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Why I Wrote This Book

I love Joe Rogan! Ever since I heard him talk about Mixed Martial Arts in the early 2000s, I felt a connection to him. Like Rogan, I competed in Karate tournaments when I was young and later fell in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Fun fact: One of his main Jiu-Jitsu instructors was Jean Jacques Machado—the younger brother of my Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Carlos Machado. Joe Rogan and I are even the same height…

I have never met Rogan, haven’t seen any of his “blue style comedy” shows, or watched any of the 144 TV episodes of Fear Factor he has hosted.

Even though he doesn’t seem to care about God’s role in the world, I’m fascinated by how he has been able to become such a big part of shaping the cultural landscape—and how this relates to my Judeo-Christian worldview.

Over 5,000 hours of Rogan’s podcasting are spread across over 2,000 episodes featuring over 1,000 different guests. Did you know that it would take about seven months if you started listening to every single episode of The Joe Rogan Experience non-stop?

His guests are usually entertainers and celebrities. Some of the guests are athletes, doctors, prominent atheists, scientists, and those who are knowledgeable about the possible existence of aliens.

They discuss different issues which may or may not be related to their expertise. Part of the appeal has been listening to these guests talk about topics in an authentic way—unscripted and without being thoroughly edited.

Admittedly, I have only listened to a very small fraction of his online content, but the important thing is that I do know what Rogan thinks about Christianity. I believe it’s a mirror reflection of what is transpiring in millions of people’s hearts and minds. And, more importantly, what is NOT taking place in those hearts and minds.

What I find most incredible is that there has not been one podcast guest who is a mature Christian. By “mature,” I mean a follower of Christ that can properly engage in the argument and articulate their faith when their beliefs are challenged.

Isn’t this interesting? As I write this (early 2023), there has NOT BEEN ONE intelligent conversation about Christianity and the supernatural.

That’s right. Not even one! But Rogan has had several people on his podcast who reject and ridicule Christianity. Individuals like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Sean Carrol, and Michael Shermer.

Why hasn’t he given a Christian a fair shot on his podcast?

That is what I will endeavor to explain in this book. And as you will find out, there are only a few reasons for this…

The catalyst of this book stems from a 6-minute, 46-second video clip that showed up in one of my social media feeds. It was an excerpt from one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts, and he was mocking Christianity with Brian Redban, a fellow comedian.

As I was listening, something immediately started to stir within me. It got me thinking…

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