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Episode 12 - Are Your Beliefs Properly Basic?

Episode 12 – Show Notes We kick off with another chapter in our “Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith..” book. Chapter 32 “Did Jesus Predict His Violent Death and Resurrection?”. It proved an interesting case study in using historical arguments for such issues, and ended up with the chapter’s author needing to cast doubt on one gospel version of Jesus praying at Gethsemane to show the likely authenticity of another (where he was aware of his impending death before he should know). Again...


Episode 11 - Steve Tomkins and Church History

This month we discuss Pragmatic Arguments and the History of Christianity. The latter is an area of expertise for our guest Steve Tomkins and he joined us right through the recording. Steve did a Phd on the subject and is now editor for the in-house magazine of a leading UK denomination. He is also a lot of fun. We kick off discussing Ed’s appearance on the ’Unbelievable?’ Show of 20-10-2018...


Episode 10 - Doctrinal development – by design or evolution?

Episode 10 – Show Notes It would be good to have listened to the last episode where we interview Chris Date on doctrines of hell. Here we put it into context using the question: which hypothesis better fits the observations of doctrinal development in the Bible A. this is normal development of ideas in human culture B. a divine agent is choosing to reveal doctrines bit by bit, like learning maths at school This initially arose as we looked at the latest chapter in our 50 Arguments for...


Episode 09 - The one with Chris Date

The main topic of the show is doctrinal development in the Bible, specifically on Hell. We quickly introduce the topic to leave maximum room to hear from our guest, Chris Date. Chris is a layman but now studying theology and he is a deep Christian thinker, in the same way that Andrew was a few years ago. Chris dived deep into the doctrine of hell as it really mattered, and matters now, to him as a believer. He has done his own research work on this and as a result became a key driver in a...


Episode 08 - The one with Stephen Law

After answering some feedback and chatting over Ed’s experience of a charismatic summer camp, we got down to the main topic of the show – religious experience. We discussed how believers typically believe based on this rather than rational arguments or observable evidence. … from Ed’s charismatic fellow-campers to top apologists and philosophers like William Lane Craig and Alvin Plantinga. This set us up to enjoy a wonderful interview with Stephen Law (of ‘Evil God Challenge’ fame) who wrote...


DA - Bonus Episode - Resurrection Interview

Resurrection interview with Mathew Hartke


Episode07 - The End of Atonement

Episode 7 – Show Notes Like the rest of the sceptical world in 2018 we had to indulge in a brief chat about Jordan Peterson. We complete our ‘Summer of Atonement’ this month. Andrew gives us an overview of the theories Christians use to try to make sense of it. Frances also gives some thoughts on the full set of philosophical problems with the doctrine. Ed tries to tie it all together to see how it counts as evidence in the assessment of whether Christianity can be true. Can we leave it as...


Episode06 - Atonement – it is quite a story

Episode 6 – Show Notes Ed and Andrew report to Frances on their experiences of the Book of Mormon Show in London. We also chat about SkyDivePhil who presented on Animal Suffering at the London Unbelievable Discussion Group. We recommend seeing him debate recently in Texas. Here is a link: In last month’s show we mentioned an impressive poem by Glen Scrivener “Given” which he read at this year’s Unbelievable Conference. We play his reading and...


Episode05 - Is Jesus the only way / The summer of atonement !

Episode 5 – Show Notes Frances and Andrew report back on the great Unbelievable Conference and we then give the answer ‘no’ to “Is that in the Bible?”. The earliest gospel, Mark, does not have anything at all on the central Christian idea that Christ died to do something about sins. We then we get to grips with a chapter in our 50 Arguments for Faith book “Is Jesus the Only Way?” This addresses the idea of exclusive truth as well as the apparent unfairness for cultures not familiar with...


Episode04 - Did Jesus get his timing wrong?

Episode 4 – Show Notes Andrew uses his ‘Is That In The Bible?’ slot to introduce us to a topic he researched deeply when a Christian and is a part of his journey to doubt. The verse is Matthew 24:34 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” It turns out not to be isolated. The prophecy of Jesus’ early return is found throughout the New Testament. So much so that a whole movement in the church believes that he must have returned,...


Episode03 - The Historical Jesus & Should You Play the Mystery Card

Episode 3 - Show Notes We dive straight into an interview with our first guest –Andrew has a wonderful discussion with a Christian John Nelson who has studied at Nottingham University. John’s studies included a deep dive into Historical Jesus research and he puts the recent and current research approaches into context. Then we move to our section “Reason and God” and we respond to Chapter 6 of the Christian book “Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy...


Episode02 - Apologists for Genocide?

Episode 2 – Show Notes We dive straight into our section “Is that in the Bible?” and this month look at Leviticus 27 v28-9– which introduces a scary Hebrew word ‘herem’ that is often translated ‘devoted to destruction’ and is frequently applied to human communities in the Old Testament. Is this human sacrifice? We spend the rest of the show unpicking the issue of God’s character in the Old Testament where He commands ‘herem’ destruction of cities and peoples. How can the Bible be accurate...


Episode01- Resurrection on Trial & A Journey to Doubt

Episode 1 – Resurrection on Trial & A Journey to Doubt After introducing ourselves we use Frances’ expertise as a prosecution lawyer to mull over the claim that conflicting witnesses to an event help show its veracity. This claim lies behind some Christian approaches to demonstrate that the resurrection of Jesus must have been an actual physical event in history. We read the trial of Jesus in Mark to guide us (Mark 14 v55-59) and discuss Matthew’s use of prophecy to guide his apparent...