feet and expand their brains, and eventually build our world. Just how valid is this theory?
June 30, 2020
Read | Listen (14:31)
 
The LUCIFER Telescope Conspiracy (Skeptoid #729) - Did you know that the Catholic Church operates a telescope named LUCIFER, with which it is actively trying to find alien life in order to recruit their help in taking over the planet Earth? Well, neither did anyone else, until the YouTube conspiracy theory community arose. And neither did any astronomers in the real-life telescope community. Today we're going to find out exactly how the LUCIFER telescope conspiracy theory came to be, and what are the real-world things that triggered it.
May 26, 2020
Read | Listen (14:09)
 
Draining the Holy Grail (Skeptoid #723) - Everyone's heard that for many centuries, people have been searching for the Holy Grail, the cup that we all suppose has some sort of magical healing powers. But our own search doesn't go very far once we discover that there's no mention of it whatsoever in the Bible -- not a single one. If that's true, what is the source of the stories of this greatest of all artifacts from Christendom? But most of all, where can we find the damn thing?
April 14, 2020
Read | Listen (14:26)
 
Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon (Skeptoid #579) - The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.
July 11, 2017
Read | Listen (14:14)
 
Male Circumcision (Skeptoid #471) - Infant male circumcision remains common in the United States. Today we look at the reasons and the implications.
June 16, 2015
Read | Listen (15:49)
 
5 Answers for Creationists (Skeptoid #466) - Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.
May 12, 2015
Read | Listen (13:48)
 
The Hair of Samson (Skeptoid #393) - Hold onto your hats: Growing your hair long will not confer super strength or vitality upon you.
December 17, 2013
Read | Listen (10:58)
 
Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 2013
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
The Hollow Earth Theory (Skeptoid #343) - Throughout history there have been a number of different beliefs that the Earth might be hollow.
January 1, 2013
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - The Flat Earth Theory has its origins not in alt-science but in Christian Fundamentalism.
November 27, 2012
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 2012
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
Al-Ghazali and Arab-Islamic Science (Skeptoid #316) - Some say that Persian theologian al-Ghazali was solely responsible for the end of the Golden Age of science.
June 26, 2012
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
The Siberian Hell Sounds (Skeptoid #307) - Russian scientists are said to have drilled a borehole that broke into hell and released the screams of the damned.
April 24, 2012
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - A little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
March 6, 2012
Read | Listen (14:09)
 
Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Both brainwashing and its opposite, deprogramming, are equally mythological.
October 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:43)
 
The Zionist Conspiracy (Skeptoid #271) - There is no plausible reason to think a conspiracy of Jews plans to take over the world's banks and governments.
August 16, 2011
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
"Curing" Gays (Skeptoid #265) - Therapies intended to help gays become straight don't work.
July 5, 2011
Read | Listen (13:33)
 
The Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - A look at the possibility that legends of Haitian zombies may have a grain of truth.
June 14, 2011
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
Near Death Experiences (Skeptoid #261) - A comparison of the effects of hypoxia to the reports of a brush with the afterlife.
June 7, 2011
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
The Exorcism of Anneliese (Skeptoid #248) - Exorcisms are a brutal torture ritual with no hope of actually helping a person who believes themselves possessed.
March 8, 2011
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
The Miracle of Calanda (Skeptoid #247) - This famous story of God once healing an amputee falls apart under historical scrutiny.
March 1, 2011
Read | Listen (11:34)
 
Scientology (Skeptoid #242) - The real facts behind the most notorious religion on Earth and its space opera backstory.
January 25, 2011
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
The Virgin of Guadalupe (Skeptoid #201) - Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe played an important role in the Catholic colonization of the Americas.
April 13, 2010
Read | Listen (14:50)
 
Cargo Cults (Skeptoid #199) - Some native religious groups in the South Pacific hope to recreate WWII's influx of material goods.
March 30, 2010
Read | Listen (12:17)
 
The Georgia Guidestones (Skeptoid #198) - Dubbed "America's Stonehenge", this granite monument in Georgia appeals to all sorts of conspiracy theorists.
March 23, 2010
Read | Listen (12:33)
 
