2.9: The Gospel of Mark

We now embark upon a critique of the four gospels, beginning with Mark, the first one written. Matt and I discuss a little background history and context, then launch right into the content (or lack thereof) of the good news itself. How does Mark compare against the other synoptics? Where is he edited and why? What strange healings and miracle stories do we get in the earliest written account of Jesus? What about that strange story of the herd of pigs or the fig tree? Find out in this episode.

Also, more skunk dicks and iTunes reviews. And here is a link to the youtube video mentioned in the podcast: Jesus and the pigs.

52 Responses to “2.9: The Gospel of Mark”

  1. zaron5551 says:

    chuck is a smug bastard

  2. I’m glad my assertion that Mark is “the dumbest of the gospels” is justified

  3. Not Jesus says:

    The one true podcast rises again. Rejoice!

  4. Please, dear god I say ironically, where did the intro music come from?

  5. That’s Herod from Jesus Christ Superstar.

  6. Judy Villeneuve says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! I know you’ve been back for quite a few months now, but I just found out! I’m so excited!

  7. somewhere in greece says:

    brilliant episode!

  8. I assume that the blind guy couldn’t see because he wasn’t familiar with people and needed someone to poke him in the head What The Bleep Do We Know style. He clearly was familiar with walking trees though.

  9. Great episode Chuck. The last three have been spectacular.

    BTW, did anyone else notice Kirk Hastings got drunk and replied to everyone reviews on Amazon again? Brightened my whole Monday morning. “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell? (Matthew 23:33)” -Kirk Hastings.

  10. Horatio says:

    I had no idea that Mark was written in Street Greek. That’s why there’s so much swearing! I totally get the gay references in Mark now…

    Thank you Chuck and Matt!

  11. Splendid episode! Also, one about witches sounds superb!


    Do you think we’ll get new Irreligiosophy comic strips?

  12. The best 2.0 episode so far. This is the kind of information I like to get through a podcast since I’m too lazy to actually read the bible myself.

    Next week has wizards? Will you also be talking about dragons, giants, unicorns, and other bizarro things mentioned in the bible?

  13. Meringue says:

    There’s this web series called Excavating the Empty Tomb. That guy proposes, if I’m remembering correctly, that the gospel cribs a lot of stuff from Odysseus, and that’s why a lot of the weirder things in this one occurs.

  14. New page layout and design is fantastic!
    Way better than you deserve.

  15. It loads faster and doesn’t do that strange haiku reformatting of single line posts. I’ll take it.

  16. Herb (Apostle 2.0) says:

    I so want to like Matt but he seems to be less assertive, informed, and opinionated than the podcast’s unmentionable former co-host. I think it’s because Matt is just too agreeable and too much of a nice guy for this podcast. Unless Matt can be more expressive of his own opinions and show a little more enthusiasm for the subject matter, I’m afraid this podcast will remain the Chuck Morrison Ego Hour.

    Regardless of my opinion, I’ll still listen to the podcast out of loyalty, for those gems of insight, and in hopes that Matt can turn it around.

    I know…fuck me.

  17. I’m afraid this podcast will remain the Chuck Morrison Ego Hour.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  18. Herb (Apostle 2.0) says:

    All hail Chuck’s humongous ego. Oh, wait…that’s not his ego.

  19. Why didn’t you use the JC Superstar version with Alice Cooper as Herod?

  20. Discord.agent says:

    It’s been so long since I have read Mark. I forgot how retarded Jesus’ entourage is portrayed in that gospel. Then again those characters are probably as smart as your average bible believer.

  21. Lucy Harris says:

    Excellent episode. One of the best ever. I say this with no snark or sarcasm.

    Or do I?

  22. Lucy Harris says:

    Kirk made a Facebook page for WIT. If you want to experience being banned by Kirk, it’s at

  23. somewhere in greece says:

    Oh, and apropos of “Jitterbug Perfume”: good book but I find “Skinny Legs and All” to be by far superior.

  24. Anybody else shocked that the podcast wasn’t released on the 15th?

  25. You have to remember that Irreligiosophy is not a steady income; it’s rather that mistake they make at the bank which makes you get 100 extra dollars on your paycheck.

    You have to embrace it when it comes.

    Also, where’s the fucking podcast? Not all of us have lives, you know.

  26. Charlie D says:

    The one true podcast is angry.
    It is obviously displeased with the lack of sacrifices and it demands penance before releasing another episode.

