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Is Christianity a white man’s religion? – Dr Vince Bantu and Dr AJ Varmah

Is Christianity a white man’s religion? – Dr Vince Bantu and Dr AJ Varmah

March 5, 2021
Why do we often picture a Caucasian Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes? Why are many of the early church fathers depicted as white when they weren’t? Has African Christianity been hijacked? 
 
Dr Vince Bantu of Fuller Theological Seminary and Dr AJ Varmah of the Holy Qubtic Church join Ruth Jackson to discuss these important questions and look at how we can correct the distorted image of Eurocentric Christianity.
 
 
 
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Classic Replay: Atheist fundamentalism with Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, Richard Harries and Charles Moore

Classic Replay: Atheist fundamentalism with Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, Richard Harries and Charles Moore

March 2, 2021

Atheists Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling squared up against Christians Richard Harries and Charles Moore for a debate on the motion "Atheism is the new fundamentalism".

Justin Brierley reviews the debate with audio clips from the speakers and Q&A session, as well as interviews with those who attended, including AC Grayling and the Chair of the debate Anthony Seldon.

Originally broadcast 12th December 2009.

For the full debate visit http://www.intelligencesquared.com/ 

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Unbelievable? 8 Nov 2008 Dawkins & John Lennox's Oxford debate - a review with interviews and comment.

Unbelievable? 19 Jul 2008 Masters of Apologetics Pt 2: William Lane Craig

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The Ravi Zacharias Scandal: Dr Diane Langberg, Glen Scrivener and Steve Baughman

The Ravi Zacharias Scandal: Dr Diane Langberg, Glen Scrivener and Steve Baughman

February 26, 2021

A recent report about Ravi Zacharias has shipwrecked a global ministry and the legacy of one of the most influential Christian apologists has been swept away. Justin and Ruth are joined by Christian psychologist Dr Diane Langberg, a specialist in trauma abuse, and Rev Glen Scrivener, an evangelist with Speak Life, to discuss how we safeguard against more scandals in the future. The focus was on supporting victims, ensuring accountability and the problem with pedestals.    

For Dr Diane Langberg: http://www.dianelangberg.com/

For Rev Glen Scrivener: https://speaklife.org.uk/  

For more news articles on the Ravi Zacharias scandal: https://premierchristian.news/en/news/article/rape-sexting-and-spiritual-abuse-ravi-zacharias-investigation-produces-damning-findings

For the Miller and Martin report: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/rzimmedia.rzim.org/assets/downloads/Report-of-Investigation.pdf

For the Sam Allberry/ Glen Scrivener interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMA6ZDS7eLc&feature=emb_logo

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Classic Replay: Will everyone be saved? With Robin Parry and Laurence M Blanchard

Classic Replay: Will everyone be saved? With Robin Parry and Laurence M Blanchard

February 23, 2021

‘The Evangelical Universalist’ was published in 2006. The author claimed to be an evangelical Christian who believes that everyone will ultimately be saved. He published under a pen name, but a few years later revealed his true identity as Robin Parry, then editorial director of UK Christian publisher Paternoster (he’s now at Wipf and Stock Publishers).

Laurence M Blanchard, a pastor and author in California responds to Robin's arguments and raises questions such as "what's the point of evangelism if everyone will be saved?"

Originally broadcast 17th October 2009.

Read Robin's blog here: http://theologicalscribbles.blogspot.com/ 

Read his blog as the Evangelical Universalist here: http://evangelicaluniversalist.blogspot.com/ 

Read about Laurence Blanchard here: https://charteroaklighthouse.org/about-us/our-staff/ 

If you enjoyed this programme you may also enjoy the original show when Parry's voice was disguised:

https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-15-Mar-2008-Christian-Universalism-will-all-be-saved

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Richmond Wandera – Christianity, witchcraft and the prosperity gospel in Uganda

Richmond Wandera – Christianity, witchcraft and the prosperity gospel in Uganda

February 19, 2021

Richmond Wandera, a pastor in Kampala, Uganda and listener of Unbelievable? talks to Justin about the history of Christian revival in Africa, elections and Covid in Uganda, witchcraft, secularism and the problem of the prosperity gospel in churches. He also share his story of coming from the slums of Kampala through to theological education and church leadership in a show in partnership with Compassion.

