Unbelievable?

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'Unbelievable?' engages in fundamental questions on Christianity with the intention to openly discuss different opinions between Christians and non-believers. http://unbelievable.podbean.com/feed/

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The Jesus of Islam and Christianity: Can we reconcile the two? Mustafa Akyol and Richard Shumack
01:25:08

Does Islam or Christianity go back to the true person of Jesus? Richard Shumack, author of 'Jesus through Muslim Eyes' and Mustafa Akyol, author of 'The Islamic Jesus', debate the issues.

For Richard Shumack https://spckpublishing.co.uk/jesus-through-muslim-eyes

For Mustafa Akyol http://www.mustafaakyol.org/

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Jul 03, 2020
Rob Bell and Adrian Warnock debate heaven, hell and Love Wins - Classic Replay
01:32:43

Justin introduces a classic debate from the Unbelievable? archive in which megachurch pastor Rob Bell defended his controversial 2011 book 'Love Wins’ opposite Adrian Warnock.

For Rob Bell https://robbell.com/
 
For Adrian Warnock https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/ 

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Jun 26, 2020
Another Christian worship leader loses his faith? Jon Steingard and Sean McDowell
01:36:07

Jon Steingard of the band Hawk Nelson is the latest in a number of Christian personalities who say they've renounced their faith. Jon joins Justin along with Christian thinker Sean McDowell who has written a response blog to Jon’s Instagram announcement. 

Jon Steingard https://www.instagram.com/jonsteingard

Sean McDowell https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/christian-rockstar-loses-his-faith-3-big-lessons-for-the-church

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Jun 19, 2020
Do faith and politics mix? Tim Farron and Polly Toynbee
01:21:23
Tim Farron is an MP and former leader of the Liberal Democrats. His Christian faith came under scrutiny during the 2017 UK General Election, leading to his resignation as party leader. His autobiography ‘A Better Ambition: Confessions of a faithful liberal’ (SPCK) tells his story.
 
Polly Toynbee is a well-known journalist, political commentator and vice-president of Humanists UK. Her new book ’The Lost Decade’ analyses the political and social changes of 2010-2020 in the UK.
 
Tim and Polly engage in a wide-ranging discussion on whether faith convictions are welcome in public life.

For Tim Farron https://spckpublishing.co.uk/a-better-ambition
 
For Polly Toynbee https://www.faber.co.uk/9781783351718-the-lost-decade.html 

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Jun 12, 2020
Francis Collins answers your questions on science and faith
01:23:58
Dr. Francis Collins is a renowned geneticist who oversaw the Human Genome Project and is currently the director of the National Institutes of Health, USA responding to Covid-19.
 
He founded Biologos, an organisation seeking to show the complementarity of science and faith. His book ’The Language of God’ tells his faith journey. 
 
Having been awarded the Templeton Prize 2020, Francis joins Justin to take listener questions about his life, faith and his approach to science and theology. 

For the Templeton Prize https://www.templetonprize.org 

For Biologos https://biologos.org/people/francis-collins

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Jun 05, 2020
Christianity, Psychology and Compassion - Paul Gilbert and Roger Bretherton
01:37:40
Is Christianity a positive force for compassion in the world? Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr. Roger Bretherton join Justin for a conversation on psychology, the brain, Christianity and what makes us choose compassion over callousness. 
 
Prof Paul Gilbert is a clinical psychologist and leading expert in the study and promotion of compassion. Dr Roger Bretherton is an academic psychologist and chair of the British Association of Christians in Psychology.
 
 
For Prof Paul Gilbert http://www.compassionatemind.co.uk 
 
For Dr Roger Bretherton http://www.thecharactercourse.com
 
Join the Ask NT Wright Anything livestream on Wed 3 June 8pm UK / 3pm EDT: http://www.facebook.com/unbelievablejb 
 
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May 29, 2020
Remembering Ravi Zacharias – Amy Orr-Ewing, Vince Vitale and Abdu Murray
01:27:40

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently passed away, aged 74. In a special tribute edition of the show Justin is joined by Amy Orr-Ewing, Vince Vitale and Abdu Murray from RZIM to share personal memories and reflect on his life and legacy.

For RZIM http://www.rzim.org 

Read Amy’s personal tribute https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Ravi-Zacharias-1946-2020-Evangelist-preacher-friend 

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May 22, 2020
Christendom’s response to plague and pandemic: Tom Holland, Mike Bird and Rev Marcus Walker
01:24:11

Historian Tom Holland, author of ‘Dominion’ recaps his debate with AC Grayling and talks about his recent article for The Telegraph arguing for the Christian roots of the response we are seeing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Also joining the conversation are New Testament scholar Mike Bird co-author of ‘The New Testament In Its World’, and Rev Marcus Walker, priest as St Bartholomew the Great, London. They discuss the history of how the early church responded to plagues and how the church is responding to this present pandemic.

For Tom Holland’s book Dominion https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dominion-Making-Western-Tom-Holland/dp/1408706962 

For Mike Bird https://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/michael-birds-book/

For Rev Marcus Walker https://twitter.com/WalkerMarcus 

Support Justin’s charity head shave: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Justin-Brierley 

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May 15, 2020
Are martyred apostles good evidence for the resurrection? Sean McDowell vs Paulogia
01:34:02

Would the followers of Jesus have been willing to suffer and die for something they knew to be false? Can we be historically confident they were martyred at all?

Sean McDowell defends his book ‘The Fate of the Apostles’ against atheist YouTuber Paulogia (aka Paul Ens) following a critical video exchange.

For Paulogia’s video https://youtu.be/Hb4w4xoei2o

For Sean McDowell’s response video https://youtu.be/5jqzAjI-5Kc 

Support Justin’s charity head shave: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Justin-Brierley 

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May 08, 2020
Where do atheists get their meaning from? Zach Broom and Michael Brady
01:31:06

Zach Broom is the author of ‘Without God: Science, belief, morality and the meaning of life’ in which he claims that many of our most basic intuitions don’t make sense in the absence of God.

The book is dedicated to his atheist friend Michael Brady, who engages with Zach on the question of whether life can have meaning in the absence of God.

For Zach’s book ‘Without God’ zachbroom.com

For Michael’s book ‘Still Unbelievable’ https://www.amazon.com/Still-Unbelievable-listening-Christian-arguments-ebook/dp/B07C7VPZ7D 

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May 01, 2020
Why doesn’t God end Coronavirus and mend the world? Justin Brierley
35:26

In a bonus mid-week episode Justin shares his own thoughts on why God doesn’t step in to stop ‘natural evils’ like coronavirus, plague and natural disasters.

Read Justin’s blog on the subject: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-doesn-t-God-stop-Coronavirus-and-mend-the-world

For the book ‘Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian’ https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Unbelievable-the-Book

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Apr 30, 2020
Is it time to end the war on drugs? Peter Hitchens vs Christina Dent. Plus William Lane Craig and Amy Orr Ewing on God, atheism and Covid 19
01:32:50

Peter Hitchens and Christina Dent, two Christians with very different views on drug legalisation, debate whether or not decriminalisation is the way to combat drug abuse.

Justin also chats with Christian thinkers William Lane Craig and Amy Orr-Ewing about their response to Coronavirus and atheist critiques of Christianity.

For Peter Hitchens’ book ‘The War We Never Fought’ https://www.amazon.com/War-Never-Fought-Establishments-Surrender/dp/1472939387

For Christina Dent www.enditforgood.com 

For William Lane Craig www.reasonablefaith.org 

For Amy Orr-Ewing https://www.rzim.org/speakers/amy-orr-ewing

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Apr 23, 2020
God vs Stephen Hawking – Dave Hutchings, David Wilkinson and Phil Halper
01:36:03

‘God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse’ is the name of a new book by physics teacher David Hutchings and Prof David Wilkinson of Durham University. They discuss Hawking, his science, the big band and what it means for the God question with atheist Phil Halper, who runs the Sky Dive Phil channel on YouTube.

For Dave Hutchings and David Wilkinson https://spckpublishing.co.uk/god-stephen-hawking-and-the-multiverse-pb

For Phil Halper https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOgKmAM4MeFu-jd-HB3_cg

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Apr 17, 2020
Is the resurrection unbelievable? Jonathan McLatchie vs David Johnson
01:26:25

Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie and atheist sceptic David Johnson debate the evidence for the resurrection in an Easter weekend edition of the show.

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Apr 10, 2020
John Lennox: Where is God in a Coronavirus world?
33:12

In a midweek bonus episode Justin talks to Oxford professor and Christian thinker John Lennox about his new book ‘Where is God in a Coronavirus World?’.

The normal format of the show resumes this coming weekend with a resurrection debate.

For John Lennox’s book ‘Where is God in a Coronavirus World?’ https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/where-is-god-in-a-coronavirus-world

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Apr 08, 2020
Lockdown special feat. Nicky Gumbel, Megan Cornwell, Andrew Wilson, Esther O Reilly, Will van der Hart and NT Wright
01:55:42

Justin speaks to Christians leaders, thinkers and theologians from lockdown in the UK and USA with a variety of responses to Coronavirus.

Nicky Gumbel of the Alpha Course looks for the good coming ou of the storm, Megan Cornwell relates her Covid-19 experience, Andrew Wilson gives a theological response, Esther O’Reilly talks about economic vs human costs, Will van der Hart shares mental health tips and Tom Wright explains how Christian have historically responded to crisis.

For Megan Cornwell’s blog http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/From-death-to-life-How-God-delivered-me-from-coronavirus

For the Profile Podcast with Will van der Hart https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/The-Profile/Episodes/Will-van-der-Hart-on-positive-mental-health-during-Coronavirus-lockdown

For the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast www.askntwright.com 

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Apr 03, 2020
An evening with NT Wright live in London
01:25:13

Justin recently hosted An Evening with Tom Wright at Westminster Chapel in London (pre-Coronavirus restrictions!). In this podcast special Tom delivers a talk on ‘Jesus, Paul and the Question of God’ and then sits down with Justin to answer audience questions.

To support Premier’s Voice of Hope appeal www.premierchristianradio.com 

For the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast www.askntwright.com

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Mar 27, 2020
Coronavirus: How will it change the church and the world? AJ Roberts, Mark Sayers and mystery guest
01:35:36

In a special edition of the show, recorded from home, Justin looks at the present Coronavirus crisis, how the pandemic will change global society and how the church can respond.

He chats with Reasons To Believe virologist AJ Roberts, church and culture theologian Mark Sayers and introduces a special guest for the first time… his wife Rev Lucy Brierley.

Justin also announces the sad but inevitable news that Unbelievable? The Conference 2020 is being postponed due to the Coronavirus.

For Mark Sayers https://www.marksayers.co/

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Mar 20, 2020
Antinatalism - should we let humans go extinct? David Benatar vs Bruce Blackshaw
01:23:26

David Benatar is the world’s leading ‘antinatalist’ philosopher. His controversial book ‘Better Never To Have Been’ argues that the suffering of existence always outweighs any potential good and that it is morally wrong to bring new human beings into the world. A small but growing community of Antinatalists believe that we should stop reproducing and allow humanity to go extinct.

Benatar engages with Christian philosopher Bruce Blackshaw on the myriad of questions raised by his philosophy and whether antinatalism is a logical consequence of his atheist perspective. 

For David Benatar https://www.amazon.co.uk/Better-Never-Have-Been-Existence/dp/0199549265 

For Bruce Blackshaw https://philosophicalapologist.com/

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 https://www.unbelievable.live/ 

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Mar 13, 2020
The Genealogical Adam and Eve – Joshua Swamidass and Nathan Lents
01:32:32

Joshua Swamidass is the author of ‘The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The surprising science of universal ancestry’. He says that the book could end the war between evolution and creation as it reveals the scientific basis for why everybody on earth could be descendants of a single human couple within the last several thousand years.

He is joined by atheist biologist Nathan Lents who has given his support to the book, believing that it may help Christians who hold to a traditional understanding of the Adam and Eve story, to also accept evolutionary science.  

For Joshua Swamidass https://peacefulscience.org/ 

For Nathan Lents https://thehumanevolutionblog.com/ 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 https://www.unbelievable.live/ 

For A Evening with NT Wright on 12 March https://www.ecevents.uk/spck/tw/Site/Register 

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Mar 06, 2020
Origins of Life Debate Round 2 - James Tour vs Lee Cronin
01:48:00

Prof of Nanotechnology James (Jim) Tour & Glasgow biology Prof Lee Cronin debate contemporary Origins of Life research and whether Lee’s laboratory is on the way to discovering it.

You can watch/listen to the first Unbelievable? debate on this subject featuring Lee Cronin here: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-How-on-Earth-did-life-begin-Lee-Cronin-Perry-Marshall-and-Denis-Noble-on-the-origins-of-life

Plus Justin speaks to Rev Richard Burridge about the 150th anniversary lecture event for the Christian Evidence Society.  

For James Tour http://www.drjamestour.com/ 

For Lee Cronin http://www.croninlab.com/ 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 https://www.unbelievable.live/

For A Evening with NT Wright on 12 March https://www.ecevents.uk/spck/tw/Site/Register

For The Christian Evidence Society 150th anniversary event on 5 March http://christianevidence.org/blog/entry/celebrating_our_150th_anniversary 

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Feb 28, 2020
God, Gay Christians and the Church - Brandan Robertson and David Bennett
01:30:18

Two gay Christians on either side of the 'Side A and Side B’ view, join Justin to talk about their stories and why they take different views on sexuality and the gospel.

Brandan Roberston is a progressive pastor of an LGBT affirming church who believes there is no barrier to Christians being in loving same-sex relationships. David Bennett was an anti-Christian gay activist who experienced a dramatic conversion and now believes that his commitment to Christ requires a path of celibacy. 

For Brandan Robertson http://www.brandanrobertson.com/ 

For David Bennett https://www.awarofloves.com/ 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 https://www.unbelievable.live/   

For A Evening with NT Wright on 12 March https://www.ecevents.uk/spck/tw/Site/Register 

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Feb 21, 2020
2 views on the God of Love and the Problem of Evil - Thomas Jay Oord and John C Peckham (+ Greg Koukl)
01:43:06

If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? Two Christian thinkers with different solutions to this age-old question join Justin.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian and philosopher who advocates a ‘non-coercive and uncontrolling’ view of God’s love and sovereignty. John C Peckham is a theologian whose latest book ‘Theodicy of Love’ suggests that God’s love is part of a cosmic drama of free spiritual and human agents that make sense of why evil exists.

At the end of the show Justin interviews Greg Koukl about the 10th anniversary edition of ‘Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions’.

For Thomas Jay Oord http://thomasjayoord.com/

For John C Peckham http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/john-c-peckham/2815 

For ‘Tactics’ by Greg Koukl https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tactics-10th-Anniversary-Greg-Koukl/dp/0310101468  

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 https://www.unbelievable.live/ 

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Feb 14, 2020
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: John Mark Comer and Rachel Homes
01:26:11

Portland pastor John Mark Comer joins Justin to talk about slowing down our lives in our high-tech, anxiety-prone world. 

He’s joined by Rachel Holmes, a secular Buddhist and ex-Christian, as they talk about John Mark’s book ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’ and their different approaches to spirituality and prayer.

For John Mark Comer https://johnmarkcomer.com/ 

For Rachel Holmes (aka ‘Paddy’) on The Atheist Prayer Experiment https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/The-Atheist-Prayer-Experiment-Show-2-Unbelievable

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Feb 07, 2020
Hinduism, conversion and religious freedom
01:32:53

Tensions between Hindus and other religious groups in India have been growing in recent years as the BJP Government and Hindu nationalists have advocated for anti-conversion laws.

Dipen Rajyaguru of the Hindu Council UK, and Henry, an advocate for persecution charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide, debate the issues with Justin Brierley.

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Jan 31, 2020
The argument from reason - Cosmic Skeptic and Max Baker-Hytch
01:36:26

Can we make sense of our rational capabilities on an atheist naturalist worldview?

Alex O’Connor of the Cosmic Skeptic YouTube channel debates Christian philosopher Max Baker-Hytch on the argument for God from reason, which was popularised by CS Lewis in his book Miracles.

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Jan 24, 2020
Controversies in Jesus studies – John Dickson, Lydia McGrew and Jonathan McLatchie
01:39:36

In the first part of the show Australian Bible scholar John Dickson talks to Justin about his new book ‘Is Jesus History?’ They discuss Jesus mythicism and Bart Ehrman’s views on oral tradition.

In the second part of the show Lydia McGrew and Jonathan McLatchie discuss Lydia’s new book ‘The Mirror and the Mask’. It critiques trends among some evangelical scholars that Lydia believes are harming the historical credibility of the Gospels.

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Jan 17, 2020
Glen Scrivener vs Matt Dillahunty - Can atheism deliver a better world?
01:39:35

In the 6th and final episode of The Big Conversation series Season 2, Justin is joined by Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience and Glen Scrivener of Speak Life.

They discuss the atheist movement and whether secular humanism can provide a solid grounding for morality. Do studies show that religiosity benefits society? Is there an intrinsic value to humans? What did the Nazis actually do wrong? These questions and more get addressed.

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Jan 10, 2020
Douglas Murray and Esther O’Reilly - The Madness of Crowds and Christian atheism
01:22:19

Douglas Murray, author of ‘The Madness Of Crowds: Gender, race and identity’ joins Justin and Christian blogger Esther O’Reilly.

They discuss Identity Politics, the search for identity in a post-Christian society, and Murray’s own self-identification as a ‘Christian atheist’ and what it would take to bring him back to faith.

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Jan 03, 2020
USA Conference 2019: Ruth Jackson, John Lennox, Mary Jo Sharp, AJ Roberts, Brian Brodersen and Bobby Conway
01:28:43

In a holiday special, Justin presents the audience Q&A panel session from Unbelievable? USA at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He is joined by Ruth Jackson, Mary Jo Sharp, AJ Roberts, Brian Brodersen, John Lennox and Bobby Conway as they take a variety of questions from the audience.

In the final segment of the show, Justin sits down with Mary Jo Sharp to talk about her journey from atheism to Christian faith and her new book ‘Why I Still Believe’.

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Dec 27, 2019
Christmas Special – Dean Mayes, Jess Lester and Rupert Shortt share their stories
01:39:13

In a special holiday edition of the podcast Justin is joined by three friends of the show to share their stories. He also announces the date of Unbelievable? the Conference 2020 – with NT Wright as keynote speaker. Sat 9 May. Put it in your diary!

Australian listener Dean Mayes explains how the show had moved him away from atheism towards opening up the God question. Jess Lester, deputy editor of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine, tells her story of working in tabloid journalism and coming to Christ after rejecting God as a teenager. And Rupert Shortt, author of ‘Outgrowing Dawkins’, talks to Justin about responding to the world’s most famous atheist.    

