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5 Factors Fueling Dangerous Beliefs in America

The Story: A new survey on Holocaust knowledge reveals how many Americans live in alternative realities in which Holocaust denial and neo-Nazism are acceptable. Here are five factors shaping such radical and dangerous views. The Background: Earlier this week the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany released a survey on Holocaust knowledge among Americans... Read more

Study: Most Teenagers Still Take After Their Parents’ Religious Beliefs | RELEVANT

A new study from Pew shines a light on just how faith is passed down over generations in America today. The big takeaway: teenagers still take after their parents’ religious beliefs, for the most part. That’s especially true of Catholics and evangelicals. 81 percent of teenagers raised by Catholic parents and 80 percent of teenagers... Read more

Survey Reveals Many Evangelicals Hold Unbiblical Beliefs

The Story: A new survey reveals the theological beliefs of Americans about God, sin, salvation, heaven and hell, the church, and the Bible. And the results for evangelicals arent encouraging. The Background: The 2020 Ligonier Ministries’ State of Theology survey is a biennial survey conducted by LifeWay Research that takes the theological temperature of the... Read more

Funny Beliefs 6 | Grace

Laughter is a gift. An excessive blessing without a practical purpose. Other things can bring relief, connect us with each other, and reveal our faults, but laughter does these things with playfulness and joy. What does it look like to receive and give this form of grace? In this episode: The Parable of the Prodigal... Read more

Funny Beliefs 4 | Stories

Its hard to acknowledge an offensive joke. Youve failed on two fronts: you werent funny and your words were harmful. It contradicts stories we tell ourselves, like I wouldnt make a racist joke or I couldnt be sexist. In this episode, Ben shares how the practice of confession has helped him recognize his own harmful... Read more

Funny Beliefs 3 | Beautiful, Horrible People

What can we joke about? How far is too far? Our answers tend to be personal, which makes it hard to discuss why some humor is offensive. In this episode, Ben shares his search for an ethical framework that allows for great comedy, lines up with his Christian faith, and makes sense to collaborators with... Read more

Funny Beliefs 2 | Creators and Cultivators

Great comedians feel effortless, but behind each laugh is a lot of work. What is the work of humor, and what does that mean for us as we create and cultivate our own laughs? Written and recorded by Ben Fort Produced by Jonathan Clauson Art by Seth Hahne All music and lyrics by Ben Fort... Read more

Funny Beliefs 1 | Relief

Comedians and late-night hosts have increasingly been pausing the jokes to sincerely address events and issues. This raises interesting questions about humor. What is the relief of laughter, and is that enough for a hurting world? Have we been asking too little of comedians, or are we now asking too much? Written and recorded by... Read more