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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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.

For Big Conversation videos, updates and bonus content sign up: http://www.thebigconversation.show 

For Steven Pinker: https://stevenpinker.com  

For Nick Spencer: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-West-Nick-Spencer/dp/028 [...]

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: 

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.

For videos, updates and bonus content sign up: http://www.thebigconversation.show

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/

 

Get signed copies of Unbeli [...]

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/produc [...]

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.

Pre-order the Unbelievable? Conference 2018 DVD/CD or Digital Download http://www.premier.org.uk/shop

Get updates from Unbelievable’s Big Conversation series https://www.thebigconversation.show 

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

For more faith debates visit http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbel [...]

May 25, 2018
Important announcement! The Big Conversation is coming.
00:06:23

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

Be part of the Unbelievable? Live recording in London on Wed 18 July http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievablelive

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: 

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/ 

For Unbelievable [...]

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 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and audiobook: 

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/

Vote for your top tough question at this year’s Unbelievable? conference https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Features/Unbelievable-The-Conference-2018/What-s-your-big-question-for-God-Vote-Now

Sharon D [...]

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

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 DVD/ [...]

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 

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/

For Unbelievable [...]

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 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: h [...]

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/    [...]

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/

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and audiobook: 

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/

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and audiobook: www.unbelieva [...]

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/ 

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 D [...]

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

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and [...]

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.

For Fuz at Unbelievable? 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask 

For Reasons To Believe: http://www.reasons.org

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2018: http://www.premier.org.uk/justask< [...]

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/ 

For ‘Letter to Lucy’ by Frank Schaeffer: http://www.frankschaeffer.com

For Unbelievable? the Confer [...]

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/02810769 [...]

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/ 

For Cross Vision: http://fortresspress.com/product/cross-vision-how-crucifixion-jesus-makes-sense-old-testament-violence 

For Paul Copan: http://paulcopan.com/

For Unbelievabl [...]

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

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

For Cross Vision: http://fortresspress.com/product/cross-vision-how-crucifixion-jesus-m [...]

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.prem [...]

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: 

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 

For Myron B Penner: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-end-of-apologetics/285610 [...]

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/

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 DVD/CD & Digital Download: http://www.prem [...]

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

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 DVD/CD & Digital Download: http://www.premier.org.uk/shop

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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 

Get signed copies of Unbelievable? the book and audiobook: 

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

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

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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

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 DVD/CD & Digital Download: 

Nov 24, 2017
Justin tells the story of Unbelievable? Audiobook chapter 1 bonus episode
00:47:01

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/ 

For the half price Unbelievable? bundle of a signed book and 2 Conference DVDs:  https://www.premier.org.uk/Shop/Unbelievable-the-Book/Exclusive-Christmas-Offer 

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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/ 

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

Get Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 DVD/CD & Digital Download:

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/

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

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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 

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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<http://www.unbelievablebook.co.uk/>’.

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/

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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?

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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/

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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  

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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/ 

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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

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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 </a> 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.

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

For The Hobson’s book God Created Humanism: https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Created-Humanism-Christian-Secular/dp/0281077428 

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

For Blake Giunta’s ‘Belief Map’: https://beliefmap.org/

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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.

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

For Perry Marshall’s blog on the Royal Society conference: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Landmark-co [...]

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.

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

For John Cranman’s “Riot in Reason” podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/riot-in-reason/id1124201626?mt=2 

For Cory Markum’s “Hinge” podcast http://hingepodcast.org/

For Cory’s blog on the moral argument: http://www.atheistrepublic.co [...]

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.

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

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

For Justin’s appearance on the Cross Examined radio show: http://player.subsplash.com/6jpcdgc

For David Smalley: http://dogmadebate.com/

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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.

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

For Wayne Rossiter’s ‘Shadow of Oz’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Oz-Theistic-Evolution-Absent/dp/149822072X 

For Denis Alexander’s ‘Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?’: http [...]

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.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 tickets (from Tuesday 24 January) http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For “Jesus Is no Myth!”: https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-No-Myth-Fingerprints-Gospels/dp/0970227841

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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.

For “An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar”: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Atheist-Christian-Walk-into-Bar/dp/1633882438  

For Randal Rauser: http://randalrauser.com 

For Justin Schieber: https://www.you [...]

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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To read Joe Ogborn’s article in Premier Christianity magazine “My Friend the Atheist Churchgoer”: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/January-2017/My-friend-the-atheist-churchgoer  

For a free sample copy of the magazine: http://www.premierchristianity.com/freesample 

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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 t [...]

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 Great Christ Comet’ by Colin R. Nicholl: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Christ-Comet-Revealing-Bethlehem/dp/1433542137 

For ‘The Star of Bethlehem: A skeptical view’ by Aaron [...]

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/B01MG4 [...]

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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For Mike McHargue’s “Finding God In The Waves”: http://findinggodinthewaves.com/ 

For Ben Watts: http://exchristianskeptic.blogspot.co.uk/  

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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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For David Wood: https://m.youtube.com/user/Acts17Apologetics 

For Michael Shermer: http://www.michaelshermer.com/ 

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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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For Doug Axe & ‘Undeniable’ http://www.undeniabledesign.com/

For Keith Fox: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/biosci/about/staff/krf.page  

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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 

For Reasons To Believe: http://www.reasons.org

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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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For a discount on NT Wright’s online courses: http://www.ntwrightonline.org/premierchristianity 

For Tom Wright’s new book The Day The Revolution Began: http://ntwrightonline.org/revolution/ 

For Tom Schreiner: http://www [...]

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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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 vi [...]

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 [...]

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?

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.
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.
For Kierkegaard: A Single Life http://www.kierkegaardbook.com
For GodPod https://sptc.htb.org/godpod
The Rethinking Hell Conference 2016 http://www.rethinkinghellconference.com/
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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.
For Jeff Zweerink on the multiverse http://shop.reasons.org/Who-s-Afraid-of-The-Multiverse-p/l0803.htm
For SkyDivePhil on YouTube http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QqjsZEZMR7I
Justin’s ‘Dice’ video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yy6kaDaeDT8
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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.
For Truth Matter Ministries and the event video www.truthmattersministries.com/
For Ryan Bell www.lifeaftergod.org/
For Sean McDowell http://seanmcdowell.org/
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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
Request a free copy of Premier Christianity magazine featuring the interview http://www.premierchristianity.com/freesample
Read the Derren Brown interview online http://www.premierchristianity.com
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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.
Request a free copy of Premier Christianity magazine featuring the interview http://www.premierchristianity.com/freesample
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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.
For Tyler McNabb http://www.tylermcnabb.com
For Stephen Law http://www.stephenlaw.blogspot.co.uk
For The Clarkson Academy 2016

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.
For Pfander Centre for Apologetics http://www.pfander.uk
For the documentary Up the Ladder in Hyde Park

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.
For Gary Habermas http://www.garyhabermas.com
For Michael Ruse http://philosophy.fsu.edu/content/view/full/871784
For Unbelievable? Live in the USA on Sat 27 Aug http://www.truthmattersministries.com/events/unbelievable-live/
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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
For Michael Ruse http://philosophy.fsu.edu/content/view/full/871784
For Unbelievable? Live in the USA on Sat 27 Aug http://www.truthmattersministries.com/events/un [...]

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-conve [...]

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.
Order Unbelievable? The Conference 2016 DVD/MP3CD http://www.premier.org.uk/Shop
Register free for Unbelievable? Live in California http://www.truthmattersministries.com/
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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.
For Sean McDowell http://seanmcdowell.org/
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.

For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016
For Joshua Ryan Butler http://joshuaryanbutler.com/
For Brian Zahnd http://brianzahnd.com/about/
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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
Read Adrian Hilton & Simon Hughes’ EU debate in Premier Christianity magazine: http://www.premierchristianity.com
For more faith debates visit http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable
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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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
For Greg’s London event on 2 July: http://www.christianheritagelondon.org/events/
For the EU debate in Woking: http://www.wokingurc.org.uk/events.htm
For more faith debates visit http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable
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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/
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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’.
For James White http://www.aomin.org/
To read the interview with Larry Taunton on Christopher Hitchens https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2016/June-2016/My-unlikely-friendship-with-the-world-s-most-notorious-atheist
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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.
For John Sanders https://www.hendrix.edu/religion/religion.aspx?id=6596
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.
For David Robertson http://www.solas-cpc.org
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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.
For The Death of Humanity https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Humanity-Case-Life/dp/162157489X
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May 07, 2016
A Tale of Two Megachurches – When Justin met Joel Osteen & Rob Bell
00:45:22

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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
For God Is No Thing: http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/god-is-no-thing/
For Jeremy Rodell: https://humanism.org.uk/about/our-people/trustees/
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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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
For Bart Ehrman: http://www.bartdehrman.com
For Richard Bauckham: http://richardbauckham.co.uk
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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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
For Bart Ehrman: http://www.bartdehrman.com
For Richard Bauckham: http://richardbauckham.co.uk
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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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
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.
For Unbelievable? The Conference 2016: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable2016″
For Robin Collins: http://home.messiah.edu/~rcollins/
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
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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.
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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.
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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

Following the terror attacks in Paris, Justin is joined by Christians and Muslims to debate whether Islamic State represents a true interpretation of Islam.
Jeremiah J Johnston and Craig A Evans, authors of ‘Jesus and the Jihadis’ argue that the terror and violence of ISIS springs directly from the pages of the Koran. Adnan Rashid and Inayat Bunglawala argue that it is aninvalid extremist sect.
For ‘Jesus and the Jihadis: confronting the rage of ISIS’ http://jesusandthejihadis.com
For Jeremiah J Johnston: http://christianthinkers.com
For Craig A Evans: http://craigaevans.com/
For Adnan Rashid: http://hittininstitute.org/publications/
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Nov 20, 2015
Has science explained away God? David Glass, Peter Atkins & James Croft
01:20:21

Some atheists say that, as scientific explanations for the natural world multiply, God has become unnecessary as an explanation. David Glass who is researching the objection says this is not the case. God can act as an explanation alongside scientific ones.
Interacting with David are two atheists: Oxford scientist Peter Atkins and humanist celebrant James Croft. They say that science has pushed God out of the equation.
For David Glass’ research on “Explaining and Explaining Away” http://scm.ulster.ac.uk/explainingaway
For Peter Atkins: https://humanism.org.uk/about/our-people/patrons/peter-atkins/
For James Croft: http://ethicalstl.org/
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Nov 13, 2015
Can we build a godless, flourishing society? Alex Gabriel & Rich Park
01:20:57

Alex Gabriel is an atheist and Rich Park is a Christian. They enjoyed lengthy conversations in the pub while they were students at Oxford University.
In this edition of the show we swap the pub for the studio and address the question of whether it’s possible to build a flourishing society in the absence of a Christian or theistic framework. Who determines what flourishing means? And why should we aim for that anyway?
For Rich Park: http://www.apologetics.com
For Alex Gabriel: http://freethoughtblogs.com/godlessness/
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Nov 06, 2015
2 views on suffering – Warfare vs Blueprint – Kurt Jaros & Ken Brownell
01:21:41

Is suffering planned as part of God’s sovereign will? Or is God not to blame, as suffering is the result of an ongoing cosmic spiritual battle?
Ken Brownell is a Calvinist pastor and seminary teacher believes the ‘blueprint’ model – that both good and evil are ordained by God as part of his eternal purposes. He discusses the issue with theologian Kurt Jaros who defends a ‘warfare’ model, popularised by bible teachers such as Greg Boyd, that suffering is not ordained by God but is a result of an ongoing cosmic spiritual battle between free creatures.
For Ken Brownell: http://www.eltbaptistchurch.org/
For Kurt Jaros: http://apologetics.com/blog/category/blogs/kurt-jaros/
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Oct 30, 2015
Is God the best explanation for apparent design in nature? – Jonathan McLatchie & Cory Markum
01:21:13

Jonathan McLatchie is a Christian currently studying cell biology at PhD level and an advocate of Intelligent Design (ID). Cory Markum is an atheist and a blogger at the Atheist Republic website. Cory critiques whether design and God are a good explanation in biology, while Jonathan defends ID.

For Jonathan Mclatchie: http://crossexamined.org/author/jonathan-m/ http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/10/is_intelligent_3100281.html
For Cory Markum on Atheist Republic : http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blogs/cory-markum
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Oct 23, 2015
Revisiting the resurrection - Ed Atkinson vs Tony Costa
01:21:11

Ex-Christian Ed Atkinson has been investigating the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus following the “Summer of Scripture” debate between James Crossley and Gary Habermas.
He revisits the “minimal facts” argument for the resurrection and debates with Canadian apologist Tony Costa on whether the evidence for the empty tomb is better explained by hallucination or urban myth.
For the original Habermas/Crossley debate: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Do-the-minimal-facts-support-the-resurrection-Gary-Habermas-James-Crossley
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Oct 16, 2015
Who invented the universe? Alister McGrath & Jim Al-Khalili
01:21:17

Theologian Alister McGrath’s new book ‘Inventing The Universe’ weaves his own story of conversion from atheism to Christianity while studying science as a student, into the questions that modern science continues to provoke around God, atheism and meaning.
Physicist and radio presenter Jim Al-Khalili is the president of the British Humanist Association. Jim interacts with Alister on whether science excludes God, whether theism makes most sense of the nature of our universe and what it would take for him to abandon his atheism and believe.
For Inventing the Universe: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781444798470
For Alister McGrath: http://alistermcgrath.weebly.com/
For Jim Al-Khalili: http://www.jimal-khalili.com/
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Oct 09, 2015
Do Mormons believe in Grace? Bill McKeever & James Holt
01:22:03

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism) differs from mainstream Christianity in various ways. Some Christians, including Bill McKeever of Mormonism Research Ministry, say that LDS believers have an unbiblical view of Grace - the free gift of forgiveness by Christ.
James Holt, a UK Mormon involved in academic research with the LDS Church, responds to Bill on questions such as whether verses in the Book of Mormon requires believers to do ‘works’ for salvation and Bill’s challenge that the Mormons he meets don’t have assurance of salvation.
For Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/
For The LDS Church: https://www.lds.org/
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Oct 02, 2015
Homo Naledi and the Adam & Eve debate
01:21:07

Homo Naledi is one of the most significant hominin (human ancestor) fossil discoveries in history. But what are the implication of these hominid species in the evolutionary record for creation, and Adam and Eve?

Fuz Rana of Reasons To Believe explains why, as an old Earth Creationist, he believes these species, amazing as they are, were not evolutionary precursors of humans. James Kidder of Biologos is a Theistic Evolutionist. He explains why he believes Homo Naledi and other early hominids are part the evolutionary process God has used to bring about humans.
For Reasons To Believe: http://www.reasons.org
For James Kidder: http://scienceandcreation.blogspot.co.uk
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Sep 25, 2015
Up the Ladder in Hyde Park – Muslim & Christians in debate
01:05:47

The feature “Up the Ladder in Hyde Park”, originally broadcast in 2008, sees Justin meet Muslims and Christians engaged in rowdy debates at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London.

Can these shouting matches be fruitful? Are they Christ-like? Justin meets the participants and Jay Smith the Christian evangelist who believes they are an important way of sharing the Gospel.
For more from Jay Smith and the Christians who deabte at Hyde Park: http://www.debate.org.uk/
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Sep 18, 2015
Can Christians & atheists stop fighting? Randal Rauser & Alom Shaha
01:21:31

Christian theologian Randal Rauser’s new book “Is the atheist my Neighbour?” says that Christians often fail to extend respect and love towards atheists.

Atheist contributor Alom Shaha interacts with Randal as they discuss the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to atheist/Christian dialogue and debate.
For Randal Rauser: http://randalrauser.com/tag/is-the-atheist-my-neighbor/
For Alom Shaha: http://alomshaha.com
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Sep 11, 2015
Should China’s future be atheistic humanism or Christianity? John Lombard vs David Marshall
01:20:22

China is experiencing rapid Christian growth, with more Christian believers today than members of the Chinese Communist party.

John Lombard is an ex-Christian and David Marshall is a Christian apologist. Both work in China. John believes that, despite the state sanctioned atheism of China’s communist party, secular humanism has never really been tried in the country, and is the best way forward. David Marshall believes that the growth of Christianity is a good thing for China, and that atheism has been show to have failed in the country.
For David Marshall: http://christthetao.blogspot.co.uk/
For John Lombard: http://wrestinpeace.com
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Sep 04, 2015
The Rainbow Through The Rain – A POW’s story in the Far East
00:48:01

The Rainbow Through The Rain tells the story of Geoffrey Mowat, the grandfather of Justin Brierley. Geoff was a Prisoner of War under the Japanese during World War 2, which included time spent under brutal conditions in the construction of Burma’s ‘Death Railway’. Through the experience Geoff developed a call to ministry in the church of England. When the programme first aired ten years ago it won First Prize in the Sandford St Martin Religious Broadcasting awards. The programme was recently rebroadcast to mark 70 years since the formal surrender of the Japanese to the Allies, bringing an end to World War 2 in the Far East.
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Sep 02, 2015
Can atheists have Meaning without God? Michael Ruse & Andy Bannister
01:21:05

Atheist philosopher Michael Ruse joins Justin as we spend a second week looking at Andy Bannister’s new book ‘The atheist who didn’t exist’.

Its amusingly titled chapters include ‘The Peculiar Case of the Postmodern Penguin (or: Why Life without God is Meaningless). Michael and Andy debate whether it’s a problem that atheists can’t have meaning with a ‘capital M’.
For The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist: http://theatheistwhodidntexist.com/
For Michael Ruse’s ‘Atheism: What everyone needs to know’: http://www.amazon.com/Atheism-What-Everyone-Needs-Know%C2%AE/dp/0199334587
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Aug 28, 2015
Is atheism a belief system? Andy Bannister vs Ed Turner
01:20:59

Andy Bannister is the author of ‘The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist’. Its amusingly titled chapters include ‘The Scandinavian sceptic (or: Why atheism is really a belief system)’.

Atheist Ed Turner last did battle with Andy several years ago on the show. He returns to debate who has the burden of proof when it comes to belief/unbelief in God and whether atheism is or isn’t like being a non-stamp collector.
Towards the end of the show Justin also speaks to the UK’s former chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about his new book on Religion and violence ‘Not in God’s name’ https://www.hodder.co.uk/Books/detail.page?isbn=9781473616516
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Aug 21, 2015
The case from science for & against God – Peter Atkins vs Zachary Ardern
01:19:16

Young Christian biologist Zahary Ardern goes up against longstanding atheist scientist Peter Atkins as each present their case for and against God.