    Forgive us, oh pod of my cast.

  27. Oh pod of earth and altar
    bown down and hear our cries

  28. And what do we say to the listeners? “Not today”.

  29. Matt and I have had some trouble coordinating our schedules for the past two weeks, between work, my daughter’s high school graduation, some weddings, etc etc. Seems like on the very few days I’m free, he’s off in an airplane somewhere. I told him to just record while flying the plane, but there seems to be some sort of big government conspiracy to force pilots to focus on keeping the plane in the air.

  30. Herb (Apostle 2.0) says:

    Congratulations to your daughter, Chuck. One down and one more to go.

  31. I will tolerate no dissent. I brought this fucking podcast back and I can end it. All will love me and despair.

  32. Herb (Apostle 2.0) says:

    Matt’s going Old Testament on our asses.

  33. No, Matt’s going Lord of the Rings on our asses. Seriously, I think Matt’s getting better and better. From an (older) woman’s perspective, as much as I loved Leighton and Chuck’s ‘banter’, there were many times when Leighton seriously made me cringe. I love the fact that sometimes Matt sounds like a twelve year old that’s just vey happy to be here. And he is getting more assertive and giving his own opinions and spin on things.

    I know. Fuck me.

  34. ‘Very’ dammit. Where the fuck did ‘vey’ come from? Oi!

  35. Discord.agent says:

    Herb, you must not forget the 4th commandment: Honor your podcast hosts, that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

    What does this mean?

    We should fear and love Irreligiosophy, so that we do not despise our host Matt or the superior host, nor provoke them to anger, but honor, serve, obey, love and esteem them.

  36. Matt’s excuse sucks. My son flies for a major airline and he gets a lot of reading done during long distance flights. What do you think they’re doing up there? You don’t have to steer an airplane. Make your fucking podcast doofus.

  37. Oh FFS. Hurry the fuck up!

    Fuck! Seriously… Do I have to wait until the second fucking coming?

    Just fucking make it happen!

    (Trying to think of another sentence I can fit fuck into)

    Fuck me! I am so fucking juvenile 🙁

  38. I would, but I’ve got a mean game of Angry Birds going on right now.

  39. Herb (Apostle 2.0) says:

    I have been very clear in my disdain for he who must not be named—even before “the incident.” I’ve also indicated that I prefer Matt’s oddball sense of humor (although the gay jabbing is starting to grate at my sensibilities). I simply think the podcast would benefit if Matt was more assertive with Chuck and better prepared to pepper the “meat” Chuck is serving.

    Matt’s post here seems to signal that he got the message; he stood his ground. Thou! Shall! Not! Pass!

    And double fuck me for being such a critical ass.

  40. Yes, we all agree Matt’s meat is just fine.

  41. somewhere in greece says:

    Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation! Is she going for medicine as well?

  42. She’s leaning toward marketing or graphic design, which means she’ll probably be living with us until she’s fifty.

  43. You mean to tell me Chuck. Now correct me if I’m wrong; you’ve put your daughter’s graduation ahead of making another podcast!!!!

  44. Discord.agent says:


  45. somewhere in greece says:

    Chuck, at least she won’t have a crippling college debt. Also, doctors’ salaries being what they are in Greece and with the unemployment rate for young doctors being around 10% many doctors still get financial aid from their parents, if they do not live with them

  46. Moewicus says:

    This podcast has crashed and burned! Hopefully not while Matt was flying out to a dig. Never listening again. Where my pawdcast.

  47. Charlie D says:

    How will we know about witches if you don’t teach us about them, Chuck and Matt?

  48. Richard little brown sheriffs star says:

    Thank goddess your back on form again. I could not make an interesting entertaining podcast if someone put a gun to my go-nads and made me. So I do feel bad criticising. But. It started a bit rocky. But your back. The “gospel of mark” was entertaining and fun to listen to. More please. More more more. Thank you.

  49. silverharbinger says:

    I think the gospels have been thoroughly eviscerated more times (and by more people) than I will ever know about, but it’s like that show wipeout. I never get tired of seeing the poor saps getting knocked into the water. Well, that’s not quite true, but it’s still fun. 🙂

    Next up.. So many witches, so little time. I’ll be the first to say make it when life allows. No need for rushing things and making the podcasts unenjoyable for all involved. Thanks!