Live USA show: Sean McDowell & Hemant Mehta debate what atheists and Christians get wrong

September 14, 2018

Justin is joined by Christian apologist Sean McDowell and ‘Friendly Atheist’ blogger Hemant Mehta for a live audience edition of the show recorded at Westside A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon.

They discuss motivations, faith, science, evidence, atheism, life after death, morality and bigotry. Each guest sets out two ways in which they believe the other side frequently mischaracterises their worldview. Includes audience Q&A.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/Hhuxq7wLpFc 

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For Hemant: http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/ 

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John Lennox vs Michael Ruse: Science, faith and the evidence for God

September 7, 2018

In the 4th episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by Prof John Lennox and Prof Michael Ruse in front of a live audience in London. Christian guest John Lennox is professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and author of books including ‘Gunning for God: Why the new atheists are missing the target’. Atheist guest Michael Ruse is professor of Philosophy of Science at Florida State University and author of books such as ‘Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?’.

They debate their different perspectives as a Christian and atheist on science, evidence, faith , miracles, suffering and more. The dialogue was followed by an audience Q&A which you can also receive as a bonus video by subscribing to the Unbelievable? newsletter at https://www.thebigconversation.show/john-lennox-and-michael-ruse

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Can Islam overcome sexism and violence? Ed Husain vs Beth Grove

August 31, 2018

Ed Husain was once a Muslim extremist. Today he is still a Muslim but says the Islam he once practised is a distorted version of the faith. In his new book The House of Islam: A Global History he argues that his religion needs to return to a once-golden age of pluralism, tolerance and diversity.

Beth Grove of Pfander regularly engages in debate with Muslims. She disputes Ed’s view of a golden age of Islam, saying that both Muslim history and scriptures advocate violence and mistreatment of women.

For The House of Islam by Ed Husain https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-house-of-islam-9781408872260/ 

For Beth Grove: https://www.pfander.uk/

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Can Justin defend his own book? feat. David Johnson, Andrew Knight & Randal Rauser

August 24, 2018

Justin joins the debate fray himself this week as he tag teams with Christian apologist Randal Rauser to defend Unbelievable? the book against two atheist critics David Johnson and Andrew Knight.

Since Justin’s book ‘Unbelievable? why, after ten years of talking with atheists I’m still a Christian’ was published, Andrew and David, along with other sceptical show listeners, have produced a response book called ‘Still Unbelievable? Why, after listening to Christian arguments, we remain skeptics’. They debate the moral argument, the resurrection, and the Christian view of reality.

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Debating the Kalam Cosmological Argument - Stephen Woodford (Rationality Rules) vs Blake Giunta

August 17, 2018

Keep kalam and carry on... In the second of two ‘deep dive’ shows into philosophical arguments for God, Justin is joined by atheist YouTuber Stephen Woodford (aka Rationality Rules) and Christian apologist Blake Giunta, creator of the Belief Map website.

They debate the Kalam Cosmological Argument and whether, if the universe had a beginning, it points to a divine cause behind it.

For a video of today’s show on the Rationality Rules channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZMgLgGlYAWvSU8lZ9xiVg 

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Why is there something rather than nothing? Alex O Connor & Cameron Bertuzzi debate the Argument from Contingency

August 10, 2018

In the first of two philosophical ‘deep dive’ shows debating famous ‘cosmological’ arguments for God, YouTube atheist Alex O Connor (aka Cosmic Skeptic) debates apologist Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity.

They discuss the argument from contingency and whether the existence of the universe is contingent on a necessary being - God.

For a video of today’s show on the Cosmic Skeptic channel https://www.youtube.com/user/alexjoconnor 

For Cameron Bertuzzi: http://capturingchristianity.com/

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Theistic evolution, biology and purpose – Denis Alexander & Perry Marshall (plus Dominic Done)

August 3, 2018

Dr Denis Alexander is a notable British proponent of theistic evolution – the view that Christianity and Darwinian evolution are perfectly compatible. Many atheist biologists claim that evolution has disproved the idea of purpose in biology. Denis’ new book ‘Is There Purpose in Biology? The cost of existence and the God of love’ sets out how he believes Christians can still discern God’s purposes in evolutionary history.  

Denis is joined in discussion by Perry Marshall, author of ‘Evolution 2.0’ which draws on his research into biology, intelligent design and evolution to show that neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory is no longer tenable.

Towards the end of the show Justin is joined by Dominic Done of Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland with a look ahead to Unbelievable? the Conference USA on Fri 31 Aug and Sat 1 Sep.

For Denis Alexander’s book Is There Purpose In Biology?: http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780857217141 

For Perry Marshall’s book Evolution 2.0: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-2-0-Breaking-Deadlock-between/dp/1940363802/ 

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Faitheism: Why can’t atheists and Christians get along? Krish Kandiah & Terry Sanderson

July 27, 2018

Krish Kandiah’s new book ‘Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think’, aims to elevate the conversation between both sides. 

Krish is joined by Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society as they discuss the good, bad and ugly of how Christians and atheist engage each other. 

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NT Wright and Tom Holland: How St Paul changed the world

July 20, 2018

Renowned New Testament scholar NT (Tom) Wright returns to Unbelievable? to talk about his latest book Paul: A Biography (SPCK). Joining Wright is historical writer Tom Holland, author of popular books on the rise and fall of the Roman empire such as Rubicon and Dynasty,

Tom Wright unpacks the life, character and untold story of Paul. Tom Holland explains why as an agnostic, he is nevertheless convinced of the massive cultural significance of Paul’s message in Roman culture and how it would positively shape Western culture for centuries to come.

Watch the discussion on video! https://youtu.be/nlf_ULB26cU 

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Leaving Islam: A Christian and atheist tell their stories. Abdu Murray & Aliyah Saleem

July 13, 2018

Aliyah Saleem was a Muslim at one time but is now an atheist. She tells her story and those of other former Muslims in ‘Leaving Faith Behind’.

Abdu Murray, North America director of RZIM,  was a Muslim but converted to Christianity. He engages with Aliyah on why they both left Islam but came to different conclusions about faith.

For Aliyah Saleem: http://dltbooks.com/titles/2224-9780232533644-leaving-faith-behind 

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