Are we raising a ‘snowflake’ generation? Jonathan Haidt & Andrew Wilson

January 11, 2019

Although he writes from a secular perspective, Jonathan Haidt’s books on moral psychology such as ‘The Righteous Mind’ have been praised by many evangelical Christians. His latest title is ‘The Coddling Of The American mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure.’

Church leader and theologian Andrew Wilson is a fan of Haidt’s work. They discuss safe spaces, micro-aggressions, free speech, the Bible and the intersection of evolutionary psychology and faith.

For ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’: https://www.thecoddling.com/ 

For Andrew Wilson https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/peanuts_cbt_and_martin_luther_king 

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#MeToo and the Church: Egalitarian vs Complementarian • Natalie Collins & Phil Moore

January 4, 2019

Does the church need a #MeToo moment? Does egalitarian and complementarian theology help or harm men and women in the church?

Natalie Collins, a gender justice specialist and author of ‘Out Of Control: Couples, conflict and the capacity for change’, supports an egalitarian approach to male and female roles.

Phil Moore, leader of Everyday Church in London and author of ‘Straight to the Heart’ argues that a good complementarian view of scripture enables flourishing of both men and women.

For Natalie Collins and the Out Of Control conference: https://www.nataliecollins.info/outofcontrolevent 

For Phil Moore http://www.philmoorebooks.com/

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Unlikely: How a Christian evangelist & secular, gay mayor became friends. Kevin Palau & Sam Adams (+ John Dickson)

December 29, 2018

Justin chats to Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Association, and Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of Portland. They talk about how they worked together, despite their differences, to make a difference in the city of Portland, and the lessons they have learned. 

Later in the show Justin is joined by John Dickson of the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia to talk about the new video documentary ‘For The Love Of God: How The Church Is Better And Worse Than You Imagined’.

For ‘Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences To Live Out The Gospel’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlikely-Setting-Aside-Differences-Gospel/dp/1476797269 

For Kevin Palau https://www.palau.org/kevin-palau/ 

For Sam Adams https://twitter.com/samadams_tweets 

For The Love Of God doc: https://fortheloveofgodproject.com/ 

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The science behind Christmas: Mark Kidger & Gillian Straine (+ NT Wright)

December 21, 2018

In a Christmas special Justin is joined by priest and physicist Revd Gillian Straine and agnostic astronomer Mark Kidger of the European Space Agency. They discuss the scientific theories for the star of Bethlehem, who the Magi were and how scientists reconcile the miracles of Christmas with science. And… cute kids alert! We hear the Christmas story retold by 6 and 7yr olds.

Towards the end of the show Justin also asks NT Wright whether we can trust the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke as historical.

For Gillian Straine: http://www.gillianstraine.com/

For Mark Kidger’s blogs on the Star of Bethlehem https://openspacescience.blog/2017/12/01/star-of-bethlehem-reflections/ 

For a previous show on the Star of Bethlehem https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-The-Star-of-Bethlehem-Fact-or-Fiction-Colin-Nicholl-Aaron-Adair-Mark-Kidger 

For the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast: http://www.askntwright.com

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Render unto Caesar - Should the church keep out of economic politics? Andy Walton vs James Price

December 14, 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave a keynote speech at the UK Trade Union Congress in September 2018 calling for the government to change its tax and welfare policies in order to support the neediest in society.

James Price of the Taxpayers Alliance strongly criticised Welby’s intervention, quoting Jesus’ words ‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s’ and saying the Archbishop should ‘stick to his theological work’.

Left-leaning Christian journalist Andy Walton praised Justin Welby’s speech. He debates James on what Jesus’ famous statement means, and whether religious leaders should keep out of the politics of taxation and the welfare state.  

For James Price: https://www.taxpayersalliance.com/comment_on_justin_welby_s_higher_tax_proposals

For Andy Walton https://twitter.com/waltonandy 

For Justin Welby’s speech in full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QewjUsHmScs 

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Debating the Statement on Social Justice – Jarrod McKenna & James White

December 7, 2018

Are ‘social justice warriors’ a danger to the Gospel? In August 2018 a group of conservative Christians in the USA, led by John MacArthur, released The Statement On Social Justice And The Gospel to take a stand against the church being influenced by “questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture”. Some of the affirmations and denials in the document caused controversy among both evangelicals and progressives for its statements on political activism and racism.

James White of Alpha and Omega ministries, was one of the framers of the document and a key signatory. He debates the Statement with Australian pastor and justice activist Jarrod McKenna, founder of Common Grace, on whether the concepts of privilege, intersectionality and identity politics should have any part to play in the Gospel.

For the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel: https://statementonsocialjustice.com

For Jarrod McKenna: https://www.commongrace.org.au/jarrodmckenna/

For James White: https://www.aomin.org

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Bart Ehrman vs Peter J Williams – debating ‘Misquoting Jesus’

November 30, 2018

In a ‘classic playback’ edition of the show, Justin re-airs the debate he hosted with agnostic Bible scholar Bart Ehrman opposite Christian Bible scholar Peter J Williams.

They debate the reliability of the Gospels, textual criticism, and Bart’s claim that we can’t know what some of the original texts actually say.

For Peter J Williams new book ‘Can We Trust the Gospels?’: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/can-we-trust-the-gospels  

For Bart Ehrman: https://www.bartdehrman.com/ 

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How should gay Christians express their sexuality? David Bennett & Justin Lee

November 23, 2018

In his new book ‘A War Of Loves’, David Bennett tells his story of being an atheist gay activist who experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity.

David still identifies as gay but lives a celibate lifestyle, holding to traditional Christian sexual ethics. He engages with Justin Lee, author of ‘Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gay vs Christian debate’, who affirms faithful same-sex relationships.

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For Justin Lee: http://geekyjustin.com/ 

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The agnostic and the Bishop on searching for Christ in literature and life - Lord Richard Harries & Sir Anthony Kenny

November 16, 2018

Lord Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford is the author of ‘Haunted by Christ: Modern writers and the struggle for faith’ (SPCK). Philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, former master of Balliol college Oxford, is the author of ‘Brief Encounters: Notes from a philosopher’s diary’ (SPCK) which recounts anecdotes from a life meeting significant personalities.

They discuss their friendship, stories of significant encounters, why Anthony lost his faith as a young Catholic priest and why Richard found his faith affirmed in his literary loves. 

For ‘Haunted By Christ’ by Lord Richard Harries: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/haunted-by-christ 

For ‘Brief Encounters’ by Sir Anthony Kenny: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/brief-encounters 

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Is War justified by Christianity and Nature? Michael Ruse vs Nigel Biggar

November 9, 2018

As Remembrance services take place to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Justin is joined by atheist guest Prof Michael Ruse and Christian guest Prof Nigel Biggar to discuss Darwinism, Christianity and just war theory.

Michel Ruse is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. Ruse’s latest book ‘The Problem of War’ critiques Biggar’s work on just war theory ‘In Defence of War’.

For ‘The Problem of War’ by Michael Ruse: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-problem-of-war-9780190867577

For ‘In Defence of War’ by Nigel Biggar: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/in-defence-of-war-9780199672615

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