Does science reveal a universe best explained as the product of a creative, intelligent, mind or a universe governed by non-rational, unguided principles that fit with atheism?

For Zachary Ardern: http://zacharyardern.wordpress.com/

For Peter Atkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Atkins

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Aug 14, 2015
New Testament listener Q&A - Gary Habermas & James Crossley
01:20:40

Christian Bible scholar Gary Habermas and agnostic New Testament scholar James Crossley return to answer questions sent in by Unbelievable? listeners.

They answer your questions on the Jewishness of Jesus, the dating of the New Testament documents and much more!

For Gary Habermas: https://historicalchaos.wordpress.com/

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Aug 07, 2015
Do the minimal facts support the resurrection? Gary Habermas & James Crossley
01:21:12

Christian philosopher and historian Gary Habermas has been at the forefront of the ‘minimal facts’ approach as evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

He debates the commonly agreed facts with agnostic New Testament scholar James Crossley and they discuss whether the miracle of the resurrection can be a historically valid explanation of the evidence.

For Gary Habermas: https://www.historicalchaos.wordpress.com/

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Jul 31, 2015
Ehrman vs McGrew - Round 2 – Do undesigned coincidences confirm the Gospels?
01:21:28

Bart D Ehrman and Tim J McGrew return to debate research by McGrew on the so-called ‘un-designed coincidences’ between different Gospel accounts that give them the ring of truth.

They also debate whether historical research can ever validate miraculous conclusions as they differ over accounts in the book of Acts.

For Bart Ehrman: http://wmich.edu/philosophy/directory/mcgrew

Read Tim McGrew on Un-designed Coincidences http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/09/01/undesigned-coincidences/

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Jul 24, 2015
Bart Ehrman vs Tim McGrew - Round 1 - Can we trust the Gospels?
01:21:23

Well known critical bible scholar Bart Ehrman discusses whether the Gospels are reliable historical records of Jesus’ life with Christian apologist and academic Tim McGrew.

They debate whether inerrancy makes any difference, the authorship of the Gospels and apparent contradictions between them.

For Bart Ehrman: http://wmich.edu/philosophy/directory/mcgrew

See Tim McGrew at Unbelievable? the Conference 2014 http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Conference-Videos/Panel-Discussion-Unbelievable-Conf.-2014

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Jul 17, 2015
Can Christianity be true if Christians can’t agree on doctrine? Andrew Whyte vs Nabeel Qureshi
01:20:06

Andrew Whyte lost his faith after realising the diversity of Christian beliefs. He has developed a series of Youtube videos on the way Christians disagree about various doctrines and we hear some of the audio from them.

Nabeel Qureshi, a Christian convert from Islam, responds on why, despite differing beliefs, Christianity makes sense.

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For Nabeel Qureshi http://rzim.org/bio/nabeel-qureshi

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Jul 10, 2015
Unbelievable? John Lennox Premier Lecture - Going Against the Flow
01:10:20

Mathematician and Christian thinker John Lennox gave the Premier Lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the Radio station on June 10th.

Drawing on his new book ‘Against the Flow’, Lennox draws lessons from the book of Daniel for the church today.

For more info & the transcript of the lecture: http://www.premier.org.uk/premierlecture

For Against The Flow http://www.amazon.co.uk/Against-Flow-Inspiration-Daniel-Relativism/dp/085721621X

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Jul 03, 2015
Jean Vanier & Students roundtable discussion
01:21:33

Philosopher and theologian Jean Vanier recently won the Templeton prize for his 50 years as founder of L’Arche, an international network of Christian communities for people with and without intellectual disablities.

After the ceremony Justin Brierley hosted a roundtable discussion between Vanier and a group of students, and we hear their conversation on spirituality, disability and human value.

For videos of the discussion: https://www.youtube.com/user/TempletonPrize/videos

For Justin’s interview in Premier Christianity magazine with Jean Vanier http://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2015/June-2015/Profile-Jean-Vanier

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Jun 26, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner & Transgenderism: trans & ex-trans Christian debate
01:19:49

Gender Dysphoria is a condition in which a person feels their body does not match the gender they identify with.

Following celebrity Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner, transgender woman Jenny-Anne Bishop and former transgender Walt Heyer debate the rights and wrongs of gender change surgery and how Christians should respond.

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

For Walt Heyer: http://www.sexchangeregret.com/

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Jun 19, 2015
Does archaeology support the New Testament? Shahar Shilo & Byron McCane
01:17:36

A conversation on whether modern archaeology support the new Testament accounts. Two experts join Justin to talk about exciting recent finds and the kind of discoveries that both confirm and cause us to see in a new light certain parts of the Gospel accounts of Jesus.

For Shahar Shilo’s UK tour: http://www.walkwherejesuswalked.com

For Dr Byron McCane: http://sites.wofford.edu/mccanebr/

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Jun 12, 2015
Does prayer make sense? David Wilkinson vs Ed Atkinson
01:20:09

David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College Durham and a physicist by background, addresses why prayers go unanswered in his new book “When I pray what does God Do?”

He debates with former Christian Ed Atkinson on whether science, scripture and theology can make sense of prayer.

For David’s book: http://www.lionhudson.com/display.asp?K=9780857216045

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Jun 05, 2015
Is faith good for science? Ruth Bancewicz & Eugenie Scott
01:20:33

Ruth Bancewicz of the Faraday Institute, Cambridge describes how the Christian faith of present day scientists has positively influenced their work in her new book “God in the lab: How science enhances faith”.

Eugenie Scott of the National Centre for Science Education interacts with Ruth and explains how as a non-believer she perceives the relationship between faith and science.

For Ruth’s book God in the Lab: http://scienceandbelief.org/god-in-the-lab/

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May 29, 2015
Are Muslims turning to Christ around the world? David Garrison, Imam Musharraf Hussain & Nazam Guffoor
01:19:40

David Garrison, author of ‘A Wind in the House of Islam’ says that movements of Muslims becoming Christians are occurring globally in unprecedented numbers.

Imam Musharraf Hussain and Nazam Guffoor question David on whether the conversions are authentic and debate the death penalty for apostasy.

For David Garrison’s book: http://windinthehouse.org

For David’s UK speaking Tour in June: http://hopeformuslims.org

For Mahhaba Network: http://www.mahabbanetwork.com/

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May 22, 2015
The Islamic vs Christian view of God. Abdurraheem Green vs Jonathan McLatchie
01:20:50

What is God like? Muslims believe in Tahweed (oneness), Christians in the Trinity (three in one).

British convert to Islam Abdurraheem Green debates with Christian apologist Jonathan Mclatchie.

For Abdurraheem Green: www.iera.org.uk

Jonathan McLatchie blogs at: www.crossexamined.org

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May 15, 2015
Why Isn’t Tony a Christian? David Robertson & Tony Smollett
01:21:12

Justin chairs an open ended conversation between two Scots. Church leader David Robertson and atheist Tony Smollett .

They cover the reasons why Tony fell away from his churchgoing childhood and would find it difficult to become a Christian today, while David shares from his own journey to faith.

For David Robertson: www.solas-cpc.org and https://theweeflea.wordpress.com

For Tony Smollett: https://twitter.com/tonescotland

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May 08, 2015
Why do young people leave church? Drew Dyck & Ben Watts
01:21:36

Ben Watts lost his faith and left his church in his late teens. He explains why, and engages in a discussion with Drew Dyck, author of ‘Generation Ex-Christian: Why young adults are leaving the faith and how to bring them back’.

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For Ben Watts: http://exchristianskeptic.blogspot.co.uk/

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May 01, 2015
Does Scripture forbid same-sex relationships? Robert Gagnon vs Jayne Ozanne
01:21:31

Prof Robert Gagnon has become a well-known voice advocating the traditional biblical view on sexuality. In a highly charged show he debates the scriptural issues on sexuality with Jayne Ozanne, the director of Accepting Evangelicals who came out as gay earlier this year.

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For Jayne Ozanne: www.jayneozanne.com

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Apr 24, 2015
The argument from consciousness to God - C’Zar Bernstein vs Arif Ahmed
01:31:43

In a philosophical edition of the show we debate whether humans are both a soul and a body, and does that provide evidence for God?

C’zar Bernstein a young Christian philosopher at Oxford University argues in favour, Arif Ahmed Cambridge philosophy lecturer argues against.

For C’zar Bernstein: http://philpapers.org/profile/43971

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

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Apr 17, 2015
Has the Big Bang gone bust? Phil Harper & Jeff Zweerink
01:20:40

Recent news headlines suggested that the theory of the Big Bang in which the universe had a beginning point, has been overturned. If it’s true, and the universe is eternal after all, would it consign cosmological arguments to the dustbin?

Jeff Zweerink a physicist with Reasons To Believe debates the issues with atheist commentator Phil Harper, known online as Skydivephil.

For the RTB article on the claims: http://www.reasons.org/articles/have-quantum-physicists-disproven-the-big-bang

For Skydivephil videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/skydivephil

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Apr 10, 2015
Is the Turin Shroud the burial cloth of Christ? Alan Whanger vs Hugh Farey
00:28:02

Two guests with different views on the authenticity of the Turin Shroud join Justin to debate following his feature documentary on the Shroud.

Alan Whanger has spent decades researching the shroud and believe he has seen images on it that link it to 1st Century Israel. Hugh Farey Iliad spent decades surveying shroud literature and has done to the conclusion it is medieval in origin.

For Justin’s radio feature ‘The Turin Shroud: a relic of the resurrection?’: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/The-Turin-Shroud-a-relic-of-the-resurrection-Unbelievable

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Apr 02, 2015
Have we misread the Adam and Eve story? John Walton vs Stephen Lloyd
01:20:15

John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Illinois, has authored the book ‘The Lost World of Adam and Eve. He argues that Adam and Eve were intended as archetypes for humankind, and the story is not mean to be taken as an account of our material origins.

Stephen Lloyd, who holds to Young Earth Creation, argues that Walton undermines Christian theology as a whole with his view of Genesis.

For John Walton’s ‘The Lost World of Adam and Eve’: http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2461

For Stephen Lloyd: http://www.biblicalcreationministries.org.uk/b/index.php/about-our-speakers

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Mar 27, 2015
Justin Welby evangelism interview & lecture
01:26:52

In a podcast special, we hear Premier’s Dave Rose interview the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on how Christians can be more effective evangelists.

Then we hear the Lambeth Lecture on Evangelism and Witness by Justin Welby, titled “Revolutionary Love”.

For the Lambeth Lecture video and further articles www.premier.org.uk/welby

To contribute to Premier’s Together Now appeal: www.premier.org.uk/togethernow

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Mar 20, 2015
Grill an apologist – members of UK Apologetics respond to sceptic callers
01:20:21

Ruth Preston, Calum Miller and Peter S Williams of the UK Apologetics Facebook group and blog take a variety of questions from callers.

Ben, who lost his faith, wants to know why God didn’t provide him with more evidence. Michael asks: Why should I believe Paul? Tim wants to know why evangelicals can be so insular, and Brian has questions about the moral Argument for God

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For the UK Apologetics Blog: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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Mar 13, 2015
Debating the Ontological Argument - Peter S Williams & Peter Millican
01:21:22

Debating the Ontological Argument - Peter S Williams & Peter Millican

Can God be proved by definition? That’s the claim of the Ontological Argument for God’s existence.

Christian Philosopher Peter S Williams and sceptic philosopher Peter Millican from Oxford University explore the different versions of the argument. Williams defends the argument, Millican believes it is flawed.

For Peter S Williams: www.peterswilliams.com Peter SW YouTube Playlist on the OA and Peter SW teaching on the argument

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Mar 06, 2015
Is the church failing gay Christians? Steve Chalke, Ed Shaw, Jayne Ozanne & Rosaria Butterfield
01:20:58

Church leader Steve Chalke is well known for his support of same-sex relationships. Ed Shaw is a same sex attracted Christian whose traditional Biblical convictions have led him to remain celibate. They discuss how churches should treat those in their congregation who are LGBT.

Jayne Ozanne, an evangelical and former member of the Archbishop’s council who recently came out as gay joins by phone and we hear the story of Rosaria Butterfield’s journey from lesbian activist english professor to becoming wife of a church pastor.

For the article ‘Is the church failing gay Christians?’ by Chalke and Doherty: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2015/March-2015/Is-the-Church-failing-gay-Christians

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Feb 27, 2015
Is Genocide a Skeleton in God’s closet?
01:21:12

Joshua Ryan Butler, author of ‘The Skeletons in God’s Closet’ discusses hell, judgement and holy war with Jeff Cook.

They debate whether Old Testament warfare passages constitute divinely mandated genocide.

For Joshua Butler: http://joshuaryanbutler.com

For Jeff Cook: http://everythingnew.org/

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Feb 20, 2015
Paula Gooder answers your Bible Questions
01:21:05

New Testament scholar, author and speaker Paula Gooder joins Justin to tackle a range of questions sent in by listeners. The Old Covenant, eyewitness testimony, how the Gospels were written and much more is covered.

Justin also airs the audio of his “Dear Stephen…” response video to Stephen Fry… available here http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/What-Stephen-Fry-could-learn-from-Oscar-Wilde

For Paula Gooder: http://www.gooder.me.uk/

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Feb 13, 2015
Why does God allow suffering? Vince Vitale & Julian Baggini
01:20:26

Following atheist Stephen Fry’s viral anti-God video, the question of how a good God could allow suffering has come into focus again.

Justin is joined by Christian philosopher Vince Vitale, author of “Why Suffering?” as he debates the issues with atheist think Julian Baggini.

To watch the video of this debate and Justin’s own response to Stephen Fry go to http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Videos

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For John Loftus: www.microphilosophy.net

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Feb 06, 2015
The Outsider Test part 2 plus James Emery White on the ‘Rise of the Nones’
01:20:53

In a continuation of last week’s show David Marshall & John Loftus continue to debate whether Christianity is rationally tenable and unique among world religions.

David Marshall author of ‘Why Jesus Passes the Outsider Test’, argues that Christianity uniquely fulfils the hopes and desires of all religious searching.

Plus we hear from James Emery White, US theologian and church pastor on ‘The Rise of the Nones’ as he addresses how the church needs to re-engage with culture ahead of the UK Church and Culture Conference. www.churchandculture.org

For David Marshall: http://christthetao.blogspot.com

For John Loftus: http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/

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Jan 30, 2015
Does Christianity pass the Outsider Test? David Marshall vs John Loftus
01:19:17

Atheist John Loftus has challenged Christians with the ‘Outsider Test of Faith’. He believes that if Christians examined their own faith with the same level of scepticism they do other faiths, they would reject it.

Christian guest David Marshall is the author of ‘How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test’. A resident of China, he debates Loftus, examining why, among other factors, the global success of Christianity means that it passes the Test.

For David Marshall: http://christthetao.blogspot.com

For John Loftus: http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/

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Jan 23, 2015
Does Humanism need God? Angus Ritchie vs Stephen Law
01:20:52

The term ‘Humanism’ is often seen as synonymous with atheism. But a recent Theos report titled: ‘The case for Christian Humanism: why Christians should be Humanists and Humanists should be Christians’ claims to show that atheism is ill-equipped to support the fundamental tenets of Humanism.

Report author Angus Ritchie debates with atheist philosopher Stephen Law on whether atheistic humanism can account for the human dignity, morality and reason it espouses.

For the Theos report: www.theosthinktank.co.uk

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Jan 16, 2015
Does mathematics point to God? William Lane Craig vs Daniel Came
01:21:24

In 1960 physicist Eugene Wigner wrote a paper on the ‘unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics’. Christian philosopher William (Bill) Lane Craig has recently been developing arguments concerning the ‘applicability’ of mathematics as evidence for God as part of his wider research on abstract objects.

Bill interacts with atheist/agnostic philosopher Daniel Came on whether the remarkable ability of maths to describe the universe we live in is evidence for a transcendent designer.

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Jan 09, 2015
Should Christians rethink Hell? Dr Al Mohler & Chris Date debate the traditional & conditionalist view
01:20:24

Following an article in the New York Times about scholars who adopt an annihilationist (also called ‘conditional immortality’) view of hell rather than the traditional ‘eternal conscious torment’ view, Justin is joined by two evangelicals to debate the issue.

Dr Al Mohler is President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spoke against the annihilationist view in an edition of his daily podcast The Briefing.

Chris Date is one of the founders of Rethinking Hell and adopted an annihilationist view after he became convinced the Bible teaches it. They debate the scriptural evidence and whether scholarship is moving away from the traditional view.

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Jan 03, 2015
Explaining your faith (to a church-going atheist) - John Pritchard, Andrew Nightingale & Mark Roques
01:20:33

Rt Revd John Pritchard is the recently retired Bishop of Oxford and the author of ‘How to Explain Your Faith’. He joins Justin along with church-going atheist Andrew Nightingale and Christian philosopher and storyteller Mark Roques as they discuss what Andrew loves about the church he attends but why he finds it difficult to believe the claims of Christianity.

For How To Explain Your Faith: http://www.twitter.com/andynighting

For Mark Roques: http://www.realitybites.org.uk/

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Dec 23, 2014
Did Isaiah prophesy a Virgin birth? Alistair McKitterick & Robert Stovold
01:21:03

We hear it every year at Christmas in in our services. Matthew Chapter 1, quoting the prophet Isaiah - “look the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel”.

Critics say there’s a problem: that the Isaiah passage is not talking about a virgin and Matthew misquotes him. So is it a problem for the virgin Birth? Is Christmas cancelled?

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Alistair McKitterick is a theology lecturer at Moorlands College. He says there’s good reason why Matthew used, but adapted Isaiah’s prophecy in his birth narrative. Robert Stovold is a sceptic and atheist and believes that the first Christmas is an invention of the gospel writers.

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Dec 19, 2014
Keith Ward and Michael Ruse debate the evidence for God
01:20:14

Keith Ward is the former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University. His new book “The evidence for God” picks up on various aspects of human experience as proof of a spiritual realm.

He is joined by atheist philosopher Michael Ruse for a lively discussion. Ruse’s own recent book “Atheism: What everyone needs to know” sets out the case against belief.