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Dec 21, 2019
Do we have an immaterial soul? Richard Swinburne vs Luke Janssen
01:31:09

Prof Richard Swinburne is one of the most influential Christian philosophers in the world. In his new book ‘Are we Bodies or Souls?’ he sets out his argument for the existence of the soul.

Luke Janssen has a background in science and theology. In his new book ‘Soul-Searching: The Evolution of Judeo-Christian Thinking on the Soul and the Afterlife’ he makes the case that our experience of personal identity can be explained through physical brain processes. However, he does not believe this contradicts Christianity.

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Dec 13, 2019
Tom Holland vs AC Grayling - Did Christianity give us our human values?
01:41:51

Historian Tom Holland debates atheist philosopher AC Grayling in a lively edition of The Big Conversation. 


They discuss whether Christians preserved or destroyed classical thought and whether the West owes its values of human dignity and equality to Greek and Enlightenment thinkers or to the Christian revolution.

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Dec 06, 2019
Peter Hitchens vs Adam Rutherford: The Rage Against God (Classic Playback)
01:20:03

Justin re-airs a classic show from 2010 in which Peter Hitchens debates with atheist scientist Adam Rutherford about his book The Rage Against God.

Peter shares why his journey from atheism back to Christianity was so different to his famous anti-theist brother Christopher, and debates morality, abortion and more with Rutherford.

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Nov 29, 2019
How on Earth did life begin? Lee Cronin, Perry Marshall and Denis Noble on the origins of life
01:38:04

Can chemistry crack the mystery of the origin of life? Or does the information required for Life to begin point beyond naturalistic explanations?

Justin is joined by Perry Marshall who has established the $10m Evolution 2.0 Prize for anyone who can show a natural explanation for life. Lee Cronin of Glasgow University is confident that his experimental research could win it. Denis Noble also joins the conversation as they discuss the nature of life and whether current evolutionary theory can account for its origins.

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Nov 22, 2019
Dave Rubin and John Lennox - A conversation on God, atheism and modern culture
01:56:32
Recorded in front of a live audience in California, Justin hosts a discussion between Christian thinker Prof John Lennox and YouTube personality Dave Rubin in the 4th episode of The Big Conversation Season 2.

They discuss the meaning crisis in culture, Jordan Peterson, the search for God, and why Dave Rubin says he no longer considers himself an atheist. The audience follow up with questions on Jesus, evidence, suicide and abortion. 

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Nov 15, 2019
Is it rational to be a Christian? Justin Brierley debates Rationality Rules at Oxford University
01:40:01

Just swaps his moderator’s chair for being a debater in this week’s live show recorded in front of a student audience at Oxford University.  

He engages atheist Stephen Woodford who runs the YouTube channel Rationality Rules on the question ‘Is it rational to be a Christian?’

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Nov 08, 2019
Does consciousness point to God? Sharon Dirckx and Philip Goff
01:26:43
The mystery of mind and consciousness are causing some philosophers to move away from physicalist explanations to theories such as ‘panpsychism’.

Philip Goff is a consciousness researcher whose new book ‘Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a new science of consciousness’ defends panpsychism. He engages with Christian thinker Sharon Dirckx who has a background in neuroscience. Her new book ‘Am I Just My Brain?’ aims to show why consciousness points towards God.

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Nov 01, 2019
Peter J Williams and Bart Ehrman – Are the Gospels historically reliable?
01:39:18

Arguably, no individual has influenced the course of history more than Jesus of Nazareth. But, can we trust the accounts of his life, death and resurrection?

In this latest episode of The Big Conversation from Unbelievable? leading sceptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman engages with noted Cambridge University Bible scholar Peter J Williams who defends the reliability of the accounts.

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Oct 25, 2019
Does the story of evolution match the story of Genesis? Niamh Middleton and Andrew Parker
01:33:09

The first two chapters of Genesis are among the most contested in the Bible when it comes to evolution and faith. Justin is joined by a Christian and agnostic who both claim to show a significant overlap between the Genesis account and evolutionary history,

Theologian Niamh Middleton, author of ‘Homo Lapsus: Sin, evolution and the God who is love’, says that Biblical account of human creation and fall maps onto what we know of the evolutionary record.

Agnostic scientist Andrew Parker, author of ‘The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is scientifically accurate’ says that the stages of the 6-day creation account in Genesis also map onto the stages of development of life on the earth.

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Oct 18, 2019
Has the church misunderstood St Paul? Steve Chalke vs Phil Moore
01:49:25

Church leader Steve Chalke isn’t afraid of causing controversy in the evangelical circles he once moved in. His new book ‘The Lost Message of Paul’ claims that the church has misunderstood the theology of St Paul when it comes to faith, hell and Christian universalism.

In a feisty exchange, pastor Phil Moore says that it’s Steve who has misinterpreted Paul’s thinking as they debate which books the apostle wrote, the nature of salvation and whether Steve accurately represents the views of scholars such as NT Wright.

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Oct 11, 2019
Sir Roger Penrose and William Lane Craig – Debating God and the Universe
01:42:54

The Universe: How did it get here and why are we part of it? Celebrated cosmologist Sir Roger Penrose talks to renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig about God and the Universe in the 2nd episode of the 2019 season of The Big Conversation.

They discuss Penrose's '3 realms' view of reality and his Conformal Cyclical Cosmology. Could the fundamental nature of reality, the Big Bang and the fine-tuning of the Universe point towards a creator God?

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Oct 04, 2019
Why be a Christian? Cosmic Skeptic debates Justin on faith, morality and determinism
01:54:18

In this podcast special Justin sits down with atheist Alex O’Connor who runs the popular YouTube channel Cosmic Skeptic.

They debate the nature of faith, the moral argument for God and whether Alex’s belief in determinism undercuts his reasons for being an atheist.

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Sep 27, 2019
Do we live on a young or an old earth? Ken Ham vs Jeff Zweerink
01:34:19

Ken Ham is the founder of Answers In Genesis. They promote a Young Earth Creation view of science and scripture, believing the earth is only 6000 years old. They also run the Ark Encounter attraction in Kentucky - a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark.

Jeff Zweerink, a research scholar for Reasons To Believe, defends an Old Earth Creation viewpoint, arguing that the scientific evidence supports a universe that is millions of years old, but that it does not contradict Genesis chapter 1.

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Sep 20, 2019
Alister McGrath and Bret Weinstein – Religion: Useful fiction or ultimate truth?
02:05:34

Is religion an evolutionary adaptation that has helped the human species to thrive? Or is there a basis to belief in God that goes beyond biological explanations?

Filmed in front of a live audience in London, Bret Weinstein and Alister McGrath address the relationship between religion, evolution, morality and culture. Includes the main conversation and subsequent audience Q&A.

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Sep 13, 2019
Deconstruction, doubt and finding faith again - Lisa Gungor and Alisa Childers
01:31:26

‘Deconstruction’ has become a buzz word for many people questioning Christian faith. But what happens when we try to reconstruct?

Lisa Gungor and Alisa Childers have both had successful careers in the Christian music industry but both went through profound seasons of doubt and deconstruction. The process of ‘reconstruction’ took them to very different conclusions. They discuss their journeys with Justin and each other.

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Sep 06, 2019
Joshua Harris, purity culture and the church: Jessica van der Wyngaard and Sean McDowell
01:25:18

20 years ago Joshua Harris was the poster boy of the evangelical ‘purity movement’ having authored the bestselling book ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’. Today, Harris regrets writing the book, and has also recently changed his mind about Christianity.

Justin is joined by Jessica van der Wyngaard, director of the documentary film ‘I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye’, and Christian apologist Sean McDowell, to discuss purity culture, singleness and the Joshua Harris story.

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Aug 30, 2019
2019 Conference highlights - Krish Kandiah, Kristi Mair, Paul Spears, Sarah Lumgair and more
01:26:36

Justin presents a selection of highlights from this year’s Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 in London, including Krish Kandiah on Creating Better Conversations, Kristi Mair on reaching millennials, Sarah Lumgair on Islam and much more.

To order the Conference on DVD/MP3CD or Digital Download for over 13 hours of seminars, panels and talks click here

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Aug 23, 2019
Is God the cause of the Universe? Andrew T Loke vs Alex Malpass
01:26:13

Andrew Loke is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hong Kong Baptist University and the author of ‘God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argument’ in which he makes a number of philosophical arguments for God as the cause of the Universe.

Atheist philosopher Alex Malpass engages with Andrew’s take on the cosmological argument for God.

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Aug 16, 2019
CS Lewis, Tolkien and Barfield: How the Inklings made sense of faith - Mark Vernon and Malcolm Guite (+ Michael Ward and Daniel Ray)
01:33:16

The Inklings were a group of academics, authors and poets who met regularly in Oxford to discuss each other’s work and included Christian intellectuals such as CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Owen Barfield.

Mark Vernon's new book ‘A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the last Inkling and the evolution of consciousness’ explores his own search for Christian faith in light of the theology of members of The Inklings, especially Owen Barfield.

Poet-theologian Malcolm Guite engages with Mark on his view of Jesus as the epicentre of a new phase of consciousness, and the future of Christian faith.

In the final part of the show Justin is joined by Daniel Ray and Michael Ward to talk about ‘The Story of the Cosmos: How the heavens declare the glory of God’.

Watch the discussion at the Unbelievable? YouTube channel https://youtu.be/2LIg0Xh3Sbk 

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Aug 09, 2019
Bruxy Cavey and Paul Carter: An Anabaptist and Reformed pastor discuss their differences
01:44:14

Is Bruxy a heretic? Bruxy Cavey is teaching pastor at The Meeting House in Ontario, one of the largest churches in Canada. As the church has grown, some of Bruxy’s doctrinal positions have been strongly criticised by certain Reformed voices. The word ‘heretic’ has even been used.

Seeking to bring clarity to the discussion, Reformed pastor Paul Carter interviewed Bruxy for The Gospel Coalition Canada and published it on their website. In this discussion they revisit some of the key areas of controversy - penal substitution, inerrancy and pacifism. 

Later in the show Justin interviews Harry, who tells his story of being converted to Christianity from atheism via the Kalam cosmological argument.

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For the Gospel Coalition Canada articles: https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/article/seeking-clarity-bruxy-cavey/ 

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Aug 02, 2019
Is faith about belief or trust? And why does it matter? Travis Dickinson vs Brian Blais (+ Ben Jacobs of Genexis)
01:29:07

Mark Twain wrote ‘Faith is believing what you know ain’t so’. Travis Dickinson, co-author of ‘Stand Firm: Apologetics and the Brilliance of the Gospel’, says that both Christians and atheists often adopt a faulty definition of faith. It is less about beliefs, and more about ventured trust on the basis of evidence.

He engages with Brian Blais, an atheist computer scientist, who recently published a paper on faith, probability and evidence, arguing that faith is a bad epistemology (way of knowing things).

Later in the show Justin interviews ben Jacobs about Genexis, a series of talks at Coventry Cathedral from well known speakers on the big questions of life https://www.genexis.org/ 

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For Brian Blais: https://bblais.github.io/ 

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Jul 26, 2019
Should Christians embrace Transhumanism? Micah Redding vs Nigel Cameron
01:24:49

Transhumanism is ‘the theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology’. So, will robotics and AI technology eliminate the need for a human body? And is that something Christians should embrace or resist?

Micah Redding, founder of the Christian Transhumanist Association believes Christian shouldn’t fear Transhumanism and should be ready to shape the future of technology through a Christian worldview. Nigel Cameron, author of ‘The Robots Are Coming: Us, Them and God’ is sceptical of the Transhumanist project, believing that the incarnation of Christ is fundamentally tied to human embodiment. Plus Justin announces details for Unbelievable? Live in LA 11 & 12 October 2019.

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Jul 19, 2019
God Is Stranger: a Christian and agnostic on the search for faith – Krish Kandiah and Tom Newman
01:25:43

Krish Kandiah is a theologian, activist and author of books including ‘God is Stranger: What happens when God turns up?’ which has been nominated for this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize.

Tom Newman is an agnostic who ’tries on’ Christianity in a new podcast Hiding In Plain Sight. He talks to Krish about his search for faith, what he makes of the Bible, and what it would take for him to become a Christian.

Meet Krish at Unbelievable? The Conference 2019: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference  

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Jul 12, 2019
Youth special: Kids ask questions about God – David Robertson and Hannah Timson respond
01:31:11

Kids ask great questions. Ahead of the youth stream at Unbelievable? The Conference 2019, Justin interviews some young people about their questions for God. Rev David Robertson and humanist Hannah Timson give their responses.  

Plus, Ruth Jackson of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine tells Justin what to expect from the Reaching Young People seminar stream at Unbelievable? 2019.

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Jul 05, 2019
Should Christians rethink disability and healing? Damon Rose, Zoe Heming and Ian Paul
01:31:56

Damon Rose produced a BBC radio documentary and article about his experience of being a blind non-believer who is sometimes approached by Christians to pray for his healing.

The article ‘Stop Trying To Heal Me’ has produced a lively conversation about disability theology. He joins Justin along with Rev Zoe Heming who is an occasional wheel chair user and Rev Dr Ian Paul who wrote a critical response to the article.

Watch the video https://youtu.be/pDAvUfe6Tjk

For Unbelievable? The Conference 2019: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference 

For Damon Rose’s BBC documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00057mh 

For the article ‘Stop trying to heal me’: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48054113 

For Zoe Heming: https://twitter.com/zoeheming 

For Ian Paul’s blog: https://www.psephizo.com/life-ministry/is-god-disabled/  

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Jun 28, 2019
The sacking of Israel Folau - guilty of a foul or victim of religious censorship? Laurence Wilkinson and Nick Heath
01:26:11

International sporting star Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia after sharing an image on his Instagram and Twitter that read: ‘Warning - Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolators. Hell Awaits You. Repent! Only Jesus Saves’. Folau is now pursuing legal action.

Laurence Wilkinson of ADF International and Nick Heath of Sports Media LGBT debate whether Folau deserved to be sacked or has been unfairly punished for expressing his Christian beliefs.

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For Laurence Wilkinson’s article on Folau: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/israel-folau-and-the-right-to-freedom-of-expression/ 

For Nick Heath’s video response to Folau: https://twitter.com/nickheathsport/status/1116689212210909184?s=21  

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Jun 21, 2019
Is abortion a human right? Ryan Christopher vs Barbara Ntumy
01:21:58

Recent pro-life legislation in certain US states has reignited the debate about access to abortion. In the UK activists are lobbying for abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland. So, is abortion a healthcare right? Or should the rights of the unborn child also count?

Pro-life Christian Ryan Christopher of ADF International debates the issues with pro-choice Christian Barbara Ntumy of Abortion Rights UK. Ryan will be speaking on the issue at Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 on 20 July.

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Jun 14, 2019
The limits of the universe and science – Marcelo Gleiser and Stacy Trasancos
01:29:03

Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser was recently awarded the Templeton Prize for his work in physics and cosmology, and the meaning and mystery in science and faith. As an agnostic, he made headlines by saying that ‘atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method’.

He engages with Catholic scientist Stacy Trasancos, author of ‘Particles of Faith’, on the limits of what science can tell us and whether the Universe points beyond itself to a creator. 

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Jun 07, 2019
Should we unhitch Christianity from the Old Testament? Andy Stanley vs Jeff Durbin
01:40:40

Andy Stanley is lead pastor of North Point Ministries, one of the largest churches in the USA. His preaching and new book ‘Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World’ has caused controversy by stating that the Bible should not be the foundation of Christian faith.

To make faith irresistible once more to sceptics in a post-Christian world, believers are not required to defend the Old Testament, but point to the events documented by the New Testament about Jesus - his life, death and resurrection. 

Jeff Durbin of Apologia Studios responds to Andy, saying that Christians need to stand on the inerrancy of the whole Bible - Old and New Testament - when evangelising non-Christians.

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May 31, 2019
When Faith Fails - Dominic Done and Andrew Whyte on dealing with doubt
01:39:27
Is doubt the enemy of faith? Dominic Done’s new book ‘When Faith Fails: Finding God in the shadow of doubt’ tells of his own journey of faith and doubt.
 
He engages with ex-believer Andrew Whyte, whose doubts led him to abandon Christianity.
 
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May 24, 2019
Calvinism pt 2 - Does Romans 9 support predestination? James White vs John Cranman
01:32:14

Romans 9 is one of the key texts used by Calvinists to support the doctrine of individual election - that God predestines people for salvation or damnation. However, John Cranman believes Calvinists are misreading Paul’s words and meaning.

He engages with Calvinist thinker James White as they debate whether Romans 9 refers to individual salvation or God’s prerogative to choose categories of people to be his own.

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For the article that convinced John Cranman: https://arminianperspectives.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/romans-9-in-context/ 

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May 17, 2019
A Christian and Muslim response to Secularism – James White and Abdullah Al-Andalusi
01:29:16
May 10, 2019
Religious Fictionalism: Can you be a believer who doesn’t believe? Kristi Mair and Philip Goff
01:31:53

Philip Goff attends church even though he doesn’t believe in the doctrines of Christianity. He calls himself a ‘religious fictionalist’, believing that the practise of faith is more important than believing in supernatural claims.

Kristi Mair, author of the new book ‘More Truth: Searching for Certainty in an Uncertain World’ (IVP) and a speaker at this year’s Unbelievable? conference, engages with Philip’s approach to faith and whether you can really be a believer who doesn’t believe.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2019: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference 

For Bret Weinstein and Alister McGrath live in London: https://shop.premier.org.uk/collections/events/products/religion-useful-fiction-or-ultimate-truth-live-debate 

For Philip Goff’s article on Religious Fictionalism: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/believers-without-belief-religious-fictionalism/  

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May 03, 2019
An agnostic tries church + Pedro Garcia’s conversion to Christianity
01:17:47

In a podcast special Justin introduces the projects of two listeners inspired by the Unbelievable? show.

Firstly, the new podcast ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ about agnostic Tom’s search for meaning by immersing himself in Christianity. Then Pedro Garcia tells Justin about his journey out of atheism and how Unbelievable? has inspired him to develop ‘Ask And Wonder’ a dialogue initiative in Nashville, USA

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For Ask and Wonder with Pedro Garcia: https://askandwonder.com/ 

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Apr 26, 2019
Are the miracles of Jesus unbelievable? Michael Shermer vs Luuk Vandeweghe
02:02:58

Atheist sceptic Michael Shermer debates Chrisitan apologist Luuk Vandeweghe on whether the miracles of Jesus recorded in the gospels can be treated as historically reliable.

The debate was moderated by Justin Brierley of the Unbelievable? show and recorded live at the North West Miracles Conference in Sequim, WA.

