Debating abortion clinics - Sue Thayer (ex-Planned Parenthood) vs Ann Furedi (BPAS)

February 15, 2019

This programme covers sensitive issues and includes descriptions of abortion procedures. Listener discretion advised.

1 in 3 women will have an abortion. Former Planned Parenthood employee Sue Thayer explains why she quit the US abortion provider and now campaigns for pro-life group 40 Day For Life. Ann Furedi, head of BPAS, the UK's leading abortion provider, debates Sue on whether women are being given all the facts about abortion, and the ethics of abortion law. 

At the end of the show Justin chats to Luuk Vandewegh about the forthcoming North West Miracles Conference in Sequim, WA.

For Sue Thayer and 40 Days For Life https://40daysforlife.com/team/ 

For Ann Furedi and BPAS: https://www.bpas.org/about-our-charity/history/bpas-people/ann-furedi/  

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Comedy, Christianity and being offensive - James Cary and Katy Brand

February 8, 2019

Is it ok to make jokes about religion? Where is the line between poking fun and being offensive? Justin is joined by Christian guest James Cary, BBC comedy writer and author of 'The Sacred Art of Joking’, alongside comedian Katy Brand who recently told her story of being a former believer in her stand-up show ‘I was a teenage Christian’.

For ’The Sacred Art of Joking’ and James Cary’s books and podcasts: http://www.jamescary.co.uk 

For Katy Brand’s latest projects: https://www.katybrandofficial.com 

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John Lennox vs Peter Atkins - Can Science Explain Everything? Live Debate

February 2, 2019

Justin hosts a lively debate between John Lennox and Peter Atkins in front of a student audience at the University of Southampton. They debate whether science can answer all the questions we need to answer or whether some questions such as miracles, purpose and human morality require a supernatural explanation.

Christian guest John Lennox is emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Oxford University. Atheist guest Peter Atkins is emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University.

For ‘Can Science Explain Everything?’ by John Lennox: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/can-science-explain-everything 

For ‘Conjuring the Universe’ by Peter Atkins: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/conjuring-the-universe-9780198813378  

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Logos, mind and making sense of the world - Raymond Tallis & David Bentley Hart

January 25, 2019

Einstein said: “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible”. In his new book ‘Logos: The mystery of how we make sense of the world’ atheist philosopher Raymond Tallis explores various explanations of why we have minds capable of understanding the universe. 

US theologian/philosopher David Bentley Hart author of ‘The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss’ joins the conversation to debate whether God is the ground of consciousness and our sense-making abilities.

For ‘Logos’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logos-mystery-make-sense-world/dp/1788210875 

For ‘The Experience of God’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Experience-God-Being-Consciousness-Bliss/dp/0300209355  

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400 years of cosmology & faith - Dr Allan Chapman & Lord Martin Rees (+ Frank Viola)

January 18, 2019

Dr Allan Chapman is an Oxford historian, fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Christian believer. His new book ‘Comets, Cosmology and the Big Bang: From Halley to Hubble’ traces 400 colourful years of astronomical advance and the faith of those involved.

Friend and colleague Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, joins the conversation to talk about his recent book ‘On The Future’ and why as an agnostic he doesn’t see God as the explanation for the mystery of the Universe, even though many before him have.

At the end of the show Justin chats to Frank Viola about his new book ‘Insurgence: Reclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom’

For ‘Comets, Cosmology and the Big Bang’: http://www.lionhudson.com/page/detail/?k=9780745980317 

For ‘On The Future’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-Prospects-Humanity-Martin-Rees/dp/069118044X  

For ‘Insurgence’ by Frank Viola http://insurgence.org/ 

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Are we raising a ‘snowflake’ generation? Jonathan Haidt & Andrew Wilson

January 11, 2019

Although he writes from a secular perspective, Jonathan Haidt’s books on moral psychology such as ‘The Righteous Mind’ have been praised by many evangelical Christians. His latest title is ‘The Coddling Of The American mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure.’

Church leader and theologian Andrew Wilson is a fan of Haidt’s work. They discuss safe spaces, micro-aggressions, free speech, the Bible and the intersection of evolutionary psychology and faith.

For ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’: https://www.thecoddling.com/ 

For Andrew Wilson https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/peanuts_cbt_and_martin_luther_king 

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#MeToo and the Church: Egalitarian vs Complementarian • Natalie Collins & Phil Moore

January 4, 2019

Does the church need a #MeToo moment? Does egalitarian and complementarian theology help or harm men and women in the church?

Natalie Collins, a gender justice specialist and author of ‘Out Of Control: Couples, conflict and the capacity for change’, supports an egalitarian approach to male and female roles.

Phil Moore, leader of Everyday Church in London and author of ‘Straight to the Heart’ argues that a good complementarian view of scripture enables flourishing of both men and women.

For Natalie Collins and the Out Of Control conference: https://www.nataliecollins.info/outofcontrolevent 

For Phil Moore http://www.philmoorebooks.com/

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Unlikely: How a Christian evangelist & secular, gay mayor became friends. Kevin Palau & Sam Adams (+ John Dickson)

December 29, 2018

Justin chats to Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Association, and Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of Portland. They talk about how they worked together, despite their differences, to make a difference in the city of Portland, and the lessons they have learned. 

Later in the show Justin is joined by John Dickson of the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia to talk about the new video documentary ‘For The Love Of God: How The Church Is Better And Worse Than You Imagined’.

For ‘Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences To Live Out The Gospel’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlikely-Setting-Aside-Differences-Gospel/dp/1476797269 

For Kevin Palau https://www.palau.org/kevin-palau/ 

For Sam Adams https://twitter.com/samadams_tweets 

For The Love Of God doc: https://fortheloveofgodproject.com/ 

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The science behind Christmas: Mark Kidger & Gillian Straine (+ NT Wright)

December 21, 2018

In a Christmas special Justin is joined by priest and physicist Revd Gillian Straine and agnostic astronomer Mark Kidger of the European Space Agency. They discuss the scientific theories for the star of Bethlehem, who the Magi were and how scientists reconcile the miracles of Christmas with science. And… cute kids alert! We hear the Christmas story retold by 6 and 7yr olds.

Towards the end of the show Justin also asks NT Wright whether we can trust the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke as historical.

For Gillian Straine: http://www.gillianstraine.com/

For Mark Kidger’s blogs on the Star of Bethlehem https://openspacescience.blog/2017/12/01/star-of-bethlehem-reflections/ 

For a previous show on the Star of Bethlehem https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-The-Star-of-Bethlehem-Fact-or-Fiction-Colin-Nicholl-Aaron-Adair-Mark-Kidger 

For the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast: http://www.askntwright.com

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Render unto Caesar - Should the church keep out of economic politics? Andy Walton vs James Price

December 14, 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave a keynote speech at the UK Trade Union Congress in September 2018 calling for the government to change its tax and welfare policies in order to support the neediest in society.

James Price of the Taxpayers Alliance strongly criticised Welby’s intervention, quoting Jesus’ words ‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s’ and saying the Archbishop should ‘stick to his theological work’.

Left-leaning Christian journalist Andy Walton praised Justin Welby’s speech. He debates James on what Jesus’ famous statement means, and whether religious leaders should keep out of the politics of taxation and the welfare state.  

For James Price: https://www.taxpayersalliance.com/comment_on_justin_welby_s_higher_tax_proposals

For Andy Walton https://twitter.com/waltonandy 

For Justin Welby’s speech in full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QewjUsHmScs 

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