For Keith Ward: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Evidence-God-Keith-Ward/dp/0232531307

For Michael Ruse: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Atheism-What-Everyone-Needs-Know/dp/0199334587

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Dec 16, 2014
The curious case of Eben Alexander: near death and out-of-body experiences
01:20:35

Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon whose book Proof Of Heaven became a bestseller. It documented his visions of heaven while in a coma which had shut down much of his brain.

He joins Justin along with Graham Nicholls, a researcher of Out of Body experiences and Jane Aspell, a psychology and cognitive science lecturer who believes that OBE & NDEs are a purely physical experiences produced by the brain.

For Eben Alexander: www.ebenalexander.com

For Graham Nicholls: www.grahamnicholls.com

For Jane Aspell: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/fst/departments/psychology/staff/dr_jane_aspell.html

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Dec 05, 2014
Brian McLaren & Andrew Wilson debate Jesus and the Bible
01:10:35

Emerging Church leader Brian McLaren and evangelical leader Andrew Wilson debate whether we need to rethink scripture in a podcast special hosted by Justin.

The two debates examine whether we’ve made an idol of the Bible and the way that Jesus read scripture. They cover issues such as Old Testament law, homosexuality, contradictions, the use and abuse of scripture, the resurrection and male and female equality.

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Nov 28, 2014
Is the Mormon gospel the Biblical gospel?
01:21:51

Lynn Wilder was a temple-recommend holding Mormon who taught at Brigham Young University in Utah. She describes what led her to abandon the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and embrace Biblical Christianity.

Michael Flournoy is a Mormon apologist. He debates issues of racism, salvation, the nature of Jesus and what Joseph Smith wrote in the Book of Mormon with Lynn.

Nov 25, 2014
Unbelievable The Conference 2014 highlights show
01:21:17

We hear highlights from this year’s Unbelievable? Conference, including the opening address by Os Guinness, Ruth Jackson on reaching young people, Craig Hazen on the resurrection, William Lane Craig & Jeff Zweerink on science and atheism, Jay Smith on Islam, Tim McGrew on the Gospels and part of the Panel Q&A.

Nov 25, 2014
Unbelievable The Flying Spaghetti Monster & New Atheism - Graham Veale & Rory Fenton
01:21:38

Graham Veale is the author of “New Atheism: A Survival Guide” which looks at some of the popular objections of new atheism, including the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ parody of God.

Rory Fenton represents Secular Humanist student groups and defended the atheist society at London’s South Bank University when their Flying Spaghetti Monster posters were removed. They debate the use of parody and balancing free speech and religious sensibilities.

Nov 25, 2014
Putting Christianity on Trial – Mark Lanier vs Paul Beaumont
01:20:20

Mark Lanier is a successful US trial lawyer. He’s also a keen theologian and apologist and has used his skills as a lawyer to make the case for Christ in ‘Christianity on Trial’.

Paul Beaumont is a former Christian who lost his faith after coming under the influence of new atheists such as Richard Dawkins. His novel ‘A Brief Eternity’ is a critiques of Christinaity nad claims of heaven and hell.

Mark defends Christianity and Paul acts as prosecution as they debate whether human life has value, the resurrection of Christ and why Paul lost his faith.

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Nov 21, 2014
Scientific evidence versus religious belief – Jonathan McLatchie & Elliot George debate
01:21:11

Elliot George is a retired science teacher whose new book “Godbuster: Exorcises all known gods” claims that science is about evidence whereas religion is about ‘belief’(and should therefore be rejected).

Jonathan McLatchie is a Christian currently studying for a PhD in cell biology. He says Elliot’s book is badly flawed, and that Christian belief is evidence-based because science itself lends support to the case for God.

They debate the meaning of belief, whether design is a good explanation in biology and why Jonathan chooses to believe Christianity over any other worldview.

MP3 of this show here.

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Nov 14, 2014
Just War vs Pacifism - Nigel Biggar & Stanley Hauerwas
01:21:18

It’s100 years since the outbreak of WWI. Two of the world’s leading Christian thinkers on Just War & Pacifism join Justin to discuss their different views on whether war is ever justified.

Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University and author of “In defence of war”. Stanley Hauerwas is a noted US theology professor at Duke University and longtime proponent of Christian pacifism.

They debate whether Christians should be committed to non-violence, the paradigm of the cross and global conflicts including WWI and the Iraq invasion.

For Nigel Biggar http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Defence-War-Nigel-Biggar/dp/019967261X

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Nov 07, 2014
Has defending scripture made us unable to read it? Peter Enns & David Instone-Brewer - Unbelievable?
01:21:33

Bible scholar Peter Enns was fired from his position at Westminster Theological Seminary after his views on scripture were deemed to be too liberal. He has continued to question evangelical views of scripture in his book ‘The Bible Tells Me So: Why defending Scripture has made us unable to read it’.

David Instone-Brewer of Tyndale House, Cambridge discusses why he disagrees with some of Enns’ views such as his treatment of the Canaanite passages, Old Testament differences and the Christmas narratives.

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Oct 31, 2014
Meet Tam the witch - A Wiccan & Christian Discuss Halloween
01:21:41

As Halloween approaches Justin meets Tam, a Wiccan who explains what he believes and the significance of Halloween (or Sam’hain) to the witchcraft community.

Steve Hollinghurst is a Christian with a ministry to the new age and pagan community. He engages with Tam as well as explaining what Christians can learn from those involved in alternative spirituality.

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Oct 24, 2014
Unbelievable? Abort it and try again? Ann Furedi & James Mumford debate abortion and disability
01:20:12

When Richard Dawkins tweeted ‘abort it and try again’ to a follower who raised a question about pregnancy and Downs Syndrome, there was a public outcry. Yet each year over 1000 pregnancies are terminated in the UK because of screening for Downs Syndrome.

Ann Furedi is head of BPAS, the UK’s largest independent abortion provider. She believes parents should be able to choose to abort for any reason, including disability, gender and even (hypothetically) sexual orientation.

James Mumford is a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and the author of Ethics at the Beginning of Life. He wrote an article stating that Dawkin’s tweet is a sign of a new eugenics towards disabled people.

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Oct 17, 2014
Unbelievable? Debating animal suffering and God - Michael Murray vs Phil Harper
01:20:55

Christian Philosopher Michael Murray wrote a book in 2008 making a defence of God in the face of millennia of animal suffering. He presents his arguments to atheist Phil Harper (aka Skydivephil).

They also discuss the contentious issue of whether animals experience pain differently to humans, after William Lane Craig ignited a debate on the subject after quoting Michael Murray’s work in a debate.

MP3 of this show http://media.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/6821081e-913a-4789-ae1e-00b10730ad17.mp3

For Michael Murray’s response on William Lane Craig’s blog http://www.reasonablefaith.org/animal-pain-re-visited

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Oct 10, 2014
Unbelievable? What’s got evangelicals interested in the Orthodox Church?
01:21:01

Several high profile evangelical have converted to The Orthodox Church in recent decades. Is it just for the cool beards and robes? In this discussion we find out about the history of the Orthodox Church and some of its distinctive features.

Justin is joined by Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church, evangelical theologian Elaine Storkey and Andrew Walker, a convert to Eastern Orthodox Church.

MP3 of this show http://media.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/71067e8d-411f-4194-ac60-0d6b68d60dea.mp3

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Oct 03, 2014
Unbelievable? Is atheism a fool’s bet? Rethinking Pascal’s Wager
01:20:32

Blaise Pascal was a 17th century Christian philosopher and mathematician who said that we all bet our life on the existence of God. So, you are better off believing in God because you’ve everything to gain if it’s true and little to lose if it’s not. But you’ve plenty to lose if you bet on God not existing and it turns out that He does.

Kevin Moore is a young philosopher whose new book ‘Untrumpable’ revisits Pascal’s classic argument in terms of ‘wisdom’. He makes the case that Atheism is a foolish bet and we ought to live as if God existed. He even says his argument makes the best sense of Psalm 14 (The fool has said in his heart “there is no God”).

Norman Bacrac, of the Conway Hall Ethical Society disagrees with Kevin and says that believing in God wouldn’t make him change the way he lives as an atheist anyway.

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Sep 26, 2014
Unbelievable? Abortion: A woman’s choice or a baby’s life?
01:20:45

The abortion debate reared its head again this summer after controversial tweets by Richard Dawkins made the news.

Justin hosts a discussion between Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Instititute. Mara believes women need to be decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, but Scott says that all depends on whether we are dealing with a human life in the womb.

Sep 19, 2014
Debating the history of atheism - Nick Spencer & Julian Baggini - Unbelievable?
01:21:29

Nick Spencer is the author of ‘Atheists: The Origin of the Species’. He explains the origins of various strands of atheism and why the New Atheism of today is constructed on a myth of its own.

Julian Baggini is an atheist philosopher and writer. He engages Spencer on whether atheism was a significant factor in Communist regimes and what the future of atheism may hold.

Read Spencer’s Book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Atheists-Origin-Species-Nick-Spencer/dp/1472902963 For Baggini: http://www.microphilosophy.net

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Sep 12, 2014
Graham Ward & Sue Blackmore on the biology of belief - Unbelievable?
01:21:14

Graham Ward is Oxford Regius professor of Divinity. His new book ‘Unbelievable’ explores the biology and psychology of belief. Atheist professor of psychology Susan Blackmore joins the discussion in the first part of the show. Is belief a purely material phenomenon of the brain? Though the ‘truth’ of belief remains under increasing attack, in a thoroughly secularized context, Ward argues that secularity is itself a form of believing. MP3 of this show http://media.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/ba27f310-0401-41ea-a8cb-4e5d24b2ab55.mp3 For Graham Ward’s book ‘Unbelievable’: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unbelievable-Why-We-Believe-Dont/dp/1780767358 For more faith debates visit www.premierchristianradio.com/unbelievable Join the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/UnbelievableJB and https://twitter.com/unbelievablejb Get the MP3 podcast of Unbelievable? http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx

Sep 05, 2014
Unbelievable?: Is our universe more likely on atheism or theism? Calum Miller vs James Croft
01:20:54

Two young, intelligent thinkers join Justin to debate whether atheism or theism makes best sense of the universe.

Oxford student and apologist Calum Miller says that the universe we observe is likely on theism but unlikely on atheism. So it makes more sense to believe in God than not. Humanist community leader James Croft disagrees.

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For James Croft: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/templeofthefuture/

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Aug 31, 2014
Do we need to reclaim the Jewish Jesus - Unbelievable?
01:19:15

A discussion on whether the Western church has lost the Hebraic roots of its faith and why anti semitism has been a factor in the church.

Salim Munayer directs Musalaha – a charity focused on trying to bring reconciliation between young Jews and Palestinian Arabs. Steve Maltz is a messianic Jew, author and blogger.

For Salim Munayer’s book Through My Enemy’s Eyes: http://www.authenticmedia.co.uk

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Aug 22, 2014
Unbelievable?: Israel, Palestine & the Gaza conflict - Salim Munayer & Steve Maltz
01:21:26

There have been thousands of casualties in Gaza this summer as Israel’s military have responded to Hamas rocket attacks. A Messianic Jew and a Palestinian Christian join Justin to talk through the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict and what the way forward may be for peace.

Salim Munayer directs Musalaha – a charity focused on trying to bring reconciliation between young Jews and Palestinian Arabs. Steve Maltz is a messianic Jew, author and blogger.

For Salim Munayer’s book Through My Enemy’s Eyes: http://www.authenticmedia.co.uk/search/product/through-my-enemys-eyes-salim-j-munayer-lisa/9781842277485.jhtml

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Aug 15, 2014
Unbelievable?: How do we solve world poverty? Wayne Grudem vs Richard Glover
01:19:42

Wayne Grudem is a theologian known for his conservative approach to both doctrine and economics. His new book “The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution” (co-authored with economist Barry Asmus) makes the case that pouring aid into developing countries is a failed strategy.

Grudem debates whether the Bible supports free market, capitalist economics with Australian economist and theologian Richard Glover who wrote a critique of the book for the Australian Bible Society.

For Wayne Grudem’s Book: http://www.waynegrudem.com

For Richard Glover: http://richardrglover.wordpress.com

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Aug 09, 2014
Unbelievable?: The Unbelievers Movie - Gus Holwerda & Graham Veale
01:21:19

The Unbelievers is a film documentary following atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss on a world speaking tour. We hear some clips from the film as its atheist producer Gus Holwerda interacts with Christian guest Graham Veale. They debate atheism’s ‘rock stars’ and whether their arguments against religion stand up.

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Aug 01, 2014
A French atheist-turned-theologian discusses his conversion
01:22:14

Guillaume Bignon was a French man living a happy and godless life until recently when a series of events led him on an intellectual journey towards Christianity. Today he is a theologian.

He discusses his story with Wade Padgett, who went in the other direction, becoming an atheist after years as a Christian. What role does evidence and experience play in conversion, and is belief in God ‘properly basic’ as Guillaume claims?

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Jul 12, 2014
Os Guinness & the ex-Christian
01:23:01

Os Guinness is an international Christian speaker, author and social critic. He is a keynote speaker at Unbelievable? The Conference 2014.

Ed Atkinson was a Christian for a number of years before he lost his faith after failing to ‘experience’ God. He interacts with Os who questions whether Ed’s new found atheism is a more reliable worldview than the Christianity he has abandoned.

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Jun 30, 2014
Why does God allow Evil? Clay Jones vs Richard Norman
01:21:54

Clay Jones is Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola university and former host of the Contend for Truth national call-in radio show. He is speaking at Unbelievable? the Conference 2014 on why God allows suffering.

He engages with atheist philosopher Richard Norman on whether Christians can defend the fact that God allows evil in the world.

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Jun 26, 2014
Paradoxology - Krish Kandiah & Tony Smollet
01:21:34

Krish Kandiah is a speaker and author passionate about church mission. His latest book is Paradoxology: Why Christianity was Never Meant to be Simple. He aims to show why some of the paradoxes of Christian faith can be a path to truth.

He engages with atheist Tony Smollet who believes that paradoxes can be explained as a result of the Bible being a human work.

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For Tony Smollet: https://twitter.com/tonescotland

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Jun 26, 2014
Does the Bible support modern science? Jeff Zweerink & Steve Jones
01:22:00

Jeff Zweerink is a Christian Physicist with Reasons To Believe and will be speaking at this year’s Unbelievable? the Conference www.premier.org.uk/reasonablefaith

Steve Jones is a Emeritus Professor of genetics at UCL and author of ‘The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible retold as science’. An atheist, he debates Jeff on whether the Bible is consistent with or at odds with modern scientific knowledge.

We also hear from former Mormon Lynn Wilder about her forthcoming UK speaking tour www.unveilinggrace.co.uk

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Jun 26, 2014
Hans Kung vs Peter D Williams - Does the Catholic Church need to modernise?
01:23:15

As Pope Francis enters his second year of papacy, Justin is joined by Hans Kung, one of the most influential and controversial Catholic theologians in the world.

He debates his radical liberalising ideas for the future of Catholicism with traditional Catholic Peter D Williams, including ordination of women, opening up Communion to remarried couples and Protestants.

For more on the Revolution in Rome www.premier.org.uk/rome

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Jun 26, 2014
Peter Boghossian vs Tim McGrew - A manual for creating atheists
01:23:12

Peter Boghossian teaches philosophy and is the author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’. He believes that faith is a ‘false epistemology’ (way of knowing things) and even describes it as a ‘virus of the mind’.

Tim McGrew is a Christian philosophy professor specialising in epistemology. He contests Boghossian’s definition of faith and debates the merits of his recent book.

To cast your vote on the definition of faith visit www.facebook.com/unbelievablejb

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For Tim McGrew: http://homepages.wmich.edu/~mcgrew/

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Jun 26, 2014
Healing on the Streets debate - David John & Geoff Lillis - Unbelievable?
01:21:13

David John leads an under-the-radar healing ministry to Muslims in the Middle East.

He discusses the evidence for healing with atheist Geoff Lillis who he recently spent an evening with in Dublin on a night of healing encounters.

Justin also plays out some of his own day with a Healing on the Streets team.

Read Justin’s recent articles on healing and miracles: Global Miracles & Miracles in the UK

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Jun 23, 2014
Did they mishear God in the Old Testament? Chalke vs Wilson Bible Debate #2 Unbelievable?
00:26:46

The second of 4 podcast specials in which Oasis church leader Steve Chalke debates his view of Scripture with Andrew Wilson of New Frontiers

They discuss whether God really struck people down in both the Old and New Testament.

Book for Unbelievable? The Conference 2014 www.premier.org.uk/reasonablefaith

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Jun 23, 2014
Did God punish Jesus on the cross? Chalke vs Wilson Bible debate #3 Unbelievable?
00:26:28

In their 3rd debate church leaders Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson debate the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Chalke famously described the concept of God punishing Jesus as ‘cosmic child abuse’.

Book for Unbelievable? The Conference 2014 www.premier.org.uk/reasonablefaith

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Jun 23, 2014
Are same-sex relationships allowed? Chalke vs Wilson Bible debate #4 Unbelievable?
00:26:28

After changing to a gay affirming stance, Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust has been dismissed from the UK Evangelical Alliance.

In this final exchange Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson of New Frontiers debate the scriptural and pastoral issues on both sides of the church and homosexuality debate.

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Jun 23, 2014
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Qureshi & Nazam Gufoor - Unbelievable?
01:22:52

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a Muslim family but converted to Christianity after investigating the historical case for Christ.

He debates Muslim Nazam Gufoor on whether the truth of Christianity or Islam is best supported by the evidence.

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Jun 23, 2014
Chalke vs Wilson Bible Debate #1 - Does Scripture contain errors? Unbelievable?
00:31:08

UK church leader Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust was recently dismissed from the Evangelical Alliance UK due to their stance affirming same-sex relationships

In the first of 4 podcast specials, Steve Chalke debates his view of Scripture with Andrew Wilson of New Frontiers

They discuss inerrancy and authority, and Chalke’s concern to see Jesus as the Word of God, not scripture.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Turin Shroud - a relic of the resurrection? Unbelievable?
00:28:02

The Turin Shroud has been an enigma for hundreds of years. In a special Good Friday feature Justin Brierley spoke to those who claim the evidence shows the shroud is the burial cloth of Christ, and its image a result of the resurrection itself.

Justin hears from experts and also about the modern converts to Christianity that the Shroud is making.