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For Michael Shermer: https://michaelshermer.com/ 

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Apr 18, 2019
Did God raise Dr Sean George from the dead? Sean George, Hans Vodder and Bradley Bowen
01:50:24

Recorded live at the North West Miracles Conference, medical doctor Sean George tells his story, along with medical evidence, of how his heart stopped for an hour and 25 minutes, before his wife’s prayer brought him back to life again.

Justin interviews Sean about his experience before he is cross-examined by Bradley Bowen and Hans Vodder, an atheist and Christian philosopher, in whether a miracle really occurred.

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For Bradley Bowen: https://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/e/nw-miracles-conference-the-resurrection-of-sean-george-powerpoint-pdf/ 

For Hans Vodder: http://northwestu.academia.edu/HansVodder 

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Apr 12, 2019
Does God predetermine everything? Chris Date and Leighton Flowers debate scripture
01:32:58

Chris Date is a Calvinist who believes in the ‘meticulous divine providence’ of a God who predetermines every aspect of the Universe. Leighton Flowers used to be a Calvinist but now believes that God achieves his purposes while allowing genuine human freedom.

Leighton and Chris each bring 3 Bible passages to the debate, which they believe support their point of view, and debate them with each other.

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For Chris Date’s new book: https://www.amazon.com/Predetermine-Eternal-Individual-Essential-Christian/dp/1946971391 

For Leighton Flowers: https://soteriology101.com/2019/03/27/what-you-meant-for-evil-god-meant-for-good/

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Apr 05, 2019
Why William Tyndale’s Bible changed the world: Melvyn Bragg and Ben Virgo
01:28:03

Renowned British broadcaster Melvyn Bragg joins Justin to talk about why, as a non-believer, he holds the Bible in such high regard. His recent book 'William Tyndale: A Very Brief History’ traces the life and legacy of the reformer William Tyndale whose English translation of the Bible laid the foundation for the King James Version.  

Ben Virgo of Christian Heritage London joins the conversation to explore the ways in which Tyndale’s work changed the English language, challenged the church and renewed the gospel in England. At the end of the show Sarah Yardley and Andy Bannister give a preview of the apologetics track at CreationFest in August 2019

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Mar 29, 2019
Is Identity Politics the new religion? James Lindsay, Esther O Reilly and Neil Shenvi
01:44:36

Social justice, woke politics, intersectionality, patriarchy, white privilege and diversity. Critical Theory and Identity Politics have created a lot of buzzwords and debate lately. Atheist James Lindsay believes it amounts to a religion in itself. He tells of the hoax ‘grievance studies’ project he helped to pull off and engages with Christian thinkers Esther O Reilly and Neil Shenvi on whether Identity Politics amounts to a form of religion.

Later in the show Esther O Reilly returns for some commentary on the latest Jordan B Peterson controversy. Plus ticketing opens for The Big Conversation live in London, featuring Bret Weinstein and Alister McGrath in Conversation on Wed 8 May 2019.

For Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference

For James Lindsay’s essay: https://areomagazine.com/2018/12/18/postmodern-religion-and-the-faith-of-social-justice/

For Esther O Reilly: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/youngfogey/ 

For Neil Shenvi: https://shenviapologetics.com/recognizing-critical-theory-and-why-it-matters/

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Mar 22, 2019
How should the Church respond to Transgender? Peter Lynas and Jenny-Anne Bishop
01:37:13

Justin is joined by transgender Christian Jenny-Anne Bishop and Peter Lynas of the Evangelical Alliance. Recently some feminists and sports personalities have raised concerns about transgender. There has been a huge surge in young people being referred for transition. Churches are also navigating how they respond.

Peter Lynas is the author of the Evangelical Alliance resource ‘Transformed’ aimed at helping churches respond pastorally and theologically. Peter and Jenny-Anne debate the theology of gender, the medical issues, use of pronouns, children who transition, and the culture war around transgender.

For Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference 

For Jenny-Anne in conversation with ex-transgender Walt Heyer: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Caitlyn-Jenner-Transgenderism-trans-ex-trans-Christian-debate 

For ‘Transformed’ by Peter Lynas: https://www.eauk.org/resources/what-we-offer/reports/transformed-understanding-transgender-in-a-changing-culture 

For Jenny-Anne Bishop http://transforum.org.uk/ 

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Mar 15, 2019
Don’t be meme! Randal Rauser and David Smalley debate 5 Christian and atheist memes
01:42:24

We debate the good, the bad and the ugly of Christian and atheist memes - images shared on social media with funny/snarky objections to the other side. Christian theologian Randal Rauser and atheist podcaster David Smalley debate 5 zingers, including one by atheist comedian Ricky Gervais.

Later in the show Justin is joined by Dr Sean George to talk about his back-from-the-dead miracle claim ahead of his appearance at the North West Miracles Conference in Sequim, WA on 30 March. 

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Mar 08, 2019
Are tongues, prophecy and charismatic gifts for today? Andrew Wilson & Simon Arscott
01:34:07

Justin hosts a debate between a Charismatic and Cessationist Christian. Church leader and theologian Andrew Wilson, author of the new book ‘Spirit and Sacrament: An invitation to Eucharismatic worship’, says that the gifts of tongues, healing and prophecy are still active in the church.

Simon Arscott is minister of All Nations Presbyterian church in Ilford. As a cessationist he believes that the charismatic gifts ceased to operate after the closure of the New Testament canon and the life of the early church.

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For Andrew Wilson: https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/some_exciting_news 

For Simon Arscott http://www.ilfordipc.co.uk/2018/09/11/cessationist/ 

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Mar 01, 2019
Is scientism the new religion? JP Moreland vs Stephen Law (+ 2019 conference opens)
01:27:49

To mark the opening of ticketing for Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 (Sat 20 July), Justin hosts a dialogue between Christian philosopher JP Moreland Stephen and atheist philosopher Stephen Law. 

They debate JP Moreland’s new book ‘Scientism and Secularism: Learning to respond to a dangerous ideology’.

For Unbelievable? The Conference 2019 http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievableconference 

For JP Moreland: https://www.amazon.com/Scientism-Secularism-Learning-Dangerous-Ideology/dp/1433556901 

For Stephen Law http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/

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Feb 22, 2019
Debating abortion clinics - Sue Thayer (ex-Planned Parenthood) vs Ann Furedi (BPAS)
01:35:58

This programme covers sensitive issues and includes descriptions of abortion procedures. Listener discretion advised.

1 in 3 women will have an abortion. Former Planned Parenthood employee Sue Thayer explains why she quit the US abortion provider and now campaigns for pro-life group 40 Day For Life. Ann Furedi, head of BPAS, the UK's leading abortion provider, debates Sue on whether women are being given all the facts about abortion, and the ethics of abortion law. 

At the end of the show Justin chats to Luuk Vandewegh about the forthcoming North West Miracles Conference in Sequim, WA.

For Sue Thayer and 40 Days For Life https://40daysforlife.com/team/ 

For Ann Furedi and BPAS: https://www.bpas.org/about-our-charity/history/bpas-people/ann-furedi/  

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Feb 15, 2019
Comedy, Christianity and being offensive - James Cary and Katy Brand
01:22:30

Is it ok to make jokes about religion? Where is the line between poking fun and being offensive? Justin is joined by Christian guest James Cary, BBC comedy writer and author of 'The Sacred Art of Joking’, alongside comedian Katy Brand who recently told her story of being a former believer in her stand-up show ‘I was a teenage Christian’.

For ’The Sacred Art of Joking’ and James Cary’s books and podcasts: http://www.jamescary.co.uk 

For Katy Brand’s latest projects: https://www.katybrandofficial.com 

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Feb 08, 2019
John Lennox vs Peter Atkins - Can Science Explain Everything? Live Debate
01:52:52

Justin hosts a lively debate between John Lennox and Peter Atkins in front of a student audience at the University of Southampton. They debate whether science can answer all the questions we need to answer or whether some questions such as miracles, purpose and human morality require a supernatural explanation.

Christian guest John Lennox is emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Oxford University. Atheist guest Peter Atkins is emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University.

For ‘Can Science Explain Everything?’ by John Lennox: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/can-science-explain-everything 

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Feb 02, 2019
Logos, mind and making sense of the world - Raymond Tallis & David Bentley Hart
01:20:56

Einstein said: “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible”. In his new book ‘Logos: The mystery of how we make sense of the world’ atheist philosopher Raymond Tallis explores various explanations of why we have minds capable of understanding the universe. 

US theologian/philosopher David Bentley Hart author of ‘The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss’ joins the conversation to debate whether God is the ground of consciousness and our sense-making abilities.

For ‘Logos’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logos-mystery-make-sense-world/dp/1788210875 

For ‘The Experience of God’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Experience-God-Being-Consciousness-Bliss/dp/0300209355  

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Jan 25, 2019
400 years of cosmology & faith - Dr Allan Chapman & Lord Martin Rees (+ Frank Viola)
01:24:33

Dr Allan Chapman is an Oxford historian, fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Christian believer. His new book ‘Comets, Cosmology and the Big Bang: From Halley to Hubble’ traces 400 colourful years of astronomical advance and the faith of those involved.

Friend and colleague Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, joins the conversation to talk about his recent book ‘On The Future’ and why as an agnostic he doesn’t see God as the explanation for the mystery of the Universe, even though many before him have.

At the end of the show Justin chats to Frank Viola about his new book ‘Insurgence: Reclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom’

For ‘Comets, Cosmology and the Big Bang’: http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780745980317 

For ‘On The Future’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-Prospects-Humanity-Martin-Rees/dp/069118044X  

For ‘Insurgence’ by Frank Viola http://insurgence.org/ 

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Jan 18, 2019
Are we raising a ‘snowflake’ generation? Jonathan Haidt & Andrew Wilson
01:23:08

Although he writes from a secular perspective, Jonathan Haidt’s books on moral psychology such as ‘The Righteous Mind’ have been praised by many evangelical Christians. His latest title is ‘The Coddling Of The American mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure.’

Church leader and theologian Andrew Wilson is a fan of Haidt’s work. They discuss safe spaces, micro-aggressions, free speech, the Bible and the intersection of evolutionary psychology and faith.

For ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’: https://www.thecoddling.com/ 

For Andrew Wilson https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/peanuts_cbt_and_martin_luther_king 

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Jan 11, 2019
#MeToo and the Church: Egalitarian vs Complementarian • Natalie Collins & Phil Moore
01:26:39

Does the church need a #MeToo moment? Does egalitarian and complementarian theology help or harm men and women in the church?

Natalie Collins, a gender justice specialist and author of ‘Out Of Control: Couples, conflict and the capacity for change’, supports an egalitarian approach to male and female roles.

Phil Moore, leader of Everyday Church in London and author of ‘Straight to the Heart’ argues that a good complementarian view of scripture enables flourishing of both men and women.

For Natalie Collins and the Out Of Control conference: https://www.nataliecollins.info/outofcontrolevent 

For Phil Moore http://www.philmoorebooks.com/

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Jan 04, 2019
Unlikely: How a Christian evangelist & secular, gay mayor became friends. Kevin Palau & Sam Adams (+ John Dickson)
01:21:36

Justin chats to Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Association, and Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of Portland. They talk about how they worked together, despite their differences, to make a difference in the city of Portland, and the lessons they have learned. 

Later in the show Justin is joined by John Dickson of the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia to talk about the new video documentary ‘For The Love Of God: How The Church Is Better And Worse Than You Imagined’.

For ‘Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences To Live Out The Gospel’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlikely-Setting-Aside-Differences-Gospel/dp/1476797269 

For Kevin Palau https://www.palau.org/kevin-palau/ 

For Sam Adams https://twitter.com/samadams_tweets 

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Dec 29, 2018
The science behind Christmas: Mark Kidger & Gillian Straine (+ NT Wright)
01:27:56

In a Christmas special Justin is joined by priest and physicist Revd Gillian Straine and agnostic astronomer Mark Kidger of the European Space Agency. They discuss the scientific theories for the star of Bethlehem, who the Magi were and how scientists reconcile the miracles of Christmas with science. And… cute kids alert! We hear the Christmas story retold by 6 and 7yr olds.

Towards the end of the show Justin also asks NT Wright whether we can trust the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke as historical.

For Gillian Straine: http://www.gillianstraine.com/

For Mark Kidger’s blogs on the Star of Bethlehem https://openspacescience.blog/2017/12/01/star-of-bethlehem-reflections/ 

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Dec 21, 2018
Render unto Caesar - Should the church keep out of economic politics? Andy Walton vs James Price
01:22:01

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave a keynote speech at the UK Trade Union Congress in September 2018 calling for the government to change its tax and welfare policies in order to support the neediest in society.

James Price of the Taxpayers Alliance strongly criticised Welby’s intervention, quoting Jesus’ words ‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s’ and saying the Archbishop should ‘stick to his theological work’.

Left-leaning Christian journalist Andy Walton praised Justin Welby’s speech. He debates James on what Jesus’ famous statement means, and whether religious leaders should keep out of the politics of taxation and the welfare state.  

For James Price: https://www.taxpayersalliance.com/comment_on_justin_welby_s_higher_tax_proposals

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Dec 14, 2018
Debating the Statement on Social Justice – Jarrod McKenna & James White
01:32:33

Are ‘social justice warriors’ a danger to the Gospel? In August 2018 a group of conservative Christians in the USA, led by John MacArthur, released The Statement On Social Justice And The Gospel to take a stand against the church being influenced by “questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture”. Some of the affirmations and denials in the document caused controversy among both evangelicals and progressives for its statements on political activism and racism.

James White of Alpha and Omega ministries, was one of the framers of the document and a key signatory. He debates the Statement with Australian pastor and justice activist Jarrod McKenna, founder of Common Grace, on whether the concepts of privilege, intersectionality and identity politics should have any part to play in the Gospel.

For the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel: https://statementonsocialjustice.com

For Jarrod McKenna: https://www.commongrace.org.au/jarrodmckenna/

For James White: https://www.aomin.org

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Dec 07, 2018
Bart Ehrman vs Peter J Williams – debating ‘Misquoting Jesus’
01:22:45

In a ‘classic playback’ edition of the show, Justin re-airs the debate he hosted with agnostic Bible scholar Bart Ehrman opposite Christian Bible scholar Peter J Williams.

They debate the reliability of the Gospels, textual criticism, and Bart’s claim that we can’t know what some of the original texts actually say.

For Peter J Williams new book ‘Can We Trust the Gospels?’: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/can-we-trust-the-gospels  

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Nov 30, 2018
How should gay Christians express their sexuality? David Bennett & Justin Lee
01:26:04

In his new book ‘A War Of Loves’, David Bennett tells his story of being an atheist gay activist who experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity.

David still identifies as gay but lives a celibate lifestyle, holding to traditional Christian sexual ethics. He engages with Justin Lee, author of ‘Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gay vs Christian debate’, who affirms faithful same-sex relationships.

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Nov 23, 2018
The agnostic and the Bishop on searching for Christ in literature and life - Lord Richard Harries & Sir Anthony Kenny
01:30:43

Lord Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford is the author of ‘Haunted by Christ: Modern writers and the struggle for faith’ (SPCK). Philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, former master of Balliol college Oxford, is the author of ‘Brief Encounters: Notes from a philosopher’s diary’ (SPCK) which recounts anecdotes from a life meeting significant personalities.

They discuss their friendship, stories of significant encounters, why Anthony lost his faith as a young Catholic priest and why Richard found his faith affirmed in his literary loves. 

For ‘Haunted By Christ’ by Lord Richard Harries: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/haunted-by-christ 

For ‘Brief Encounters’ by Sir Anthony Kenny: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/brief-encounters 

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Nov 16, 2018
Is War justified by Christianity and Nature? Michael Ruse vs Nigel Biggar
01:24:46

As Remembrance services take place to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Justin is joined by atheist guest Prof Michael Ruse and Christian guest Prof Nigel Biggar to discuss Darwinism, Christianity and just war theory.

Michel Ruse is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. Ruse’s latest book ‘The Problem of War’ critiques Biggar’s work on just war theory ‘In Defence of War’.

For ‘The Problem of War’ by Michael Ruse: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-problem-of-war-9780190867577

For ‘In Defence of War’ by Nigel Biggar: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/in-defence-of-war-9780199672615

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Nov 09, 2018
Andy Bannister vs Peter Singer – Do we need God to be good?
01:28:10

Justin is joined for the 6th episode of The Big Conversation by moral philosopher and atheist Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University, and Christian theologian Andy Bannister of Solas Centre for Public Christianity.

They debate whether humans have intrinsic value and dignity as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago. They debate Singer’s controversial utilitarian approach to disability, the problem of suffering, and whether a moral reality to the universe points towards God.

Watch the video and sign up at: https://www.thebigconversation.show/peter-singer-and-andybannister 

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Nov 02, 2018
Halloween and horror films - Peter Laws & Michael Cummins
01:21:09

Should Christians take part in Halloween festivities? And is it ok to watch grisly horror films? These are the two questions debates by Peter Laws and Michael Cummins ahead of Halloween.

Peter Laws is a Baptist minister and lifelong fan of the horror genre, as he explains in his new book The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore. He believes that Christians don’t need to fear being involved in the spooky side of Halloween and thinks horror films aren’t bad for people who enjoy them. Michael Cummins is involved in supernatural deliverance ministry. He explains his concerns about demonic aspects of Halloween and horror films and tells stories of what he has witnessed in his ministry.

For Peter Laws https://www.peterlaws.co.uk/ 

For Michael Cummins https://christsetsyoufree.wordpress.com/5-halloween/ 

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Oct 26, 2018
A tale of two doubters: Austin Fischer & Ed Atkinson
01:26:56

Austin Fischer is a church pastor who tells the story of his own struggle with doubt in the book ‘Faith In The Shadows: Finding Christ in the midst of doubt’ and how he has kept his faith.

Ed Atkinson is a former Christian and co-host of the Doubts Aloud podcast. He talks about why he lost his faith and why he believes Christians should take doubt more seriously.

For Austin Fischer: https://www.ivpress.com/faith-in-the-shadows 

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Oct 19, 2018
Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah? Michael Brown vs Jonathan Romain
01:22:19

Michael Brown is a Messianic Jew and hosts The Line Of Fire radio show in the USA. He engages with liberal UK Reform rabbi Jonathan Romain on whether Jesus fulfilled the role of Messiah.  

Michael and Jonathan end up disagreeing on much more than just Jesus as they debate the rabbi’s pluralist view of religion compared to Brown’s belief that Jesus is the only way to God. 

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Oct 12, 2018
Daniel Dennett vs Keith Ward: Are we more than matter? Mind, consciousness and free will
01:31:44

In the 5th episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by atheist guest Daniel Dennett and Christian guest Keith Ward. Daniel C Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, USA and a leading naturalist voice in the philosophy of mind. Keith Ward is a British philosopher and former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University as well as being an ordained priest in the Church of England..

