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Live USA show: Sean McDowell & Hemant Mehta debate what atheists and Christians get wrong

9/14/2018
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Justin is joined by Christian apologist Sean McDowell and ‘Friendly Atheist’ blogger Hemant Mehta for a live audience edition of the show recorded at Westside A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon. They discuss motivations, faith, science, evidence, atheism, life after death, morality and bigotry. Each guest sets out two ways in which they believe the other side frequently mischaracterises their worldview. Includes audience Q&A. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/Hhuxq7wLpFc For Sean:...

Duration:01:51:58

John Lennox vs Michael Ruse: Science, faith and the evidence for God

9/7/2018
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In the 4 episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by Prof John Lennox and Prof Michael Ruse in front of a live audience in London. Christian guest John Lennox is professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and author of books including ‘Gunning for God: Why the new atheists are missing the target’. Atheist guest Michael Ruse is professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University and author of books such as ‘Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?’. They...

Duration:02:00:42

Can Islam overcome sexism and violence? Ed Husain vs Beth Grove

8/31/2018
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Ed Husain was once a Muslim extremist. Today he is still a Muslim but says the Islam he once practised is a distorted version of the faith. In his new book The House of Islam: A Global History he argues that his religion needs to return to a once-golden age of pluralism, tolerance and diversity. Beth Grove of Pfander regularly engages in debate with Muslims. She disputes Ed’s view of a golden age of Islam, saying that both Muslim history and scriptures advocate violence and mistreatment of...

Duration:01:31:35

Can Justin defend his own book? feat. David Johnson, Andrew Knight & Randal Rauser

8/24/2018
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Justin joins the debate fray himself this week as he tag teams with Christian apologist Randal Rauser to defend Unbelievable? the book against two atheist critics David Johnson and Andrew Knight. Since Justin’s book ‘Unbelievable? why, after ten years of talking with atheists I’m still a Christian’ was published, Andrew and David, along with other sceptical show listeners, have produced a response book called ‘Still Unbelievable? Why, after listening to Christian arguments, we remain...

Duration:01:27:34

Debating the Kalam Cosmological Argument - Stephen Woodford (Rationality Rules) vs Blake Giunta

8/17/2018
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Keep kalam and carry on... In the second of two ‘deep dive’ shows into philosophical arguments for God, Justin is joined by atheist YouTuber Stephen Woodford (aka Rationality Rules) and Christian apologist Blake Giunta, creator of the Belief Map website. They debate the Kalam Cosmological Argument and whether, if the universe had a beginning, it points to a divine cause behind it. For a video of today’s show on the Rationality Rules channel...

Duration:01:27:19

Why is there something rather than nothing? Alex O Connor & Cameron Bertuzzi debate the Argument from Contingency

8/10/2018
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In the first of two philosophical ‘deep dive’ shows debating famous ‘cosmological’ arguments for God, YouTube atheist Alex O Connor (aka Cosmic Skeptic) debates apologist Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity. They discuss the argument from contingency and whether the existence of the universe is contingent on a necessary being - God. For a video of today’s show on the Cosmic Skeptic channel https://www.youtube.com/user/alexjoconnor For Cameron Bertuzzi:...

Duration:01:27:06

Theistic evolution, biology and purpose – Denis Alexander & Perry Marshall (plus Dominic Done)

8/3/2018
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Dr Denis Alexander is a notable British proponent of theistic evolution – the view that Christianity and Darwinian evolution are perfectly compatible. Many atheist biologists claim that evolution has disproved the idea of purpose in biology. Denis’ new book ‘Is There Purpose in Biology? The cost of existence and the God of love’ sets out how he believes Christians can still discern God’s purposes in evolutionary history. Denis is joined in discussion by Perry Marshall, author of ‘Evolution...

Duration:01:23:25

Faitheism: Why can’t atheists and Christians get along? Krish Kandiah & Terry Sanderson

7/27/2018
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Krish Kandiah’s new book ‘Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think’, aims to elevate the conversation between both sides. Krish is joined by Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society as they discuss the good, bad and ugly of how Christians and atheist engage each other. For Faitheism: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473648951 For the National Secular Society: https://www.secularism.org.uk/ For Big Conversation videos, updates and...

Duration:01:20:44

NT Wright and Tom Holland: How St Paul changed the world

7/20/2018
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Renowned New Testament scholar NT (Tom) Wright returns to Unbelievable? to talk about his latest book Paul: A Biography (SPCK). Joining Wright is historical writer Tom Holland, author of popular books on the rise and fall of the Roman empire such as Rubicon and Dynasty, Tom Wright unpacks the life, character and untold story of Paul. Tom Holland explains why as an agnostic, he is nevertheless convinced of the massive cultural significance of Paul’s message in Roman culture and how it would...

Duration:01:25:16

Leaving Islam: A Christian and atheist tell their stories. Abdu Murray & Aliyah Saleem

7/13/2018
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Aliyah Saleem was a Muslim at one time but is now an atheist. She tells her story and those of other former Muslims in ‘Leaving Faith Behind’. Abdu Murray, North America director of RZIM, was a Muslim but converted to Christianity. He engages with Aliyah on why they both left Islam but came to different conclusions about faith. For Aliyah Saleem: http://dltbooks.com/titles/2224-9780232533644-leaving-faith-behind For Abdu Murray: https://www.abdumurray.com/ For Big Conversation videos,...

Duration:01:30:16

Derren Brown & Rev Richard Coles: Can we have meaning without God?

7/6/2018
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In the third Big Conversation episode, Justin is joined by illusionist Derren Brown and popstar-turned-media-priest Rev Richard Coles. In a wide-ranging conversation they tell their respective stories of moving away from and towards Christian faith. Drawing on his book Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine, Derren makes the case for living a fulfilled life as an atheist in the absence of God. Richard draws from his experience of ‘meeting the resurrected Christ’ as they...

Duration:01:27:05

Justin Brierley vs atheist David Smalley on Dogma Debate

6/29/2018
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In a podcast special Justin goes head to head with atheist podcast host David Smalley debating Justin’s arguments for Christianity in his book “Unbelievable? Why after, ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian”. They debate suffering, the moral argument and the evidence for the resurrection in a wide ranging discussion of over 2.5 hrs. For Dogma Debate: https://www.davidcsmalley.com/ For Big Conversation videos, updates and bonus content sign up:...

Duration:02:46:28

Steven Pinker vs Nick Spencer: Have science, reason & humanism replaced faith?

6/22/2018
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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...

Duration:01:19:48

Is there scientific evidence for Old Testament miracles? Colin Humphreys & Bob Price

6/15/2018
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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...

Duration:01:23:40

Jordan Peterson vs Susan Blackmore: Do we need God to make sense of life?

6/8/2018
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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...

Duration:01:21:00

Where did the laws of nature come from? Hugh Ross vs Peter Atkins

6/1/2018
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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...

Duration:01:24:31

Highlights from #JustAsk: Rob Parsons, Glen Scrivener, Sharon Dirckx, Ken Samples & more

5/25/2018
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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...

Duration:01:27:02

Important announcement! The Big Conversation is coming.

5/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:06:22

Is John’s Gospel historically accurate? Lydia McGrew & Craig Evans debate

5/18/2018
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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...

Duration:01:24:00

Is Christianity sexist? Paula Gooder & Francesca Stavrakopoulou

5/11/2018
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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...

Duration:01:25:22