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Jun 23, 2014
Greg Boyd & Andrew Whyte discuss doubt and faith - Unbelievable?
01:21:43

Greg Boyd is pastor of Woodland Hills Church, Minnesota. In his new book “The Benefit of the Doubt” he explains how he lost and regained his faith, and the difference between commitment and certainty.

He discusses his journey with Andrew Whyte, an agnostic who was once an evangelical Christian, who explains how doubt led him to eventually abandon his faith altogether.

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Jun 23, 2014
Tim Keller on life, faith and suffering - Unbelievable?
01:22:03

Tim Keller leads Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York with several thousand in weekly attendance.

In an Easter special, Tim talks to Justin and answers listener questions about his life, faith and ministry. They also discuss his latest book ‘Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering’. There’s also an interview with apologist Tom Price on his own conversion.

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Jun 23, 2014
Noah and the Flood - 3 perspectives debate - Unbelievable?
01:21:29

With the release of the epic film ‘Noah’ starring Russell Crowe, Justin is joined by three different perspectives on the Biblical story of the flood.

Tim Chaffey of Answers In Genesis holds a Young Earth view and is involved in their Ark Encounter project. Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe holds an Old Earth perspective and is the author of ‘Navigating Genesis’. Irving Finkel of the British Museum is the author of ‘The Ark before Noah’ and believes the Genesis account borrows from other ancient flood stories.

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Jun 23, 2014
‘How Jesus became God’ debate Pt 1 - Bart Ehrman vs Simon Gathercole - Unbelievable?
01:21:28

New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s latest explosive book How Jesus Became God claims that the early Church turned Christ into the son of God, but Jesus himself never believed it and nor did his first followers.

Cambridge scholar Simon Gathercole has contributed to a response book How God Became Jesus (released at the same time) and, in the first of two shows, debates with Ehrman about whether the Gospels present a human or divine character.

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Jun 23, 2014
Bart Ehrman & Simon Gathercole debate pt 2 - How God became Jesus - Unbelievable?
01:20:52

The second episode in which Bart Ehrman defends his latest book ‘How Jesus Became God’ against Simon Gathercole. Ehrman claims that the early church turned Christ into the son of God. In this episode they discuss the earliest Christian writings in Scripture, and whether St Paul viewed Christ as a highly exalted being or as God himself.

Cambridge scholar Simon Gathercole has contributed to a response book ‘How God Became Jesus’ (released at the same time).

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Jun 23, 2014
Do healing miracles happen? Robby Dawkins & David Beebee - Unbelievable?
01:21:09

Robby Dawkins (not to be confused with Richard) says he regularly sees healing miracles occur for the people he prays for. Cancer is gone, blind eyes see, pain disappears, even a lung was re-grown.

David Beebee, an atheist sceptic with an interest in the charismatic church interacts with Dawkins and questions why we don’t see more convincing proof, and what he does about the ‘misses’.

We also hear from a Christian who is sceptical of modern miracle claims, Dr Peter May.

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Jun 23, 2014
William Lane Craig & Sean Carroll debate God & Cosmology - Unbelievable?
01:32:20

Leading Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and leading atheist scientist Sean Carroll recently participated in a debate on “The existence of God in the light of contemporary cosmology” at the Greer-Heard forum. In an extended podcast we hear the debate and audience Q&A.

With thanks to Tactical Faith and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary www.nobts.edu

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Jun 23, 2014
Young, restless… no longer reformed? Austin Fischer & James White - Unbelievable?
01:21:19

Austin Fischer embraced ‘New Calvinism’ as a teenager, after being influenced by its popular proponents. But he recently abandoned it when he found he was unable to worship God as truly just, good and loving.

Calvinist theologian James White (old, rested and still reformed) challenges Austin about his journey and his theology.

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Jun 23, 2014
Does the future have a church? Unbelievable?
01:20:46

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A recent report on the Church of England showed overall decline, but growth among ‘Fresh Expressions’ and Cathedral congregations.

The Archbishop’s advisor on Evangelism Chris Russell, tells the story of how his own church in Reading was revitalised, and why there is a bright future for the church.

Phil Hoyle, who runs an alternative ‘missional community’ and Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society also join the conversation.

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Jun 23, 2014
Why I am not an atheist - David Robertson vs Matt Dillahunty - Unbelievable?
01:21:20

The Apostle’s Creed begins “I believe in God”. David Robertson explains why he doesn’t believe atheism makes sense, as related in a chapter of Why I Am Not An Atheist.

Matt Dillahunty, host of The Atheist Experience responds in the first of two debates with David. They engage on the cause of the universe, morality and whether Hitler was a Christian.

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Jun 23, 2014
Why I am not a Christian - Matt Dillahunty vs David Robertson - Unbelievable?
01:21:30

Its round 2 of atheist Matt Dillahunty & David Robertson. This time Dillahunty explains why following the person of Christ doesn’t make sense to him.

Robertson responds as they engage on whether Jesus was good, by what standard we judge, and whether we can trust what he said.

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Jun 23, 2014
Is Heaven for real? Randal Rauser vs Hemant Mehta - Unbelievable?
01:21:14

Randal Rauser says we are wrong to imagine heaven as clouds, harps or a never-ending church service. In his new book What on Earth do we know about Heaven? he unpacks the Biblical view of heaven as a ‘renewed earth’.

Hemant Mehta, known online as The Friendly Atheist, explains why he believes heaven is a projection of our desires and nothing more. They discuss the evidence, whether heaven and hell are a divine carrot and stick, and if there is a heaven would an atheist want to be there?

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Jun 23, 2014
Ryan Bell discusses his ‘year as an atheist’ with Matt Flannagan - Unbelievable?
01:20:46

Ryan J Bell is a former pastor who has decided to try being an atheist for a year. He explains why and interacts with New Zealand apologist Matt Flannagan.

We also hear from Bentley Browning & Simon Capes at the conclusion of their atheist-Christian Faith Swap.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Experience of God - David Bentley Hart & Richard Norman - Unbelievable?
01:21:18

David Bentley Hart is a renowned Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion who presents three approaches to the existence of God in his new book “The Experience of God”.

He debates whether only God can explain ‘being, consciousness and bliss’, with atheist philosopher Richard Norman.

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Jun 23, 2014
Gays, the Gospel and the Church - Justin Lee & Ed Shaw - Unbelievable?
01:19:36

Justin Lee is a gay Christian. In his book Unconditional he describes his struggle to reconcile his sexuality with his evangelical faith and how he believes the church should respond to LGBT people.

Ed Shaw is a church leader who is also same-sex attracted. Unlike Lee he believes that celibacy is the only biblical option for those who are gay. They discuss their experiences growing up, how the Church treats gay people, the biblical issues and their view of celibacy.

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Jun 23, 2014
Calvinism vs Molinism - William Lane Craig & Paul Helm - Unbelievable?
01:20:25

If God ordains the future, can humans have free will? Are people predestined for salvation? And what does the Bible say on the matter?

William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher and leading proponent of Molinism, a view of divine sovereignty that seeks to reconcile God’s fore-ordination with human free will.

Paul Helm is a leading Calvin Scholar. He defends the view that God predestines the future, limiting human freedom.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Christian & Atheist ‘Faith Swap’ - Unbelievable?
01:21:06

Two friends, Bentley Browning (the Christian) and Simon Capes (the atheist) are both comics. They tell Justin about the religious role reversal they are undertaking and why they decided to do it. Bentley will be stopping prayer, Bible reading and going to church, while Simon will be taking them all up.

We also hear from Jake Warren an atheist who made a film about living with evangelical Christians, and Heather Tomlinson a journalist who became a Christian from a secular background.

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Jun 23, 2014
Was Jesus just a… Rabbi? David Lister & David Instone-Brewer - Unbelievable?
01:21:02

The second of three shows debating the identity of Jesus. Orthodox Rabbi David Lister talks to New Testament scholar David Instone-Brewer.

They discuss the rabbinic credentials of Jesus and why they differ on whether he was the messiah of the Jews.

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Jun 23, 2014
Was Jesus just a… Prophet? James White vs Yusuf Ismail - Unbelievable?
01:22:06

Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but not the Son of God as Christians believe.

James White is a US Bible Scholar and Yusuf Ismail is a Muslim scholar from South Africa - they debate the issues.

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Jun 23, 2014
Richard Dawkins debates Old Testament morality - Unbelievable?
01:21:46

Richard Dawkins has described the God of the Old Testament as (among other things) a “capriciously malevolent bully”. The world’s best known atheist joins Justin Brierley to discuss the morality of the Old Testament in light of the Bible TV series airing in the UK on Channel 5.

Rabbi Josh Levy and Christian lecturer Chris Sinkinson discuss with Dawkins whether the events of the Old Testament are historical and how to interpret the so-called “terror” passages. What about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, or of Abraham nearly sacrificing Isaac?

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Jun 23, 2014
Was Jesus just a…zealot? Reza Aslan vs Anthony Le Donne - Unbelievable?
01:25:46

Reza Aslan is the author of the bestselling book Zealot which claims Jesus was a political revolutionary and not the peace loving Messiah of the Gospels. He debates with New Testament scholar Anthony Le Donne who has written a scathing review of Aslan’s book.

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Jun 23, 2014
Darwin’s Doubt - Stephen C Meyer & Charles Marshall debate ID - Unbelievable?
01:27:00

Stephen C Meyer is the world’s leading Intelligent Design proponent. His new book Darwin’s Doubt claims that the Cambrian fossil record, which saw an “explosion” of new life forms in a short space of time, is evidence for ID.

Evolutionary biologist Charles Marshall of the University of California, Berkeley has written a critical review of the book. He debates Meyer on whether Darwinian evolution can explain the diversity of life in the Cambrian rocks.

For Meyer & Darwin’s Doubt http://www.darwinsdoubt.com/

For Charles Marshall’s review http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6152/1344.1.full

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Jun 23, 2014
Is the Mormon Church having a crisis of faith? Unbelievable?
01:20:48

Hanns Mattsson, a leader in the European wing of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints recently went public about his doubts in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/some-mormons-search-the-web-and-find-doubt.html?_r=0

Former Mormon Russ East discusses with Mormon historian Brian Hales the concerns of Mattsson over the legitimacy of the Book of Mormon and the character of the founder Joseph Smith.

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Jun 23, 2014
Debating the charismatic church & MacArthur’s Strange Fire - Unbelievable?
01:20:01

US Bible teacher John MacArthur recently condemned charismatic Christians as unbiblical and unsaved at his Strange Fire conference.

Reformed Blogger Adrian Warnock explains why John MacArthur has thrown the charismatic baby out with the bathwater, and why he believes in the continuing gifts of healing, prophecy and tongues. Doug Wilson, a reformed church leader in the US, reflects on the conference and explains why he believes the ’sign’ gifts ceased with the closure of scripture.

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Jun 23, 2014
Graphic abortion images - Anne Furedi vs Gregg Cunningham public debate - Unbelievable?
01:44:52

Ann Furedi of the British Preganancy Advisory Service (the UK’s largest abortion provider) debates Gregg Cunningham of the pro-life Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

They debate the motion “This house believes that it is morally wrong for groups to approach women and display abortion imagery outside facilities which provide abortion services.” The debate took place in London and was organised by Christian Concern.

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Jun 23, 2014
Should the Church keep out of education? David Robertson vs Terry Sanderson - Unbelievable?
01:20:56

The National Secular Society recently raised concerns that Christian groups were infiltrating RE lessons in order to evangelise at schools. Although their report was dismissed by the Department for Education, President Terry Sanderson explains why their concerns were raised after they received dozens of complaints from parents.

Revd David Robertson of the Solas Centre For Public Christianity explains why he thinks the report is unsupported and scare-mongering.

For the NSS report http://www.secularism.org.uk/religion-in-schools.html

For the Solas CPC Education conference http://www.solas-cpc.org/events/ootsc-2013/

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Jun 23, 2014
NT Wright on Paul, Hell, Satan, Creation, Adam, Eve & more - Unbelievable?
01:20:16

Renowned New Testament Scholar NT (Tom) Wright joins Justin to talk about his new book ‘Paul And The Faithfulness of God’. He also answers a number of listener questions that have come in on Facebook and Twitter

He answers questions on hell, Satan, creation, Adam and Eve, Old Testament texts, the role of women and more. Justin is also joined later in the show by Iain Morris, creator of the God Question DVD, responding to the 2 shows debating the series.

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Jun 23, 2014
Evidence, atheism & the case for God - Rice Broocks, Brian Miller & David Beebee - Unbelievable?
01:20:52

Rice Broocks is a US church leader. His new book ‘God’s Not Dead’ gathers together various lines of evidence for the existence of God.

Atheist listener David Beebee steps up to the plate to discuss the book with Rice. He explains why the evidence does not convince him as they debate the value of scientific and historical evidence for confirming the Christian faith.

Physicist and convert to Christianity Brian Miller also joins the conversation.

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Jun 23, 2014
Catholic vs Protestant debate on Sola Scriptura - Peter D Williams vs James White - Unbelievable?
01:20:39

The Protestant Reformation brought forth the cry “Sola Scriptura” - that Christianity should be based on the words of scripture alone, not on Roman Catholic church tradition.

Peter D Williams of Catholic Voices argues that the reformers were wrong and that the ultimate authority for Christians rests in the three strands of sacred scripture, sacred teaching and sacred tradition. James White of Alpha and Omega ministries argues that the Catholic church has fallen into error, and that Christians should look to scripture alone for their doctrine.

For Peter D Williams http://www.catholicvoices.org.uk/the-project/team

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Jun 23, 2014
How does an atheist celebrate rites of passage? Unbelievable?
01:20:47

How does a non-religious person choose to mark significant milestones in life such as births, weddings and deaths? Some people are turning to the services of Humanist celebrants such as Hannah Hart, who talks to Justin about her line of work.

Faith Forster is co-founder of Ichthus Christian Fellowship and discusses the differences between the way she conducts baby dedications, weddings and funerals as a Christian, compared to Hannah’s non-religious ceremonies.

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Jun 23, 2014
Keith Ward vs Michael Ruse on Mind, Consciousness & The God Question - Unbelievable?
01:20:14

Christian philosopher Prof Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse debate some of the issues raised by the new DVD documentary series The God Question. It explores whether advances in science are undermining or supporting belief in God.

Alongside audio clips from the film they discuss whether the human mind can be explained by material processes alone, religious experience and free will.

Find out more about The God Question DVD series www.thegodquestion.tv

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Jun 23, 2014
William Lane Craig & Lawrence Krauss review their Australia debates - Unbelievable?
01:20:31

Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist physicist Lawrence Krauss recently met in Australia for 3 public dialogues on the existence of God.

They join Justin Brierley to reflect on the value of the events and the way it was carried out. We hear highlights of their discussion on whether God commanded genocide in the Old Testament and if there is good evidence for the resurrection of Christ.

See all the videos from the “God, the Universe & Nothing” events at www.citybibleforum.org

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Jun 23, 2014
Lawrence Krauss vs John Lennox - Science, the universe & The God Question - Unbelievable?
01:19:57

New DVD documentary series The God Question explores whether advances in science are undermining or supporting belief in God. Christian thinker Prof John Lennox and atheist physicist Lawrence Krauss debate some of the issues raised by the video series..

Alongside audio clips from the film they discuss the Big Bang, purpose, fine-tuning and the possibility of a universe “from nothing”.

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Jun 23, 2014
The detective & the Gospels - J Warner Wallace answers sceptics’ objections - Unbelievable?
01:20:28

J Warner Wallace is a homicide detective specialising in cold case murder investigations.

In his book Cold Case Christianity he shows how the same tools of investigating evidence can show that the Gospels are trustworthy accounts.

Jim tells how the evidence moved him from atheism to Christianity and debates with 2 sceptical callers on differing timelines in the Gospels and corroboration.

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Jun 23, 2014
Imagination, suffering, abortion & atheism 2013 Conference videos - Unbelievable?
01:20:20

Justin launches the Video Website of Unbelievable? The Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/apologetics

Excerpts from talks by Alister Mcgrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, Dr Trevor Stammers & Peter S Williams. Plus interviews with delegates who attended.

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Jun 23, 2014
How would finding alien life affect Christianity? David Wilkinson & Mark Kidger - Unbelievable?
01:20:10

The SETI programme has been listening to the universe for signs of intelligent life for over 50 years.

In his new book ‘Science, Religion and the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence’ astrophysicist Revd Prof David Wilkinson assesses the evidence for the existence of alien life and what the impact of discovering it would be on Christianity.

Mark Kidger, an astronomer for the European Space Agency, also joins the conversation as an agnostic on God, but as a believer in the existence of alien life.

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Jun 23, 2014
Young Earth Creation debate 2: Adam, Eve Sin & Death - Unbelievable?
01:20:41

The second of two debates in which Young Earth Creationist Andy McIntosh debates paleontologist Robert Asher.

Andy responds to a number of questions left hanging over from the previous show. Both are Christians and give their differing views on how the Genesis stories of Adam and Eve and death and suffering can (or cannot) be reconciled with evolutionary theory.

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Jun 23, 2014
William Lane Craig’s Cambridge Union Debate - Unbelievable?
01:32:20

In this debate from the Reasonable Faith UK tour in 2011, William Lane Craig visited the Cambridge Union.

The motion under debate is “This house believes that God is not a delusion”. The other debaters are Peter S Williams, Arif Ahmed & Andrew Copson

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Jun 23, 2014
3 Same-Sex Attracted Church leaders speak out - Unbelievable?
01:20:16

A special radio feature titled “A Different Kind of Coming Out” sees Justin meet three evangelical church leaders who talk about their struggle with same-sex attraction and why they’ve decided to choose celibacy, or being ‘post-gay’.

For the Christianity Magazine interview by Justin click here.

Justin is joined by Anglican blogger Peter Ould and Savi Hensman of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement to discuss the programme.

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Jun 23, 2014
Does the rock and fossil record point to Noah’s flood or evolution? Unbelievable?
01:24:24

The Young Earth Creation movement claim that the Bible and science show that the world is only a little over 6000 years old. In the first of two debates Justin Brierley hears from a leading UK “young earther” who claims that the rock and fossil record were laid down by the flood of Noah, and a paleontologist who argues that science is clear that they were laid down over millions of years of evolutionary history.

Andy Macintosh is Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds. He is a leading British Young Earth Creationist. He debates with Robert Asher, a paleontologist at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge, and the author of “Evolution and belief: Confessions of a religious paleontologist”.