They debate physicalism, idealism, the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, whether an objective moral realm exists, freewill vs determinism and whether robots could have an immortal soul  Watch the video debate and subscribe to the newsletter at https://www.thebigconversation.show/daniel-dennett-and-keith-ward 

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Oct 05, 2018
Hitchens vs Hitchens debate on War and God - podcast special
02:04:59

In this podcast special edition of the show Justin broadcasts the 2008 public debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother Peter Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was one of the four so-called ‘horsemen of the new atheism’, well known for his colourful anti-theistic polemical writing and speaking. In contrast his journalist brother Peter Hitchens is a Christian who converted from atheism in his adult years.

In this classic public debate from 2008, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, both men debate the Iraq war, the case for God and respond to questions from the 1,400 strong audience.

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Sep 28, 2018
Peterson vs Harris, atheism and the alt-right – Esther O’Reilly and James Croft
01:41:56

Thousands of people recently attended four high-profile debates on religion and atheism between psychology professor Jordan Peterson and atheist writer Sam Harris.

Why are Peterson and Harris so influential, especially among young men? Why is Peterson’s approach making waves in atheist circles? Does the atheist movement have an alt-right problem?

These and more questions are debated by Humanist leader James Croft and Christian blogger Esther O’Reilly as they discuss the popularity of Peterson and Harris and whether Christianity or secular humanism can answer the questions people are asking.

For the Peterson / Harris debates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jey_CzIOfYE 

For Esther O’Reilly: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/youngfogey/2018/07/sam-harris-asks-questions-jordan-peterson-cant-answer/ 

For James Croft: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/templeofthefuture/2018/04/the-atheist-alt-right-connection/ 

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Sep 20, 2018
Live USA show: Sean McDowell & Hemant Mehta debate what atheists and Christians get wrong
01:51:58

Justin is joined by Christian apologist Sean McDowell and ‘Friendly Atheist’ blogger Hemant Mehta for a live audience edition of the show recorded at Westside A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon.

They discuss motivations, faith, science, evidence, atheism, life after death, morality and bigotry. Each guest sets out two ways in which they believe the other side frequently mischaracterises their worldview. Includes audience Q&A.

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Sep 14, 2018
John Lennox vs Michael Ruse: Science, faith and the evidence for God
02:00:42

In the 4th episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by Prof John Lennox and Prof Michael Ruse in front of a live audience in London. Christian guest John Lennox is professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and author of books including ‘Gunning for God: Why the new atheists are missing the target’. Atheist guest Michael Ruse is professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University and author of books such as ‘Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?’.



They debate their different perspectives as a Christian and atheist on science, evidence, faith , miracles, suffering and more. The dialogue was followed by an audience Q&A which you can also receive as a bonus video by subscribing to the Unbelievable? newsletter at https://www.thebigconversation.show/john-lennox-and-michael-ruse



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Sep 07, 2018
Can Islam overcome sexism and violence? Ed Husain vs Beth Grove
01:31:35

Ed Husain was once a Muslim extremist. Today he is still a Muslim but says the Islam he once practised is a distorted version of the faith. In his new book The House of Islam: A Global History he argues that his religion needs to return to a once-golden age of pluralism, tolerance and diversity.

Beth Grove of Pfander regularly engages in debate with Muslims. She disputes Ed’s view of a golden age of Islam, saying that both Muslim history and scriptures advocate violence and mistreatment of women.

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Aug 31, 2018
Can Justin defend his own book? feat. David Johnson, Andrew Knight & Randal Rauser
01:27:34

Justin joins the debate fray himself this week as he tag teams with Christian apologist Randal Rauser to defend Unbelievable? the book against two atheist critics David Johnson and Andrew Knight.

Since Justin’s book ‘Unbelievable? why, after ten years of talking with atheists I’m still a Christian’ was published, Andrew and David, along with other sceptical show listeners, have produced a response book called ‘Still Unbelievable? Why, after listening to Christian arguments, we remain skeptics’. They debate the moral argument, the resurrection, and the Christian view of reality.

For Unbelievable? the book http://www.unbelievablebook.co.uk

For Still Unbelievable: https://www.reasonpress.net/ 

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference

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Aug 24, 2018
Debating the Kalam Cosmological Argument - Stephen Woodford (Rationality Rules) vs Blake Giunta
01:27:19

Keep kalam and carry on... In the second of two ‘deep dive’ shows into philosophical arguments for God, Justin is joined by atheist YouTuber Stephen Woodford (aka Rationality Rules) and Christian apologist Blake Giunta, creator of the Belief Map website.

They debate the Kalam Cosmological Argument and whether, if the universe had a beginning, it points to a divine cause behind it.

For a video of today’s show on the Rationality Rules channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZMgLgGlYAWvSU8lZ9xiVg 

For Blake Giunta: https://beliefmap.org/  

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference 

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Aug 17, 2018
Why is there something rather than nothing? Alex O Connor & Cameron Bertuzzi debate the Argument from Contingency
01:27:06

In the first of two philosophical ‘deep dive’ shows debating famous ‘cosmological’ arguments for God, YouTube atheist Alex O Connor (aka Cosmic Skeptic) debates apologist Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity.

They discuss the argument from contingency and whether the existence of the universe is contingent on a necessary being - God.

For a video of today’s show on the Cosmic Skeptic channel https://www.youtube.com/user/alexjoconnor 

For Cameron Bertuzzi: http://capturingchristianity.com/

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference 

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Aug 10, 2018
Theistic evolution, biology and purpose – Denis Alexander & Perry Marshall (plus Dominic Done)
01:23:25

Dr Denis Alexander is a notable British proponent of theistic evolution – the view that Christianity and Darwinian evolution are perfectly compatible. Many atheist biologists claim that evolution has disproved the idea of purpose in biology. Denis’ new book ‘Is There Purpose in Biology? The cost of existence and the God of love’ sets out how he believes Christians can still discern God’s purposes in evolutionary history.  

Denis is joined in discussion by Perry Marshall, author of ‘Evolution 2.0’ which draws on his research into biology, intelligent design and evolution to show that neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory is no longer tenable.

Towards the end of the show Justin is joined by Dominic Done of Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland with a look ahead to Unbelievable? the Conference USA on Fri 31 Aug and Sat 1 Sep.

For Denis Alexander’s book Is There Purpose In Biology?: http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780857217141 

For Perry Marshall’s book Evolution 2.0: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-2-0-Breaking-Deadlock-between/dp/1940363802/ 

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference 

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Aug 03, 2018
Faitheism: Why can’t atheists and Christians get along? Krish Kandiah & Terry Sanderson
01:20:44

Krish Kandiah’s new book ‘Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think’, aims to elevate the conversation between both sides. 

Krish is joined by Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society as they discuss the good, bad and ugly of how Christians and atheist engage each other. 

For Faitheism: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473648951

For the National Secular Society: https://www.secularism.org.uk/ 

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference 

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Jul 27, 2018
NT Wright and Tom Holland: How St Paul changed the world
01:25:16

Renowned New Testament scholar NT (Tom) Wright returns to Unbelievable? to talk about his latest book Paul: A Biography (SPCK). Joining Wright is historical writer Tom Holland, author of popular books on the rise and fall of the Roman empire such as Rubicon and Dynasty,

Tom Wright unpacks the life, character and untold story of Paul. Tom Holland explains why as an agnostic, he is nevertheless convinced of the massive cultural significance of Paul’s message in Roman culture and how it would positively shape Western culture for centuries to come.

Watch the discussion on video! https://youtu.be/nlf_ULB26cU 

For Paul: A Biography: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/paul-a-biography 

For Tom Holland: https://www.abdumurray.com/

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Unbelievable? the Conference USA, Portland, 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sep https://westsideajc.org/unbelievable-conference

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Jul 20, 2018
Leaving Islam: A Christian and atheist tell their stories. Abdu Murray & Aliyah Saleem
01:30:16

Aliyah Saleem was a Muslim at one time but is now an atheist. She tells her story and those of other former Muslims in ‘Leaving Faith Behind’.

Abdu Murray, North America director of RZIM,  was a Muslim but converted to Christianity. He engages with Aliyah on why they both left Islam but came to different conclusions about faith.

For Aliyah Saleem: http://dltbooks.com/titles/2224-9780232533644-leaving-faith-behind 

For Abdu Murray: https://www.abdumurray.com/

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Jul 13, 2018
Derren Brown & Rev Richard Coles: Can we have meaning without God?
01:27:05

In the third Big Conversation episode, Justin is joined by illusionist Derren Brown and popstar-turned-media-priest Rev Richard Coles.

In a wide-ranging conversation they tell their respective stories of moving away from and towards Christian faith. Drawing on his book Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine, Derren makes the case for living a fulfilled life as an atheist in the absence of God. Richard draws from his experience of ‘meeting the resurrected Christ’ as they discuss suffering, death and ultimate meaning.

The Big Conversation is produced in partnership with Templeton Religion Trust.

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For Richard Coles: http://www.richardcoles.com/ 

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Jul 06, 2018
Justin Brierley vs atheist David Smalley on Dogma Debate
02:46:28

In a podcast special Justin goes head to head with atheist podcast host David Smalley debating Justin’s arguments for Christianity in his book “Unbelievable? Why after, ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian”.

They debate suffering, the moral argument and the evidence for the resurrection in a wide ranging discussion of over 2.5 hrs.

For Dogma Debate: https://www.davidcsmalley.com/

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Jun 29, 2018
Steven Pinker vs Nick Spencer: Have science, reason & humanism replaced faith?
01:19:48

In the second Big Conversation episode, Justin is joined by Harvard professor of psychology Steven Pinker and Nick Spencer of Christian think-tank Theos.

They debate the future of humanity in relation to Pinker’s recent book ‘Enlightenment Now’, addressing his claim that science, reason and humanism are the drivers of progress in the world, rather than religion. Nick Spencer argues that science and enlightenment values are firmly tied to the West’s Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Big Conversation is produced in partnership with Templeton Religion Trust.

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For Steven Pinker: https://stevenpinker.com  

For Nick Spencer: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-West-Nick-Spencer/dp/0281075204 

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Jun 22, 2018
Is there scientific evidence for Old Testament miracles? Colin Humphreys & Bob Price
01:23:40

Sir Colin Humphreys is a Cambridge scientist with an interest in Biblical studies. His book ‘The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories’ makes the case that events like the parting of the Red Sea, the stopping of the Jordan river and the sun standing still in Joshua all have a basis in scientific facts and natural causes. The miracle is in the timing of the events by God.

Sceptical Bible scholar Bob Price debates Humphreys on these Old Testament events and whether his research proves the credible historicity of the Biblical accounts, and whether his approach runs the risk of eliminating the supernatural from the Bible.

For Colin Humphreys: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miracles-Exodus-Scientists-Discovery-Extraordinary/dp/0060582731

For Bob Price: http://robertmprice.mindvendor.com/

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Jun 15, 2018
Jordan Peterson vs Susan Blackmore: Do we need God to make sense of life?
01:21:00

Launching The Big Conversation debate series, Justin is joined by Canadian psychologist Jordan B Peterson who has risen to fame in recent months for his political, social and religious views. He engages with atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on the psychology of belief.



They debate Peterson’s own religious convictions, the new atheists, whether society needs God, and whether atheists are truly atheists… The Big Conversation is produced in partnership with Templeton Religion Trust.



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For ‘12 Rules for Life’ by Jordan Peterson: https://www.amazon.co.uk/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos/dp/0241351634



For Susan Blackmore: https://www.susanblackmore.uk/

 

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Jun 08, 2018
Where did the laws of nature come from? Hugh Ross vs Peter Atkins
01:24:31

Justin is joined by Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons to Believe, and atheist scientist Peter Atkins of Oxford University, to debate whether the laws of nature came from ‘nothing’ or from God.

Peter Atkins’ new book ‘Conjuring The Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature’ claims that the Universe and it’s laws reflect the ‘nothing’ from whence they came. Hugh Ross has recently released a 4th edition of ‘The Cosmos and the Creator’ and explains why he believes the scientific evidence is continually growing for a creator of the universe and its life-permitting laws.

For ‘Conjuring The Universe’: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/conjuring-the-universe-9780198813378 

For ‘The Creator and the Cosmos’: https://shop.reasons.org/product/599/creator-and-the-cosmos-fourth-edition 

For The Big Conversation series https://www.thebigconversation.show 

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Jun 01, 2018
Highlights from #JustAsk: Rob Parsons, Glen Scrivener, Sharon Dirckx, Ken Samples & more
01:27:02

Justin presents selected highlights from last weekend’s Unbelievable? The Conference 2018 #JustAsk.

Includes Glen Scrivener’s spoken word ‘Given’, Rob Parsons on keeping the faith when life is tough, Sharon Dirckx on why the world is broken, Andy Bannister on Bible reliability, Ken Samples on the divine claims of Jesus and excerpts from the panel Q&A.

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May 25, 2018
Important announcement! The Big Conversation is coming.
06:23

Justin presents a mid-week bonus podcast to make an important announcement about the forthcoming Big Conversation series.

The Big Conversation is a new series of video conversations on science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human featuring leading atheist and Christian voices.

Be the first to watch, listen, download and get the newsletter at http://www.thebigconversation.show

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May 22, 2018
Is John’s Gospel historically accurate? Lydia McGrew & Craig Evans debate
01:24:00

Christian philosopher Lydia McGrew has recently accused evangelical scholars such as Mike Licona and Craig Evans, of undermining the historical reliability of John’s gospel. She cites Evans’ interactions with Bart Ehrman in debate as giving away too much ground to a sceptical view.

New Testament scholar Craig Evans defends his view that John’s gospel is historically reliable but also includes theological development by the Johannine community who knew Jesus’ teaching. Also, at the end of today’s show, Jonny Somerville, creator of the NUA film series talks about its impact on young people investigating Christianity.

For Lydia McGrew’s blog http://lydiaswebpage.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/jesus-never-said-i-am-statements.html

For Craig Evans https://www.craigaevans.com/

For the NUA film series: https://nuafilmseries.org/ 

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May 18, 2018
Is Christianity sexist? Paula Gooder & Francesca Stavrakopoulou
01:25:22

New Testament scholar Paula Gooder joins Justin to talk about her new book ‘Phoebe: A Story’ a fictional account of the life of the woman that St Paul entrusted with delivering his letter to the Romans. But have the ensuing centuries lost sight of the role of women such as Phoebe in the early church?

Sceptical Bible scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou joins Paula to discuss whether Christianity is inherently patriarchal and sexist. They debate passages such as 1 Timothy 2: 11-12 and how much St Paul’s attitude toward women leaders in the early church contrasted with the prevailing culture.   

For ‘Phoebe’ by Paula Gooder https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473669727

For Francesca Stavrakopoulou http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/staff/stavrakopoulou/ 

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May 11, 2018
How Can I Believe? John Cottingham & Richard Norman
01:21:30

Christian guest John Cottingham is a philosopher whose new book ‘How Can I Believe?’ offers advice on why belief in God can make sense and the human quest for the transcendent.

Atheist philosopher Richard Norman engages with John’s case for belief, and responds to the question: ‘What would it take for an atheist to believe?’ Richard is the editor of the book ‘Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide’.

For John Cottingham https://spckpublishing.co.uk/how-can-i-believe/

For Richard Norman https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Atheism-Beyond-the-Divide/Carroll-Norman/p/book/9781138891913 

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May 04, 2018
Why would a good God allow evil? Sharon Dirckx & Hannah Timson
01:24:14

Sharon Dirckx of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics discusses the problem of suffering with Hannah Timson, head of Humanist Students UK. Hannah explains how she lost her faith in her late teens, in part because of the issue of suffering.

Drawing on her book ‘Why? Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering’ Sharon responds to Hannah as they discuss their different stories and the problem of evil. 

For Sharon Dirckx http://rzim.org/bio/sharon-dirckx/

For Hannah Timson https://humanism.org.uk/students/

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Sharon Dirckx is speaking at Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask

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Apr 27, 2018
Jordan Peterson, William Lane Craig & Rebecca Goldstein debate the meaning of life. A Podcast special.
02:13:48

A recent dialogue event at Wycliffe College, Canada saw Jordan B Peterson, Rebecca Goldstein and William Lane Craig in conversation on the question “Is there meaning to life?”

In this podcast-only edition of the show Justin introduces the event. One of the participants, Jordan B Peterson, has become an increasingly influential voice and will join Justin in person on Unbelievable? for the start of a series of special programmes called The Big Conversation in early June. 

For the video of the Wycliffe College event https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/religionandsociety

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Apr 20, 2018
Can faith survive cancer and science? Gillian Straine & Alom Shaha
01:23:53

Rev Gillian Straine is an Anglican priest with a background in science. She tells the story of how she dealt with the spiritual and medical challenges of being diagnosed with cancer aged 21, as told in her book 'Cancer: A Pilgrim's Companion'. 

She also shares news of a free public lecture by internationally renowned physicist Marcelo Glasier in London on Tue 22 May.

Atheist guest Alom Shaha is a secondary school physics teacher and engages with Gillian on the question of faith, illness and science. He shares his story of rejecting his Islamic upbringing after the death of his mother and how he fell in love with the world of science. Alom has recently authored a book of practical science experiments for kids 'Mr Shaha's Recipes For Wonder'.

For Marcelo Gleiser's free Drawbridge Lecture 'Unknowns in Heaven and Earth' on 22 May https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-drawbridge-lecture-tickets-39148003733 

For Gillian Straine: http://www.gillianstraine.com/my-books/

For Alom Shaha: http://alomshaha.com/books/mr-shahas-recipes-for-wonder/ 

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Apr 13, 2018
Bart Campolo & Sean McDowell: Why Bart lost his faith, why Sean kept his
01:22:49

Bart Campolo is the son of high-profile Christian speaker, author and sociologist Tony Campolo. Bart became a Christian in his teens and went on to run an inner city Christian youth ministry. However Bart recently announced that he had lost his faith altogether and become a Humanist chaplain.

Justin interviews Bart alongside Sean McDowell. Sean also has a well known father in ministry - Josh McDowell. But when Sean experienced his own crisis of faith he found the rational basis he needed to support his faith. Justin chats to Bart about the reasons for his deconversion as spelled out in a recent documentary 'Leaving My Father's Faith', and Sean responds to Bart's newly adopted Humanist perspective.

 

For 'Leaving My Father's Faith' documentary https://campolofilm.com/

For Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/

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Apr 06, 2018
Is death a tragedy for atheists, is resurrection wishful thinking for Christians? Glen Scrivener & Michael Collett
01:19:36

In this Easter weekend edition of the show Justin hosts a dialogue between evangelist Glen Scrivener (who is speaking at Unbelievable? 2018) and atheist journalist Michael Collett. Glen’s recent book ‘Divine Comedy, Human Tragedy: What is life?’ is an evangelistic book on why Christianity makes sense of the tragedy of death.