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Or text JUSTIN to 83393 (USA only)

As a thankyou, USA sponsors will receive a copy of Justin's book 'Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian'

Classic Replay: The divinity of Jesus with Christian Richard Bauckham and sceptic James Crossley

Classic Replay: The divinity of Jesus with Christian Richard Bauckham and sceptic James Crossley

February 16, 2021

Many have suggested that Christian belief in the divinity and worship of Jesus as God was a late development, and that Jesus' early followers did not regard him as being equal with God.  So was Jesus merely regarded as an ‘elevated’ being? Was high Christology at odds with the Jewish monotheism of the first century?

New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham argues against these views.  His book ‘Jesus and the God of Israel’ claims that the worship of Jesus as God was both very Jewish and very early. Agnostic scholar James Crossley contests Richard's claims.

Originally broadcast 10th October 2009.

For Richard Bauckham visit http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/people/rbauckham.html 

For James Crossley see http://shef.ac.uk/bibs/staff/jgc.html 

If you enjoyed this programme you may also enjoy:

Unbelievable? 29 Aug 2009 - Richard Bauckham on the Gospels - pt 1: Richard Bauckham and James Crossley https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yec6j-f8a603?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share   

Unbelievable? 24 Jan 2009 - How did Christianity begin?" Pt 2 - James Crossley & Michael Bird https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hbk78-f5a058?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

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Are demons and exorcism for real? Billy Hallowell and Michael Shermer

Are demons and exorcism for real? Billy Hallowell and Michael Shermer

February 12, 2021

There’s been a rise in the demand for exorcism from church priests in recent years.  

Billy Hallowell author of ‘Playing With Fire: A modern investigation into demons, exorcism and ghosts’ says we need ot take the supernatural seriously. Atheist skeptic Michael Shermer believes that there are better natural explanations for paranormal claims.  

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Transgender people and the church – Preston Sprinkle and Christina Beardsley

Transgender people and the church – Preston Sprinkle and Christina Beardsley

February 5, 2021
Rev Christina Beardsley is a transgender priest in the Church of England and author of numerous resources on trans experience in the church.
 
She engages with Preston Sprinkle, author of ‘Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say’ who takes a grace-filled but traditional Christian approach to sexuality.
 
They discuss how churches should engage with trans people, theological questions of ‘bodily’ and ‘gender’ identity, and the issue of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.
 
Christina Beardsley: www.sibyls.gndr.org.uk
 
Preston Sprinkle: www.prestonsprinkle.com  
 
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Classic Replay: The Gospels as eyewitnesses Part 2 – Richard Bauckham and James Crossley

Classic Replay: The Gospels as eyewitnesses Part 2 – Richard Bauckham and James Crossley

February 1, 2021

Richard Bauckham’s book ‘Jesus and the Eyewitnesses’ has been heralded as a paradigm shift in the way the authorship of the Gospels should be seen. Bauckham argues that the Gospels are based on eyewitness accounts and should be regarded as fundamentally trustworthy. New Testament historian James Crossley discusses the implications of Bauckham's work and whether the Gospel of John was written by the disciple John himself, as Bauckham claims.

Originally broadcast 5th September 2009.

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Is the Bible as bad as atheist memes claim? Dan Kimball vs Michael Wiseman

Is the Bible as bad as atheist memes claim? Dan Kimball vs Michael Wiseman

January 29, 2021

The online atheist world is awash with memes that critique passages from the Bible. 

Dan Kimball is the author of the new book ‘How (not) to read the Bible: Making sense of the anti-women, anti-science, pro-violence, pro-slavery, and other crazy sounding parts of scripture’. 

He debates atheist memes on slavery, violence and warfare with Michael Wiseman, host of the atheist podcast ‘The Bible Says What’.

Dan Kimball: http://www.dankimball.com

Michael Wiseman: https://twitter.com/bswthepodcast 

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