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Jun 23, 2014
Greg Koukl answers objections on sin, morality & God - Unbelievable?
01:23:48

Greg Koukl is the host of the apologetics radio show Stand To Reason whcih aims to equip believers with good reasons for their faith and to answer the objections of sceptics.

Greg talks to three atheists on today’s show. Stuart questions whether Christian doctrines of sin and atonement make sense. Bill asks whether the argument from morality makes sense. Derek points out that Christians seem to hear contradictory things from God.

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Jun 23, 2014
Peter Kreeft debates the argument from desire - Unbelievable?
01:20:24

CS Lewis said “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Peter Kreeft is a philosophy professor and well know Christian thinker and writer. He defends the “argument from desire”. Does our experience of transcendent longing indicate that there is a God to satisfy it?

Atheist philosopher Richard Norman says that the argument amounts to wish-fulfillment.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Probability of the Resurrection - Calum Miller & Chris Hallquist - Unbelievable?
01:20:42

Christian philosopher Richard Swinburne has used probability theory to show that the likelihood of the resurrection of Christ is 0.97.

Calum Miller is a Christian apologist and student of Swinburne. He talks about why he believes that probability theory can be used to show that the resurrection is highly likely to be true.

Chris Hallquist is an atheist blogger who argues that the resurrection is not well supported by evidence or probability.

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Jun 23, 2014
Presuppositional vs Natural Theology - K Scott Oliphint & Kurt Jaros - Unbelievable?
01:20:03

Two different approaches to apologetics are debated on the show. K Scott Oliphint is Professor of Apologetics & Systematic Theology at Westminater Theological Seminary, PA. Kurt Jaros is the founder of www.realclearapologetics.com

Scott believes that the best apologetic method is to assume that Christianity is true and show why a non-Christian is suppressing that truth. Atheists presuppose the existence of God even to argue against Him. This approach is called presuppositional or covanental apologetics.

Kurt Jaros believes that method is flawed and argues for the primacy of Natural Theology (or evidential apologetics) in presenting the case for Christianity to non-believers.

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Jun 23, 2014
Literature, CS Lewis & Conversion - Holly Ordway & Laura Miller - Unbelievable?
01:20:49

Former atheist Holly Ordway came to Christian faith via poetry and literature. She tells her story and explains her passion for literary apologetics.

Laura Miller is an online literary critic and an agnostic. She loved the Narnia stories as a child but felt betrayed by CS Lewis after discovering their Christian symbolism as an adult.

Holly and Laura discuss the rights and wrongs of using literature for a Christian message. Do great art, poetry and literature point to a transcendent reality?

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Jun 23, 2014
Alister McGrath + Panel Q&A at Unbelievable? 2013 - Unbelievable?
01:22:51

Over 600 people attended the third Unbelievable? Conference in London in May 2013 - Jesus: Liar, lunatic, Legend or Lord. In this programme we hear some audio extracts from the conference which aimed to equip Christian with good reasons for the faith.

Alister McGrath gives the opening address on “Joy Meaning and Purpose”. We also hear the panel discussion and questions from the audience as Alister, Peter S Williams, Trevor Stammers, Kurt Jaros and Fuz Rana answer questions on how to more effectively engage British society with the Gospel.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Outsider Test of Faith & Miracles - Randal Rauser vs John Loftus - Unbelievable?
01:20:53

Randal Rauser is a Christian, John Loftus is a former-Christian-now-atheist. They have co-authored the book God Or Godless? debating 20 controversial questions.

They join Justin for two discussions. In his Outsider Test for Faith Loftus claims that Christians would abandon their faith if they critiqued it in the way they do other religions. But Rauser argues that Loftus needs to put his own atheistic worldview through the test.

They also debate whether stories of miracles can count as evidence of the supernatural.

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Jun 23, 2014
The Pope’s astronomer interview - Unbelievable?
00:54:35

Brother Guy Consolmagno has an asteroid named after him. The planetary scientist for the Vatican talks to Justin Brierley about his journey of faith, his scientific research and answers questions from listeners on the interaction of science and Christianity.

Did the church persecute Galileo? Could there be extra-terrestrial life? Is the new Pope pro-science?

For Guy Consolmagno http://vaticanobservatory.org/index.php/en/staff/85-brother-guy

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Jun 23, 2014
Can the Bible be retold as science? Unbelievable?
01:21:51

Russell Stannard is emeritus professor of Physics at The Open University. He is a Christian and presenter of the RE Today Services Science & Belief videos

Steve Jones is emeritus professor of genetics at University College London. An atheist, he is the author of “The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold as Science”.

They debate whether the Bible can be seen as scientific, what kinds of questions religion and science answer and more.

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Jun 23, 2014
Amy Orr-Ewing answers atheists’ questions - Unbelievable?
01:22:12

Amy Orr-Ewing is an evangelist and apologist with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She is a speaker at Unbelievable? The Conference 2013

Amy takes calls from 3 atheist listeners. Trevor asks whether we can trust the Gospels as eyewitness accounts? Rachel asks whether Christians can learn from other spiritual practices? Jay asks why Christians are so divided in the US culture wars.

Check out the vid to see what Amy is speaking on at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 on Sat 25 May www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Did Adam & Eve exist? Denis Alexander, Fuz Rana & Peter Enns - Unbelievable?
01:21:35

Do science and genetics support the existence of a ‘first’ human couple? How should we interpret the first chapters of Genesis? Do we need a historical Adam & Eve to make sense of sin and salvation?

Three Christians discuss the issues from different perspectives. Dr Denis Alexander is the emeritus director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge. Fuz Rana is a biochemist with Reasons To Believe. Peter Enns is a theologian and author of ‘The Evolution of Adam’.

Fuz Rana is speaking on science and Christianity at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 on Sat 25 May www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Alister McGrath on the life of CS Lewis - Unbelievable?
01:21:21

Alister McGrath chats to Justin Brierley about his major new biography ‘CS Lewis: A Life - Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet’.

They discuss Lewis’ (re-dated) conversion, his life in Oxford, his arguments for God and why he remains so singificant a figure 50 years on from his death. Alister also answers listener questions.

Enter the draw for a signed copy of the book by emailing unbelievable@premier.org.uk with the title of Alister’s opening address at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013.

Alister is a keynote speaker at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 on Sat 25 May www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Kermit Gosnell & the abortion debate - Unbelievable?
01:21:49

In the USA Kermit Gosnell is being tried on counts of murdering children born alive in illegal late-term abortions at his unsanitary practise in Philadelphia.

Dr Trevor Stammers is a Christian former GP who refused to personally refer women for abortion. Dr Evan Harris is a former Liberal Democrat MP and atheist who believes that women should have the choice to terminate their pregnancy.

They discuss the Gosnell case with Telegraph journalist Timothy Stanley, one of the first in the UK to report the case in the mainstream press after claims of a “media blackout”.

They also discuss the case of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, who died from a miscarriage after being refused an abortion, as well as the current abortion law in the UK.

Dr Trevor Stammers is speaking on abortion at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 on Sat 25 May www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Creating Life in the Lab - Adam Rutherford & Fuz Rana - Unbelievable?
01:24:18

In a podcast special, atheist scientist Adam Rutherford and Christian biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana of Reasons To Believe, discuss the latest advances in synthetic bio-engineering and whether they support or contradict the view that life is a product of design.

In the second of 2 programmes they explain the latest scientific advances in attempting to create simple synthetic life in the laboratory and how this research may be of benefit.

Fuz contends that the amount of ingenuity and intelligence required to produce life in the lab lends strong support to the view that life on earth is a product of an intelligent mind. Adam Rutherford, whose new book is called “Creation: The Future of life” disagrees.

Fuz is a speaker at Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Rob Bell debates God, Salvation & Homosexuality - Unbelievable?
01:23:52

For more information about Rob Bell’s new book, click here: http://bit.ly/15Mve2T

Rob Bell returns to Unbelievable? 2 years after his debate on the controversial best-seller ‘Love Wins’.

He talks about life after Mars Hill Bible Church and his latest book ‘What we talk about when we talk about God’.

Andrew Wilson is an author and theologian with the New Frontiers church network. He quizzes Rob about his view of God, salvation and his recently stated support for gay marriage.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
How did life begin? Adam Rutherford & Fuz Rana - Unbelievable?
01:21:48

Was the emergence of the first self-replicating organism a result of design or the blind forces of nature?

Adam Rutherford is an atheist scientist whose new book “Creation: The Origin of Life” claims to show a naturalistic explanation for how life arose. Fazale (Fuz) Rana is a biochemist with Reasons To Believe (and a speaker at Unbelievable? The Conference 2013). He values scientific research into origins but believes that Rutherford’s explanation is a dead-end. Design is still the best explanation.

The first of two programmes dealing with cellular biology. Next week they discuss “Creating life in the lab”.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
AC Grayling vs Peter S Williams - The God Argument - Unbelievable?
01:27:55

AC Grayling is one of the Uk’s most well known atheist thinkers. His new book The God Argument claims to refute the key arguments for God and show why humanism is the best way forward.

Christian Philosopher Peter S Williams interacts with Grayling who he believes has badly misunderstood the arguments for God in his book. In a busy show they debate The Argument from Fine Tuning, The Cosmological Arguement and The Moral Argument.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
What happened on the cross? Penal Substitution debate - Unbelievable?
01:20:08

Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross provided the atonement for sins. But in what way?

Advocates of the penal substitution view hold that God punished the Son, instead of us. Others argue this is an unjust way of viewing the crucifixion and prefer the ‘Christus Victor’ view, that Jesus defeats the powers of evil on the cross.

Steve Jeffery defends Penal Substitution, while Alan Molineaux questions it. Also contributions from American theologian & church leader Greg Boyd in defense of Christus Victor and UK leader Dave Bish in defense of PSA.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
Why Suffering? Sharon Dirckx & Alom Shaha - Unbelievable?
01:21:00

“Why?” is the title of the new book by Sharon Dirckx looking at God, evil and suffering. She interacts with atheist Alom Shaha as we ask “how can a loving God allow suffering?”

We also hear stories from people who have been through suffering but kept their faith. Will, who became a Christian after losing his wife and a child in a tragic road accident. Rachel who has suffered from MS for a number of years.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

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Jun 23, 2014
In Conversation with Rowan Williams
00:56:04

Rowan Williams led the Anglican Church for 10 years. He reflects on his journey of faith, and the trials and joys of his time in office in a wide ranging interview with Justin Brierley.

Find out why he briefly considered becoming a Catholic, what he makes of new atheists like Richard Dawkins, the debate on penal substitution and whether he has had doubts about God.

Read this interview in Christianity Magazine www.christianitymagazine.co.uk

For Justin Brierley’s regular discussion show between Christians and non-Christians visit www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable2013

Jun 23, 2014
New Testament Grill a Christian _ Derek Tidball answers atheists
01:20:40

Bible Scholar Derek Tidball takes on a range of objections to the New Testaments from three atheist callers.

Andrew Nightingale asks why Christians can’t agree on doctrines in scripture?

Andrew Hindmarch asks why the genealogies of Jesus vary?

Jack, a sceptical teenager in Australia, asks about apparent contradictions in the story of Judas’ death.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/jesus

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Jun 23, 2014
Is the religious right wrong? Brian McLaren, Andy Walton, Bryan Fischer, Alan Craig - Unbelievable?
01:20:16

The religious right wing primarily campaigns on abortion and homosexuality - but is this the way Christians should be involved in politics?

Andy Walton of the Contextual Theology Centre had published a report on whether the UK is seeing the rise of a religious right.

Alan Craig is from the Christian People’s Alliance, a small political party campaigning for Christian values in society.

Joining by phone from the USA, Brian McLaren is a former pastor and author, and a critic of the religious right. Brian Fisher of the American Family Association is a vociferous critic of liberal America.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/jesus

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Jun 23, 2014
Hellbound the movie - debating three views on hell - Unbelievable?
01:20:54

Hellbound is the new movie by Kevin Miller which questions the traditional “eternal, conscious torment” view of hell and asks whether Universalism is actually taught in scripture.

Justin is joined by Kevin, along with Glenn Peoples who holds an “annihilationist” position, and Peter Sanlon who defends the traditional view.

They discuss whether questioning hell goes against evangelicalism, wheter evangelism is at stake and what most Christians really believe about hell.

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Jun 23, 2014
NT Wright & James White debate on St. Paul & Justification - Unbelievable?
01:24:51

NT Wright is a leading professor of New Testament at the forefront of the New Perspective on Paul. His reassesment of the words of Paul on “justification” have led to concern from reformed church leaders like John Piper.

Is Wright undermining important doctrine, or did the reformers read their Bible wrong?

James White, reformed Bible scholar discusses with Wright as they seek to find out what Paul really said about justification.

Plus news about the forthcoming Unbelievable? Conference 2013 “Jesus: liar, lunatic, legand…or Lord?”

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/jesus

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Jun 23, 2014
I just believe in one less god than you… Randal Rauser & Ralph Jones - Unbelievable?
01:20:44

Is the phrase “I just believe in one less god than you” a good argument for atheism against Christianity?

Ralph Jones is an atheist who recently featured in Christianity Magazine’s “Why I’m not a Christian” column. He interacts with Christian apologist Randal Rauser, the author of “The Swedish atheist, the scuba diver and other apologetic rabbit trails”.

They talk about theism, deism and atheism. Randal ask how Ralph’s atheism accounts for DNA and Morality, Ralph asks how Christianity can claim to be moral or justify hell.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 www.premier.org.uk/jesus

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Jun 23, 2014
The Christian & Atheist philosophers’ worldviews: Keith Ward & Arif Ahmed - Unbelievable?
01:50:00

The Veritas Forum in Cambridge invited Christian philosopher Keith Ward and atheist philosopher Arif Ahmed to present the reasons for their different worldviews.

Justin Brierley hosts a discussion with the two thinkers in front of an audience of Cambridge students who ask their own questions too.

For more discussion between Christians and non-Christians visit www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable 

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For Veritas USA www.veritas.org For Veritas Europe www.veritasforum.eu

For Keith Ward www.keithward.org.uk

For Arif Ahmed http://goo.gl/02nu7

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Jun 23, 2014
Steve Chalke on his new gay affirming stance - Unbelievable?
01:21:35

Leading UK evangelical Steve Chalke has written an article for Christianity magazine on why he now affirms committed, faithful gay relationships.

Justin Brierley talks to Steve about why he’s changed his mind while theologian Greg Downes offers a defence of the traditional evangelical understanding of sexuality. We also hear the responses and reflections of church leaders including Steve Clifford of the Evangelical Alliance, Lord Richard Harries former Bishop of Oxford, Faith Forster of Ichthus Christian fellowship and more.

For Christianity Magazine’s coverage http://www.christianitymagazine.co.uk

For Steve Chalke http://www.oasisuk.org/inclusionresources

For Greg Downes http://www.cml.uk.net/staff/director

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Jun 23, 2014
The atheist church - Sanderson Jones & David Robertson - Unbelievable?
01:20:54

In Jan 2013 a new church began in London - with singing, a sermon and a great sense of community - but its for godless people.  Atheist stand up comedian Sanderson Jones who co-founded “the Sunday Assembly” talks about its first meeting and why it exists.

Scottish church minister David Robertson asks questions about whether an “atheist church” makes sense and what Christians could learn from it.

Justin is also joined by two of those who attended the first service, Rory Fenton and Simon Jenkins.

For more info on The Sunday Assembly www.sundayassembly.com

For David Robertson http://solas-cpc.org

For Rory Fenton http://roryfenton.com for Simon Jenkins http://simonjenkins.com

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD

Jun 23, 2014
Is atheism a “lack of belief”? Calum Miller, Paul Orton & Non Stamp Collector - Unbelievable?
01:20:46

In the first show of 2013, three ‘Unbelievable?’ listeners join Justin Brierley to discuss their views of atheism.

Calum Miller is a Christian medical student at Oxford with an interest in philosophy.  He chats with atheist Paul Orton and agnostic Steve (aka Non Stamp Collector).

They both define their atheism as a mere “lack of belief in God” rather than a positive belief that “there is no God”. 

Why the distinction? Find out as we ask questions about where the burden of proof lies, the difference between agnosticism and atheism, and the God of the Bible.

For Calum Miller http://dovetheology.com http://www.twitter.com/dovetheology

For Paul Orton http://www.missinggodgene.com http://www.skepticule.com

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Jun 23, 2014
Did God command ‘genocide’ in the Old Testament? John Allister vs Justin Schieber - Unbelievable?
01:20:43

1 Samuel Chapter 15 may be one of the hardest passages in the Bible to reconcile with a God of love.  It describes God apparently commanding  the slaughter of men, women and children in the Amalekite tribe.

 

How can Christians who take OT passages on warfare seriously reconcile it with the God of love shown in Jesus?  Is God Evil?

 

John Allister is the vicar of St. Jude’s Church, Nottingham. He argues that the passage needs to be understood in its context.

 

Justin Schieber is co host of the atheist podcast Reasonable Doubt. He argues that the story cannot be reconciled with a good God.

 

For John Allister http://custardy.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-amalekites.html and his paper on the Amalekites

Jun 23, 2014
Christmas: historical fact or theological invention? Ben Witherington & S Thornton - Unbelievable?
01:19:33

Matthew and Luke both tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The stories share some details in common but also vary in others.  Where did they get their information from, and should we regard them as historical or merely “theological”?

Stephen Thornton is a liberal Bible tutor who believes that none of the details of the Christmas story are historically true. Rather, stories of the virgin conception, the shepherds, the wise men etc contain “deeper meanings” that were written down as a “teaching aid” to the early church.

Ben Witherington III is New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.  He says that the Christmas stories certainly contain deep meaning, but only because they have a basis in historical events, and that Stephen’s approach is out of date.

For Ben Witherington www.benwitherington.com

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Jun 23, 2014
William Lane Craig on reaching the UK with apologetics - Unbelievable?
01:20:49

As videos from 2011’s Bethinking Conference are made available on Youtube we hear the talk that leading Christian philosopher William Lane Craig gave to those gathered on the apologetic task of reaching the UK. Includes audience Q&A. 

Plus we hear you suggestions for show topics in the new year and some advance details of Unbelievable? The Conference 2013.