Michael Collett, an ex-Christian and a fellow Aussie, discusses why as an atheist he believes life can have meaning even if death is the end, and why he can’t believe in the joy of heavenly resurrection if there is also a hell.  

For Glen’s book https://www.10ofthose.com/products/23634/divine-comedy-human-tragedy

For Michael Collett: https://twitter.com/collettmp 

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Mar 29, 2018
Does Calvinism excuse sinners and make God guilty? Guillaume Bignon & Paul Franks
01:23:48

Calvinist theology holds that everything is pre-ordained by God. Critics say that such a deterministic view makes God morally responsible for evil and means that sinners can’t be blamed for their wrongdoing – after all they were predestined to do it.

Guilluame Bignon, a French convert to Christianity who is now a Calvinist philosopher/theologian, seeks to answer these questions in his new book Excusing Sinners and Blaming God: A Calvinist Assessment of Determinism, Moral Responsibility, and Divine Involvement in Evil. He engages W Paul Franks of Tyndale University College, Toronto on the issues, who holds to a Wesleyan/ Arminian view of libertarian freedom.  

For Guillaume Bignon’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Excusing-Sinners-Blaming-God-Responsibility/dp/1532618654  

For W Paul Franks: http://wpaulfranks.com/   

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Mar 23, 2018
Live in Canada. Andy Bannister & Justin Trottier debate the foundation of human rights
02:02:01

Justin hosts a public dialogue between Christian Andy Bannister and atheist humanist Justin Trottier, live on stage at the Apologetics Canada conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

In front of an audience of 1,400 they debate whether Christianity or naturalism provides a better foundation for the concept of universal human rights, followed by questions from the floor.

For Apologetics Canada https://www.apologeticscanada.com/

For Andy Bannister: https://www.solas-cpc.org/what-are-human-rights-based-on-andy-bannister

For Justin Trottier: https://equalitycanada.com/

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Mar 16, 2018
Do we need to rethink petitionary prayer? Mark Karris & Steve Jeffery
01:20:25

Mark Karris is author of 'Divine Echoes: Reconciling prayer with the uncontrolling love of God'. He believes Christians often have the wrong idea both about asking for things in prayer and the God they are asking. 

Steve Jeffery is the pastor of Emmanuel Church, North London and co-author of 'Pierced for our Transgressions'. He takes a Calvinist perspective and critiques Mark's view of prayer, sovereignty and what it means for our understanding of scripture. 

For 'Divine Echoes' by Mark Karris: http://conspiringprayer.com/

For Steve Jeffery: http://www.northlondonchurch.org/

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Mar 09, 2018
Mythicism debate: Did St. Paul believe in a real or 'celestial' Jesus? Richard Carrier vs Jonathan McLatchie
01:23:02

One of the leading voices in 'Jesus mythicism', Richard Carrier, joins Justin on the show. He debates his theory that the apostle Paul only believed in a 'celestial' spiritual version of Jesus, not a flesh-and-blood man.

Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie defends the mainstream view, arguing that Paul's references to Christ, as well as the book of Acts and the Gospels, all provide evidence for a real person.

For Richard Carrier: https://www.richardcarrier.info/

For Jonathan McLatchie: http://apologetics-academy.org/ 

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Mar 02, 2018
Debating ID – Can evolution explain the bacterial flagellum? Jonathan McLatchie vs Keith Fox
01:22:14

A bacterial flagellum acts as the outboard motor on a bacteria. But is the complex arrangement of parts that enable it to do its job a result of design or evolution? Michael Behe first opened the debate on the ‘irreducible complexity’ of biochemical machines in his 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box.

Intelligent Design proponent Jonathan McLatchie and theistic evolutionist Keith Fox debate whether Behe’s theory has stood the test of time, the bacterial flagellum and whether ID is a science stopper or theologically helpful.

For Jonathan McLatchie: http://apologetics-academy.org/ 

For Keith Fox: https://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Biography.php?ID=174

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Feb 23, 2018
Debating embryonic stem cells & biotechnology - Fuz Rana & Robert Stovold
01:23:03

Stem cells are an early development form of cells with the potential to turn into any part of the human system. They are used medically for regenerative therapy to treat many conditions. However stem cells have traditionally been harvested from early-stage embryos causing concerns for those who believe life begins at conception.

Fuz Rana a scientist with Reasons To Believe joins Justin to discuss a new technology that allows stem cells to be produced without the need for the destruction of embryos. He debates atheist biologist Robert Stovold who believes that Judaeo-Christian concerns about life should not inhibit research in biotechnology.

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Feb 16, 2018
Is it time to ditch the label ‘evangelical’? Frank Schaeffer, Randal Rauser & Sam Hailes
01:22:25

In the age of Trump, the term ‘evangelical’ is increasingly associated with right-wing political views and fundamentalism. So is the evangelical label a lost cause? Randal Rauser argues we should hold on to the term while Frank Schaeffer, son of the late Francis Schaeffer, argues we should ditch the evangelical movement his famous father helped to create.

Sam Hailes, the new editor of Premier Christianity magazine also joins the discussion commenting on his recent article ‘Can evangelicalism survive in the age of Trump?’ Get a free sample copy of the magazine at www.premierchristianity.com/freesample

For ‘What’s So Confusing About Grace?’ by Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/books/ 

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Feb 09, 2018
Can we find God in a suffering world? Richard Harries & Michael Ruse (+ Jordan B Peterson debate preview)
01:23:35

Lord Richard Harries is the former Bishop of Oxford and a life peer in the House of Lords. His book ‘The Beauty And The Horror: Finding God in a suffering world’ (SPCK) delves into art, history and literature to show why Christianity can make sense of both the beauty and the tragedy of life.

He debates the search for meaning and beauty, and the question of why God allows suffering with atheist Michael Ruse, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University.  

Towards the end of the show Justin also plays a preview clip of a forthcoming debate between popular Canadian psychologist Jordan B Peterson and atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore ahead of the launch of The Big Conversation dialogue series later this year.

For ‘The Beauty and the Horror’ by Richard Harries: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Horror-Searching-Suffering-World/dp/0281076936 

 

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Feb 02, 2018
Boyd & Copan pt 2 - debating Amalekite destruction & Ananias and Sapphira
01:23:15

In the second part of their debate Greg Boyd and Paul Copan continue their conversation about Boyd's new book The Crucifixion Of The Warrior God in which Boyd sets out a new way of reconciling Old Testament violence with the love of God shown on the cross.

In this conversation they deal with specific examples of violence in the Old Testament such as the slaughter of the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15 and the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts chapter 5z

For Greg Boyd's Crucifixion Of The Warrior God: http://reknew.org/book/crucifixion-warrior-god/ 

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Jan 26, 2018
Greg Boyd & Paul Copan debate Old Testament violence and Boyd's new theology in Crucifixion Of The Warrior God
01:29:09

Greg Boyd's new 2-volume book The Crucifixion Of The Warrior God is a new theological approach to understanding Old Testament violence and warfare through the cross of Christ. 

Greg engages in the first of two shows with theologian Paul Copan who holds to a "synthesis" view of how to understand OT violence and disagrees with Greg's theology.

Justin also announces booking open for Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: #JustAsk, on Sat 19th May. Check out the theme, speakers and early bird discount at www.premier.org.uk/justask

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Jan 19, 2018
The Tim Farron affair: Are evangelicals no longer welcome in politics? David Robertson & Jonathan Bartley
01:22:02

During his time as leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Tim Farron was repeatedly questioned about his views on homosexuality and gay sex. When he resigned he said “To be a political leader and to live as a committed Christian, has felt impossible for me”. On a recent Premier Christian Radio interview he reignited the controversy by stating that he regrets saying that gay sex was not a sin.

Revd David Robertson of Solas Centre for Public Christianity and Jonathan Bartley of the Green Party react to the interview. David believes that Christians are being discriminated against if they diverge from society’s current views on sexuality. Jonathan, who is also a Christian, doesn’t believe that discrimination is happening and conservative Christians need to get used to new realities.

For the Tim Farron Interview: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Tim-Farron-Q-A-Why-I-resigned-why-it-matters-and-what-I-should-have-said-about-gay-sex

For David Robertson: https://theweeflea.com/
 
For Jonathan Bartley: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/people/leaders-of-green-party.html
 
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Jan 12, 2018
Meet a Street Epistemologist: Pascoe Rapacci vs Cameron Bertuzzi
01:23:53

Street Epistemology has become popular among many atheists as a conversational way to interrogate people's spiritual beliefs. Popularised by atheist philosopher Peter Boghossian in his book "A Manual For Creating Atheists" the movement is now seeking to create 10,000 street evangelists for atheism.

 Pascoe Rapacci engages regularly in Street Epistemology (though doesn't claim to speak for the movement as a whole). He engages with Christian apologist Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity on whether Street Epistemology is a valid way of investigating the truth of people's beliefs. 

For Street Epistemology: https://streetepistemology.com/

For Pascoe Rapacci: https://www.twitter.com/pocketpasc

For Cameron Bertuzzi's written dialogue with a Street Epistemologist: http://capturingchristianity.com/conversation-street-epistemologist/

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Jan 05, 2018
Is apologetics a dead end? Sean McDowell & Myron B Penner
01:22:27

Myron B Penner wrote 'The End of Apologetics: Christian witness in a postmodern context'. He argues that rational defence of the Christian faith can become a form of idolatry and that modern believers need to rethink their relationship with apologetics.

Myron engages with Sean McDowell who with his father Josh has written an updated version of the classic apologetics book 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict'. They discuss the benefits and limits of apologetics and why Myron wrote a book critiquing the whole area.

For Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/

For Evidence That Demands a Verdict: http://seanmcdowell.org/item/evidence-that-demands-a-verdict 

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Dec 29, 2017
Debating The Atheist Christmas Carol Album. TyLean Polley & Glen Scrivener
01:23:40

Is it ok to take the Christ out of Christmas carols? That's what TyLean Polley has done with The Atheist Christmas Album. She explains why she's produced an album of classic carols to secular lyrics.

Evangelist Glen Scrivener engages with TyLean on why he doesn't think you can separate Christmas from the message of joy, hope and the birth of Jesus at its centre.

For The Atheist Christmas Album: http://atheistchristmas.bandcamp.com/ 

For Meet The Nativity: https://meetthenativity.com/ 

For Glen Scrivener: http://speaklife.org.uk/

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Dec 22, 2017
Hinge: an atheist & Christian seek the truth about Jesus. Plus Jarrod McKenna interview
01:21:46

Hinge is a brand new documentary style podcast co-hosted by atheist Cory Markum and Christian pastor Drew Sokol. Justin plays out the first episode of Hinge and talks to Cory and Drew about their project to look into the evidence for the historical Jesus.

In the final part of the show Justin speaks to Australian pastor and activist Jarrod McKenna about his recent adventure being smuggled into the Manus Island detention centre to document human rights abuses.

For Hinge: http://hingepodcast.org/

For Jarrod McKenna: https://facebook.com/Jarrodandmates

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Dec 15, 2017
Was Jesus a failed apocalyptic prophet? Matthew Hartke & Andrew Perriman
01:23:23

After becoming disillusioned with failed prophecies at the charismatic church he was part of, Matthew Hartke lost his faith altogether when he become convinced Jesus himself was a failed apocalyptic prophet.

Now an agnostic, Matthew engages with New Testament scholar Andrew Perriman. Andrew believes Jesus was indeed Israel's Messiah but that his apocalyptic prophecies in passages such as Matthew 24 have often been misunderstood.

For Matthew Hartke: http://www.fifthacttheology.com/about/

For Andrew Perriman: http://www.postost.net/

For Glen Scrivener's "What Christians Believe in 90 Seconds": https://www.facebook.com/christianitymag/posts/1680780525293414 

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Dec 08, 2017
5 Proofs of the Existence of God – Ed Feser vs Arif Ahmed
01:22:46

Ed Feser is a Catholic philosopher whose latest book ‘Five Proofs of the Existence of God’ presents five classical arguments that he believes present compelling evidence for theism.

He debates two of the arguments on the show with atheist Cambridge philosopher Arif Ahmed. They talk about whether modern atheists take such arguments seriously, and then dive deep into debating the Aristotelian Proof and the Rationalist Proof… your brain will be stretched!

For Ed Feser and ‘Five Proofs of the Existence of God’: http://edwardfeser.com/

For Arif Ahmed: https://www.phil.cam.ac.uk/people/teaching-research-pages/ahmed/ahmed-page

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Dec 01, 2017
Why we left Mormonism. Lynn Wilder & Corey Miller talk to current Mormon James Holt
01:19:24

Lynn Wilder and Corey Miller are among 4 scholars who tell their story of leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the new book 'Leaving Mormonism'.

They engage with Mormon believer James Holt as they discuss Jesus, Joseph Smith, polygamy, testimony, the Book of Mormon and more.

For 'Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Mind': https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Mormonism-Scholars-Changed-their/dp/0825444810

For James Holt: https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Mormonism-Scholars-Changed-their/dp/0825444810

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Nov 24, 2017
Justin tells the story of Unbelievable? Audiobook chapter 1 bonus episode
47:01

With the release of the audiobook version of "Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian", show host Justin Brierley plays the Introduction and Chapter 1 on this bonus episode.

He tells his own story of faith and how the Unbelievable? show came to be, some of the memorable moments along the way, the role of apologetics, and why atheists began tuning in to the weekly podcast.

To download the Unbelievable? audiobook in full: http://spokenworldaudio.biz/product/unbelievable/ 

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Nov 22, 2017
Debating science and spiritual practices – Rupert Sheldrake vs Susan Blackmore
01:22:17

Rupert Sheldrake is often regarded as a maverick in science. He had his TED talk on the “Science Delusion” banned after other scientists objected. In his new book “Science and Spiritual Practises” he makes the case for the proven scientific benefit of religious practises.

He engages with atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on their shared love of spiritual practises such as meditation but why Rupert believes there is a God behind the whole show, as they debate science, consciousness and ‘morphic resonance’.

For Rupert Sheldrake: https://www.sheldrake.org/ 


For Susan Blackmore: https://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/ 


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Nov 17, 2017
Is miracle healing for real? Ken Fish vs Frances Janusz + 2 healing stories.
01:22:18

Christians as well as sceptics are often dubious of miracle healing claims. Ken Fish trained under John Wimber and now travels the world with Kingdom Fire Ministries to heal and train people. He believes thinking christians should embrace the miraculous as part of their faith and that it can serve as a sign to sceptics of Christ's power.

Frances Janusz is an atheist who is sceptical of healing claims and concerned about the ethics of certain types of Christian healing ministries. She interacts with Ken on his stories of healing and we hear from two women, Victoria Bixby and Carol Grigg, who both say they were healed of serious conditions through Ken's ministry, with medical documentation to confirm it.

For Ken Fish: https://kingdomfireministries.org/

For Frances Janusz: https://counterapologistblog.wordpress.com/

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Nov 10, 2017
Is Science Mike right about God, evidence and the benefits of believing? Mike McHargue & JD Walters
01:22:34

Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) joins Justin again to revisit his book 'Finding God In The Waves' about his deconversion to atheism and reconversion to Christian faith.

Mike interacts with math & science teacher and theology blogger JD Walters on Mike's rejection of a rationalistic approach to evidence for God and his championing of believing for the psychological benefits that faith affords.

For Mike McHargue: http://findinggodinthewaves.com/

For JD Walters: https://godnaturally.com/ 

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Nov 03, 2017
Does God or Naturalism best explain the Universe? Sean Carroll vs Luke Barnes
01:33:06

Eminent cosmologists Sean Carroll and Luke Barnes join Justin for an extended edition of the show debating naturalism, Theism, Big Bang cosmology and fine tuning.

Sean, an atheist astrophysicist and author of 'The Big Picture: on the origins of life, meaning and the universe itself' argues that naturalism best fits with our scientific understanding. Luke, a Christian astrophysicist and co-author of 'A Fortunate Universe: life in a finely tuned cosmos' argues that Theism makes better sense of the evidence.

For Sean Carroll: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/

For Luke Barnes: https://afortunateuniverse.wordpress.com/about-the-authors/

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Oct 27, 2017
Why atheists should go to church - Andy Hill & Glen Scrivener (+ Bruxy Cavey)
01:21:31

Andy Hill is an atheist who swapped hard-partying for pushing a buggy after his child was born. At a loose end with his son, he popped into a local church one day... and has continued going since. He discusses with Christian evangelist Glen Scrivener why, even though he doesn't believe, he thinks atheists like him should try churchgoing.

Toward the end of the show Justin also chats with Bruxy Cavey, pastor of The Meeting House in Toronto, Canada, about his new book 'Reunion'.

For Andy Hill's article for The Metro: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/17/im-an-atheist-who-goes-to-church-heres-why-you-should-too-6909729/ 

For Glen Scrivener: http://christthetruth.net/about-2/ 

For Bruxy Cavey: http://www.bruxy.com/ 

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Oct 20, 2017
Do Genesis and genetics support a young earth or long-term evolution? John Mackay vs Keith Fox
01:21:39

Australian young earth creationist John Mackay joins Justin along with theistic evolutionist Keith Fox to debate evolution.

They debate Charles Lyell, the geological record, ice cores, Genesis and genetics.

For John Mackay: http://askjohnmackay.com/

For Keith Fox: https://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Biography.php?ID=174 

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Oct 13, 2017
Why I became a Protestant. Why I converted to Catholicism. Chris Arnzen & James Bogle
01:20:40

To mark the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, Justin interviews two converts. One left his Catholic background for Reformed Baptist faith, the other went from Anglican to staunch Catholic.

Chris Arnzen and James Bogle explain why they traded places and debate why they each think they stand on the right side of the Reformation's dividing lines concerning grace, works and Catholic doctrines. Read their stories https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/October-2017/Trading-Places

For a free sample copy of Premier Christianity magazine's Reformation special: www.premierchristianity.com/freesample

For Chris Arnzen: http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/

For James Bogle: http://catholicunion.org.uk/2013/11/james-bogle-vice-chairman/

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Oct 06, 2017
Can secularism save the West? Peter Hitchens & Andrew Copson
01:22:53

Andrew Copson of Humanists UK is the author of new book 'Secularism: politics, religion and freedom'. He engages with Mail on Sunday journalist Peter Hitchens on whether secularism is the best future for the West, the 'myth' of neutrality, Islam and gay cakes. Juno the puppy also features.

For 'Secularism' by Andrew Copson: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/secularism-9780198809135?cc=gb&lang=en&

For Peter Hitchens: http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/

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Sep 29, 2017
Rodney Stark Q&A + Nabeel Qureshi remembered by David Wood
01:21:53

In the first half of today's show Justin puts listener questions to eminent sociologist of religion Rodney Stark, author of 'The Rise of Christianity' and 'Reformation Myths'.

