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Richard Dawkins & Francis Collins • Biology, Belief and Covid: Can science and faith be reconciled?

Richard Dawkins & Francis Collins • Biology, Belief and Covid: Can science and faith be reconciled?

May 20, 2022

The Big Conversation - Episode 1 | Season 4

Richard Dawkins is emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and author of the best-selling atheist book 'The God Delusion'. Francis Collins is the former head of the Human Genome Project and National Institutes of Health, currently serving as Science Advisor to the President and author of 'The Language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief'.

They discuss their journeys towards and away from faith, Covid, genetics, evolution, the origin of the universe, evil, morality and God in a wide ranging conversation with Justin Brierley.

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The Big Conversation is a video series from Premier Unbelievable? featuring world-class thinkers across the religious and non-religious community. Exploring science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human. The Big Conversation is produced by Premier in partnership with John Templeton Foundation.

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Classic Replay: A Universe From Nothing? Lawrence Krauss & Rodney Holder

Classic Replay: A Universe From Nothing? Lawrence Krauss & Rodney Holder

May 17, 2022

From April 2012, anti-theist cosmologist Lawrence Krauss's book "A Universe From Nothing" received both acclaim and criticism for its attempt to answer the question "Why is there something rather than nothing?"

Debating the issue with Krauss was Rodney Holder, Course director at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. An astrophysicist and priest by background.

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Original sin vs original goodness: Katharine Birbalsingh & Steve Chalke on educating children

Original sin vs original goodness: Katharine Birbalsingh & Steve Chalke on educating children

May 12, 2022

Katharine Birbalsingh has been described as 'Britain's strictest headteacher'. Twitter erupted when she tweeted that 'original sin' was responsible for the fact children need to be habituated into choosing good over evil.

She discusses child education and human nature with Christian leader Steve Chalke, founder of numerous Oasis Trust schools, who says that 'original goodness' is a more biblical view than 'original sin'.

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Classic Replay: What’s wrong with the world? Andrew Wilson and Geoff Lillis

Classic Replay: What’s wrong with the world? Andrew Wilson and Geoff Lillis

May 10, 2022

From April 2012: Andrew Wilson is an apologist, author and elder at Kings Church Eastbourne. His book 'If God, Then What?' presents arguments for the existence of God and how the Christian Gospel addresses the issues of suffering and death in the world.

Geoff Lillis, a humanist atheist from Ireland, discussed with Andrew his different perspectives on whether the world is getting better or worse, and what the diagnosis is and what the cure might be.

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Cultivating virtue - A christian and atheist perspective. Dominic Done and Julian Baggini

Cultivating virtue - A christian and atheist perspective. Dominic Done and Julian Baggini

May 6, 2022

Dominic Done is the author of the book 'Your Longing Has A Name' in which he explores the seven virtues listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7 - Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, mutual affection and love.

He engages with atheist philosopher Julian Baggini, author of 'The Godless Gospel', on the differences between a Christian and secular approach to developing character.

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Classic Replay: Miracles today Pt 2: do they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis

Classic Replay: Miracles today Pt 2: do they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis

May 3, 2022

From March 2012, we continue to look at miracles with Dr Craig Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary, author of the book "Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts". Geoff Lillis is an atheist listener who interacts with Keener on a number of the miracle accounts in the book, seeking to show that there may be a natural explanation for them. They also discuss the character of some of the charismatic healing ministries that operate.

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Has woke theology gone too far? Calvin Robinson & Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Has woke theology gone too far? Calvin Robinson & Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

April 29, 2022

Anti-woke Anglican ordinand Calvin Robinson engages with Transqueer Latinx theologian Dr Robyn Henderson-Espinoza on whether 'woke' theology is creating a more inclusive faith or a dangerous diversion from historic Christianity.

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Classic Replay: Miracles in the Gospels Pt 1: Did they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis

Classic Replay: Miracles in the Gospels Pt 1: Did they happen? Craig Keener & Geoff Lillis

April 26, 2022

From March 2012, this was the first of two programmes looking at miracles in the Bible and today.

Craig S Keener is a New Testament Scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. His book "Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts" is a 2 volume work assessing the case for the miracles of Jesus and the many reported cases of miracles around the world.

Geoff Lillis is an atheist listener from Ireland. He contests the reliability of miracle accounts from 2000 years ago.

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Lee Strobel on the Case For Heaven PLUS Alister McGrath, Lisa Fields, Jeff Vines and Sharon Dirckx conference preview

Lee Strobel on the Case For Heaven PLUS Alister McGrath, Lisa Fields, Jeff Vines and Sharon Dirckx conference preview

April 22, 2022

Justin interviews some of the contributors to Unbelievable? 2022 including theologian Alister McGrath, African-American apologist Lisa Fields, US pastor Jeff Vines and neuroscientist Sharon Dirckx. Book your place http://www.unbelievable.live

Lee Strobel also chats to Justin about his new documentary film The Case for Heaven https://www.thecaseforheavenmovie.com/

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Classic Replay: Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams dialogue

Classic Replay: Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams dialogue

April 19, 2022

In February 2012 Sofia Europa sponsored a discussion between Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, on the question of Human Nature and Our Ultimate Origins. The discussion was chaired by agnostic Prof Sir Anthony Kenny. It is broadcast here in full.

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