For The Bethinking Conference videos www.youtube.com/reasonablefaithtour

For Bethinking www.bethinking.org

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Does Christianity make emotional sense? Francis Spufford & Philip Pullman - Unbelievable?
01:20:17

Francis Spufford is a prize-winning author who returned to faith as an adult after years as an atheist. His latest book is “Unapologetic: Why despite everything Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense”. 

He says he didn’t write it to try to give an objective argument for Christianity, but to show why its concepts, doctrines and beliefs help those who believe it make emotional sense of the world.

He chats with renowned author Philip Pullman who is an atheist.  They talk about new atheism, the atheist bus campaign, the concept of sin, the person of Jesus and more.

For Unapologetic http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unapologetic-everything-Christianity-surprising-emotional/dp/0571225217

For Philip Pullman http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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Jun 23, 2014
Did Jesus Exist? Richard Carrier vs Mark Goodacre - Unbelievable?
01:19:05

Richard Carrier is the world’s foremost proponent of the “mythicist” view of Jesus - that he never actually existed as a historical person.

He explains his theory that St. Paul only ever spoke of Jesus in the spiritual realm and that the Gospels are “extended parables”.

Mark Goodacre is NT professor at Duke University. He contends that Carrier’s mythicist view is extrememly far fetched and the evidence for the historical Jesus is beyond reasonable doubt.

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

For Mark Goodacre http://podacre.blogspot.co.uk/

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Good without God - Can atheism account for morality? Unbelievable?
01:20:10

Were the concentration camps of the Holocaust absolutely evil, or simply something that goes against people’s tastes today? 

Canon Angus Ritchie is the author of “From Morality to Metaphysics” in which he argues that God is the best explanation of moral realism (that there are objective moral facts).

Kile Jones is an atheist studying for a PhD.  He argues that God is an unecessary entity when it comes to explaining why there may be a realm of objective morality.

For Angus Ritchie www.theology-centre.org.uk

For Kile Jones http://claremontlincoln.academia.edu/KileJones

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.o [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Britain and secularism debate - Peter Hitchens vs Alex Gabriel - Unbelievable?
01:42:11

A podcast special airing the Student-Alumni debate that took place at Christ Church, Oxford University in November.

The Proposition: Peter Hitchens, columnist for The Mail on Sunday, foreign correspondent and author.

The Opposition: Alex Gabriel, former president of Oxford Atheists, Secularists and Humanists Society (OxASH) and writer for The Heresy Club.

For Premier’s Extending Hope appeal www.premier.org.uk/extendinghope

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

For Alex Gabriel http://heresyclub.com/

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/A [...]

Jun 23, 2014
The Atheist Prayer Experiment Results Show - Unbelievable?
01:20:34

In the first of two shows Justin is joined by Tim Mawson, the Oxford philosopher whose paper “Praying to Stop Being an Atheist” inspired the Atheist Prayer Experiment.

71 atheists and agnostics signed up to the experiment, comitting to pray for God to reveal himself to them over 40 days. Did anyone end up believing in God?

We reveal the results and hear from a variety of people who took part, including Andrew, Kendra, Laura, Cang & Freki as well as exploring questions that arose. 

Was this really an ‘experiment’? What does an atheist pray? Does it matter which god is being prayed to? Do the results have any bearing on the question of God’s existence?

For the results and full interviews with some participants www.premier.org.uk/atheistprayerexperiment

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD

Jun 23, 2014
The Atheist Prayer Experiment Show 2 - Unbelievable?
01:20:34

Were the concentration camps of the Holocaust absolutely evil, or simply something that goes against people’s tastes today? 

Canon Angus Ritchie is the author of “From Morality to Metaphysics” in which he argues that God is the best explanation of moral realism (that there are objective moral facts).

Kile Jones is an atheist studying for a PhD.  He argues that God is an unecessary entity when it comes to explaining why there may be a realm of objective morality.

For Angus Ritchie www.theology-centre.org.uk

For Kile Jones http://claremontlincoln.academia.edu/KileJones

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.o [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Comedy & Christianity - Marcus Brigstocke & David Robertson - Unbelievable?
01:20:20

Marcus Brigstocke is a well known comedian on UK radio and TV. An atheist, last year he wrote the book “God Collar” about his problems with religion, but also why he wants to believe in God.

He chats with David Robertson of Solas, the Centre for Public Christianity.  They talk about UK comedy’s atheist leanings, Marcus’ ciriticisms of both religion and new atheism, the problem of evil, the Old Testament and more besides.

For Marcus Brigstocke http://www.marcusbrigstocke.com/

For David Robertson http://solas-cpc.org/

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Is God Worth Believing In? Unbelievable?
01:20:51

Jeff Cook is a Christian philosopher who tells his story of losing and returning to faith in his book ‘Everything New’.  Jeff has critiqued contemporary apologetics for sometimes failing to present a God that people would want to exist.

Alex Gabriel is a student and atheist activist. He engages with Jeff on what it would take for a sceptic to change their perspective - is evidence and argument enough?

For Jeff Cook and ‘Everything New’ http://everythingnew.org/

Alex Gabriel writes at http://heresyclub.com/

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Is the Catholic church the one true church? - Unbelievable?
01:20:45

Some of the key differences between Catholic and Protestant doctrine are explored in a friendly dialogue. Roman Catholic Peter D Williams and Protestant pastor David Robertson debate The Pope, Sola Scriptura and justification by faith.

 

For Premier’s Coverage of the “Year of Faith” visit http://www.premier.org.uk/yearoffaith

 

For David Robertson & the “Confident Christianity” Conference http://bit.ly/SFtYCa

 

For Peter D Williams & the Abortion Debate http://bit.ly/TX3Tjh

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Atheism’s New Clothes - David Glass & James Croft - Unbelievable?
01:20:11

David Glass is a University lecturer in Northern Ireland. His book “Atheism’s New Clothes” critiques the arguments of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens and Dennett.  He says that, on the balance of probabilities, theism offers a better explanation of life and the Universe than atheism.

James Croft works with the Harvard humanist community. He contests David’s use of probability theory. They discuss whether God is a good explanation for the fine tuning of the universe.

For David & Atheism’s New Clothes http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/books/atheisms-new-clothes/

For James Croft http://harvardhumanist.org/authors/

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Jun 23, 2014
UFOs, Aliens and God - Unbelievable?
01:20:17

Claims of UFO sightings and alien abductions have been widespread in the last few decades. Is there any substance to the sightings, do UFOs appear in scripture and would discovering alien life make a difference to the Christian faith?

Is evidence for UFOs on a par with evidence for supernatural events like the resurrection of Christ as some atheists claim?

Theologian Brendan Devitt and UFOlogist and sceptic John Wickham discuss the issues ahead of a live event at Hitchin Christian Centre on Sun 21 Oct 2012

For Hitchin Christian Centre http://www.hcc.org.uk

For John Wickham at BUFORAhttp://www.bufora.org.uk

Watch the video promo for Unbelievable? the Conference 2012 DVD http://youtu.be/6g-5jTMeZew Order it at http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

Info on The Atheist Prayer Experiment

Jun 23, 2014
The Anti-Islam film and protests - Unbelievable?
01:20:49

Muslim protests and riots have been taking place around the world over an online video called “Innocence of Muslims” which mocks the prophet Mohammad.

James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries and Muhammad Al-Hussaini of Scriptural Resaoning discuss the video and the reaction to it.

As the death toll rises we ask questions like “what does this video say?” “Why do many Muslims respond this way when Muhammad is insulted?” “Can Islam cope with insult and criticism?”

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

For Muhammad Al-Hussaini: http://www.scripturalreasoning.org.uk

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Jun 23, 2014
Egalitarian vs Complementarian views on men and women - Unbelievable?
01:22:31

A controversial blog post by Jared Wilson, quoting pastor Doug Wilson on the role of men and women in sex, recently reignited the debate between complementarians and egalitarians.

Rachel Held Evans is a popular US author, blogger and speaker who believes the New Testament supports the equality of men and women in the church and in the home (Egalitarian).

Owen Strachan is a theology professor at Boyce College, Kentucky and believes the Bible teaches that men and women have equal dignity but different roles in family and church (Complementarian).

UK church blogger Adrian Warnock joins the conversation too as we discuss reactions to the Wilson blog post, how to interpret verses in the Bible about women “submitting” to husbands and “remaining quiet” in church, and more.

For Rachel Held Evans http://rachelheldevans.com/

For Owen Strachan http://owe [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Is pornography harmful to those who view it? Unbelievable?
01:19:22

In the first of two episodes, we ask the question “is pornography harmful?” This week focusses on the effect upon users of pornography.

Peter Watts is from Living Waters, a Christian ministry helping those affected by sexual issues. He argues that pornography is a form of false intimacy which negatively rewires the brain and damages relationships.

Steve Miller is an atheist with a background in psychology.  He says that pornography in the context of consenting adults is not harmful and the church is too hung up on issues of sexuality.

TC Ryan, author of “Ashamed No More” joins the conversation.  A former pastor, his secret addiction to porn brought an end to his ministry.

Premier’s Safetynet campaign http://www.safetynet.org.uk/

Struggling with porn? Living Waters resources http://www.li [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Pornography show 2: Is it harmful to the women involved? Unbelievable?
01:20:36

For a second week running we address the question of whether pornography is harmful, this time from the perspective of those in the porn industry.

Former porn actress Danielle Williams explains why she feels the industry is abusive and detrimental to the women involved. Current adult entertainer Sophie Hirschfeld speaks in support of pornography.  In the studio atheist Steve Miller & Christian Peter Watts continue to debate the rights and wrongs.

Justin also reads correspondence on the forthcoming Atheist Prayer Experiment.

Premier’s Safetynet campaign http://www.safetynet.org.uk/

Struggling with porn? Living Waters resources http://www.living-waters-uk.org/content/recovery-sexual-addictions-resources

For Danielle Williams book http://amzn.to/OuE7Gy or on Facebook

Jun 23, 2014
Did Jesus Exist? Bart Ehrman Q&A - Unbelievable?
01:19:05

In this one-on-one edition of the show, Justin Brierley speaks to New Testament Historian Bart Ehrman about his recent book “Did Jesus Exist?” which argues for the historical fact of Jesus of Nazareth.

Ehrman, whose books are more usually at odds with evangelicals, was this time attacked by atheist proponents of “mythicism” - the view that Jesus never existed.

He responds to the criticisms, including mythicists Bob Price and Richard Carrier and answers questions sent in by Unbelievable? listeners.

For Did Jesus Exist? http://www.bartdehrman.com/books/did_jesus_exist.htm

Bart’s blog http://ehrmanblog.org/

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

Info on The Atheist Prayer Experiment

Jun 23, 2014
The Young Atheists Handbook - Alom Shaha & Tom Price - Unbelievable?
01:19:43

Alom Shaha grew up in a Muslim background in London but became an atheist in his teens. Now a science teacher he has written about that journey in his book “The Young Atheist’s Handbook”.

He chats with Tom Price of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics about Love, God, Narnia, Hope and much more…

For The Young Atheists Handbook http://alomshaha.com/buy-the-book.html

For Alom Shaha http://alomshaha.com

For Tom Price http://www.theocca.org/bios/tom-price

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

Info on The Atheist Prayer Experiment http://www.premier.org.uk/atheistprayerexperiment

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Jun 23, 2014
The Revelations, Alpha & evangelism - Alex Preston & Tom Price - Unbelievable?
01:20:26

Alex Preston is the author of “The Revelations”, a novel about faith, doubt, guilt, sex and secrets. The 4 main characters are leaders on “The Course” an evangelism programme similar to the Alpha Course.

Alex, a former banker who sees himself as a “spiritual seeker”, describes his experience of attending the Alpha Course and the motivation for writing the book.

Tom Price is a tutor at the Oxford Centre For Christian Apologetics.  He talks to Alex about conversion, hope, certainty, sexuality and evangelical Christianity.

For Alex Preston and The Revelations http://alexhmpreston.com/the-revelations/

For Tom Price at OCCA http://www.theocca.org/bios/tom-price

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Mormon Dialogue pt 2 - LDS doctrine, God, Jesus & exaltation - Unbelievable?
01:20:36

In the second show examining the beliefs of Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) Bobby Gilpin and Charles Dayton return to talk about Mormon doctrines.

Bobby runs UK Parternships for Christ, an outreach to Mormons and JWs. Charles is a lifelong Mormon and Western Artist in Wyoming.

They discuss Mormon beliefs about whether God was “once a man”, whether we are potential gods ourselves, and what happens to Christians and Mormons when they die.  Is Mormonism a religion of works or grace?

For Bobby Gilpin http://www.upfc.org.uk

For the Mormon Church http://mormon.org/

For Charles Dayton’s art http://www.wilcoxgallery.com/G_CharlesDayton.htm

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Did Muhammad Exist? Robert Spencer vs Adnan Rashid - Unbelievable?
01:20:14

Robert Spencer runs Jihad Watch in the USA. His controversial new book “Did Muhammad Exist?” claims that the prophet of Islam owes more to fiction than fact, and has led to death threats against him.

Adnan Rashid, a Muslim speaker from the Islamic Education and Research Academy, responds to Spencer’s claims in a heated exchange.

Get “Did Muhammad Exist?” http://amzn.to/NS44JA

For Robert Spencer http://www.jihadwatch.org/

For Adnan Rashid http://www.iera.org.uk/speakers_ar.html

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

Info on The Atheist Prayer Experiment http://www.premier.org.uk/atheistprayerexperiment

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Jun 23, 2014
Atheist convert to Catholicism Leah Libresco & Hemant Mehta - Unbelievable?
01:20:45

When Leah Libresco recently became a Catholic her story was featured on CNN.  Why?  Because up to that point she had been an atheist blogger. Her story was soon being shared on Christian and atheist blogs. 

She talks to atheist blogger Hemant Mehta (aka The Friendly Atheist) about why the moral argument helped her in the journey and he quizzes her over why she chose Catholicism. Listener questions are also included.

Leah’s blog post on becoming a Christian http://bit.ly/LVz2SN

Hemant Mehta’s blog post on Leah http://bit.ly/MPKH6m

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
Mormon Dialogue pt 1 - Joseph Smith & The book of Mormon - Unbelievable?
01:18:42

As Mitt Romney prepares to challenge Barack Obama for the American Presidency, we look at the Mormon religion (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) he is part of.

Bobby Gilpin runs UK Parternerships for Christ - a Christian ministry to Mormons and JWs. Charles Dayton is a lifelong Mormon in Wyoming.   They discuss the origins of Mormonism and whether its founder Joseph Smith really did receive “another testament” of Christ visiting the Americas.

For Bobby Gilpin http://www.upfc.org.uk

For the Mormon Church http://mormon.org/

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
Jehovahs Witnesses dialogue Pt 1- Unbelievable?
01:26:45

In the first of two programmes Justin Brierley talks to Jehovah’s Witness Robert King (aka e-watchman) and former JW Tony Brown.

Robert is disfellowshipped but still holds to Jehovah’s Witness doctrine.  He does not speak in any offical capacity for the Watchtower Society. Tony Brown is now a Christian pastor with a ministry to Jehovah’s Witnesses, he describes how he joined and left the organisation.

They discuss the failed end-time prophecies of the organisation, their controversial blood doctrines and the belief in the 144,000 in heaven. Next week they tackle why JWs reject the deity of Christ.

For Tony Brown’s minstry to JWs see http://www.upfc.org.uk/

For Robert King’s website http://e-watchman.com/

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/ [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Jehovah’s Witnesses dialogue Pt 2: the deity of Christ - Unbelievable?
01:20:05

In the second programme examining the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Robert King and Tony Brown discuss whether Christ claims to be God.

Robert is a disfellowshiped JW but still holds to Watchtower doctrine. Tony is a former JW, now a Christian pastor.  They talk about whether JWs rely upon a works-based salvation, return to the 144,000 and discuss whether Jesus is the Archangel Michael and not the son of God, as Robert claims.

For Tony Brown’s minstry to JWs see http://www.upfc.org.uk/

For Robert King’s website http://e-watchman.com/

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
Secularism & Christianity - Os Guinness & Terry Sanderson - Unbelievable?
01:20:11

Social Critic and Christian author Os Guinness sets out his “Global Charter of Conscience” which seeks to give all voices a fair hearing in the public square. He debates with Terry Sanderson of the UK National Secular Society about the limits of religious freedoms.

Are those who wish to live out their religious beliefs in society being marginalised? Os and Terry discuss Gay Marriage, doctors praying with patients, whether Catholic hospitals should make contraception available, and more.

For the Charter, further resources & Os Guinness’ lecture for Premier Radio http://www.declarationforfreedom.org/

Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Do we live on an old or young earth? Unbelievable? 17 Jun 2012
02:22:10

Young Earth Creationists (YEC) claim the earth and universe is only some 6000 years old according to the Bible and that science that goes against this is flawed.

Old Earth Creationists (OEC) argue that the Bible does not commit us to a 24hr day view of creation days, but that the earth and universe is, as mainstream science predicts, billions of years old.

This debate was recorded in front of a live audience at Gunnersbury Baptist Church. Representing OEC are Hugh Ross & Ken Samples of Reasons To Believe.  Reresenting YEC are Andy MacIntosh & Stephen Lloyd.

For Speakers Presentation slides: click here.

For Hugh and Ken http://www.reasons.org/

For Andy Macintosh http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/a_mcintosh.asp

Jun 23, 2014
Is there evidence for a cosmic creator? Hugh Ross vs Lewis Wolpert - Unbelievable? 23 Jun 2012
01:53:52

Recorded at Imperial College London. Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe debates atheist biologist Lewis Wolpert.

Ross brings evidence for God from Big Bang cosmology, explaining why scientific advance provides a testable model of Biblical Creation.  Wolpert says that belief in God is a by-product of evolution and nothing more. 

The debate was hosted by Imperial College Christian Union.

See Hugh Ross & other top Christian speakers on Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx or

Jun 23, 2014
Immortality - Stephen Cave & Roger Harper - Unbelievable? 2 Jun 2012
01:19:43

Stephen Cave is the author of “Immortality: The quest to live forever and how it drives civilisation”. As an atheist he examines the ways in which people have sought eternal life down the ages and in different parts of the world.

Roger Harper is an Anglican priest and author.  He responds to Stephen’s book and they talk about the Christian view of resurrection, the soul and eternal life.