In the final segment Justin speaks to David Wood about the passing away of Nabeel Qureshi, their friendship and his role in Nabeel's conversion from Islam to Christianity.

For 'Reformation Myths' by Rodney Stark: http://spckpublishing.co.uk/product/reformation-myths-five-centuries-misconceptions-misfortunes/ 

For Justin's personal tribute to Nabeel Qureshi: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Nabeel-Qureshi-courage-commitment-and-compassionate-witness 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and audiobook: www.unbelievablebook.co.uk 

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Sep 22, 2017
Ask Alvin Plantinga Anything - answering your questions
01:21:51

Alvin Plantinga is being awarded the 2017 Templeton Prize in honour of his lifetime contribution to philosophy. The influential thinker has been at the forefront of the revival of philosophical arguments for God as well as making important contributions to the science and faith debate.

In a one-to-one interview Justin hears about his career and poses questions sent in by listeners on evolution, naturalism, scripture, the ontological argument and the state of his air conditioning unit.

For Alvin Plantinga: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Plantinga

For The Templeton Prize: http://www.templetonprize.org/

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Sep 15, 2017
Debating out-of-body and near-death experiences: Susan Blackmore & Graham Nicholls
01:19:12

As as student Susan Blackmore had an out-of-body experience that convinced her of the paranormal. However, after years of research, she came to the conclusion that such experiences are a purely brain phenomenon and not evidence of anything supernatural. Her new book 'Seeing Myself: the new science of out-of-body experiences' tells her story.

She debates the issues with Graham Nicholls, author of 'Navigating the Out of Body Experience: Radical New Techniques'. A a researcher in the field, he claims to have had many out of body experiences which were objectively verified through seeing things he could not possibly have known otherwise.

For Susan Blackmore: https://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/ 


For Graham Nicholls: http://www.grahamnicholls.com 


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Sep 08, 2017
Debating the Unbelievable? book... Round 2. Justin Brierley & Mike Rand
01:22:20

Justin gets a second interrogation from retired agnostic police officer Mike Rand who returns to continue the conversation with the show host about his Christian faith and new book 'Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian'.

They debate the evidence for the resurrection, Justin's interactions with Richard Dawkins, and what happens to those who don't believe.

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Sep 01, 2017
Is the Trinity in the Old Testament? Glen Scrivener vs Musharraf Hussain
01:21:35

Evangelist Glen Scrivener of Speak Life engages with Imam Musharraf Hussain on whether the Old Testament scriptures support the Christian view of God as Trinity or the Islamic view of Tawhid - the indivisible oneness of God.

At the end of the show Jonathan McLatchie also talks to Justin about his weekly online Apologetics Academy.

For Glen Scrivener http://christthetruth.net/about-2/  

For Musharraf Hussain http://www.musharrafhussain.com/biography/ 

For Apologetics Academy http://apologetics-academy.org/online-training  

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Aug 25, 2017
The politics of UK & US evangelicals - Hatcher, Walton, Zmirak & Flannagan (…plus Skye Jethani)
01:22:28

White Christian evangelical voters played a significant part in electing Donald Trump to the White House and have traditionally been aligned with the US Republican Party. But UK evangelicals have very different political habits according to Prof Andrea Hatcher, author of “Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals”.

Andrea joins Justin along with journalist Andy Walton, John Zmirak of The Stream, and Andy Flannagan on Christian In Politics. Following the panel discussion Justin catches up with Skye Jethani about his new book “What’s Wrong With Religion?”

For Andrea’s book http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319562810 

For Andy Walton http://themedianet.org/portfolio_page/andy-walton/

For Movement Day http://movementday.uk/

For John Zmirak https://stream.org/

For Skye Jethani http://whatswrongwithreligion.com/ 

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Aug 18, 2017
Live at Creation Fest: Why I am a Christian, Why I am a Humanist – Andy Bannister & Mark Preedy
01:31:01

Justin presents a live audience edition of the show from the Creation Fest UK event in Wadebridge, Cornwall. He is joined by Christian apologist Andy Bannister and Mark Preedy of Cornwall Humanists.

They discuss atheism, Humanism, Christianity and the search for meaning and morality. The audience also ask questions in a Q&A session.   

For Andy Bannister https://www.solas-cpc.org 

For Mark Preedy https://cornwallhumanists.org.uk/

For Creation Fest UK http://www.creationfest.org.uk/

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Aug 11, 2017
Moses and the Exodus - Archaeological Fact or Fictional Fable? Ted Wright vs Bob Price
01:25:05

Critics of the Old Testament say that the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt is a myth and that no archaeological evidence outside scripture exists for the story.

However, Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology believes that critics are misdating the story of the Exodus and that there is archeological evidence in the reign of an ancient Pharaoh that supports the story.

Bob Price believes the Old Testament is mainly fictional and interacts with Ted on why he believes the evidence doesn't stack up in favour of their being a Moses or an Exodus.

For Epic Archaeology http://epicarchaeology.org/

For Bob Price http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/

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Aug 04, 2017
Does Science need God? David Hutchings, Tom McLeish & Suzie Sheehy
01:21:29

David Hutchings is a physics teacher and prof Tom McLeish chairs the Royal Society’s education committee. They are both Christians and have co-authored the book ‘Let there be Science: Why God Loves Science and Science needs God’ arguing that the Christian worldview has fuelled many of the greatest leaps forward in science.

Joining David and Tom is Suzie Sheehy, an accelerator physicist at Oxford University who is agnostic when it comes to religion. She argues that science doesn’t need God since it’s a fundamentally human activity.

For ‘Let There Be Science’ http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780745968636

For Suzie Sheehy http://www.suziesheehy.co.uk/

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Jul 28, 2017
Can science, God (or both) explain the human quest for meaning? Alister McGrath & Colin Blakemore
01:21:30

Former atheist biologist-turned-Christian theologian Alister McGrath returns to the show. His new book ‘The Great Mystery’ argues that we need both science and faith to understand our place in the universe and the quest for human meaning.

Atheist scientist Colin Blakemore is Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University. He engages Alister, explaining why he believes the human quest for meaning can be explained by evolution and the brain.

For Alister McGrath’s book The Great Mystery https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Mystery-Science-Human-Meaning/dp/1473634318 

For Colin Blakemore http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/member-of-staff/professor-colin-blakemore/ 

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Jul 21, 2017
An ex-abortionist & pro-abortion doctor debate - Haywood Robinson vs Wendy Savage
01:23:07

Warning: This programme contains descriptions of abortion procedures. 

Dr Haywood Robinson practised abortions early in his medical career until his conversion to Christianity. He joins Justin Brierley to explain why he changed his mind and became a pro-life campaigner. 

Dr Wendy Savage of Doctors For A Woman's Choice on Abortion has performed over 10,000 abortions in her career.

She debates Haywood and explains why she believes abortion law should be completely decriminalised in the UK. 

For Haywood Robinson and 40 Days for Life https://40daysforlife.com/  

For Wendy Savage and Doctors For A Woman's Choice https://www.dwca.org/  

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Jul 14, 2017
Grill Paul Copan - your questions answered
01:23:43

Christian philosopher Paul Copan joins Justin to field a variety of questions sent in by show listeners.

As well as responding to questions on Old Testament violence and philosophy, Paul engages with agnostic listener Andrew Whyte on evolution and suffering.

For Paul Copan's book A Little Book for New Philosophers https://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=5147 

Get Unbelievable? the book, plus info on the giveaway and launch event on 11 July: www.unbelievablebook.co.uk 

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Jul 07, 2017
Does God Exist? Ireland debate - William Lane Craig vs. Daniel Came
02:09:40

In a podcast special Justin shares the audio from the debate that took place in Dublin, Ireland between Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist philosopher Daniel Came.

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Jun 30, 2017
Justin gets interrogated. Former police officer Mike Rand grills Justin on his faith and new book.
01:24:12

To mark the publication of his new book Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian this week the tables are turned on Justin as he gets interviewed by agnostic show listener (and former police officer) Mike Rand.
Justin answers questions on the background of the show, his faith and some of the arguments he makes for God in the book. But will he convince Mike?

Get Unbelievable? the book, plus info on the giveaway and launch event on 11 July: www.unbelievablebook.co.uk

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Jun 23, 2017
Why are there differences in the Gospels? Mike Licona & Richard Burridge
01:20:31

Differences between the same stories, words and timelines in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have been noted since the early days of the Church. Critics claim the differences put the historical reliability of the Gospels into question. 

New Testament scholar Mike Licona's new research in his book "Why are there differences in the Gospels? What we can learn from ancient biography" aims to show why many of the differences can be explained by the literary conventions of the day adopted by historians such as Plutarch.

Mike's work builds on the scholarship of Revd Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College London whose seminal work "What are the Gospels?" made the case for their genre as Ancient Biography.

For Mike Licona and the book: https://www.risenjesus.com/

For Richard Burridge: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/trs/people/staff/academic/burridge/index.aspx

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Jun 16, 2017
Does evil prove God exists? Frank Turek vs Alex O Connor (aka Cosmic Skeptic)
01:21:31

Christian apologist Frank Turek is an author, speaker and radio show host well known for engaging sceptical students. In this show he dialogues with young atheist Alex O Connor who runs the popular Cosmic Skeptic YouTube channel.

After Frank posted a video about why the existence of evil may in fact show that God exists, Alex created a response video. They discuss whether objective morality exists (Alex says ‘no’) and whether undirected evolution can account for our moral beliefs.

For Frank Turek: http://www.crossexamined.org

For Frank’s original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SH0m37lqZs

For Cosmic Skeptic’s response video and channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7Ol8FXPWE 

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Jun 09, 2017
2017 Conference highlights: John Lennox, Beth Grove, Andy Bannister & more
01:21:39

Justin presents highlights from this year's Unbelievable? the Conference in London, including John Lennox's opening address and the Panel Q&A.

Couldn't be there? The Conference DVD/CD contains 12 hours of conference video and audio.

To order Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 on DVD/MP3CD or via digital download: http://www.premier.org.uk/shop

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Jun 02, 2017
Buddhism, Christianity, Nirvana & Salvation - Alex Crowe & Ken Samples
01:21:52

Alex Crowe is a Buddhist who engages with Ken Samples author of ‘God Among Sages: Why Jesus is not just another religious leader’ that compares and contrasts Jesus with founding figures from all the main religions.

They discuss the Buddha's life and teaching compared to Jesus' and how Buddhism answers the question of suffering and meaning compared to Christianity.

For ‘God Among Sages’ by Ken Samples: https://www.amazon.com/God-among-Sages-Another-Religious/dp/0801016908

For the West London Buddhist Centre: http://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/

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May 26, 2017
Why, after 10 years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian. Justin Brierley
01:20:47

Justin's new book "Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian" is now available for pre-order. Justin airs the talk and Q&A he gave at the book launch at Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 titled "Not So Unbelievable".

Get the book: www.unbelievablebook.co.uk  

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May 19, 2017
Is porn harmful to society? Matt Fradd, Charlotte Rose and Adam Scarborough
01:20:39

Online pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. But what effect is its proliferation having on those who consume it? Matt Fradd, author of The Porn Myth, argues that science is showing that widespread porn addiction is adversely affecting relationships, sexuality and society.

Charlotte Rose a sexual freedom campaigner, and Adam Scarborough of the Campaign Against Censorship respond to Matt.

For The Porn Myth by Matt Fradd: http://www.thepornmyth.com 

For the Campaign Against Censorship: https://www.dlas.org.uk/ 

For Charlotte Rose: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Rose  

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May 12, 2017
When atheists 'sincerely disbelieve' - Michael Collett & Gary Habermas
01:21:22

Michael Collett is a journalist for ABC News in Australia. He recently wrote a popular online article titled "God and the problem of sincere disbelief" which charted his own loss of faith from Christianity to atheism.

Christian thinker Prof Gary Habermas interacts with Michael on belief, doubt and the evidence for Christianity, and whether atheists are in wilful denial of God.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For Michael Collett's article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/god-and-the-problem-of-sincere-disbelief/8378108?pfm=ms 

For Gary Habermas: http://www.garyhabermas.com/ 

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May 05, 2017
Debating the "Cosmic Dice" video: Alex O Connor (CosmicSkeptic) & Josh Parikh
01:23:06

In 2016 Justin released an online video titled "How a dice can show that God exists" arguing for God as the best explanation of the fine tuning of the universe.

After the video gained several hundred thousand views on YouTube, young atheist vlogger Alex O Connor (aka CosmicSkeptic) responded with several criticisms in a video of his own. Justin invited him into the show to explain his objections with Christian thinker Josh Parikh.

In the final part of the show Justin chats with Jeremiah J Johnston, one of the speakers at Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 and director of conference partner The Christian Thinkers Society

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist  

For 'How a dice can show that God exists' https://youtu.be/yy6kaDaeDT8 

For CosmicSkeptic's response video: https://youtu.be/D9lfZAMF7HQ 

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Apr 28, 2017
The Reformation: return to truth or tragic mistake? James White vs Peter D Williams
01:22:44

2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. But was the split between the Catholic and Protestant church a return to truth or a tragic mistake?

Reformed scholar James White debates Catholic advocate Peter D Williams on salvation by grace, papal authority and more.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist

For James and Peter's forthcoming public debate in London on Catholic doctrine of Mary on Mon 15 May: http://bit.ly/MaryDebate2017

For James White: https://www.aomin.org/ 

For Peter D Williams: http://www.catholicvoices.org.uk/team/peter-d-williams

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Apr 21, 2017
Did Jesus die on the cross? James White vs Yusuf Ismail (plus Lydia McGrew interview)
01:24:11

The Qu’ran states that Jesus did not die on the cross, but rather ‘it was made to appear’ so. Yet, historians cite Jesus’ death by crucifixion as one of the best attested facts of the ancient world.

In an Easter weekend edition of the show Justin is joined by Christian scholar James White and Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail as they debate the Islamic and Christian view of the crucifixion. At the end of the show, Justin also chats with Lydia McGrew, author of a new book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For James White: https://www.aomin.org/  

For Yusuf Ismail: https://www.facebook.com/Yusuf-Ismail-476386472392334/ 

For Lydia McGrew’s book: http://www.lydiamcgrew.com 

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Apr 14, 2017
Are Christians free to express their faith? Joe Boot vs Terry Sanderson
01:22:08

Joe Boot is a theologian and apologist based in Canada who will be speaking at the forthcoming Our God Reigns conference in North London on Sat 22 April.

He debates with Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society some of the cases being claimed to be infringements of Christian liberty, including the Asher's Bakery 'gay cake' case and the Canadian lecturer who refuses to use gender neutral pronouns for transgender people.

For the Our God Reigns conference: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-god-reigns-tickets-30222912545?aff=es2

For the National Secular Society: http://www.secularism.org.uk

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist

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Apr 07, 2017
Can atheists believe in human rights? Peter Tatchell vs Andy Bannister
01:29:34

Andy Bannister of Solas CPC will be speaking at http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist Unbelievable? The Conference 2017  and is behind a number of short films critiquing atheism.

He debates the subject of one of the films called "What are human rights based on?" with atheist and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

For Andy Bannister's Short Answers videos https://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ 

For Peter Tatchell http://www.petertatchell.net/

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Mar 31, 2017
Does God Exist? William Lane Craig vs Michael Nugent
01:27:42

Justin presents the audio of a recent debate between Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland.

This was the first date of the "Reasons for Hope 2017" speaking and debates tour in Cork, Dublin and Belfast. http://www.facebook.com/reasons2017 

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Mar 24, 2017
Did God Create Humanism? Theo Hobson & Andrew Copson
01:21:45

Theo Hobson is the author of the new book ‘God Created Humanism: The Christian basis of Secular Values’ (SPCK) in which he argues that atheistic humanism owes it values and ideology to the Judeo-Christian heritage of the West.

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association responds.

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For Andrew Copson’s book The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wiley-Blackwell-Handbook-Humanism/dp/1119977177

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Mar 17, 2017
Ask John Lennox Anything – on atheism, mathematics, CS Lewis and much more
01:21:39

Oxford mathematician and Christian thinker John Lennox will be the keynote speaker at Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 on Sat 13th May. He joins Justin to respond to a variety of questions sent in by show listeners including “What would convince you to become an atheist?”, “How do you stay cool in debates?” and “Tell us about being taught by CS Lewis”.

Justin also says hello to US show listener Wes Freeman, sitting in on the show as a special birthday treat arranged by his wife Ashley!

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For Reasons for Hope 2017 Island of Ireland tour: https://www.cui.ie/blog/50/reasons-for-hope-2017  

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Mar 10, 2017
Krishna, Christ and Hinduism debate – Ken Samples and Dipen Rajyaguru
01:21:18

‘God Among Sages: Why Jesus is not just another religious leader’ is a new book by Ken Samples of Reasons To Believe that compares and contrast Jesus with founding figures from all the main religions. Krishna is a key figure in the Hindu religion. Ken debates with Dipen Rajyaguru of the Hindu Council UK.

Ken believe that Jesus is unique among all spiritual leaders and is superior to Krishna in terms of his historical and moral record and his offer of salvation. Dipen responds on why he believe Jesus is a revered spiritual figure but doesn’t believe Christians shouldn’t seek to promote him above any other figure.

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For ‘God Among Sages’ by Ken Samples: https://www.amazon.com/God-among-Sages-Another-Religious/dp/0801016908 

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Mar 03, 2017
Why is God hidden? Justin Schieber and Blake Giunta
01:22:33

If God exists why doesn’t he make his existence more obvious to everyone? Atheist philosophers such as John Schellenburg have argued that God’s ‘hiddenness’ from non-believers who would otherwise want to be in a relationship with him is evidence that God does not exist. Justin Schieber return for a philosophical edition of the show to defend this objection against God.

Blake Giunta is a young Christian philosopher. He explains why he believes Schellenberg’s argument against God is faulty. God may have many good reasons not to reveal himself explicitly to non-believers.

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Feb 24, 2017
What happened to evolution at the Royal Society? Stephen Meyer & Perry Marshall
01:21:26

A meeting of top biologists from around the world at the Royal Society last November was convened to study new trends in evolutionary theory. It has led to speculation that the Neo-Darwinian paradigm is in crisis and is becoming widely rejected in the scientific community.

Intelligent design theorist Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute and Perry Marshall, author of 'Evolution 2.0'. were both present for the conference. They explain what happened, why it matters and their differing views on what it may mean for the future of evolutionary theory and Intelligent Design.

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For Perry Marshall's blog on the Royal Society conference: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Landmark-conference-puts-Neo-Darwinism-and-its-atheist-evangelists-on-thin-ice 

For a transcription of today's show: http://cosmicfingerprints.com/stephen-meyer-debate 

For the Discovery Institute's report on the Royal Society conference: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-klinghoffer/scientists-confirm-darwinism-broken 

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Feb 18, 2017
Does the moral argument for God work? Cory Markum vs John Cranman
01:21:32

Christian apologist John Cranman presents his version of the Moral Argument arguing that God is the best explanation of the existence of objective moral values and duties.

