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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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Is Christianity a trick of the mind? TikTok hypnotist Zach Pincince and Christian illusionist Bryan Drake

April 09, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 41 MB

TikTok star Zach Pincince lost his faith after developing a career in hypnotism and growing doubts about whether Jesus rose again. He engages with Christian evangelist and stage illusionist Bryan Drake on whether religious belief is down to our suggestibility and debates the evidence for the resurrection. For Zach Pincince: https://www.tiktok.com/@zachpincince For Bryan Drake: https://bryandrakeshow.com/ • For Unbelievable? The Conference 2021 http://www.unbelievable.live • For exclusive...

Bishop Robert Barron and Alex O’Connor (Cosmic Skeptic) – Christianity or Atheism: Which makes best sense of who we are?

April 02, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 49.3 MB

Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire and Alex O'Connor of the Cosmic Skeptic channel discuss the evidence for God, the nature of faith and the problem of suffering in the first episode of The Big Conversation season 3. For a bonus video of Bishop Barron and Alex O'Connor debating the Trinity sign up at http://www.thebigconversation.show We'd love to know what you think of the conversation! Take our survey: https://survey-star.co.uk/thebigconversation1 The Big Conversation is a video serie...

Classic Replay: The historical Jesus – Philip Pullman, Anthony McRoy and Martin Saunders

March 30, 2021 11:03 - 58 minutes - 26.7 MB

In prominent atheist author Philip Pullman’s ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’, he re-imagines the story of Jesus as the story of two twins - one called Jesus, the other Christ. It is the twin Christ who writes the history of Jesus, turning him into the God-man of the Gospels. Philip Pullman joins Justin Brierley to discuss whether we should believe the biblical stories of Jesus as historical fact or whether myth and invention are inevitable in the 2,000 year old Gospel accounts...

Beyond Belief: A youth worker's doubt and deconstruction – Logan Walker and Ben Jack

March 26, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 35.8 MB

Former Christian youth worker, Logan Walker, shares some of the reasons for losing his faith. Evangelist Ben Jack from the Message Trust responds to some of Logan's doubts and provides some of his own thoughts on these difficult topics.  For Ben Jack’s book My Lord and My God https://shop.message.org.uk/product/my-lord-and-my-god-ben-jack/ For Logan Walker’s blog https://linktr.ee/beyondbelief For our brand new C.S. Lewis podcast www.cslewispodcast.com For the new series of the Big Conv...

Classic Replay: Natural evil – Bill Dembski and Norman Hansen

March 23, 2021 13:13 - 1 hour - 30.3 MB

How can natural evil and death that have existed for millions of years on an Old Earth view be reconciled to the view that the Fall brought these things into God's good world? Why does God answer some prayers and not others?  Does free will exist? American mathematician, professor of theology and author of The End Of Christianity, Bill Dembski engages with former Christian Norman Hansen. For Dembski's blog see http://www.uncommondescent.com/  For Norman Hansen see http://www.nrhansen.pwp.b...

Alister McGrath on John Polkinghorne, Shelby Abbott on doubt and Mark Clark on Jesus

March 19, 2021 17:15 - 1 hour - 45 MB

Justin and Ruth present 3 interviews in this week's show.    Alister McGrath, Prof of science and religion at Oxford University talks about the life and legacy of physicist-priest John Polkinghorne who has passed away aged 90. Justin also presents a sneak peek of his forthcoming CS Lewis podcast.   Shelby Abbott talks about deconstruction and doubt in his latest book 'Doubtless: Because faith is hard’ and Canadian pastor Mark Clark presents his new book 'The Problem of Jesus'. For Alister’s ...

Classic Replay: Divorce and remarriage – David Instone-Brewer and Andrew Cornes

March 16, 2021 12:51 - 1 hour - 30.7 MB

This week we look at two different Christian views of Divorce and Remarriage. Andrew Cornes is part of the clergy team at All Souls Eastbourne.  He holds to the traditional understanding that Jesus taught divorce is only permissible for adultery, and that the Bible forbids remarriage. David Instone-Brewer is a New Testament scholar from Tyndale House Cambridge.  He believes the church has misunderstood Jesus teaching on divorce.  He claims that Jesus was responding to "any cause" divorce -...