For Immortality by Stephen Cave http://www.stephencave.com/immortality.html

For Roger Harper http://rogerharper.wordpress.com/

For his book “The Lie of Hell” http://www.laddermedia.co.uk/#/the-lie-of-hell/4561595891

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Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? The Conference 2012: Michael Green & guests - Unbelievable? 9 Jun 2012
01:20:48

Order Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 on DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

John Lennox, Michael Green, Bonnie Yule-Kuehne, Ken Samples & Hugh Ross join Justin Brierley for a show of highlights from Unbelievable? The Conference 2012 - Giving A Sceptical World Reasons To Believe.

Lifetime Evangelist Michael Green opens the Conference encouraging Christians to give everyone “an answer”.  We also hear an audience Q&A with the speakers.

See the whole conference on the full 3 disc DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx[...]

Jun 23, 2014
Was Jesus a Calvinist? James White & David Instone-Brewer - Unbelievable? 19 May 2012
01:20:51

Last week to book for Unbelievable? The Conference! http://www.premier.org.uk/reasons

David Instone-Brewer is a New Testament Scholar at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He returns to talk about his new book “The Jesus Scandals” and some of the reasons why he believes Jesus’ theology doesn’t conform to a Calvinist view of God’s sovereignty.

Does the Parable of the Great Feast contradict the idea of an “elect”, did Jesus in some sense believe in “luck”, are disasters ordained by God?

James White of Alpha and Omega ministries is a Calvinist and responds to David’s viewpoint.

For The Jesus Scandals http://amzn.to/HiFsHg

For David Instone-Brewer http://bit.ly/I44BJ0

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

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Jun 23, 2014
Does God Exist? Calum Miller vs Peter Atkins - Unbelievable? 31 May 2012
02:20:03

A podcast only show featuring the full debate on “Does God Exist?” held at Christ Church College, Oxford between Christian undergraduate Calum Miller and Atheist academic Peter Atkins.

Calum Miller presents philosophical evidence for the existence of God and Peter Atkins responds.

Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhIr9OQBst0

Calum Miller’s post debate reflections http://dovetheology.com/apologetics/atkins/

Calum is a founder of the Christian Apologetics UK website http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.co.uk/

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
Podcast special - Gay Marriage Debate - David Robertson vs Adrian Trett - Unbelievable? 17 May 2012
01:49:09

This podcast only recording is a debate held at Gunnersbury Baptist Church on the question “Should marriage be redefined to include same-sex unions?”.

For redefining marriage, Adrian Trett of the Liberal Democrat LGBT group. Against redefining marriage, Revd David Robertson of the Solas Centre For Public Christianity.

To see the video of this debate http://www.gunnersburybaptistchurch.org/resources/viewvideo.php?event=43

For the next live debate at Gunnersbury Baptist Church on “Do we live on a young or old earth?” on Mon 28 May featuring Hugh Ross, Ken Samples, Andy McIntosh & Stephen Lloyd

http://www.gunnersburyb [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Antagonistic atheism: David Robertson vs Mike Lee - Unbelievable? 12 May 2012
01:20:12

Mike Lee aka “The Religious Antagonist” is a US atheist who makes YouTube videos mocking Christianity.  His videos are popular but his approach earns him both praise and criticism from fellow atheists.

David Robertson is Pastor of St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity.  He often interacts with atheists online and has earned himself the title “the wee flea” for his provocative interactions on the Dawkins website.

David and Mike debate whether Mike’s approach is a helpful one.  David accuses Mike of emotional atheism and an incoherent view of Christianity. Mike says mocking Christianity is the best way of policing its power in the US.

For The Religious Antagonist http://www.youtube.com/user/religiousantagonist

For David Robertson http://www.solas-cpc.org/

For [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Podcast special - William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins - Manchester debate - Unbelievable? 17 May 2012
01:55:29

The full recording of the final debate of the UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig.

William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher, Peter Atkins is an atheist scientist.  In this their second encounter, they debate arguments for and against the existence of God.

See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssq-S5M8wsY

All the videos from the Reasonable Faith Tour: http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Jun 23, 2014
A Universe From Nothing? Lawrence Krauss & Rodney Holder - Unbelievable? 28 Apr 2012
01:20:42

Lawrence Krauss is a Cosmologist at Arizona State University who describes himself as an “anti-theist”.  His latest book “A Universe From Nothing” has received both acclaim and criticism for its attempt to answer the question “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

Debating the issue with Krauss is Rodney Holder, Course director at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. An astrophysicist and priest by background.

In a lively exchange they debate whether Krauss’ “nothing” is “nothing”, fine tuning and multiverses, scientific knowledge, miracles and the usefulness of theology and philosophy.

For “A Universe From Nothing” http://amzn.to/IvYuNK

For Lawrence Krauss http://krauss.faculty.asu.edu/

For Rodney Holder http://www.st-edmund [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Why is the Universe the way it is? Hugh Ross & Paul Davies - Unbelievable? 5 May 2012
01:21:53

Mike Lee aka “The Religious Antagonist” is a US atheist who makes YouTube videos mocking Christianity.  His videos are popular but his approach earns him both praise and criticism from fellow atheists.

David Robertson is Pastor of St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity.  He often interacts with atheists online and has earned himself the title “the wee flea” for his provocative interactions on the Dawkins website.

David and Mike debate whether Mike’s approach is a helpful one.  David accuses Mike of emotional atheism and an incoherent view of Christianity. Mike says mocking Christianity is the best way of policing its power in the US.

For The Religious Antagonist http://www.youtube.com/user/religiousantagonist

For David Robertson http://www.solas-cpc.org/

For [...]

Jun 23, 2014
The Gay Marriage Debate - Tatchell vs Williams Unbelievable? 21 Apr 2012
01:20:40

Peter Tatchell is a lifelong gay rights campaigner who has staged controversial protests campaigning for equal rights.  He believes that the proposed legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in the UK is long overdue.

Peter D Williams of Catholic Voices believes that putting gay marriage on an equal footing with heterosexual marriage is a dangerous and unnecessary step.

 For Peter Tatchell http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/

For Peter D Williams article on gay marriage http://bit.ly/Je3HI0

For the Coalition For Marriage http://c4m.org.uk/

For the Coalition For Equal Marriage http://www.c4em.org.uk/

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
The Easter Scandal - David Instone-Brewer & Bob Price - Unbelievable? 7 Apr 2012
01:20:44

On the show this week:

The Jesus Scandals is the new book by New Testament Scholar David Instone-Brewer which claims that various aspects of Jesus life and ministry were a scandal to early Christians, and would have never been included in the Gospels if they hadn’t really happened.  Today they give us evidence of its reliability.

Bob Price is a sceptical Bible Scholar from the US who maintains that it is unlikely that Jesus even existed.

Do the “scandals” of Christ’s shameful execution, unusual resurrection and the women witnesses support David’s case? And what about his claim to have discovered the original arrest warrant for Jesus?

For The Jesus Scandals http://amzn.to/HiFsHg

For David Instone-Brewer http://bit.ly/I44BJ0

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

For [...]

Jun 23, 2014
What’s wrong with the world? Unbelievable? 14 Apr 2012
01:20:55

On the show this week:

Andrew Wilson is an apologist, author and elder at Kings Church Eastbourne. His new book ‘If God, Then What?’ presents arguments for the existence of God and how the Christian Gospel addresses the issues of suffering and death in the world.

Geoff Lillis, a humanist atheist from Ireland returns to chat with Andrew.

From different perspectives they discuss whether the world is getting better or worse, what the diagnosis is and what the cure might be.

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx or Via Itunes

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Jun 23, 2014
Miracles today: do they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis - Unbelievable? 24 Mar 2012
01:20:48

This week on the show:

We continue to look at miracles with Dr Craig Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary, author of the book “Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts”

Geoff Lillis is an atheist listener who interacts with Keener on a number of the miracle accounts in the book, seeking to show that there may be a natural explanation for them. They also discuss the character of some of the charismatic healing ministries that operate.

For The Book “Miracles” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miracles-Credibility-New-Testament-Accounts/dp/0801039525

For Craig Keener http://www.craigkeener.com/

For Geoff Lillis http://geoffsshor [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Was Jesus Liar, Lunatic or Lord? CS Lewis’ apologetics - Unbelievable? 31 Mar 2012
01:21:04

On the show this week:

April is CS Lewis month on Premier Christian Radio.  In this edition of the show we examine two of CS Lewis’ apologetic arguments for Christianity.

The Trilemma - “Either Jesus is a lunatic, a liar or Lord. He cannot simply be a great moral teacher, he has not left that option open to us”.  Does Lewis’ argument still stand 60 years on?

Kenneth R Samples is senior research scholar for Reasons To Believe and a lifelong fan of CS Lewis. He defends Lewis’ apologetics against atheist James Croft who says that it fails to pass muster.

They also discuss Lewis’ “Argument for God from Reason” - that our belief in the trustworthiness of our reasoning faculties is only possible if God exists.

To enter the draw for 3 CS Lewis books email unbelievable@premier.org.uk

For Kenneth Samples

Jun 23, 2014
Hell: Annihilation or Eternal Conscious Punishment? Unbelievable? 3 Mar 2012
01:20:44

This week’s show:

Chris Date is the host of the Theopologetics podcast. Until recently he believed in Hell as a place of never-ending punishment. But now he has become convinced that the Bible better supports an annihilationist view - that the damned will, in most respects, cease to exist.

Steve Jeffery is Pastor Of Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Southgate. He holds to the traditional view that those in hell continue to be eternally conscious of their punishment.

They debate the nature of hell. Is annihilationism a heresy? What is Gehenna? Does the ‘fire’ of Revelation comsume or ruin? What did Jesus say about it?

For Chris Date & podcasts on annihilation http://theopologetics.podbean.com

For Steve Jeffery http://northlondonchurch.org/ministers-blog/

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit

Jun 23, 2014
Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams dialogue - Unbelievable? 10 Mar 2012
01:35:45

This week’s show.

Sofia Europa sponsored a discussion between Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The discussion is moderated by Prof Anthony Kenny. It is broadcast here in full.

For the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bow4nnh1Wv0

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx or Via Itunes

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Jun 23, 2014
Miracles in the Gospels: Did they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis - Unbelievable? 17 Mar 2012
01:20:02

The first of two programmes looking at miracles in the Bible and today.

Craig S Keener is a New Testament Scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. His new book “Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts” is a 2 volume work assessing the case for the miracles of Jesus and the many reported cases of miracles around the world.

Geoff Lillis is an atheist listener from Ireland. He contests the reliability of miracle accounts from 2000 years ago.

In a good-natured encounter that will be continued next week Geoff and Craig discuss the nature of Miracles, Hume’s philosophical argument against them, whether the Gospel accounts of miracles were invented or embellished and “Why Does God Hate Amputees?”.

For The Book “Miracles”

Jun 23, 2014
The Common English Bible - Do We Need Another Translation? Unbelievable? 25 Feb 2012
01:20:10

The Common English Bible is a recently released new translation of Scripture.  An interdenominational team of Bible scholars worked on the project, with thousands of people involved in test readings.  The aim was to produce an accurate, but jargon-free Bible, aimed at today’s English reader.

Joel B Green, Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary headed the team of NT translators. He discusses some of the unusual choices of phraseology and interpretation with NIV Bible scholar David Instone-Brewer of Tyndale House, Cambridge.

Do we need another English translation? Why “Human One” instead of “Son of Man”? Is gender neutral language helpful? Have passages such as 1 Tim 2 been translated to favour an egalitarian theology? Plus questions from listeners.

For the Common English Bible http://www.commonenglishbible.com/

Enter the dr [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Should atheists be more religious? Alain de Botton & James Orr - Unbelievable? 11 Feb 2012
01:20:43

Atheism 2.0 is the logical next step for non-believers according to cultural philosopher Alain de Botton.  He outlines why atheists should borrow from the art, architecture, community, and contemplative traditions of religion without the supernatural beliefs. 

The book ”Religion for atheists” drew criticism from Richard Dawkins and others after De Botton apparently suggested that there should be “temples for atheism”. De Botton responds and also gives his opinion on AC Grayling’s “The Good Book” and Terry Eagleton’s unfavourable review in The Guardian.

Recorded in De Botton’s home, he chats with James Orr, a Christian convert studying for a PhD in the History of Ideas at Cambridge University. They discuss whether the trappings of religion make sense without the kernel of faith.

For Alain de Botton http://www.alaindebotton.com/

Buy “Religion f [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Is apologetics a waste of time? Unbelievable? 18 Feb 2012
01:20:43

Chris Sinkinson is a pastor and tutor at Moorlands Bible College. His new book ‘Confident Christianity’ aims to equip the believer with an overview of apologetics and how it can be used to make a rational defense of the Christian faith.

James Croft is an atheist Brit studying at Harvard University and director of ‘Temple of the Future’. He has read and debated with apologists - he says that all the apologetic arguments he has heard are incapable of convincing him.

They debate what constitutes faith and evidence and whether it’s irrational to believe in miracles such as the resurrection.

We have 5 copies of Confident Christianity to give away - get in touch telling me “what makes you believe” and you may win one! email unbelievable@premier.org.uk

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Jun 23, 2014
Demons: Do they exist? Different Christian views - Unbelievable? 28 Jan 2012
01:20:26

Three Christians of different theological persuasion discuss the existence of demons.

John Tancock (JT) is involved in Charismatic Church leadership. He believes demons are real. As well as pursuing apologetics, he is involved in deliverance ministry and had regularly prayed for demons to be cast out of people.

Will Van Der Hart is a vicar in the Church Of England and a founder of Mind and Soul - helping Churches to understand mental health issues.  He believes in a negative spiritual realm but wants to stop the stigmatisation of people with mental health issues as “demonised”.

Jonathan Clatworthy is General Secretary of Modern Church - promoting liberal theology. He believes that demons don’t exist and modern day deliverance ministry can do more harm than good.

John Tancock http://jtsblogspot.blogspot.com/ or http: [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Angels: Do they exist? Christian & atheist discuss - Unbelievable? 4 Feb 2012
01:20:41

Angels have been reported for thousands of years across different cultures. What is the evidence of their existence? Three guests examine Biblical and contemporary accounts of angelic visitation.

Peter S Williams is a Christian Philosopher and author of the book “The Case for Angels”. He say that there is philosophical, biblical and experiential evidence for the existence of angels.

Lee Warren is a magician by trade. As an atheist and sceptic he says the mind is capable of making people believe unusual things, but a natural explanation always lies behind accounts of supernatural beings.

Roger Harper is an Anglican Vicar who has researched Christian accounts of modern-day angelic visitations.

For Peter S Williams http://idpluspeterswilliams.blogspot.com/

His Books “The Case for Angels” http://tinyurl.com/79xjm3g [...]

Jun 23, 2014
The Mark Driscoll Interview - special podcast 14 Jan 2012
00:55:40

Justin Brierley interviews Grace & Mark Driscoll on their book Real Marriage and on Mark’s ministry as pastor of Mars Hill Church Seattle.
 
The interview, which was recorded for Christianity Magazine, was criticised by Driscoll in a blog post http://pastormark.tv/2012/01/12/a-blog-for-the-brits
 
 
Justin Brierley responds to Mark’s criticisms in the introduction to the interview.
 
For Christianity Magazine’s response see http://www.christianitymagazine.co.uk/markdriscoll
 
For a free copy of Christianity Magazine
Jun 23, 2014
Has Neuroscience killed God? Dr Alasdair Coles vs Martyn Frame - Unbelievable? 21 Jan 2012
01:20:18

Continuing our Mind, Body and Soul month of programming on Premier, Justin is joined by a Christian and an atheist as they discuss whether people’s religious experiences can be explained by brain activity alone.

Revd Dr Aladair Coles is an academice neurologist in Cambridge and part of the Faraday Institute’s Test of Faith initiative. He says that even though neuroscience has helped us understand the brain activity of religious people, atheist scientists such as Sam Harris have not thereby disproved God.

Martyn Frame is a psychological therapist and atheist. He believes that people’s brain states fully explain their religious experiences and, in any case, the Christian God would not have given us the brains we have if He existed.

For Premier’s Mind, Body & Soul resources http://www.premier.org.uk/mind

For Alasdair Cole [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Is there scientific evidence for the star of Bethlehem? Unbelievable? 7 Jan 2012
01:19:44

A show marking January’s Feast of the Epiphany which marks the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus.

Various astronomical theories have been put forward for what might have constituted the “Star of Bethlehem” that guided the Magi as recorded in Matthew 2.

Christian Astrophysicists Hugh Ross and Jeff Zweerink of Reasons To Believe join Justin. Agnostic Astronomer Mark Kidger who works for the European Space Agency also joins the conversation. The firmly sceptical side is catered for by Norman Bacrac of the Ethical Society.

Hugh, Jeff and Mark outline the conclusion their work has drawn on the Star of Bethlehem most likely being a recurring nova, witnessed by other astronomers in 5 BC. Norman expresses scepticism at the idea a celestial object could have led the Magi to a specific location and the astronomers respond.

For Reasons to Believe resources on The Star http://www. [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Is Our Mind More Than Matter? Keith Ward vs David Papineau - Unbelievable? 14 Jan 2012
01:21:00

Is our physical brain one and the same with the consciousness, thoughts and perceptions we experience? Is matter all there is ultimately?

Keith Ward is a prominent Christian Philosopher & Theologian.  The Former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University. He believes in an immaterial mind, as well as the phsical brain.

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Kings College London.  As an atheist & physicalist he believes that the mind is one and the same with the brain - there is nothing immaterial about it.

For Keith Ward see http://www.keithward.org.uk/

For David Papineau http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/people/staff/academic/papineau/index.aspx

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.pr [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Did the Old Testament prophesy the birth of Christ? Unbelievable? 24 Dec 2011
01:19:14

 

A festive edition of the show in which we investigate some of the common Old Testament prophecies associated with Christmas. Isaiah 7:14 “The virgin will conceive” and Micah 5:2 “But you Bethlehem…”

Do such prophecies supernaturally predict the coming of Christ?

Dr Michael Brown is a Messianic Jew who believes there is overwhelming evidence for Jesus fulfiling the prophecies of the Old Testament.  Andrew Hindmarch is an atheist who denies that any kind of prophecy can be show to be valid.

