The Tim Farron affair: Are evangelicals no longer welcome in politics? David Robertson & Jonathan Bartley

January 12, 2018

During his time as leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Tim Farron was repeatedly questioned about his views on homosexuality and gay sex. When he resigned he said “To be a political leader and to live as a committed Christian, has felt impossible for me”. On a recent Premier Christian Radio interview he reignited the controversy by stating that he regrets saying that gay sex was not a sin.

Revd David Robertson of Solas Centre for Public Christianity and Jonathan Bartley of the Green Party react to the interview. David believes that Christians are being discriminated against if they diverge from society’s current views on sexuality. Jonathan, who is also a Christian, doesn’t believe that discrimination is happening and conservative Christians need to get used to new realities.

For the Tim Farron Interview: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Tim-Farron-Q-A-Why-I-resigned-why-it-matters-and-what-I-should-have-said-about-gay-sex

For David Robertson: https://theweeflea.com/
 
For Jonathan Bartley: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/people/leaders-of-green-party.html
 
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Meet a Street Epistemologist: Pascoe Rapacci vs Cameron Bertuzzi

January 5, 2018

Street Epistemology has become popular among many atheists as a conversational way to interrogate people's spiritual beliefs. Popularised by atheist philosopher Peter Boghossian in his book "A Manual For Creating Atheists" the movement is now seeking to create 10,000 street evangelists for atheism.

 Pascoe Rapacci engages regularly in Street Epistemology (though doesn't claim to speak for the movement as a whole). He engages with Christian apologist Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity on whether Street Epistemology is a valid way of investigating the truth of people's beliefs. 

For Street Epistemology: https://streetepistemology.com/

For Pascoe Rapacci: https://www.twitter.com/pocketpasc

For Cameron Bertuzzi's written dialogue with a Street Epistemologist: http://capturingchristianity.com/conversation-street-epistemologist/

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Is apologetics a dead end? Sean McDowell & Myron B Penner

December 29, 2017

Myron B Penner wrote 'The End of Apologetics: Christian witness in a postmodern context'. He argues that rational defence of the Christian faith can become a form of idolatry and that modern believers need to rethink their relationship with apologetics.

Myron engages with Sean McDowell who with his father Josh has written an updated version of the classic apologetics book 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict'. They discuss the benefits and limits of apologetics and why Myron wrote a book critiquing the whole area.

For Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/

For Evidence That Demands a Verdict: http://seanmcdowell.org/item/evidence-that-demands-a-verdict 

For Myron B Penner: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-end-of-apologetics/285610

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Debating The Atheist Christmas Carol Album. TyLean Polley & Glen Scrivener

December 22, 2017

Is it ok to take the Christ out of Christmas carols? That's what TyLean Polley has done with The Atheist Christmas Album. She explains why she's produced an album of classic carols to secular lyrics.

Evangelist Glen Scrivener engages with TyLean on why he doesn't think you can separate Christmas from the message of joy, hope and the birth of Jesus at its centre.

For The Atheist Christmas Album: http://atheistchristmas.bandcamp.com/ 

For Meet The Nativity: https://meetthenativity.com/ 

For Glen Scrivener: http://speaklife.org.uk/

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Hinge: an atheist & Christian seek the truth about Jesus. Plus Jarrod McKenna interview

December 15, 2017

Hinge is a brand new documentary style podcast co-hosted by atheist Cory Markum and Christian pastor Drew Sokol. Justin plays out the first episode of Hinge and talks to Cory and Drew about their project to look into the evidence for the historical Jesus.

In the final part of the show Justin speaks to Australian pastor and activist Jarrod McKenna about his recent adventure being smuggled into the Manus Island detention centre to document human rights abuses.

For Hinge: http://hingepodcast.org/

For Jarrod McKenna: https://facebook.com/Jarrodandmates

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Was Jesus a failed apocalyptic prophet? Matthew Hartke & Andrew Perriman

December 8, 2017

After becoming disillusioned with failed prophecies at the charismatic church he was part of, Matthew Hartke lost his faith altogether when he become convinced Jesus himself was a failed apocalyptic prophet.

Now an agnostic, Matthew engages with New Testament scholar Andrew Perriman. Andrew believes Jesus was indeed Israel's Messiah but that his apocalyptic prophecies in passages such as Matthew 24 have often been misunderstood.

For Matthew Hartke: http://www.fifthacttheology.com/about/

For Andrew Perriman: http://www.postost.net/

For Glen Scrivener's "What Christians Believe in 90 Seconds": https://www.facebook.com/christianitymag/posts/1680780525293414 

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5 Proofs of the Existence of God – Ed Feser vs Arif Ahmed

December 1, 2017

Ed Feser is a Catholic philosopher whose latest book ‘Five Proofs of the Existence of God’ presents five classical arguments that he believes present compelling evidence for theism.

He debates two of the arguments on the show with atheist Cambridge philosopher Arif Ahmed. They talk about whether modern atheists take such arguments seriously, and then dive deep into debating the Aristotelian Proof and the Rationalist Proof… your brain will be stretched!

For Ed Feser and ‘Five Proofs of the Existence of God’: http://edwardfeser.com/

For Arif Ahmed: https://www.phil.cam.ac.uk/people/teaching-research-pages/ahmed/ahmed-page

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Why we left Mormonism. Lynn Wilder & Corey Miller talk to current Mormon James Holt

November 24, 2017

Lynn Wilder and Corey Miller are among 4 scholars who tell their story of leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the new book 'Leaving Mormonism'.

They engage with Mormon believer James Holt as they discuss Jesus, Joseph Smith, polygamy, testimony, the Book of Mormon and more.

For 'Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Mind': https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Mormonism-Scholars-Changed-their/dp/0825444810

For James Holt: https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Mormonism-Scholars-Changed-their/dp/0825444810

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Justin tells the story of Unbelievable? Audiobook chapter 1 bonus episode

November 22, 2017

With the release of the audiobook version of "Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian", show host Justin Brierley plays the Introduction and Chapter 1 on this bonus episode.

He tells his own story of faith and how the Unbelievable? show came to be, some of the memorable moments along the way, the role of apologetics, and why atheists began tuning in to the weekly podcast.

To download the Unbelievable? audiobook in full: http://spokenworldaudio.biz/product/unbelievable/ 

For the half price Unbelievable? bundle of a signed book and 2 Conference DVDs:  https://www.premier.org.uk/Shop/Unbelievable-the-Book/Exclusive-Christmas-Offer 

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Debating science and spiritual practices – Rupert Sheldrake vs Susan Blackmore

November 17, 2017

Rupert Sheldrake is often regarded as a maverick in science. He had his TED talk on the “Science Delusion” banned after other scientists objected. In his new book “Science and Spiritual Practises” he makes the case for the proven scientific benefit of religious practises.

He engages with atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on their shared love of spiritual practises such as meditation but why Rupert believes there is a God behind the whole show, as they debate science, consciousness and ‘morphic resonance’.

For Rupert Sheldrake: https://www.sheldrake.org/ 

For Susan Blackmore: https://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/ 

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