Is free speech on campus being cancelled? Julia Rynkiewicz, Ryan Christopher & Alison Scott-Baumann

March 12, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 37.2 MB

Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her midwifery course at Nottingham University because of her support for the pro-life organisation Students for Life.    Justin is joined by Julia along with Ryan Christoper of ADF UK who fought and won Julia’s case for unfair dismissal. They debate whether there is a problem of free speech on campus with Prof Alison Scott-Baumann of SOAS University of London.  For Julia & ADF: http://www.protectfreespeech.uk   For Alison Scott-Baumann: https://www.routle...

Classic Replay: Professor Alister McGrath interview

March 09, 2021 12:30 - 1 hour - 28.4 MB

Alister McGrath combines a background in science with a passion for theology and apologetics. Many of his books, including ‘The Dawkins Delusion’, his critique of Richard Dawkins and the New Atheism, have been bestsellers. In this wide-ranging interview McGrath shares his own journey of faith and why Christianity makes best sense of the world as he sees it. He addresses the way atheism is currently making its case, as well as fine tuning of the universe, the resurrection, heresy and much mor...

Is Christianity a white man’s religion? – Dr Vince Bantu and Dr AJ Varmah

March 05, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 41.3 MB

Why do we often picture a Caucasian Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes? Why are many of the early church fathers depicted as white when they weren’t? Has African Christianity been hijacked?    Dr Vince Bantu of Fuller Theological Seminary and Dr AJ Varmah of the Holy Qubtic Church join Ruth Jackson to discuss these important questions and look at how we can correct the distorted image of Eurocentric Christianity.   For Dr Vince Bantu: https://www.fuller.edu/faculty/vince-bantu/   For Dr ...

Classic Replay: Atheist fundamentalism with Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, Richard Harries and Charles Moore

March 02, 2021 14:30 - 1 hour - 32.5 MB

Atheists Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling squared up against Christians Richard Harries and Charles Moore for a debate on the motion "Atheism is the new fundamentalism". Justin Brierley reviews the debate with audio clips from the speakers and Q&A session, as well as interviews with those who attended, including AC Grayling and the Chair of the debate Anthony Seldon. Originally broadcast 12th December 2009. For the full debate visit http://www.intelligencesquared.com/  If you enjoyed this...

The Ravi Zacharias Scandal: Dr Diane Langberg, Glen Scrivener and Steve Baughman

February 26, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 37.5 MB

A recent report about Ravi Zacharias has shipwrecked a global ministry and the legacy of one of the most influential Christian apologists has been swept away. Justin and Ruth are joined by Christian psychologist Dr Diane Langberg, a specialist in trauma abuse, and Rev Glen Scrivener, an evangelist with Speak Life, to discuss how we safeguard against more scandals in the future. The focus was on supporting victims, ensuring accountability and the problem with pedestals.     For Dr Diane Lang...

Classic Replay: Will everyone be saved? With Robin Parry and Laurence M Blanchard

February 23, 2021 17:35 - 1 hour - 30.3 MB

‘The Evangelical Universalist’ was published in 2006. The author claimed to be an evangelical Christian who believes that everyone will ultimately be saved. He published under a pen name, but a few years later revealed his true identity as Robin Parry, then editorial director of UK Christian publisher Paternoster (he’s now at Wipf and Stock Publishers). Laurence M Blanchard, a pastor and author in California responds to Robin's arguments and raises questions such as "what's the point of eva...

Richmond Wandera – Christianity, witchcraft and the prosperity gospel in Uganda

February 19, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 36.3 MB

Richmond Wandera, a pastor in Kampala, Uganda and listener of Unbelievable? talks to Justin about the history of Christian revival in Africa, elections and Covid in Uganda, witchcraft, secularism and the problem of the prosperity gospel in churches. He also share his story of coming from the slums of Kampala through to theological education and church leadership in a show in partnership with Compassion. To sponsor a child through Compassion via Unbelievable? http://www.compassion.com/justin...

