Men pay upwards of £1000 to listen to the ‘wisdom’ and ‘insight’ of ‘pick-up’ artist Julien Blanc. His worldview boils down to this: objectify women and use them for your pleasure. Videos of Blanc preaching and ranting can be found online under the hashtag #ChokingGirlsAroundtheWorld.

This is, of course, shocking but it is more shocking that churches and schools do not help young people to understand Blanc’s aggressive faith. We have so trivialised and infantilised faith and belief that we do not help young people to see that Blanc is living in a worldview story. His lifestyle and preaching is thoroughly materialistic and consumeristic. Here is a quick sketch of this popular faith.

  • There is no God
  • Everything is physical
  • You are a selfish calculating machine
  • People have no intrinsic value
  • Consume other people (vulnerable women) as you would consume a toaster
  • You are completely autonomous in your moral behaviour
Mark Roques

Mark Roques

For eleven years Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Studies at Prior Park College, Bath. As Director of RealityBites since 2005, he has developed a rich range of resources for teachers and is a popular speaker at educational conferences in the UK, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is the author of three books, including the Religious Education textbook The Good, The Bad and The Misled, and his innovative approach has led him to appear on television (Channel 4) and radio.