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

August 17, 2018

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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZMgLgGlYAWvSU8lZ9xiVg 

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

August 10, 2018

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.

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

August 3, 2018

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 2.0’ which draws on his research into biology, intelligent design and evolution to show that neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory is no longer tenable.

Towards the end of the show Justin is joined by Dominic Done of Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland with a look ahead to Unbelievable? the Conference USA on Fri 31 Aug and Sat 1 Sep.

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

July 27, 2018

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. 

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

July 20, 2018

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 positively shape Western culture for centuries to come.

Watch the discussion on video! https://youtu.be/nlf_ULB26cU 

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

July 13, 2018

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.

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

July 6, 2018

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 discuss suffering, death and ultimate meaning.

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Justin Brierley vs atheist David Smalley on Dogma Debate

June 29, 2018

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.

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

June 22, 2018

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.

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

June 15, 2018

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 these Old Testament events and whether his research proves the credible historicity of the Biblical accounts, and whether his approach runs the risk of eliminating the supernatural from the Bible.

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