Classic Replay: The divinity of Jesus with Christian Richard Bauckham and sceptic James Crossley

February 16, 2021 11:13 - 1 hour - 29.3 MB

Many have suggested that Christian belief in the divinity and worship of Jesus as God was a late development, and that Jesus' early followers did not regard him as being equal with God.  So was Jesus merely regarded as an ‘elevated’ being? Was high Christology at odds with the Jewish monotheism of the first century? New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham argues against these views.  His book ‘Jesus and the God of Israel’ claims that the worship of Jesus as God was both very Jewish and very ...

Are demons and exorcism for real? Billy Hallowell and Michael Shermer

February 12, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 43.3 MB

There’s been a rise in the demand for exorcism from church priests in recent years.   Billy Hallowell author of ‘Playing With Fire: A modern investigation into demons, exorcism and ghosts’ says we need ot take the supernatural seriously. Atheist skeptic Michael Shermer believes that there are better natural explanations for paranormal claims.   For Billy Hallowell: http://www.billyhallowell.com  For Michael Shermer: http://www.michaelshermer.com  USA listeners check out our new USA websi...

Transgender people and the church – Preston Sprinkle and Christina Beardsley

February 05, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 40.8 MB

Rev Christina Beardsley is a transgender priest in the Church of England and author of numerous resources on trans experience in the church.   She engages with Preston Sprinkle, author of ‘Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say’ who takes a grace-filled but traditional Christian approach to sexuality.   They discuss how churches should engage with trans people, theological questions of ‘bodily’ and ‘gender’ identity, and the issue of Rapid Onset Gender D...

Classic Replay: The Gospels as eyewitnesses Part 2 – Richard Bauckham and James Crossley

February 01, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 29.8 MB

Richard Bauckham’s book ‘Jesus and the Eyewitnesses’ has been heralded as a paradigm shift in the way the authorship of the Gospels should be seen. Bauckham argues that the Gospels are based on eyewitness accounts and should be regarded as fundamentally trustworthy. New Testament historian James Crossley discusses the implications of Bauckham's work and whether the Gospel of John was written by the disciple John himself, as Bauckham claims. Originally broadcast 5th September 2009. USA list...

Is the Bible as bad as atheist memes claim? Dan Kimball vs Michael Wiseman

January 29, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 42.3 MB

The online atheist world is awash with memes that critique passages from the Bible.  Dan Kimball is the author of the new book ‘How (not) to read the Bible: Making sense of the anti-women, anti-science, pro-violence, pro-slavery, and other crazy sounding parts of scripture’.  He debates atheist memes on slavery, violence and warfare with Michael Wiseman, host of the atheist podcast ‘The Bible Says What’. Dan Kimball: http://www.dankimball.com Michael Wiseman: https://twitter.com/bswthepo...

Classic Replay: The Gospels as eyewitnesses Part 1 – Richard Bauckham and James Crossley

January 26, 2021 12:30 - 1 hour - 28.8 MB

Richard Bauckham’s book ‘Jesus and the Eyewitnesses’ has been heralded as a paradigm shift in the way the authorship of the Gospels should be seen. Bauckham argues that the Gospels are based on eyewitness accounts and should be regarded as fundamentally trustworthy. New Testament historian James Crossley discusses the implications of Bauckham's work and whether the Gospel of John was written by the disciple John himself, as Bauckham claims. Originally broadcast 29th August 2009. They conti...

Can faith survive an evolutionary account of humanity and religion? – Andrew Halestrap and Sam Devis

January 22, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 35.9 MB

Sam Devis is a former Christian and produces a podcast called When Belief Dies. One of the triggers for his faith deconstruction was reading Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ and the consequent questions this raised, particularly around evolution. Andrew Halestrap is emeritus professor of biochemistry and senior research fellow at Bristol University and was previously the national chair of Christians in Science. They join Justin to discuss faith, proof and the relationship between science and Go...

