Did Jesus die on the cross? James White vs Yusuf Ismail (plus Lydia McGrew interview)

April 14, 2017

The Qu’ran states that Jesus did not die on the cross, but rather ‘it was made to appear’ so. Yet, historians cite Jesus’ death by crucifixion as one of the best attested facts of the ancient world.

In an Easter weekend edition of the show Justin is joined by Christian scholar James White and Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail as they debate the Islamic and Christian view of the crucifixion. At the end of the show, Justin also chats with Lydia McGrew, author of a new book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts.

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For Yusuf Ismail: https://www.facebook.com/Yusuf-Ismail-476386472392334/ 

For Lydia McGrew’s book: http://www.lydiamcgrew.com 

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Are Christians free to express their faith? Joe Boot vs Terry Sanderson

April 7, 2017

Joe Boot is a theologian and apologist based in Canada who will be speaking at the forthcoming Our God Reigns conference in North London on Sat 22 April.

He debates with Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society some of the cases being claimed to be infringements of Christian liberty, including the Asher's Bakery 'gay cake' case and the Canadian lecturer who refuses to use gender neutral pronouns for transgender people.

For the Our God Reigns conference: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-god-reigns-tickets-30222912545?aff=es2

For the National Secular Society: http://www.secularism.org.uk

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Can atheists believe in human rights? Peter Tatchell vs Andy Bannister

March 31, 2017

Andy Bannister of Solas CPC will be speaking at http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist Unbelievable? The Conference 2017 </a> and is behind a number of short films critiquing atheism.

He debates the subject of one of the films called "What are human rights based on?" with atheist and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

For Andy Bannister's Short Answers videos https://www.solas-cpc.org/shortanswers/ 

For Peter Tatchell http://www.petertatchell.net/

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Does God Exist? William Lane Craig vs Michael Nugent

March 24, 2017

Justin presents the audio of a recent debate between Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland.

This was the first date of the "Reasons for Hope 2017" speaking and debates tour in Cork, Dublin and Belfast. http://www.facebook.com/reasons2017 

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Did God Create Humanism? Theo Hobson & Andrew Copson

March 17, 2017

Theo Hobson is the author of the new book ‘God Created Humanism: The Christian basis of Secular Values’ (SPCK) in which he argues that atheistic humanism owes it values and ideology to the Judeo-Christian heritage of the West.

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association responds.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist  

For The Hobson’s book God Created Humanism: https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Created-Humanism-Christian-Secular/dp/0281077428 

For Andrew Copson’s book The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wiley-Blackwell-Handbook-Humanism/dp/1119977177

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Ask John Lennox Anything – on atheism, mathematics, CS Lewis and much more

March 10, 2017

Oxford mathematician and Christian thinker John Lennox will be the keynote speaker at Unbelievable? the Conference 2017 on Sat 13th May. He joins Justin to respond to a variety of questions sent in by show listeners including “What would convince you to become an atheist?”, “How do you stay cool in debates?” and “Tell us about being taught by CS Lewis”.

Justin also says hello to US show listener Wes Freeman, sitting in on the show as a special birthday treat arranged by his wife Ashley!

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For Reasons for Hope 2017 Island of Ireland tour: https://www.cui.ie/blog/50/reasons-for-hope-2017  

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Krishna, Christ and Hinduism debate – Ken Samples and Dipen Rajyaguru

March 3, 2017

‘God Among Sages: Why Jesus is not just another religious leader’ is a new book by Ken Samples of Reasons To Believe that compares and contrast Jesus with founding figures from all the main religions. Krishna is a key figure in the Hindu religion. Ken debates with Dipen Rajyaguru of the Hindu Council UK.

Ken believe that Jesus is unique among all spiritual leaders and is superior to Krishna in terms of his historical and moral record and his offer of salvation. Dipen responds on why he believe Jesus is a revered spiritual figure but doesn’t believe Christians shouldn’t seek to promote him above any other figure.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For ‘God Among Sages’ by Ken Samples: https://www.amazon.com/God-among-Sages-Another-Religious/dp/0801016908 

For the Hindu Council: http://www.hinducounciluk.org/ 

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Why is God hidden? Justin Schieber and Blake Giunta

February 24, 2017

If God exists why doesn’t he make his existence more obvious to everyone? Atheist philosophers such as John Schellenburg have argued that God’s ‘hiddenness’ from non-believers who would otherwise want to be in a relationship with him is evidence that God does not exist. Justin Schieber return for a philosophical edition of the show to defend this objection against God.

Blake Giunta is a young Christian philosopher. He explains why he believes Schellenberg’s argument against God is faulty. God may have many good reasons not to reveal himself explicitly to non-believers.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

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What happened to evolution at the Royal Society? Stephen Meyer & Perry Marshall

February 18, 2017

A meeting of top biologists from around the world at the Royal Society last November was convened to study new trends in evolutionary theory. It has led to speculation that the Neo-Darwinian paradigm is in crisis and is becoming widely rejected in the scientific community.

Intelligent design theorist Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute and Perry Marshall, author of 'Evolution 2.0'. were both present for the conference. They explain what happened, why it matters and their differing views on what it may mean for the future of evolutionary theory and Intelligent Design.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For Perry Marshall's blog on the Royal Society conference: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Landmark-conference-puts-Neo-Darwinism-and-its-atheist-evangelists-on-thin-ice 

For a transcription of today's show: http://cosmicfingerprints.com/stephen-meyer-debate 

For the Discovery Institute's report on the Royal Society conference: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-klinghoffer/scientists-confirm-darwinism-broken 

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Does the moral argument for God work? Cory Markum vs John Cranman

February 10, 2017

Christian apologist John Cranman presents his version of the Moral Argument arguing that God is the best explanation of the existence of objective moral values and duties.

Atheist Cory Markum responds by arguing that, in various ways, God cannot ground objective morality. They both also debate whether objective morality/moral realism exists.

For Unbelievable? the Conference 2017: http://www.premier.org.uk/whychrist 

For John Cranman's "Riot in Reason" podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/riot-in-reason/id1124201626?mt=2 

For Cory Markum's "Hinge" podcast http://hingepodcast.org/

For Cory's blog on the moral argument: http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/cory-markum/god-morality-reloaded 

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