Dr Michael Brown http://www.askdrbrown.org/

The Reasonable Faith Tour Video page http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast
Jun 23, 2014
New Year’s Eve Special inc Robertson, Lennox, Driscoll & Craig - Unbelievable? 31 Dec 2011
01:20:06

A varied New Year’s Eve show with contributions from Revd David Robertson on his life-threatening illness. Reflections on the passing away of Christopher Hitchens from listeners and debate oppponent Prof John Lennox.  Humorous “Praxman &…” sketches.  An extract from a forthcoming interview with sometimes controversial US pastor Mark Driscoll. Audio from the Reasonable Faith Tour in Cambridge and more…

For Praxman sketches see http://youtu.be/fywHc4M7LdA http://youtu.be/Ki-TdFv7IVE http://youtu.be/LgafS_jfQMc or http://www.premier.tv/sketches

For Mark Driscoll interview in Feb edition of Christianity Magazine check back at http://www.christianitymagazine.co.uk/

For Reasonable Faith Tour videos

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 10 Dec 2011 - Revisiting the evil God challenge - Law vs Peoples
01:20:02

Stephen Law is senior lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, London and director of the Centre For Inquiry UK. He joins Justin to reflect on his debate with William Lane Craig during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour where he defended atheism.

Glenn Peoples is a Christian Philosopher from New Zealand.  He discusses Stephen’s central argument against God - The Evil God Challenge and why he believes that the Moral Argument is the solution to it.

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

For Glenn Peoples http://www.beretta-online.com/

For Unbelievable? the Conference on DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podca [...]
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 17 Dec 2011 Believing Bulls**t - Is Christianity an intellectual blackhole?
01:17:01

Stephen Law is an atheist and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College and director of the Centre for Inquiry UK. His latest book “Believing Bulls**t: how not to get sucked into an intellectual black hole” looks at the reasons people are persuaded into believing irrational things.

Jame Orr is a Christian convert studying for a Doctorate in philosophy at Cambridge University. He engages Stephen on whether the criteria for recognising “intellectual black holes” applies to the claims of Christianity, including The Resurrection.

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

Get the Book http://amzn.to/vNX92y

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 3 Dec 2011 - Did man make God, or did God make man?
01:20:22

Edgar Andrews is Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and the author of “Who Made God?” He returns to support the view that only God explains the ability of science to make sense of the world around us.

Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology at University College London, he is an atheist and Vice President of the British Humanist Association. He argues tht belief in God is purely a result of evolution.

They debate what constitutes “evidence” for God, and whether science is the only admissible type of evidence.

For “Who made God?” http://whomadegod.org/

Order the book: http://www.epbooks.org/who-made-god-p-2170.html

For Lewis Wolpert http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cdb/research/wolpert

For Unbelievable? the Confer [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 12 Nov 2011 - William Lane Craig apologetics Q&A
01:20:01

William Lane Craig is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California.

As part of the Reasonable Faith Tour in October 2011 he visited Oxford.  As well as delivering a public lecture in the evening, Craig also addressed invited students about apologetics at a lunchtime gathering.

This recording of elements of the Q&A includes Bill addressing questions such as “What if all your arguments were refuted?” “Are debates the best way of doing apologetics?” and “What do you think of the young, restless and reformed movement?”

For videos from the Reasonable Faith Tour sponsored by UCCF, Damaris and Premier Radio http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

For Bill’s latest apologetics training book “On Guard” http://amzn.to/u3Bid3

For Unbelievable? the Conference on DVD
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 19 Nov 2011 - Signature in the cell - Stephen C Meyer vs Keith Fox
01:20:46
Stephen Meyer is a leading proponent of Intelligent Design who directs the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle.  His most recent book “Signature in the Cell” claims to show that the DNA code is the product of intelligent mind, not naturalistic processes.
 
Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University.  He chairs the UK Christians in Science network but disagrees strongly with ID.
 
They debate how life could have originated and whether design is allowed as an explanation in science.
 
For Unbelievable? the Conference on DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd
 
For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 26 Nov 2011 - What created the universe?
01:20:13

Edgar Andrews is Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and the author of “Who Made God?” He claims that the hypothesis of God is the best explanation for a variety of aspects of human existence and the universe as revealed by science. He has debated Richard Dawkins.

Robert Stovold is an atheist with a background in evolutionary biology. He believes that positing God is an uneccesary addition to the facts that science gives us about the universe.

They discuss fine tuning of the Universe, whether God could be behind the Big Bang and why the laws of nature are so elegant and intelligible to humans.

For “Who made God?” http://whomadegod.org/

Order the book: http://www.epbooks.org/who-made-god-p-2170.html

Edgar Andrew’s debate with Dawkins

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 5 Nov 2011 - Is God a Delusion? William Lane Craig in Oxford
02:03:34

FOR FULL VIDEO OF THE EVENT http://youtu.be/fP9CwDTRoOE

On 25th October 2011 Professor William Lane Craig spoke to a capacity audience at Oxford’s Sheldonian theatre. 

He critiqued Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion and interacted with a panel of academics.
 
THe event was Chaired by Professor Peter Millican of Hertford College, and the panel comprised Dr. Daniel Came, Dr Stephen Priest, and Dr John Parrington.

Richard Dawkins was invited to defend his book but refused. An empty chair was left for him in case he changed his mind.

This event was part of the Reasonable Faith Tour 2011 sponsored by UCCF, Damaris & Premier Christian Radio.
 
More info on the tour and videos as they are made available at http://www.premier.org.uk/craig &
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 26 Oct 2011 - William Lane Craig vs Peter Millican - Does God Exist?
02:23:20

The Reasonable Faith Tour has concluded!

This Special Podast edition of the show features the full audio from the debate held at Birmingham University between Christian Philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist Philosopher Peter Millican.

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. As well as publishing hundreds of academic works and articles he is well known for his debates with atheists around the world. 

Peter Millican is Gilbert Ryle Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and a noted Hume scholar.

They debate “Does God Exist?” before a capacity crowd at Bill’s Alma Mater, Birmingham University where he studied for his first Doctorate.

For William Lane Craig see http://www.reasonablefaith.org

For Peter Millican see http://www.millican.org

For [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 29 Oct 2011 - Gary Habermas & Geoff Campos - Belief in Miracles
01:20:00

Justin went backstage at the Bethinking Apologetics Conference last week to record a show with one of the speakers - Professor Gary Habermas and an atheist listener to Unbelievable? Geoff Campos.

Habermas is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty University, Virginia. Campos is an atheist convinced of materialism with a background in biological science.

They discuss why Geoff finds the concept of the miraculous incoherent, what it would take to convince him of a miracle, the resurrection of Jesus, Near Death Experiences and more.

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

For Unbelievable the Conference DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 15 Oct 2011 - “Is the Bible historically reliable?” debate
01:20:29

Last chance to book: The Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig 17-26 October http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

On today’s Show: New Testament Scholar David Instone-Brewer and Bible sceptic Ken Humphreys met in a debte at Gunnersbury Baptist Church, London recently.

David argues that the Bible is  reliable source of historical information, Ken Humphreys argues it is not.  Covering archaelogical evidence, the New Testament accounts of Christ and more, they present their case to an audience of sceptics and Christians, followed by Questions.

For the full debate visit

 
For David Instone Brewer see http://www.tyndale.ca [...]
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 18 October 2011 - William Lane Craig vs Stephen Law - Does God Exist?
01:20:29

BOOK NOW: The UK Reasonable Faith Tour is underway! INFO http://www.bethinking.org/craig TICKETS http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Due to popular demand we are releasing an early Special Podcast Edition of the show featuring the full audio of the recent debate between William Lane Craig and Stephen Law on “Does God Exist”.  The debate took place at Westminster Central Hall on Mon 17 October in front of an audience of over 1700 people.

William Lane Craig is Research professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of theology, California and has debated leading atheists around the world.  Stephen Law is Senior lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London & Provost of CFI UK.

The formal deba [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 1 Oct 2011 - Craig, Lennox, Habermas & PJ Williams - Apologetics conference preview
01:20:35

BOOK NOW: The UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Watch the video preview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=pQifJkVCFaQ

On this week’s show:  We look ahead to the Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference “Countering the New Atheism” on Sat 22 Oct in London. It will form part of the Reasonable Faith Tour.  Speakers include William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Gary Habermas & Peter J Williams.

Justin features all four apologists on the show speaking to them about their hopes for the Tour and the Conference, hearing about their personal faith journeys and how they respond to atheists in their field of expertise.

For more info on the Bethinking Conference http://bit.ly/oF76eG

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 8 Oct 2011 - Old Testament Grill-a-Christian with Peter J Williams
01:20:25

BOOK NOW:  The UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig is one week away 17-26 Oct http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Peter J Williams is the Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge and a first class scholar of both Old and New Testament. He takes non-Christian listener sceptical questions on the Old Testament.

Nazam asks “Did Moses write the Torah?”. Norman asks “Hasn’t modern archaeology disproved OT stories?”. Jim asks “Why do Christians think the 10 commandments are special?”.

Peter joins William Lane Craig, John Lennox & Gary Habermas for the Bethinking Apologetics Conference in London on Sat 22 Oct http://bit.ly/oF76eG

You can order Tyndale House DVDs mentioned here http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/index.php?page=2009dvd

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Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 17 Sep 2011 - Can an atheist believe in meaning?
01:20:36
COMING SOON: Book into the UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig http://www.premier.org.uk.craig
Geoff Crocker is a former Christian, now atheist. However, he says he still believes in Spirituality even as an atheist and that believing the universe is Godless does not mean there is no meaning to be grasped. His book “An Enlightened Philosophy” asks if atheism may be able to borrow from Religion “reintrepreted as myth”.

Peter S Williams is a Christian Philosopher and apologist. He says that Atheism does not allow for objective meaning, value or purpose, only theism can provide those.
For Geoff Crocker see
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 24 Sep 2011 - Understanding Jesus - listener Q&A
01:20:27

BOOK NOW: The Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig 17-26 October 2011 http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Peter S Williams is a Christian philosopher and apologist.  His latest book Understanding Jesus brings together lines of evidence for a philosophical, historical and theological understanding of Jesus.

He takes listener calls on questions such as “How can Jesus be both God and man?” “Is there any evidence that Christians really have a ‘relationship’ with Jesus?” & “Was Jesus a failed apocalyptic prophet?”

For Peter S Williams http://www.arn.org/authors/williams.html

For ‘Understanding Jesus’ http://idpluspeterswilliams.blogspot.com/2011/05/pre [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 3 Sep 2011 - Islam, conversion & apostasy
01:20:48

Book Now for October’s UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

Today’s show:

Patrick Sookhdeo converted from Islam to Christianity as a young man.  He has since gone on to represent the rights of persecuted Christians all over the world via the Barnabas Fund.

His latest book “Freedom to Believe” challenges Islam to reform its apostasy laws - the death penalty for those who leave Islam.

Sheikh Dr. Muhammed Al-Husseini is a Muslim scholar from Inter-faith organisation Scriptural Reasoning. He also agrees that Islam needs to take responsibility for the wrongs being done to Christians.  However, he also believes the UK church is being hampered by politics that prevent it speaking out clearly on the issue.

For Patrick Sookhdeo http://barnabasfund.org/UK

For “Freedom [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 10 Sep 2011 - William Lane Craig Q&A & Tour preview
01:21:10

William Lane Craig is coming to the UK from October 17-26 2011 for a series of debates and lectures countering atheism and presenting strong rational grounds for belief in God. Book now for the Reasonable Faith Tour at http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California.  As well as extensive writing on the Philosophy of time, morality and natural theology, he is widely recognised as a renowned defender of Christian theism and has debated with leading atheists around the world.

He talks about the forthcoming tour, why Polly Toynbee, Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling have withdrawn or refused to debate him, and takes a variety of atheist & Christian listener questions on the Cosmological argument, Fine Tuning argument and Moral argument for God.

TOUR INFO

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 20 Aug 2011 - Dialogue with an ex-Christian
01:21:00

Rebekah Bennetch lives in Saskatoon, Canada.  She grew up in a Christian family.  Her dad is a pastor, and other family members are involved in Christian ministries.  She professed faith from a young age, went to Bible college, atteneded church and went on mission trips.  But in 2007 she “came out” as an atheist and now describes herself as the “black sheep” of her family.

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on contemporary spirituality. For many years he presented “Open House”, a nationally-syndicated Australian radio show on life, faith and culture.  He now resides in the UK.

They discuss what led Rebekah to abandon her faith, how Christians can best treat their “apostate” friends and family, and what lessons can be learnt for fruitful dialogue between believers and atheists.

For Rebekah Bennetch

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 27 Aug 2011 - Bart Ehrman on his loss of faith
01:20:46

Bart Ehrman is James A Gray Distingushed Prof of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He is well known as a Bible scholar who has thrown doubt upon the reliability of Scripture with bestselling books “Misquoting Jesus” & “Forged”.

Bart once held a strong evangelical Christian faith.  He explains why he abandoned it as he discusses his deconversion with Mike Licona who is Research Professor of New Testament at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Mike also experienced a crisis of faith but pursued Biblical research which led him to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus is a fact of history and that the Bible is reliable.

For Bart Ehrman http://www.bartdehrman.com/

For Mike Licona http://www.risenjesus.com/

Also: Order Unbelievable? [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 6 Aug 2011 - Bart Ehrman & Darrell Bock on “Forged”
01:20:37

Sceptical Bible scholar Bart Ehrman’s latest book “Forged” claims that many of the writings of the New Testament are falsely attributed to apostles such as Peter and Paul.  He claims that they were not written by them and that a deliberate deception was taking place.

Darrell Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary responds, saying that the case for forgery is not as conclusive as Bart claims.

They examine the evidence for whether 1 and 2 Peter were written by Peter as well as letters attributed to Paul such as Ephesians and 2 Thessolonians.

For Ehrman & “Forged” http://www.bartdehrman.com/

For Darrell Bock http://blogs.bible.org/bock

For The Ehrman Project http://ehrmanproject.com/

Also: Order Unbelievable? The Conference on DVD http://www.premier [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 13 Aug 2011 - Hitler & Stalin’s regimes
01:19:38
Critics of Christianity sometimes make the case that Hitler was a Christian and that it influenced the Nazi regime.  Is that true?  Critics of atheism sometimes make the case that Stalin’s atheism was a driving motivation for his murderous regime.  Is that true?
 
Peter Harris is a historian and Christian apologist.  Ed Turner is a solicitor and atheist blogger.  They discuss the historical evidence for and against both points of view.

For Peter Harris see http://www.bethinking.org/right-wrong/intermediate/dawkins-and-the-abuse-of-history.htm

For Ed Turner see http://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com/

Also: Order Unbelievable? The Conference on DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

Tickets to William Lane Craig [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 23 Jul 2011 - Is there justification for abortion?
01:19:48

Recent statistics on abortion in the UK saw just under 190,000 abortions in 2010.  Figures were also released for late abortions carried out because of physical and mental disability.

Dr. Wendy Savage of Doctors For A Woman’s Choice On Abortion has been campaigning in the pro-choice movement all her life.  She says the right of the woman to choose comes before the rights of the foetus.  She has personally carried out many abortions, offering services in New Zealand before the law was liberalised.

Madeleine Flannagan is part of the New Zealand MandM apologetics blog and has been involved in the Pro-life movement there.  She says that assigning a baby in the womb rights at a certain point of pregnancy is arbitrary and that the safest option is to assume from conception that they hold the same human rights as a newborn. 

They discuss whether abortion law devalues those with disabilities, at what point a foetus becomes a baby and whether the rights [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 30 Jul 2011 - Does Religion make people kill?
01:20:17

On Fri 22 July 2011 tragedy struck Norway as Anders Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo and shot dozens of people ont he island of Utoya.

Soon afterwards news media were referring to Breivik as a “Christian fundamentalist”  But was he a Christian and did faith influence the terrible actions he took?

Peter Harris is a historian and Christian apologist.  Ed Turner is a solicitor and atheist blogger.  They discuss what Breivik appeared to believe and whether religion leads people to do evil things.

For Peter Harris see http://www.bethinking.org/right-wrong/intermediate/dawkins-and-the-abuse-of-history.htm

For Ed Turner see http://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com/

Also: Order Unbelievable? The Conference on DVD http://www.premier [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 9 Jul 2011 - Grill a Christian round 4
01:20:38

Scottish pastor and apologist David Robertson returns for a show interacting with three UK atheist listeners of the show.

“Hasn’t the experience of common morality around the world shown that we have no need of a divine law giver?” asks Jim.  Andrew shares his positive experience of church as an atheist and how best to understand those of other viewpoints. John questions the atheist/agnostic labels we often use. 

For David Robertson http://www.solas-cpc.org

Also: Order Unbelievable? The Conference on DVD http://www.premier.org.uk/dvd

For more Christian/non-Christian debate visit http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable or get the MP3 podcast http://ondemand.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/AudioFeed.aspx or Via Itu [...]
Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 16 Jul 2011 - Debating Nazi Ideology
01:20:45

Richard Weikart is a Christian and professor of History at California State University. He has drawn controversial conclusions regarding the role of Darwinism in providing a rationale for Hitler’s Nazi ideology.

Hector Avalos is an atheist and Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University.  He disagrees with Weikart, saying that Christian anti-semitism is the more likely explanation for Nazi ideology.

For Weikart see http://www.discovery.org/p/37

For “Hitler’s Ethic” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitlers-Ethic-Pursuit-Evolutionary-Progress/dp/0230112730/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

For Avalos see http://www.philrs.iastate.edu/avalos.shtml

Also: Order Unbelievable? The Conference on DVD

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 5 Jul 2011 - William Lane Craig vs AC Grayling debate on God & Evil
01:54:15

William Lane Craig & AC Grayling debated at the Oxford Union in 2005.  Does the existence of evil and suffering in the world preclude the existence of the Christian God?

Book for the UK Reasonable Faith Tour 2011

Info at http://www.bethinking.org/craig

Book Tickets at http://www.premier.org.uk/craig

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology California, and arguably the world’s foremost defender of historic Christianity

AC Grayling is the UK’s most noted atheist Professor of Philosophy. He recently pre-resigned as incoming President of the British Humanist Association after controversy surrounding his New College of the Humanities.

After refusing an invitation to debate the Existence of God during the coming UK William Lane Craig Reasonable Faith Tour in October this year, he publicly stated tha [...]

Jun 23, 2014
Unbelievable? 25 Jun 2011 - Atheist delusions - David Bentley Hart vs Terry Sanderson