Atheist Cory Markum responds by arguing that, in various ways, God cannot ground objective morality. They both also debate whether objective morality/moral realism exists.

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For Cory Markum's "Hinge" podcast http://hingepodcast.org/

For Cory's blog on the moral argument: http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/cory-markum/god-morality-reloaded 

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Feb 10, 2017
Are atheists stealing from God? Frank Turek vs David Smalley
01:21:06

Frank Turek is a Christian apologist, author and host of the US radio call in show Cross Examined. His book ‘Stealing From God: Why atheists need God to make their case’ argues that skeptics steal from a Christian worldview to make their case for atheism.

David Smalley is an activist for secular humanism and the host of the atheist talk show Dogma Debate. He engages Frank on whether atheists can ground logic and reason without God.

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Feb 04, 2017
Should Christians embrace or reject Theistic Evolution? Wayne Rossiter & Denis Alexander
01:21:59

Wayne Rossiter was an atheist biologist who experienced an adult conversion to Christianity. He also changed his mind about evolution and his recent book ‘Shadow of Oz: Theistic Evolution and the Absent God’ argues that those who claim Darwinian evolution is compatible with Christianity are being misleading.

Denis Alexander, emeritus director of The Faraday institute in Cambridge and one of the leading proponents of Theistic Evolution, interacts with Rossiter.

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For Denis Alexander’s ‘Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creation-Evolution-Do-Have-Choose/dp/1854247468 

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Jan 27, 2017
Was Jesus created as an ancient myth? Richard Carrier vs David Marshall
01:20:52

David Marshall is a Christian thinker and author whose latest book “Jesus is no Myth!: The fingerprints of God on the Gospels” aims to refute claims by authors such as Bart Ehrman, Reza Aslan and Richard Carrier that the Gospels borrowed from other religious figures and mystery religions of their day to create their picture of Jesus.

Richard Carrier engages with him in a ‘gloves off’ debate on whether Marshall’s critique of the mythicist theory is academically credible and his evidence for the authenticity of the Gospel’s picture of Jesus.

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Jan 20, 2017
An Atheist and a Christian walk into a bar… Justin Schieber and Randal Rauser
01:21:31

Randal Rauser is a Christian theologian and philosopher, Justin Schieber is an atheist philosopher. They’ve written a conversational book together called “An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a bar… Talking about God, The universe and everything” (Prometheus).

In this show they discuss one of the themes of the book: religious disagreement. If there is a God shouldn’t we expect to find people across the world to have broadly have the same ideas about him? And since they don’t, is that evidence against God? Justin says yes, Randal says no.

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Jan 13, 2017
My friend the atheist churchgoer - Joe Ogborn & Tom Hallam
01:22:11

Joe Ogborn is a Christian who has been going to church in Cambridge with his friend Tom Hallam for several years. But Tom is an atheist.

Justin finds out about Joe and Tom's friendship, what impact going to church as a non believer has had on Tom and how worshipping next to an atheist has affected Joe's faith.

They talk about the ups and downs of going to church and what it would take for Tom to believe. 

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Jan 06, 2017
How I lost my child but kept my faith - Jessica Kelley
01:24:02

In a New Year's Eve special, Justin interviews two women involved in theology and apologetics in different ways. 

Jessica Kelley describes the heart-breaking story of losing her 4 year old son Henry to brain cancer. She also explains how adopting a "warfare" view of suffering gave her a theological framework for trusting God through the pain, as described in her new book 'Lord Willing?'.

Read her interview in Premier Christianity magazine here: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2016/December-2016/My-4-year-old-son-got-brain-cancer.-But-God-isn-t-to-blame

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Justin's second guest is Sarah Foster who works in evangelism to Muslims with Pfander Centre for Apologetics. She talks about her own faith journey and why she is spearheading youth resources to help a younger Christian generation who are being challenged by their Muslim counterparts, especially in the black church community.

For Jessica Kelley and 'Lord Willing? Wrestling with God's role in my child's death': http://jessicakelley.com/lord-willing/

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Dec 31, 2016
The Star of Bethlehem - Fact or Fiction? Colin Nicholl, Aaron Adair & Mark Kidger
01:22:22

In a Christmas Eve edition of the show Justin is joined by Christian guest Colin Nicholl, atheist Aaron Adair and agnostic Mark Kidger, each of whom has written a book on the star of a Bethlehem from different perspectives.

Nicholl says his research has led him to conclude the star was a comet. Adair says the star was pious fiction by the writer of Matthew's

Gospel. Astronomer Mark Kidger also shares his ongoing research on the possible explanations of the star and the Magi who heralded its appearance. 

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For 'The Star of Bethlehem: An astronomer's view' by Mark Kidger: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Bethlehem-Astronomers-View/dp/0691058237 

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Dec 23, 2016
Was Hitler anti-Christian? Richard Weikart vs Richard Carrier
01:21:12

Hitler is often claimed to have been an atheist or a Christian by believers and skeptics eager to put the dictator in the other's camp. Christian historian Richard Weikart argues he was neither in his new book "Hitler's Religion: The twisted beliefs that drove the Third Reich".

Richard Carrier is an atheist historian who has researched Hitler's purported anti-Christian statements often quoted by apologists in his book "Hitler, Homer, Bible, Christ". He says that Hitler was anti-Catholic but thought of himself as a "positivist" Christian. In contrast Weikart argues Hitler was a pantheist who personally despised Christianity and only used it in public to aid his rise to power. 

For Richard Weikart's "Hitler's Religion": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitlers-Religion-Twisted-Beliefs-Drove-ebook/dp/B01MG45IZ8 

For Richard Carrier: http://www.richardcarrier.info/

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Dec 16, 2016
Finding God in the Waves – Mike McHargue and Benn Watts
01:20:55

Mike McHargue – known as ‘Science Mike’ - was a Christian who lost his faith then found it again through science. He tells his story of coming back to faith through an experience on a beach and how he now puts science and Christian faith together.

Ben Watts is an atheist who grew up with a Christian Faith but lost it after going to university to study science. He engages with Mike on this week’s show.

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Dec 09, 2016
Does God Exist? David Wood vs Michael Shermer debate
02:24:07

In this podcast only edition of the show you can hear a public debate that took place between Christian apologist David Wood and atheist Michael Shermer.

Audio provided by Ratio Christi. Find out more about Ratio Christi https://ratiochristi.org/

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Dec 02, 2016
Is design in nature undeniable? Doug Axe vs Keith Fox
01:22:46

Doug Axe is a molecular biologist who says that his work on molecular systems convinced him that life is designed, rather than a result of unguided evolution. He lays out the evidence in the book ‘Undeniable: How biology confirms our intuition that life is designed’ and why his intelligent design conclusions got him into trouble as a researcher in Cambridge.

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton, and believes that evolution and Christian faith are complementary. Both Fox and Axe are Christians but with very different views on whether biology confirms or contradicts Darwinian evolution.

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Nov 25, 2016
Should modern biology make us rethink theology? Luke Janssen vs Fuz Rana
01:21:47

Luke J Janssen once took a literalistic view of the creation story in scripture. But his studies in biology, genetics and evolution made him change his mind on how Christians should think. His book "Standing on the shoulders of giants: Genesis and Human Origins" says the church needs to rethink much of its doctrine in light of modern biology.

He dialogues with Fuz Rana, biochemist with Reasons To Believe as they debate common ancestry and features of the human body which Janssen believes support gradual evolution rather than special creation.

For Luke Janssen's book: https://www.amazon.com/Standing-Shoulders-Giants-Genesis-Origins/dp/1498291406 

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Nov 18, 2016
What happened on the cross? NT Wright & Tom Schreiner. 500th podcast episode.
01:20:59

CORRECTED AUDIO! NT (Tom) Wright's new book "The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the meaning of Jesus' crucifixion" says that the cross was about much more than Jesus absolving us of sin. 

He discusses atonement theology, God's wrath and penal substitution with reformed Bible scholar Thomas Schreiner. It's also the 500th podcast episode of the show!

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Nov 11, 2016
Ask NT Wright anything - Listener Q&A
01:24:09

Justin is joined for the first of two shows by renowned Bible scholar NT (Tom) Wright. He answers a variety of questions sent in by both sceptical and Christian listeners. Topics include John's gospel, the resurrection, innerancy and hell.

Later in the show Justin talks to Max McLean whose stage production of CS Lewis' 'The Screwtape Letters' is coming to London during December.

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Can We Agree To Disagree? Dialogue event 14 Nov: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-we-agree-to-disagree-christians-humanists-in-dialogue-tickets-27430401068 

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Nov 04, 2016
Tim Keller vs Jeremy Rodell - Do humans make sense without God?
01:21:22

NYC's pastor-to-the-sceptics Tim Keller debates atheist Jeremy Rodell. Tim's new book 'Making Sense of God: An invitation to the sceptical' is a prequel to his bestselling 2008 book 'The Reason For God'.

Tim is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. Jeremy is the dialogue officer for the British Humanist Association. They discuss whether humanism is a form of faith, as well as identity and hope, and whether atheism or Christianity best explains our deepest longings. 

Karl Faase also joins Justin to talk about a new video resource 'Jesus the Game Changer'.

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Can We Agree To Disagree? Dialogue event 14 Nov: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-we-agree-to-disagree-christians-humanists-in-dialogue-tickets-27430401068

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Oct 28, 2016
Should Christians vote for Trump? Christina Rees, John Zmirak, Eric Metaxas & Tony Campolo
01:20:11

As the most bitter and controversial US election in history approaches its conclusion, Justin is joined by Christians of varying political persuasions. Donald Trump's nomination has split evangelicals, but Hillary Clinton is also disliked by many in both parties. Former chair of Women And The Church, Christina Rees debates with John Zmirak, senior editor at conservative blog Stream.org.  

We also hear from Trump supporter Eric Metaxas, and Hillary supporter Tony Campolo.

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Oct 22, 2016
What does Revelation say about Hell? Chris Date & Rob Wiesner
01:26:56
Revelation remains a closed book of the New Testament to many Christians. In this episode Justin is joined by Chris Date and Rob Wiesner to talk about the nature of Revelation and what it actually says about Hell and judgement.
 

Chris Date changed his mind about Hell several years ago from the traditional view of "eternal conscious torment" to "conditional immortality", the view that Hell involves final destruction of the unrepentant. He debates with Robert Wiesner who takes the traditional view. Whose position do the passages in Revelation support?


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Oct 14, 2016
Why I changed my mind about Christian history - Tom Holland & Larry Hurtado
01:21:19
Historian Tom Holland recently penned an article for The New Statesman on why he changed his mind about Christianity. Holland is the author of popular books on ancient empires and says his research made him realise how unique Christianity was in its infancy. He claims that, despite secular arguments that Christianity hinders moral progress, the West actually owes its values of equality and human dignity to the religion.
 

Holland discusses the issues with New Testament historian Larry Hurtado whose recent book 'Destroyer of the Gods' explains the unique and unusual nature of the early Christian church in the context of Greco- Roman culture.






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Oct 07, 2016
Multiverse Show 2: Fine-tuning fights back! Luke Barnes & Max Andrews
01:21:35
Following a recent show in which both guests argued in favour of the multiverse, Justin is joined by Luke Barnes, an Australian physicist whose new book ‘A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos’ makes the case for the fine tuning of our universe for life and is co-written with Geraint Lewis.  Luke is sceptical of the ability of multiverse theory and its ability to solve the riddle of fine tuning and explains why.
 

Max Andrews is a PhD student researching the philosophy of the multiverse. He unpacks some of his research on the implication of the ‘quantum’ theory of the multiverse for theology and fine tuning. 








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Sep 30, 2016
Kierkegaard: A Single Life - Stephen Backhouse & Jane Williams
01:21:27
Justin hears about the unusual life of Soren Kierkegaard in a theological edition of the show. Author Stephen Backhouse explains how the 19th Century theologian/philosopher has shaped the modern world and today's Christian faith.
Jane Williams of the GodPod podcast and theologian at St Mellitus College joins the discussion.
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Sep 23, 2016
Who's afraid of the Multiverse? Jeff Zweerink & Skydive Phil
01:21:52
The word 'multiverse' has been on the lips of both physicists and apologists in recent years. In this show Justin is joined by atheist Phil Harper and Christian astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink of Reasons To Believe.
They explain why they both believe there is scientific evidence for many universes and how that could impact the argument for God from the fine tuning of the universe.
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Sep 16, 2016
Unbelievable Live! in California: Ryan Bell & Sean McDowell on ‘Why I am an atheist / Why I am a Christian’
02:40:46
Justin presents a live audience edition of the show from Church Everyday in Northridge, California. He’s joined by atheist Ryan Bell, a former Christian pastor who took ‘A Year Without God’ after coming to doubt his faith, and Sean McDowell a Christian thinker who tells his own journey of doubt and coming to a conviction that Christianity is true.
There’s also an interview with Justin by Kevin Yi of Truth Matters Ministries who hosted the event, and time for audience Q&A at the end.
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Sep 09, 2016
Derren Brown show 2: discussing miracles and healing
01:21:43
Justin continues his conversation with illusionist and atheist Derren Brown. They discuss his latest stage show Miracle where Derren appears to be able to heal people and even ‘slay’ them in the spirit. Does his ability to produce manufactured miracles show that healing claims are a con? They also discuss where the burden of evidence lies when it comes to miracles and God.
Justin is joined again for the final part of the show by Dave Rose, Jamie Cutteridge and Ruth Jackson to reflect on the interview. He also speaks to Rico Tice and Barry Cooper about their new evangelism course Life Explored
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Sep 02, 2016
Derren Brown discusses Christianity, atheism and the resurrection
01:20:36
Derren Brown, the UK’s most famous illusionist and mentalist, was once a Christian. In the first of a two part special, he talks to Justin Brierley about why he lost his faith, and about his latest stage show Miracle in which he plays the persona of a healing evangelist. Justin and Derren also discuss the resurrection of Jesus, atheism and finding meaning in life. Next week’s show sees them discuss in detail the content of the Miracle stage show.
Justin is joined for the final part of the show by station manager (and Derren Brown fanboy) Dave Rose, plus Jamie Cutteridge and Ruth Jackson of Premier Youthwork magazine to reflect on the interview.
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Aug 26, 2016
Is belief in God ‘properly basic’? Tyler McNabb vs Stephen Law
01:28:18
Today’s show debates philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s reformed epistemology and his view that Christians have a ‘properly basic’ belief in God. Can Christians can be justified in their belief in God apart from argumentation?
Tyler McNabb is a Christian PhD student specialising in epistemology and philosophy of religion who defends properly basic belief in God, using it in street evangelism as well as philosophy. Stephen Law is an atheist philosopher and Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK. He has frequently critiqued reformed epistemology on his blog.
Justin also speaks to Scott Klusendorf at the end of this week’s show about the Clarkson Academy - a pro-life training weekend for Christians in September.
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Aug 19, 2016
Challenging Muslims with the Gospel – Jay Smith & Beth Grove
01:22:37
Jay Smith has led a Christian ministry engaging face to face with Muslims in London for over 20 years using polemics and apologetics. As he leaves the UK to undertake an international role Beth Grove will be leading the work in London through the newly established Pfander Centre for Apologetics. They talk about the joys and challenges of reaching Muslims in the UK, those they have seen convert, why the nature of the debates have changed and the new arguments critiquing the historicity of Mecca, Mohammed and the Koran.
At the end of the show Ben Virgo of Christian Heritage London drops in to talk about the amazing history of London’s landmarks and the Christian figures who lived and worked there.
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Aug 12, 2016
Did Hume Demolish Miracles? Michael Ruse vs Gary Habermas
01:22:58
Do extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence? The 18th century philosopher David Hume is credited with originating the phrase often used by atheists and sceptics. In a second show, Christian philosopher Gary Habermas and atheist philosopher Michael Ruse debate whether Hume established that it is irrational to believe in miracles.
They also discuss the evidence for the resurrection and what it would take for Ruse to believe in a miracle.
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For Michael Ruse http://philosophy.fsu.edu/content/view/full/871784
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Aug 05, 2016
Is atheist naturalism coherent? Gary Habermas vs Michael Ruse
01:20:23
Gary Habermas is Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Liberty University. Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University.
They debate whether Michael's belief in naturalism (all that exists is the material world) is a coherent worldview given the challenges posed by personhood, morality, free will and subjective states. They also discuss whether progress in science has eliminated the need for God.
For Gary Habermas on naturalism http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/Bibliotheca-Sacra/habermas_BtS_paradigm-shift.htm
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Jul 29, 2016
Religious experience, relationships & apologetics - Richard Morgan & Frances Janusz
01:24:08
Richard Morgan was an atheist for many years before a sudden epiphany (via the Richard Dawkins website) brought him to Christian faith. He enjoys dialoguing online with other atheists but finds apologetics limited in how far it can persuade people. 8 years on from his conversion he takes an 'apophatic' approach to his faith and believes relationships are far more important than argument and evidence.
Frances Janusz has been an atheist most of her life. She has been a friend of Richard since they started chatting on the Unbelievable discussion group. Having investigated apologetics she hasn't met an argument that seems convincing. She talks with Richard and Justin about religious experience, evidence, and what it would take for her to become a Christian.
For Richard Morgan http://whyimcatholic.com/index.php/conversion-stories/atheist-converts/155-atheist-convert-richard-morgan
For Frances Janusz https://counterapologistblog.wordpress.com/
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Jul 22, 2016
The Conference 2016 Highlights show + Unbelievable Live in the USA
01:19:40
Justin presents some highlights from this year’s Unbelievable Conference including the opening address by evangelist J.John, and snippets from the Reaching Young People, Rules of Engagement and What If They Ask Me? Seminar streams. The show concludes with highlights from the Panel Q&A at the end of the day.
Justin also reveals details about Unbelievable? Live in the USA, a dialogue event taking place in California on Sat 27 Aug.
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Jul 15, 2016
The Ex-atheist & the Ex-Christian – Holly Ordway & Vanessa James
01:20:45
Holly Ordway is Professor of English and Director of the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She was a happy atheist, but was converted to Christianity through apologetics and her love of literature. Vanessa James is a musician who was a committed Christian until a few years ago when she lost her faith and became an atheist.
Both stories don’t quite finish there however, as you’ll hear in this programme as they dialogue on the pros and cons of atheism, Christianity and our search for meaning, beauty and truth.
For Holly Ordway http://www.hollywordway.com
Read Vanessa James’ ‘Christian Detox’ blogs at http://www.theallowed.com/
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Jul 08, 2016
Were the apostles martyred for their faith? Sean McDowell vs Ken Humphreys
01:20:14
The argument that ‘the followers of Jesus wouldn’t have suffered and died for a lie’ is often used as evidence for the resurrection. But in recent years attacks have been mounted on whether the martyrdom accounts of the apostles are reliable.
Sean McDowell, author of ‘The Fate of the Apostles’ defends the historicity of the martyrdom accounts of Paul, Peter, James and other early followers. Ken Humphreys, a Jesus mythicist, makes the case that the martyrdom accounts are pious inventions.
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For Ken Humphreys http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/
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Jul 01, 2016
Is God a God of wrath? Joshua Ryan Butler & Brian Zahnd
01:22:10
How should Christians interpret scriptures that describe the 'wrath' of God? Did God punish Jesus on the cross? Are we punished for our sins or do we merely suffer the 'consequences' of them?
These and other questions are debated as Joshua Ryan Butler author of "The Pursuing God" and progressive pastor Brian Zahnd discuss the issues.

