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.

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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.

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Derren Brown & Rev Richard Coles: Can we have meaning without God?

July 6, 2018

In the third Big Conversation episode, Justin is joined by illusionist Derren Brown and popstar-turned-media-priest Rev Richard Coles.

In a wide-ranging conversation they tell their respective stories of moving away from and towards Christian faith. Drawing on his book Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine, Derren makes the case for living a fulfilled life as an atheist in the absence of God. Richard draws from his experience of ‘meeting the resurrected Christ’ as they discuss suffering, death and ultimate meaning.

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Justin Brierley vs atheist David Smalley on Dogma Debate

June 29, 2018

In a podcast special Justin goes head to head with atheist podcast host David Smalley debating Justin’s arguments for Christianity in his book “Unbelievable? Why after, ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian”.

They debate suffering, the moral argument and the evidence for the resurrection in a wide ranging discussion of over 2.5 hrs.

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Steven Pinker vs Nick Spencer: Have science, reason & humanism replaced faith?

June 22, 2018

In the second Big Conversation episode, Justin is joined by Harvard professor of psychology Steven Pinker and Nick Spencer of Christian think-tank Theos.

They debate the future of humanity in relation to Pinker’s recent book ‘Enlightenment Now’, addressing his claim that science, reason and humanism are the drivers of progress in the world, rather than religion. Nick Spencer argues that science and enlightenment values are firmly tied to the West’s Judeo-Christian tradition.

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Is there scientific evidence for Old Testament miracles? Colin Humphreys & Bob Price

June 15, 2018

Sir Colin Humphreys is a Cambridge scientist with an interest in Biblical studies. His book ‘The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories’ makes the case that events like the parting of the Red Sea, the stopping of the Jordan river and the sun standing still in Joshua all have a basis in scientific facts and natural causes. The miracle is in the timing of the events by God.

Sceptical Bible scholar Bob Price debates Humphreys on these Old Testament events and whether his research proves the credible historicity of the Biblical accounts, and whether his approach runs the risk of eliminating the supernatural from the Bible.

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Jordan Peterson vs Susan Blackmore: Do we need God to make sense of life?

June 8, 2018

Launching The Big Conversation debate series, Justin is joined by Canadian psychologist Jordan B Peterson who has risen to fame in recent months for his political, social and religious views. He engages with atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on the psychology of belief.

They debate Peterson’s own religious convictions, the new atheists, whether society needs God, and whether atheists are truly atheists… The Big Conversation is produced in partnership with Templeton Religion Trust.

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Where did the laws of nature come from? Hugh Ross vs Peter Atkins

June 1, 2018

Justin is joined by Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons to Believe, and atheist scientist Peter Atkins of Oxford University, to debate whether the laws of nature came from ‘nothing’ or from God.

Peter Atkins’ new book ‘Conjuring The Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature’ claims that the Universe and it’s laws reflect the ‘nothing’ from whence they came. Hugh Ross has recently released a 4th edition of ‘The Cosmos and the Creator’ and explains why he believes the scientific evidence is continually growing for a creator of the universe and its life-permitting laws.

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Highlights from #JustAsk: Rob Parsons, Glen Scrivener, Sharon Dirckx, Ken Samples & more

May 25, 2018

Justin presents selected highlights from last weekend’s Unbelievable? The Conference 2018 #JustAsk.

Includes Glen Scrivener’s spoken word ‘Given’, Rob Parsons on keeping the faith when life is tough, Sharon Dirckx on why the world is broken, Andy Bannister on Bible reliability, Ken Samples on the divine claims of Jesus and excerpts from the panel Q&A.

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Important announcement! The Big Conversation is coming.

May 22, 2018

Justin presents a mid-week bonus podcast to make an important announcement about the forthcoming Big Conversation series.

The Big Conversation is a new series of video conversations on science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human featuring leading atheist and Christian voices.

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