Classic Replay: Debating miracles with Sceptic Michael Shermer and Christian Adrian Holloway

January 19, 2021 15:00 - 1 hour - 31 MB

You don't have to look far for claims of the miraculous. But what constitutes a ‘miracle’ and do Christian beliefs in this area make sense? Michael Shermer is a well-known atheist in the USA and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine. He says miraculous claims always have a natural explanation. Adrian Holloway is a London pastor and apologist. He claims to have witnessed the miraculous and says that Michael's scepticism is unjustified. USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusi...

Is the US Church in the grip of political idolatry? Shane Claiborne & Johnnie Moore

January 15, 2021 17:57 - 1 hour - 39.5 MB

Following the pro-Trump riots and storming of Congress at Capitol Hill, many fear white evangelicals in the USA are in the grip of political idolatry in their support of the outgoing president. Justin is joined by Johnnie Moore who chaired Trump’s Evangelical Executive Council and defends Trump’s administration, and Christian justice activist Shane Claiborne who has been an outspoken critic of the president. For Johnnie Moore: https://twitter.com/JohnnieM For Shane Claiborne: https://twit...

Classic Replay: Is science at odds with Christianity? PZ Myers & Denis Alexander

January 12, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 29.1 MB

Atheist Biologist PZ Myers is an outspoken critic of Christianity. He believes that faith in God and science are contradictory. He debates theistic evolutionist Denis Alexander, (now Emeritus) Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Is science is at odds with Christianity as PZ claims? They touch on Fine Tuning, Rationality and whether God is an inference to the best explanation. For PZ Myers Blog: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/  For The Faraday Institute: http://w...

Are Scandinavian countries a secular paradise? Christian Lomsdalen and Stefan Gustavsson

January 08, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 38.3 MB

It’s often been argued that the prosperity and welfare of Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway and Sweden are proof that secular societies do better than religious ones.  Christian Lomsdalen of the Norwegian Humanist Association & Stefan Gustavsson of Apologia – Centre for Christian Apologetics in Sweden join Justin to debate the issues. Christian Lomsdalen: https://lektorlomsdalen.no  Stefan Gustavsson: https://apologia.se/   USA listeners check out our new USA website for exc...

Classic Replay: Buddhism and Christianity in dialogue

January 07, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 30.6 MB

Geshe Tashi Tsering has been a Buddhist monk since he was a teenager. He claims that fulfillment in life involves shedding negative mental states and embracing the enlightened understanding of Buddhism. We are the answer to our own salvation. Sunil Shivdasani is a Christian from a Hindu background. He works with Christian Vision for Men. He explains why he believes Jesus is the true way to enlightenment, why he believes in a creator God and that we need help from God to be saved. USA liste...

Finding Jesus in JRR Tolkien and Lord Of The Rings – Holly Ordway and Michael Jahosky

January 01, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 38.1 MB

JRR Tolkien was a devout Catholic and friend of CS Lewis. Justin is joined by Michael Jahosky author of ‘The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle Earth’ and Holly Ordway, author of ‘Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle Earth beyond the Middle Ages’. They discuss the Christian themes in Tolkien’s fantasy writing, his friendship with Lewis, and the way their literature portrays the Christian story. For Holly Ordway: http://www.hollyordway.com/ For Michael Jahosky: https://wi...

Classic Replay: Mormon and Christian dialogue

December 29, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 30.9 MB

Justin explores the key differences in belief between Mormons and Christians as he meets two men breaking the mould of interfaith dialogue. Robert Millet is a Mormon and professor at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Greg Johnson is a Baptist pastor in the city who founded Standing Together, an organisation aimed at building bridges of dialogue between Mormons and evangelical Christians. Originally broadcast in February 2009.   USA listeners check out our new USA website for ...

