Debating science and spiritual practises – 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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Is miracle healing for real? Ken Fish vs Frances Janusz + 2 healing stories.

November 10, 2017

Christians as well as sceptics are often dubious of miracle healing claims. Ken Fish trained under John Wimber and now travels the world with Kingdom Fire Ministries to heal and train people. He believes thinking christians should embrace the miraculous as part of their faith and that it can serve as a sign to sceptics of Christ's power.

Frances Janusz is an atheist who is sceptical of healing claims and concerned about the ethics of certain types of Christian healing ministries. She interacts with Ken on his stories of healing and we hear from two women, Victoria Bixby and Carol Grigg, who both say they were healed of serious conditions through Ken's ministry, with medical documentation to confirm it.

For Ken Fish: https://kingdomfireministries.org/

For Frances Janusz: https://counterapologistblog.wordpress.com/

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Is Science Mike right about God, evidence and the benefits of believing? Mike McHargue & JD Walters

November 3, 2017

Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) joins Justin again to revisit his book 'Finding God In The Waves' about his deconversion to atheism and reconversion to Christian faith.

Mike interacts with math & science teacher and theology blogger JD Walters on Mike's rejection of a rationalistic approach to evidence for God and his championing of believing for the psychological benefits that faith affords.

For Mike McHargue: http://findinggodinthewaves.com/

For JD Walters: https://godnaturally.com/ 

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Does God or Naturalism best explain the Universe? Sean Carroll vs Luke Barnes

October 27, 2017

Eminent cosmologists Sean Carroll and Luke Barnes join Justin for an extended edition of the show debating naturalism, Theism, Big Bang cosmology and fine tuning.

Sean, an atheist astrophysicist and author of 'The Big Picture: on the origins of life, meaning and the universe itself' argues that naturalism best fits with our scientific understanding. Luke, a Christian astrophysicist and co-author of 'A Fortunate Universe: life in a finely tuned cosmos' argues that Theism makes better sense of the evidence.

For Sean Carroll: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/

For Luke Barnes: https://afortunateuniverse.wordpress.com/about-the-authors/

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Why atheists should go to church - Andy Hill & Glen Scrivener (+ Bruxy Cavey)

October 20, 2017

Andy Hill is an atheist who swapped hard-partying for pushing a buggy after his child was born. At a loose end with his son, he popped into a local church one day... and has continued going since. He discusses with Christian evangelist Glen Scrivener why, even though he doesn't believe, he thinks atheists like him should try churchgoing.

Toward the end of the show Justin also chats with Bruxy Cavey, pastor of The Meeting House in Toronto, Canada, about his new book 'Reunion'.

For Andy Hill's article for The Metro: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/17/im-an-atheist-who-goes-to-church-heres-why-you-should-too-6909729/ 

For Glen Scrivener: http://christthetruth.net/about-2/ 

For Bruxy Cavey: http://www.bruxy.com/ 

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Do Genesis and genetics support a young earth or long-term evolution? John Mackay vs Keith Fox

October 13, 2017

Australian young earth creationist John Mackay joins Justin along with theistic evolutionist Keith Fox to debate evolution.

They debate Charles Lyell, the geological record, ice cores, Genesis and genetics.

For John Mackay: http://askjohnmackay.com/

For Keith Fox: https://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Biography.php?ID=174 

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Why I became a Protestant. Why I converted to Catholicism. Chris Arnzen & James Bogle

October 6, 2017

To mark the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, Justin interviews two converts. One left his Catholic background for Reformed Baptist faith, the other went from Anglican to staunch Catholic.

Chris Arnzen and James Bogle explain why they traded places and debate why they each think they stand on the right side of the Reformation's dividing lines concerning grace, works and Catholic doctrines. Read their stories https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/October-2017/Trading-Places

For a free sample copy of Premier Christianity magazine's Reformation special: www.premierchristianity.com/freesample

For Chris Arnzen: http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/

For James Bogle: http://catholicunion.org.uk/2013/11/james-bogle-vice-chairman/

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Can secularism save the West? Peter Hitchens & Andrew Copson

September 29, 2017

Andrew Copson of Humanists UK is the author of new book 'Secularism: politics, religion and freedom'. He engages with Mail on Sunday journalist Peter Hitchens on whether secularism is the best future for the West, the 'myth' of neutrality, Islam and gay cakes. Juno the puppy also features.

For 'Secularism' by Andrew Copson: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/secularism-9780198809135?cc=gb&lang=en&

For Peter Hitchens: http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/

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Rodney Stark Q&A + Nabeel Qureshi remembered by David Wood

September 22, 2017

In the first half of today's show Justin puts listener questions to eminent sociologist of religion Rodney Stark, author of 'The Rise of Christianity' and 'Reformation Myths'.

In the final segment Justin speaks to David Wood about the passing away of Nabeel Qureshi, their friendship and his role in Nabeel's conversion from Islam to Christianity.

For 'Reformation Myths' by Rodney Stark: http://spckpublishing.co.uk/product/reformation-myths-five-centuries-misconceptions-misfortunes/ 

For Justin's personal tribute to Nabeel Qureshi: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Nabeel-Qureshi-courage-commitment-and-compassionate-witness 

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Ask Alvin Plantinga Anything - answering your questions

September 15, 2017

Alvin Plantinga is being awarded the 2017 Templeton Prize in honour of his lifetime contribution to philosophy. The influential thinker has been at the forefront of the revival of philosophical arguments for God as well as making important contributions to the science and faith debate.

In a one-to-one interview Justin hears about his career and poses questions sent in by listeners on evolution, naturalism, scripture, the ontological argument and the state of his air conditioning unit.

For Alvin Plantinga: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Plantinga

For The Templeton Prize: http://www.templetonprize.org/

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