Zeitgeist: The Movie, Myths, and Motivations (Skeptoid #196) - The Internet movie Zeitgeist uses dishonesty to make an ideological point that could have easily been made ethically.
March 9, 2010
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Did Jewish Slaves Build the Pyramids? (Skeptoid #191) - It's a popular story, but all the evidence tells us that no Jews were in Egypt at the time of the Pyramids.
February 2, 2010
Read | Listen (12:30)
 
What's Up with the Rosicrucians? (Skeptoid #164) - Believed by many to be an ancient mystical order, but really just a mail-order New Age literature business.
July 28, 2009
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Screwed! (Skeptoid #150) - A secret recording of an actual meeting of the Illuminati.
April 21, 2009
Read | Listen (9:40)
 
How Old Is the Mount St. Helens Lava Dome? (Skeptoid #146) - Young Earthers point to an infamous dating error as evidence that the Earth is only as old as the Bible says.
March 24, 2009
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
The Angel of Mons (Skeptoid #137) - The facts behind the story that a heavenly host saved a small group of British from a large German force in WWI.
January 20, 2009
Read | Listen (10:29)
 
The Incorruptibles (Skeptoid #126) - We turn our skeptical eye on claims of incorruptibility - bodies that do not decay after death.
November 4, 2008
Read | Listen (11:32)
 
Ten Most Wanted: Celebrities Who Promote Harmful Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #125) - A critical look at the pseudoscientific antics of some of today's celebrities.
October 28, 2008
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
The World According to Conservapedia (Skeptoid #120) - A new Young Earth Fundamentalist online encyclopedia rears its ugly head.
September 23, 2008
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
Illuminating the Fatima Miracle of the Sun (Skeptoid #110) - The pope canonized them, but these three children didn't actually predict anything in 1917.
July 22, 2008
Read | Listen (11:05)
 
What Do Creationists Really Believe? (Skeptoid #82) - Creationism is not one set of beliefs - it is a battleground of dramatically conflicting world views.
January 8, 2008
Read | Listen (11:19)
 
Who Kills More, Religion or Atheism? (Skeptoid #76) - Neither religion nor atheism been responsible for a greater death toll throughout human history.
November 27, 2007
Read | Listen (9:00)
 
Ann Coulter, Scientist (Skeptoid #69) - Conservative pundit Ann Coulter should stick to politics; her science is too screwed up for words.
October 9, 2007
Read | Listen (7:36)
 
How to Debate a Young Earth Creationist (Skeptoid #65) - Learn the basic arguments against science made by Young Earthers, and how to rebut them.
September 11, 2007
Read | Listen (15:35)
 
Who Are the Raelians, and Why Are They Naked? (Skeptoid #59) - The Raelians are naked and they worship space aliens.
August 4, 2007
Read | Listen (10:43)
 
The Bible Code: Enigmas for Dummies (Skeptoid #48) - Despite claims of divine origin, "Bible Codes" are found in every long manuscript, even random text.
June 5, 2007
Read | Listen (10:20)
 
A Mormon History of the Americas (Skeptoid #43) - The Book of Mormon's history of the Americas is full of irreconcilable errors and false archaeology.
May 6, 2007
Read | Listen (9:32)
 
Paganism: A Naked Rebellion (Skeptoid #23) - A look at paganism, its affinity for nudity, and how it differs from mainstream religions.
January 23, 2007
Read | Listen (6:44)
 
Killing Faith: Deconstructionist Christians (Skeptoid #12) - Proving the literal truth of the Bible is counterproductive to Christianity.
December 7, 2006
Read | Listen (5:31)
 
An Evolution Primer for Young Earth Creationists (Skeptoid #10) - Evolution 101 for Young Earth Creationists who want to know better.
November 30, 2006
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
Sin: What's It Good For? (Skeptoid #9) - There seems to be very little point to classifying some wrong actions as sins.
November 26, 2006
Read | Listen (7:30)
 
Religion as a Moral Center (Skeptoid #1) - Religion is not necessary for a good moral center.
October 3, 2006
Read | Listen (4:31)
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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