Unbelievable? Christmas special

December 25, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 45 MB

We look back over 2020 and share some of our highlights, favourite clips and lessons we’ve learnt along the way. Plus, author Nick Page debunks some Christmas myths and we hear stories of people who came to faith largely through apologetics. For Nick Page: http://nickpage.co.uk/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Everywhere else, subscribe to our newsletter https://www.premier.org.uk/Unbelievablenewsletter an...

Classic Replay: Pt 2 How did Christianity begin? Michael Bird and James Crossley

December 22, 2020 11:58 - 1 hour - 27.9 MB

Two New Testament scholars go head to head. Michael Bird is a believer, James Crossley is not. They have different conclusions about how the Christian faith began and have written a dialogue in their book ‘How Did Christianity Begin - a believer and non-Believer examine the evidence’. Originally broadcast in January 2009. USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbel...

The Christmas story: fact or fairytale? Lydia McGrew vs Jonathan Pearce

December 18, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 39.3 MB

Atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce is the author of ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’. He believes the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke are pious fiction. Christian thinker Lydia McGrew, author of ‘The Mirror or the Mask?’ defends the historicity of the Nativity accounts. Take our show survey: https://survey-star.co.uk/unbelievablechristmas  For Lydia Mcgrew: http://www.lydiamcgrew.com/  Lydia's YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSwhBk0vUSg_6prKkR82IDQ  For Jonathan Pearce: h...

Classic Replay: How did Christianity begin? Part 1 Michael Bird and James Crossley

December 15, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 31 MB

Two New Testament scholars go head to head. Michael Bird is a believer, James Crossley is not. They have different conclusions about how the Christian faith began and have written a dialogue in their book ‘How Did Christianity Begin - a believer and non-Believer examine the evidence’. Originally broadcast in January 2009. USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbe...

William Lane Craig answers your questions on God, universalism and the best atheist arguments

December 11, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 38.5 MB

Renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig joins Justin and Ruth for a live-stream show taking audience questions on salvation, God, atheism, evidence, and much more. For William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Everywhere else, subscribe to our newsletter https://www.premier.org.uk/Unbelievablenewsletter and support the show https://resources.premier.org.u...

Classic Replay: Creation or Evolution - do we have to choose? Denis Alexander & Stephen Lloyd

December 08, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 28.9 MB

Denis Alexander author of 'Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?' defends theistic evolution opposite creationist Stephen Lloyd. Originally broadcast Nov 2008. USA listeners check out our new USA website for resources, updates and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Support the show from the rest of the world: https://resources.premier.org.uk/supportunbelievable Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’https://www.premier....

Is the God of the Bible a capriciously malevolent, misogynistic, sadomasochistic bully? Dan Barker vs Martin Kuhrt

December 04, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 44 MB

Richard Dawkins famously describes the God of the Old Testament as ‘jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully’. Dan Barker and Rev Martin Kuhrt have both published books defending and refuting Dawkins’ description. They debate three of the charges on today’s show. For Dan B...

Classic Replay: Dawkins vs Lennox - the Oxford debate

December 01, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 31.9 MB

In this classic replay Justin interviews Richard Dawkins, John Lennox and audience members following their highly anticipated God debate at Oxford's Natural History Museum in 2008. USA listeners check out our new USA website for resources, updates and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Support the show from the rest of the world: https://resources.premier.org.uk/supportunbelievable Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’https:...

When leaders fall. Karen Swallow Prior & RC Sproul Jr on recent high-profile moral failings.

November 27, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 52.6 MB

In recent years, numerous high-profile Christian leaders have resigned following revelations of moral failure, including Carl Lentz, Jerry Falwell Jr and Bill Hybels. Others have posthumously been subject to allegations of sexual misconduct, including Jean Vanier and Ravi Zacharias (an independent investigation is ongoing). Karen Swallow Prior who resigned her position at Liberty University over the Falwell affair, and RC Sproul Jr, who has written about his own moral failures, discuss what...