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Jun 24, 2016
Should we Stay or should we Go? Christians debate the EU referendum
01:55:50
Hear the live debate in Woking with 4 speakers putting the Christian case for and against the UK leaving the European Union.
Justin Brierley chairs the debate. On the Stay team: Sir Simon Hughes & Gary Streeter MP. On the Go team: Adrian Hilton (aka Archbishop Cranmer) & Brendan Chilton.For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016
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Jun 18, 2016
Grill Greg Koukl - Questions on prayer, atonement & God's hiddenness
01:23:48
Christian Apologist, Greg Koukl joins Justin ahead of an apologetics event in London in July. They take calls from atheist listeners on whether prayer makes sense if God already know what we'll ask for, whether penal atonement is just, and why God remains hidden.
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Jun 10, 2016
How should the church treat LGBT people? Preston Sprinkle & Brandan Robertson
01:22:29
How should the church treat LGBT people? Preston Sprinkle & Brandan Robertson Preston Sprinkle, author of "People To Be Loved: Why homosexuality is not just an issue" joins Justin in studio. He dialogues with Brandan Robertson, a young gay evangelical who became gay affirming last year.
Brandan Robertson's book "Nomad: A Spirituality for travelling light" tells his journey. As they both embark on book tours in the UK, they debate their different perspectives and what the church must do to improve its treatment and dialogue around LGBT people.
For Preston Sprinkle http://www.prestonsprinkle.com/
For Preston's UK dates http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theologyintheraw/2016/05/uk-speaking-tour/
For Brandan Robertson & his book tour http://www.brandanrobertson.com
Info on the EU referendum debate event on Tue 14 June in Woking http://www.wokingurc.org.uk/events.htm
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Jun 03, 2016
Grill James White + Larry Taunton on bible study with Christopher Hitchens
01:22:50
Reformed apologist James White joins Justin again, this time to take calls from listeners on whether the apostles preached Jesus’ divinity, whether God is the author of evil, and whether Calvin wasn’t reformed enough.
In the final part of the show Justin is joined by Larry Taunton to talk about his unlikely friendship with one of the world’s best known atheists, as detailed in his new book ‘The Faith of Christopher Hitchens’.
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May 27, 2016
Is Open Theism a heresy? James White vs John Sanders
01:22:51
John E Sanders is one among a number of evangelical theologians such as Greg Boyd who have embraced Open Theism – the view that God does not necessarily have foreknowledge of all future events and that the future is open. Many evangelicals believe Open Theism is a heresy – denying the omniscience of God and going against Biblical teaching.
James White of Alpha and Omega ministries believes Open Theism is a serious heresy and defends a Calvinist view of God’s sovereignty – that God has predestined all future events for his glory. They debate the issues.
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For James White http://www.aomin.org/
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May 20, 2016
Why Can’t Mike Believe? David Robertson & Mike Rand
01:23:11
Mike Rand is an agnostic who has been listening to Unbelievable? for several years. He is attracted to aspects of the Christian faith but has certain intellectual objections which he hasn’t found satisfactory answers to yet.
He engages with David Robertson of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity in a good humoured and wide ranging discussion on Mike’s questions and what it would take for Mike to believe.
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May 13, 2016
Is human life intrinsically valuable? Peter Singer, Richard Weikart & Susan Blackmore
01:22:48
Richard Weikart, professor of history at California State University, joins Justin to talk about his new book 'The Death of Humanity'. He says the loss of belief in the value of human life is leading to disastrous consequences for society.
Peter Singer is an Australian ethicist who believes we should dispense with the concept of the sanctity of human life in favour of a view of 'personhood'. Humans who are less capable of having preferences, such as babies, have less claim to be kept alive.
They debate whether this view of humanity is dangerous and Susan Blackmore, atheist psychologist and philosopher also joins the conversation.
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May 07, 2016
A Tale of Two Megachurches – When Justin met Joel Osteen & Rob Bell
45:22
In this podcast-only edition of the programme, Justin Brierley delves into the archives to air a radio documentary which was first broadcast in 2009. He and his family went on a US road trip to visit two megachurches and meet their pastors.
Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas is the largest church in America with over 40,000 in attendance each week. TV pastor Joel Osteen broadcasts his message of health, wealth and positivity to thousands more every week. They also visited another large (but very different) church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mars Hill Bible Church, pastored at the time by Rob Bell, was seen as a thriving example of the so-called ‘emerging’ church.
The programme compares and contrasts the two different churches and their leaders. Justin and his wife Lucy share their thoughts on the experience and what the UK can learn from the American example.
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Apr 29, 2016
Have atheists got the wrong God? Rupert Shortt vs Jeremy Rodell
01:22:09
In his new book ‘Go Is No Thing’ Rupert Shortt argues that many ‘new atheists’ have a faulty view of God that doesn’t take seriously the philosophical arguments that thinkers like Thomas Aquinas gave many centuries ago for the existence of God.
Rupert discusses the issues with atheist Jeremy Rodell, dialogue officer for the British Humanist Association. We also hear some feedback to the most recent Bauckham vs Ehrman shows.
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Apr 22, 2016
Ehrman vs Bauckham Part 2: Can we trust eyewitness testimony?
01:22:49
Justin hosts the second part of a debate between noted Bible scholars Bart Ehrman and Richard Bauckham. Ehrman's new book "Jesus Before the Gospels" makes the case that eyewitness testimony is very fallible and that the stories about Jesus that were written down in the Gospels would have changed shape over time.
Richard Bauckham, author of "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses", defends the trustworthiness of eyewitness testimony and addresses the question of how Jesus' sayings and stories would have been memorised and passed along.
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Apr 15, 2016
Are the Gospels based on eyewitness testimony? Bart Ehrman vs Richard Bauckham
01:20:39
Bart Ehrman's new book "Jesus Before the Gospels" makes the case that the stories about Jesus would have changed and evolved before they were written down as the Gospels.
Richard Bauckham, author of "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses", defends the view that the Gospels were written by those with access to eyewitness testimony of Jesus' first followers. They debate who wrote Mark, whether the the Gospels came from anonymous traditions and how they received their titles.
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Apr 08, 2016
Did Jesus' followers believe he was God? Yusuf Ismail vs Jonathan McLatchie
01:20:45
In Islam, Jesus is regarded as a prophet. Muslims commonly claim that the Christian belief in Christ as co-equal with God is a corruption of Jesus' message and that his first followers did not regard him as the Son of God.
Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie returns for a second week to debate Islamic evangelist Yusuf Ismail on whether early church Christology evolved over time or whether Christ's deity was believed by his first followers.
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For Michael J Alter: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Yusuf-Ismail/476386472392334
For Jonathan McLatchie: http://www.apologetics-academy.org/
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Apr 01, 2016
A Jewish sceptic investigates the resurrection: Michael Alter vs Jonathan McLatchie
01:22:07
Michael Alter is a Jew who spent a decade researching the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus after being challenged to investigate it. The result is his book ‘The Resurrection: A critical enquiry’. He was not eventually persuaded by the evidence he found. Part of his research responds to the so-called ‘minimal facts’ surrounding the story often cited by apologists.
Apologist Jonathan McLatchie responds to Alter’s objections to the resurrection making that case that the reported experiences of the disciples, and the conversion of Paul and James the brother of Jesus, provide historical evidence for the plausibility of the Resurrection.
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Mar 24, 2016
Is the fine-tuning of the Universe evidence for God? Robin Collins vs Peter Millican
01:20:23
Science has revealed that the fundamental constants and forces of the cosmos appear to be exquisitely fine-tuned to allow a universe in which life can develop. Is God the best explanation of the incredibly improbable odds of the universe we live in being a life-permitting one?
Robin Collins is a Christian philosopher and a leading advocate of the argument for God from cosmic design. Peter Millican is an atheist philosopher at Oxford University. They debate the issues.
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For Peter Millican: http://www.millican.org/
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Mar 18, 2016
Should Christians save sex for marriage? Dianna E Anderson & Sarah Long
01:20:13
Most evangelical churches teach young people that sex should be saved for marriage. But Dianna E Anderson's book 'Damaged Goods' claims that the purity culture of the American church she grew up in can be damaging for young people and that sexual relationships before marriage are permissible for Christians.
Sarah Long is a youth advisor for the Church Of England and has been involved with the Romance Academy, an organisation promoting a healthy view of sex to youth culture. She believes young Christians should be encouraged to save sex for marriage as the place God intended for sexual intimacy.
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Mar 11, 2016
Does the problem of evil presuppose God? Josh Parikh vs Cory Markum
01:21:21
The problem of evil and suffering is a key objection to the existence of a loving God. But what if the very existence of moral ‘evil’ requires a God?
Oxford undergraduate Josh Parikh is a young Christian apologist who won Tyndale Fellowship’s 2015 IVP ‘Young Philosopher of Religion’ Prize for his essay on the problem of evil. He interacts with atheist Cory Markum as they debate the problem. Can real evil exist in a godless universe and could God have sufficient reasons to allow apparently gratuitous suffering?
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016"
For Josh Parikh’s prize winning paper on the problem of evil : http://www.tyndalephilosophy.co.uk/prize.html
For Cory Markum: http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blogs/cory-markumll
For Ed Turner: https://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com
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Mar 04, 2016
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Joseph Cumming & Nabeel Qureshi
01:20:44
A Wheaton college professor was recently threatened with dismissal after claiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
Justin is joined by two Christian guests to debate the question, Joseph Cumming a scholar of Islamic and Christian thought at Yale and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi of RZIM.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016"
For Joseph Cumming: http://www.josephcumming.com/
For Nabeel Qureshi: http://www.nabeelqureshi.com/
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Feb 26, 2016
Was Christopher Hitchens right about religion? Peter Hitchens, Ed Turner & Peter Harris (plus Unbelievable? 2016 announced)
01:20:57
Until his death from cancer over four years ago, Christopher Hitchens was one of the preeminent figures of new atheism: a prolific writer who was eloquent, witty and in great demand for his speaking and debating.
Justin is joined by Christopher's brother Peter Hitchens who is a columnist for the Mail On Sunday, atheist blogger Ed Turner, and Peter Harris, a Christian apologist writing a PhD on Hitchens. In this show we assess some of his arguments against religion, including the claim that "religion poisons everything" and belief in God is like believing in a celestial North Korean dictator.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016"
For Peter Hitchens: http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/
For Peter Harris: http://www.bethinking.org/author/peter-harris/page/all
For Ed Turner: https://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com
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Feb 19, 2016
From Christian to Jewish to atheist – Luke Griffiss-Williams & Richard Harvey
01:20:20
Luke Griffiss-Williams has an interesting faith journey. Having been an evangelical Christian, doubts about the deity of Jesus led him to convert to Judaism. But further doubts about the historicity of the Old Testament led him to become an atheist.
Richard Harvey, senior researcher with Jews for Jesus responds to Luke’s story as well as telling his own of how, as a Jew, he came to believe in Jesus as Messiah.
For Luke Griffiss-Williams: https://myspace.com/hatterarts
For Richard Harvey: http://www.mappingmessianicjewishtheology.eu/
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Feb 12, 2016
Are Christians happier than atheists? Ann Morisy & Craig James
01:19:38
The latest survey from the UK Office of National Statistics shows that religious people are happier than atheists. Hindus came first in terms of reported happiness and Christians second.
Christian researcher and author Ann Morisy discusses with atheist blogger and author Craig James why people of faith consistently report higher levels of wellbeing in surveys than atheists. What other factors may account for the results and does it have any bearing on the truth of religious claims?
For Ann Morisy: http://www.stpancraschurch.org/index.php?id=126
For Craig A James: http://www.thereligionvirus.com/
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Feb 05, 2016
Is belief in Divine punishment good or bad for us? Dominic Johnson and Peter S Williams
01:21:03
Dominic Johnson’s new book ‘God is Watching You: How the fear of God makes us human’ makes the claim that belief in divine punishment has arisen because of the evolutionary advantage it brings in creating cooperative, moral societies.
Christian philosopher Peter S Williams interacts with Dominic on questions over whether his research explains away religious belief, and whether Christianity is a religion of punishment and rewards.
For ‘God is Watching You’ https://global.oup.com/academic/product/god-is-watching-you-9780199895632?cc=gb〈=en&
For Peter S Williams: http://www.peterswilliams.com
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Jan 29, 2016
Devil’s Advocate Debate - Michael Ruse the theist vs Randal Rauser the atheist
01:20:42
It’s sometimes said that the best way to understands your opponent’s position is to put yourself in their shoes. Justin hosts an unusual edition of the show, in which his Christian and atheist guests swap roles.
Atheist philosopher Michael Ruse defends what he believes are the best arguments for believing in God, while Christian theologian Randal Rauser defends atheism. They discuss the problem of suffering, why there is something rather than nothing, and other evidences for and against Christianity.
For Michael Ruse http://philosophy.fsu.edu/content/view/full/35805
For Randal Rauser: http://randalrauser.com/
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Jan 22, 2016
Is gay marriage bad for children? Bobby Lopez, James Croft & Jacob Clark
01:20:15
As gay marriage is legalised in countries around the world, some studies claim to show that rearing children in same sex families can be harmful. Bobby Lopez was raised by two lesbian mothers but today campaigns for the right of children to be raised by a biological mother and father.
Debating Lopez are James Croft, humanist leader and gay rights campaigner, and Jacob Clark who has been fostered for the past two years by a gay clergy couple.
For Bobby Lopez http://englishmanif.blogspot.co.uk
For James Croft: http://ethicalstl.org/
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Jan 15, 2016
Is peace between Israel & Palestine possible? Salim Munayer, Lisa Loden & Andrew Sibley
01:20:29
Justin is joined by Palestinian Christian Salim Munayer and Jewish Christian believer Lisa Loden, authors of 'Through My Enemy's Eyes', as they discuss the prospects for peace in Israel.
They are also joined by Andrew Sibley author of 'Understanding Israel'.
For Through My Enemy's Eyes http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00J25R7E6
For Andrew Sibley http://zions-new-name.blogspot.co.uk/
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Jan 08, 2016
Is it time for Evolution 2.0? Perry Marshall vs PZ Myers
01:20:34
Perry Marshall is an online marketing strategist with a background in computer engineering. His new book 'Evolution 2.0: Breaking the deadlock between Darwin and Design' claims to show a 'third way' which proves evolutionary changes are neither random not accidental but are targeted, adaptive and aware.
PZ Myers is well known as an evolutionary biologist and strident atheist blogger. He believes Marshall's book is flawed. They debate the mechanics of the cell, how information arises and whether Marshall's analogies from computer engineering are suitable in the field of biology.
For Perry Marshall http://cosmicfingerprints.com
For PZ Myers http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/
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Dec 31, 2015
Christmas special: Santa, the star & the atheist who loves Christmas. Colin Nicholl, Phil Vischer, Ruth Jackson, Nick Pandolfi & David Suchet
01:20:31
Justin is joined by a glittering array of guests for a Boxing Day edition of the show. Colin Nicholl author of 'The Great Christ Comet' discusses why he believes the Bethlehem star was a comet. Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales) and Ruth Jackson of Premier Childrenswork magazine debate whether we should encourage children's belief in Father Christmas.
Agnostic radio host Nick Pandolfi explains why he loves church at Christmas even though he's not a believer. And Justin speaks to David Suchet (TV's Poirot) about his mammoth audio Bible project and Christmas as an adult convert to Christianity.
For 'The Great Christ Comet' http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Great-Christ-Comet-Revealing/dp/1433542137
For Phil Vischer http://www.philvischer.com
For Premier ChildrensWork magazine http://www.premierchildrenswork.com
For Nick Pandolfi http://www.nicholaspandolfi.co.uk
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Dec 24, 2015
Is the UK's Christian heritage history? Peter Hitchens vs Terry Sanderson
01:21:22
A recent report on faith and public life in the UK recommended cutting back the role of Christianity to make space for other faiths and humanist points of view.
Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens says the report's recommendations further undercut the Christian heritage that has allowed the UK to flourish. Terry Sanderson says the report does not go far enough in banishing religious privilege. They debate whether the UK should hold on to its Christian heritage.
For Peter Hitchens http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2015/12/goodbye-christianity-hello-multicultural-wasteland.html
For Terry Sanderson http://www.secularism.org.uk/
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Dec 18, 2015
Why do evangelicals lose their faith? Os Guinness & Rodney Wilson
01:20:54
Christian author and cultural critic Os Guinness' new book called "Fools Talk: Recovering the art of Christian persuasion" is aimed at helping Christians develop a confident and winsome approach to engaging those who are closed to faith. He engages with ex-evangelical Rodney Wilson who has researched the reasons why evangelical Christians lose their faith in his book "Killing God" as they discuss the cultural and doctrinal barriers to embracing Christian faith.
For 'Fool's Talk' http://www.amazon.com/Killing-God-Christian-Fundamentalism-Atheism/dp/1492165298
For 'Killing God' http://www.amazon.com/Killing-God-Christian-Fundamentalism-Atheism/dp/1492165298
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Dec 11, 2015
Ask me any question - 10th anniversary celebration edition
01:20:06
Unbelievable? has turned 10 years old! Justin answers a ton of questions send in by listeners about the show, the guests and his own beliefs. We also hear some memorable moments from shows over the years, Birthday greetings form selected friends and audio form the very first edition of the programme.
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Dec 04, 2015
Is Christianity holding Northern Ireland back? David Robertson vs Michael Nugent
02:06:31
This week’s episode is a podcast-only special featuring the audio of a recent debate between David Robertson of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland.
Around 400 people filled Belfast’s Stormont Hotel ballroom to hear them debate the question ‘Is Christianity holding Northern Ireland back?’ moderated by BBC presenter William Crawley.
For more from the debate http://alaninbelfast.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/is-christianity-holding-northern.html
For David Robertson: http://www.solas-cpc.org/
For Michael Nugent: http://atheist.ie/
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Nov 27, 2015
Is ISIS Islamic? Jeremiah J Johnston, Craig Evans, Inayat Bunglawala & Adnan Rashid
01:20:46