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

Was Jesus created as an ancient myth? Richard Carrier vs David Marshall  

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

For David Marshall: http://christthetao.blogspot.co.uk/

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

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An Atheist and a Christian walk into a bar… Justin Schieber and Randal Rauser  

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.youtube.com/channel/UCQa6mPLOE2yuMCrDjRio_nA

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My friend the atheist churchgoer - Joe Ogborn & Tom Hallam  

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.

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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How I lost my child but kept my faith - Jessica Kelley  

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

Justin's second guest is Sarah Foster who works in evangelism to Muslims with Pfander Centre for Apologetics. She talks about her own faith journey and why she is spearheading youth resources to help a younger Christian generation who are being challenged by their Muslim counterparts, especially in the black church community.

For Jessica Kelley and 'Lord Willing? Wrestling with God's role in my child's death': http://jessicakelley.com/lord-willing/

For Sarah Foster and Pfander Apologetics: https://www.pfander.uk/

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The Star of Bethlehem - Fact or Fiction? Colin Nicholl, Aaron Adair & Mark Kidger  

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.

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 Adair: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Bethlehem-Skeptical-View/dp/0956694861

For 'The Star of Bethlehem: An astronomer's view' by Mark Kidger: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Bethlehem-Astronomers-View/dp/0691058237

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Was Hitler anti-Christian? Richard Weikart vs Richard Carrier  

Hitler is often claimed to have been an atheist or a Christian by believers and sceptics eager to put the dictator in the other's camp. Christian historian Richard Weikart argues he was neither in his new book "Hitler's Religion: The twisted beliefs that drove the Third Reich".

Richard Carrier is an atheist historian who has researched Hitler's purported anti-Christian statements often quoted by apologists in his book "Hitler, Homer, Bible, Christ". He says that Hitler was anti-Catholic but thought of himself as a "positivist" Christian. In contrast Weikart argues Hitler was a pantheist who personally despised Christianity and only used it in public to aid his rise to power.

For Richard Weikart's "Hitler's Religion": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitlers-Religion-Twisted-Beliefs-Drove-ebook/dp/B01MG45IZ8

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

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Finding God in the Waves – Mike McHargue and Benn Watts  

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.

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

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

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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.

Audio provided by Ratio Christi. Find out more about Ratio Christi

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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