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Rap Guide to Religion

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

About the show

'Rap Guide to Religion' traces the roots of faith from tribal animism to radical Islam to Justin Bieber thanking god at the MTV Teen Choice Awards. More…

The world is full of religions, thousands of them. New religions are formed every day, while others are forgotten. How are we to make sense of it all? Rapper and playwright Baba Brinkman reveals the hidden logic . The bottom line: religion evolves. As an atheist himself, Baba sees no truth in the supernatural claims of religion, so instead he looks for the evolutionary benefits of belief. Religion and evolution are supposed to be mortal enemies, right? But they become surprisingly compatible once you understand religion as a natural product of evolution. Just like rap concerts, religions are designed to “move the crowd” by any means necessary – and with the help of some famous rappers, Baba Brinkman is determined to find out why.

Member Reviews (15)


Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant
Avg Score

Partisan, Informative, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like a unique, engaging, well-researched & accessible lesson in the history of faith from the POV of a white Canadian atheist rapper.

Don't see it if ur a strict creationist, uncurious in scientific exploration of the origins & traditions of world religions (& the connection to hip-hop).

Also No matter your own faith & no matter your musical tastes, I highly rec... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy Baba's brilliant way of tackling a subject, with humor, intelligence and rap, this time with impressive video projections.

Don't see it if you are not open to continuing development of scientific facts replacing religious beliefs or do not like one person shows mostly rapped.

Non-threatening, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if Easy going Canadian merges tribalism, religiousity, and hip-hop into one non-threatening scripted freestyle lane. Kicks around some rappin'.

Don't see it if Zoroastrianism not sufficently encompassed before 1100 BCE...Just kidding!Tribalism,religiousity & hip-hop merged into 1 lane not yer thing?

Also "It's a demon-haunted world,take it from Carl Sagan,whether Christian ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want a history of religion & how it's evolved over the ages. You want a mix of learning & entertainment. You like intimate staging.

Don't see it if You're steadfast in your religious beliefs & don't want to be challenged. You want a better Baba show:this felt under-rehearsed & workshop-y

Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if Rapping with science and religious belief. Not Heavy, its fun

Don't see it if If you dislike rap or want heavy, serious show.

Relevant, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You enjoy using the rap format to convey messages!

Don't see it if You don’t like rap / hip hop.

Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a rap about religion. Very intelligent guy. Great song writing and ideas

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Original

See it if you like something a little out of the ordinary but still smart

Don't see it if the idea of rap repulses you

Masterful, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The evolutionary reasons for religion are of interest or you want to understand why some people believe and others don't. Also? Sick rhymes.

Don't see it if You hate rap, are a creationist, or can't abide Canadians on principle. It's very entertaining and will likely make you learn something.

Thought-provoking, One of baba's best!, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You like science and/or religion and are interested in where they overlap... or if you're a Baba Brinkman fan!

Don't see it if you don't like rap or don't want to think.

Original, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to hear absorbing, thought-provoking, intelligent, funny insights about religions in a one-person show utilizing rap and videos.

Don't see it if you don't like rap, one-person shows analyses of profiles of religious people, or scientific ideas challenging the dogmas of religions.

Also Baba Brinkman's one-man show, "A Rap Guide to Religion", is absolutely... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if you're open to a rap-infused frank discussion about many different religions, including atheism.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by the thought of any other religion (besides your own) being legitimate, including atheism.

Also I'm not a rap or hip-hop fan at all, but I enjoyed this a lot because ... Read more Read less

Helpful, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if See it to get a clear overview of religion and it’s adaptations through the centuries in a fun and entertaining show.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you can’t sit in a dusty theater. CLEAN IT please! It is a lesson more than a theater piece.

Funny, smart, informative, immensely entertaining

See it if You want to see an intelligent show, teaching you about the evolutionary development of religion, all while in rap verse, often freestyled.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway musical.

Refreshing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy learning about different theories and ideas.

Don't see it if You don’t want think about how religion has evolved.

“Rap Guide to Religion” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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