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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Debating out-of-body and near-death experiences: Susan Blackmore & Graham Nicholls

September 8, 2017

As as student Susan Blackmore had an out-of-body experience that convinced her of the paranormal. However, after years of research, she came to the conclusion that such experiences are a purely brain phenomenon and not evidence of anything supernatural. Her new book 'Seeing Myself: the new science of out-of-body experiences' tells her story.

She debates the issues with Graham Nicholls, author of 'Navigating the Out of Body Experience: Radical New Techniques'. A a researcher in the field, he claims to have had many out of body experiences which were objectively verified through seeing things he could not possibly have known otherwise.

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

For Graham Nicholls: http://www.grahamnicholls.com 

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Debating the Unbelievable? book… Round 2. Justin Brierley & Mike Rand

September 1, 2017

Justin gets a second interrogation from retired agnostic police officer Mike Rand who returns to continue the conversation with the show host about his Christian faith and new book 'Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian<http://www.unbelievablebook.co.uk/>'.

They debate the evidence for the resurrection, Justin's interactions with Richard Dawkins, and what happens to those who don't believe.

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Is the Trinity in the Old Testament? Glen Scrivener vs Musharraf Hussain

August 25, 2017

Evangelist Glen Scrivener of Speak Life engages with Imam Musharraf Hussain on whether the Old Testament scriptures support the Christian view of God as Trinity or the Islamic view of Tawhid - the indivisible oneness of God.

At the end of the show Jonathan McLatchie also talks to Justin about his weekly online Apologetics Academy.

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

For Musharraf Hussain http://www.musharrafhussain.com/biography/ 

For Apologetics Academy http://apologetics-academy.org/online-training  

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The politics of UK & US evangelicals - Hatcher, Walton, Zmirak & Flannagan (…plus Skye Jethani)

August 18, 2017

White Christian evangelical voters played a significant part in electing Donald Trump to the White House and have traditionally been aligned with the US Republican Party. But UK evangelicals have very different political habits according to Prof Andrea Hatcher, author of “Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals”.

Andrea joins Justin along with journalist Andy Walton, John Zmirak of The Stream, and Andy Flannagan on Christian In Politics. Following the panel discussion Justin catches up with Skye Jethani about his new book “What’s Wrong With Religion?”

For Andrea’s book http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319562810 

For Andy Walton http://themedianet.org/portfolio_page/andy-walton/

For Movement Day http://movementday.uk/

For John Zmirak https://stream.org/

For Skye Jethani http://whatswrongwithreligion.com/ 

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Live at Creation Fest: Why I am a Christian, Why I am a Humanist – Andy Bannister & Mark Preedy

August 11, 2017

Justin presents a live audience edition of the show from the Creation Fest UK event in Wadebridge, Cornwall. He is joined by Christian apologist Andy Bannister and Mark Preedy of Cornwall Humanists.

They discuss atheism, Humanism, Christianity and the search for meaning and morality. The audience also ask questions in a Q&A session.   

For Andy Bannister https://www.solas-cpc.org 

For Mark Preedy https://cornwallhumanists.org.uk/

For Creation Fest UK http://www.creationfest.org.uk/

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Moses and the Exodus - Archaeological Fact or Fictional Fable? Ted Wright vs Bob Price

August 4, 2017

Critics of the Old Testament say that the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt is a myth and that no archaeological evidence outside scripture exists for the story.

However, Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology believes that critics are misdating the story of the Exodus and that there is archeological evidence in the reign of an ancient Pharaoh that supports the story.

Bob Price believes the Old Testament is mainly fictional and interacts with Ted on why he believes the evidence doesn't stack up in favour of their being a Moses or an Exodus.

For Epic Archaeology http://epicarchaeology.org/

For Bob Price http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/

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Does Science need God? David Hutchings, Tom McLeish & Suzie Sheehy

July 28, 2017

David Hutchings is a physics teacher and prof Tom McLeish chairs the Royal Society’s education committee. They are both Christians and have co-authored the book ‘Let there be Science: Why God Loves Science and Science needs God’ arguing that the Christian worldview has fuelled many of the greatest leaps forward in science.

Joining David and Tom is Suzie Sheehy, an accelerator physicist at Oxford University who is agnostic when it comes to religion. She argues that science doesn’t need God since it’s a fundamentally human activity.

For ‘Let There Be Science’ http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780745968636

For Suzie Sheehy http://www.suziesheehy.co.uk/

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Can science, God (or both) explain the human quest for meaning? Alister McGrath & Colin Blakemore

July 21, 2017

Former atheist biologist-turned-Christian theologian Alister McGrath returns to the show. His new book ‘The Great Mystery’ argues that we need both science and faith to understand our place in the universe and the quest for human meaning.

Atheist scientist Colin Blakemore is Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University. He engages Alister, explaining why he believes the human quest for meaning can be explained by evolution and the brain.

For Alister McGrath’s book The Great Mystery https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Mystery-Science-Human-Meaning/dp/1473634318 

For Colin Blakemore http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/member-of-staff/professor-colin-blakemore/ 

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