Classic Replay: The Atheist Bus Campaign - Ariane Sherine, Paul Woolley and Hanne Stinson

November 25, 2020 15:00 - 38 minutes - 17.6 MB

Welcome to a new mid-week episode from Unbelievable? bringing you a taste of classic shows from our archive.  In this episode from Nov 2008 Justin speaks to Ariane Sherine who created the Atheist Bus Campaign in London. He's also joined by Paul Woolley and Hanne Stinson. For the full show: https://unbelievable.podbean.com/e/unbelievable-1-nov-2008-the-atheist-bus-campaign/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show  ...

Intelligent Design on trial. 15 years on from Kitzmiller-Dover – Mike Behe and Joshua Swamidass

November 20, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 39.6 MB

In 2005 a high profile trial saw the Dover School District taken to court for promoting Intelligent Design (ID) as an alternative theory to evolution in classrooms. 15 years on Mike Behe a prominent biochemist and ID advocate who took the stand as a defence witness, talks about what the case meant for the ID movement. Joshua Swamidass is a biologist and Christian who is strongly critical of ID. He engages with Behe on the Kitzmiller-Dover case and the ID proponent’s most recent book ‘Darwin...

Was Jesus a great moral teacher or something more? Julian Baggini and Skye Jethani

November 13, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 41.2 MB

Atheist philosopher Julian Baggini and Christian author Skye Jethani discuss whether the teachings of Jesus Christ can be separated from his claims to divinity. For Julian’s new book The Godless Gospel https://www.julianbaggini.com/the-godless-gospel/  For Skye’s new book What’s Wrong With Religion? https://skyejethani.com/ and his podcast The Holy Post https://www.holypost.com/  USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources: www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our n...

Conversion and de-conversion: Why atheists become Christians and Christians become atheists. Jana Harmon and Joel Furches

November 06, 2020 18:30 - 1 hour - 45.9 MB

Justin talks to Jana Harmon about her PhD research on adult atheist conversion to Christianity and presents stories from her new ‘Side B Podcast’. Joel Furches, who is researching de-conversion, also joins the conversation. For The Side B Podcast: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-side-b-podcast-jana-harmon-VJUERcA6Fih/ For Joel Furches article on de-conversion: https://hubpages.com/politics/Why-do-Christians-Become-Atheists-A-Case-Study USA listeners check out our new USA website ...

Is raising kids Christian indoctrination? Hannah Timson and Tim Alford

October 30, 2020 17:30 - 1 hour - 39.2 MB

Richard Dawkins once said that bringing up children in a particular faith is tantamount to child abuse. We invited humanist Hannah Timson and Christian Tim Alford to discuss this issue.  You can find Tim Alford on Twitter and Instagram at @RevTimAlford. Hannah Timson is on Twitter and Instagram at @timmi12345.  For more on Limitless, you can connect via social media at @LimitlessElim or through their website is www.limitlesselim.co.uk  For more on humanism, visit https://humanism.org.uk/ ...

Prof Alister McGrath answers your Qs on science, faith, doubt, CS Lewis, Dawkins and more

October 23, 2020 17:00 - 1 hour - 40.3 MB

Oxford professor Alister McGrath recently joined Justin, Lucy and Ruth for a livestream to take listener questions on science and faith and to talk about his new memoir ’Through a Glass Darkly’.  For 'Through a Glass Darkly': https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/alister-mcgrath/through-a-glass-darkly/9781529327632/  USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources: www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation ...

Is Critical Race Theory compatible with Christianity? Neil Shenvi & Rasool Berry

October 16, 2020 16:35 - 1 hour - 51.3 MB

'Critical Race Theory’ is a way of understanding racism through the dynamics of oppressed and oppressor groups. Neil Shenvi believes its worldview is at odds with the Gospel and is concerned at its embrace in evangelical circles.    Rasool Berry, teaching pastor at The Bridge Church NYC believes many Christians are overreacting to CRT. While not adopting it wholesale, he believes CRT can help Christians in the pursuit of reconciliation and justice.    At the end of the show Justin is joined ...

