Unbelievable?

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.

Episodes

Does God Exist? David Wood vs Michael Shermer debate  

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.

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Is design in nature undeniable? Doug Axe vs Keith Fox  

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.

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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Should modern biology make us rethink theology? Luke Janssen vs Fuz Rana  

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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What happened on the cross? NT Wright & Tom Schreiner. 500th podcast episode.  

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!

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.sbts.edu/academics/faculty/thomas-r-schreiner/

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Ask NT Wright anything - Listener Q&A  

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.

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

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

For The Screwtape Letters in London: https://fpatheatre.com/tour/london/

Can We Agree To Disagree? Dialogue event 14 Nov: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-we-agree-to-disagree-christians-humanists-in-dialogue-tickets-27430401068

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Should Christians vote for Trump? Christina Rees, John Zmirak, Eric Metaxas & Tony Campolo  

As the most bitter and controversial US election in history approaches its conclusion, Justin is joined by Christians of varying political persuasions. Donald Trump's nomination has split evangelicals, but Hillary Clinton is also disliked by many in both parties. Former chair of Women And The Church, Christina Rees debates with John Zmirak, senior editor at conservative blog Stream.org.

We also hear from Trump supporter Eric Metaxas, and Hillary supporter Tony Campolo.

For Premier Christianity magazine's coverage of the US election: www.premierchristianity.com

For Women and the Church: http://womenandthechurch.org/

For John Zmirak:

Why I changed my mind about Christian history - Tom Holland & Larry Hurtado  

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.

For Tom Holland's article: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/religion/2016/09/tom-holland-why-i-was-wrong-about-christianity

For Larry Hurtado's 'Destroyer of the Gods': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyer-gods-Early-Christian-Distinctiveness/dp/1481304739

For the Beyond Materialism conference on 12 Nov: https://www.c4id.org.uk

Can We Agree To Disagree? Dialogue event 14 Nov: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-we-agree-to-disagree-christians-humanists-in-dialogue-tickets-27430401068

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Multiverse Show 2: Fine-tuning fights back! Luke Barnes & Max Andrews  

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.

For A Fortunate Universe: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortunate-Universe-Finely-Tuned-Cosmos/dp/1107156610

For Luke Barnes https://letterstonature.wordpress.com

For Max Andrews http://sententias.org/

The Rethinking Hell Conference 2016 http://www.rethinkinghellconference.com/

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Kierkegaard: A Single Life - Stephen Backhouse & Jane Williams  

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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Who's afraid of the Multiverse? Jeff Zweerink & Skydive Phil  

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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Unbelievable? Live! in California: Ryan Bell & Sean McDowell on ‘Why I am an atheist / Why I am a Christian’  

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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Derren Brown show 2: discussing miracles and healing  

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

For Life Explored http://www.ceministries.org/LifeExplored

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Derren Brown discusses Christianity, atheism and the resurrection  

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

Read the Derren Brown interview online http://www.premierchristianity.com

For Derren’s website http://derrenbrown.co.uk/

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Is belief in God ‘properly basic’? Tyler McNabb vs Stephen Law  

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 https://www.theclarksonacademy.co.uk/book-now

For Unbelievable? Live in the USA on Sat 27 Aug http://www.truthmattersministries.com/events/unbelievable-live/

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Challenging Muslims with the Gospel – Jay Smith & Beth Grove  

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 http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Up-the-Ladder-in-Hyde-Park-Muslims-Christians-in-debate

For Jay’s 2014 debate with Shabir Ally http://www.pfander.uk/videos/the-classical-debates-which-is-the-word-of-god-the-bible-or-the-quran-jay-smith-vs-dr-shabir-ally/

For Christian Heritage London http://www.christianheritagelondon.org/

For Unbelievable? Live in the USA on Sat 27 Aug http://www.truthmattersministries.com/events/unbelievable-live/

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Did Hume Demolish Miracles? Michael Ruse vs Gary Habermas  

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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Is atheist naturalism coherent? Gary Habermas vs Michael Ruse  

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/unbelievable-live/

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Religious experience, relationships & apologetics - Richard Morgan & Frances Janusz  

Richard Morgan was an atheist for many years before a sudden epiphany (via the Richard Dawkins website) brought him to Christian faith. He enjoys dialoguing online with other atheists but finds apologetics limited in how far it can persuade people. 8 years on from his conversion he takes an 'apophatic' approach to his faith and believes relationships are far more important than argument and evidence.

Frances Janusz has been an atheist most of her life. She has been a friend of Richard since they started chatting on the Unbelievable discussion group. Having investigated apologetics she hasn't met an argument that seems convincing. She talks with Richard and Justin about religious experience, evidence, and what it would take for her to become a Christian.

For Richard Morgan http://whyimcatholic.com/index.php/conversion-stories/atheist-converts/155-atheist-convert-richard-morgan

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

For Unbelievable? Live in the USA on Sat 27 Aug http://www.truthmattersministries.com/events/unbelievable-live/

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