Should Christians vote for Donald Trump? Eric Metaxas vs David French

October 09, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 49.7 MB

Christian commentator David French debates Christian radio host and author Eric Metaxas on whether Christians should vote for Donald Trump in the US Elections in November. With thanks to John Brown University’s Center for Faith and Flourishing who hosted the debate: https://faith-and-flourishing.org/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources: www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’https:/...

Where is God in all the suffering? Amy Orr-Ewing and Jon Steingard

October 02, 2020 18:00 - 1 hour - 45.5 MB

Amy Orr-Ewing, co-director of OCCA and author of ‘Where Is God In All The Suffering?’, discusses the problem of pain with Jon Steingard, whose own doubts around Christian faith were triggered by seeing the suffering of children in Uganda. For ‘Where is God in All the Suffering?: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/where-is-god-in-all-the-suffering For Jon Steingard: http://www.steingardcreative.com/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources: www.unbelievable.show Subs...

Debating Wrath, Sin and Penal Substitution – William Lane Craig and Greg Boyd

September 26, 2020 17:00 - 1 hour - 37.8 MB

Did God punish Jesus in our place on the cross? William Lane Craig’s new book ‘Atonement and the Death of Christ’ is a major new defence of Penal Substitutionary Atonement. He discusses the doctrine of atonement with Greg Boyd who has been a critic of PSA and an advocate of the Christus Victor view of the cross. Atonement and the Death of Christ: https://www.amazon.com/Atonement-Death-Christ-Philosophical-Exploration/dp/1481312049 William Lane Craig: www.reasonablefaith.org Greg Boyd: www...

The Reason For God - Tim Keller debates atheist Norman Bacrac

September 19, 2020 06:00 - 1 hour - 37.1 MB

In this ‘classic replay’ Justin shares the 2009 radio debate in which New York pastor Tim Keller defended his best-selling book ‘The Reason For God’ opposite UK atheist Norman Bacrac.  Tim Keller: https://timothykeller.com/ Norman Bacrac: https://conwayhall.org.uk/speaker/norman-bacrac/ USA Listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources: www.unbelievable.show Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’https://www.premier....

Coronavirus conspiracies, politics and rebel churches – Mark Sayers, AJ Roberts, Ruth Jackson and Lucy Brierley

September 11, 2020 15:00 - 1 hour - 39.7 MB

Six months on from Justin’s first lockdown show looking at Coronavirus he’s joined again by virologist AJ Roberts from California, Australian church and culture guru Mark Sayers, his wife Rev Lucy Brierley and new Unbelievable? team member Ruth Jackson.   They discuss the politics of Coronavirus, conspiracy theories, rebel churches and what the future of the world and the church looks like. For our first show on this topic: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/...

Is free will an illusion? And does it matter? Dan Barker vs Braxton Hunter

September 04, 2020 16:23 - 1 hour - 39.6 MB

Notable atheists like Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett claim we live in a deterministic universe and that free will is an illusion. But does losing human free will pose a problem for justice, morality and even the very act of reasoning itself? Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of 'Free Will Explained' defends determinism. Christian guest Braxton Hunter defends libertarian free will, which he believes points to God. Dan Barker: https://ffrf.org  ...and for the chipm...

Guests

Justin Brierley
5 Episodes
Michael Shermer
4 Episodes
Perry Marshall
4 Episodes
Susan Blackmore
4 Episodes
Hemant Mehta
3 Episodes
Richard Dawkins
3 Episodes
Rob Bell
3 Episodes
Steve Chalke
3 Episodes
Jordan Peterson
2 Episodes
Julian Baggini
2 Episodes
Lee Cronin
2 Episodes
Paul Davies
2 Episodes
Peter Singer
2 Episodes
Philip Pullman
2 Episodes
Richard Bauckham
2 Episodes
Roger Penrose
2 Episodes
Sean Carroll
2 Episodes
Alain de Botton
1 Episode
Andy Hill
1 Episode
Anthony Kenny
1 Episode
Bret Weinstein
1 Episode
Dave Rubin
1 Episode
David Suchet
1 Episode
David Wood
1 Episode
James Lindsay
1 Episode
Jim Al-Khalili
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