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Graham Oppy & Guillaume Bignon • Rationality, Religious Experience and the Case for God

Graham Oppy & Guillaume Bignon • Rationality, Religious Experience and the Case for God

July 1, 2022

The Big Conversation - Episode 4 | Season 4

Why do people convert to belief in God? Is it rational do so?

Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of Research at Monash University, Australia and a well-known atheist thinker and author. He engages with Guillaume Bignon a Christian philosopher from France whose book ‘Confessions of a French Atheist’ tells the story of his adult conversion to Christianity.

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Classic Replay: Jehovahs witness diaglogue: part 1

Classic Replay: Jehovahs witness diaglogue: part 1

June 28, 2022

In the first of two programmes Justin Brierley talks to Jehovah's Witness Robert King (aka e-watchman) and former JW Tony Brown.

Robert is disfellowshipped but still holds to Jehovah's Witness doctrine.  He does not speak in any offical capacity for the Watchtower Society. Tony Brown is now a Christian pastor with a ministry to Jehovah's Witnesses, he describes how he joined and left the organisation.

They discuss the failed end-time prophecies of the organisation, their controversial blood doctrines and the belief in the 144,000 in heaven. Next week they tackle why JWs reject the deity of Christ.

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Shane Claiborne vs Kyle Thompson - Mass shootings, gun violence and the USA 2nd Amendment

Shane Claiborne vs Kyle Thompson - Mass shootings, gun violence and the USA 2nd Amendment

June 24, 2022

Recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, NY have brought the issue of gun violence and mass shooting in the USA back into the spotlight.

Christian peace activist Shane Claiborne, creator of the 'Beating Guns' campaign and gun owner Kyle Thompson of Undaunted Life debate whether the Bible justifies lethal force in self defence, whether people or guns are the problem, and what practical steps could be taken to reduce gun violence in the USA.

Justin also speaks to Ben Nolan about World Vision Believe and their International Mission Partnership with Premier. Support here: https://www.worldvision.org.uk/believe

For Shane Claiborne: https://www.beatingguns.com

For Kyle Thompson: https://www.undaunted.life/

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Classic Replay: Is there evidence for a cosmic creator? Hugh Ross vs Lewis Wolpert

Classic Replay: Is there evidence for a cosmic creator? Hugh Ross vs Lewis Wolpert

June 21, 2022

Recorded at Imperial College London in 2012. Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe debated atheist biologist Lewis Wolpert.

Ross brought evidence for God from Big Bang cosmology, explaining why scientific advance provides a testable model of Biblical Creation.  Wolpert said that belief in God is a by-product of evolution and nothing more.

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Iain McGilchrist & Sharon Dirckx • Brain science, consciousness & God: Is there a master behind our mind?

Iain McGilchrist & Sharon Dirckx • Brain science, consciousness & God: Is there a master behind our mind?

June 17, 2022

The Big Conversation - Episode 3 | Season 4

What does the science of brain chemistry and consciousness tell us about the nature of our mind and our cosmos? 

Recorded live at The British Library London, leading psychiatrist and philosopher Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of the influential books ‘The Master and his Emissary’ and 'The Matter With Things' engages in conversation with Christian neuroscientist Dr Sharon Dirckx author of 'Am I Just My Brain?'. They discuss brain science, consciousness and God.  

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Classic Replay: Do we live on an old or young earth? Hugh Ross & Ken Samples vs Andy MacIntosh & Stephen Lloyd

Classic Replay: Do we live on an old or young earth? Hugh Ross & Ken Samples vs Andy MacIntosh & Stephen Lloyd

June 14, 2022

Young Earth Creationists (YEC) claim the earth and universe is only some 6000 years old according to the Bible and that any science that goes against this is flawed.

Old Earth Creationists (OEC) argue that the Bible does not commit us to a 24hr day view of creation days, but that the earth and universe is, as mainstream science predicts, billions of years old.

This debate was recorded in front of a live audience at Gunnersbury Baptist Church in 2012. Representing OEC were Hugh Ross & Ken Samples of Reasons To Believe. Representing YEC were Andy MacIntosh & Stephen Lloyd.

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God Unmuted Conference highlights - Glen Scrivener, Alister McGrath and guests plus John Lennox

God Unmuted Conference highlights - Glen Scrivener, Alister McGrath and guests plus John Lennox

June 10, 2022

Justin presents talks and clips from panel discussions at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022, live from The British Library in London. Glen Scrivener on 'Why Christ Alone Can Win The Culture Wars', Alister McGrath on 'How to transform our culture and not be consumed by it', and snippets from panel discussions on transgender and vocation.

Justin also speaks with Prof John Lennox in a taster our newest podcast, Unapologetic. Subscribe on your preferred platform: https://pod.link/1622170986

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Classic Replay: William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins - Manchester debate

Classic Replay: William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins - Manchester debate

June 7, 2022

From October 2011, the full recording of the final debate of the UK Reasonable Faith Tour.

William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher, Peter Atkins is an atheist scientist.  In this their second encounter, they debated arguments for and against the existence of God.

Craig's other debates from the 2011 Tour:

vs Peter Millican: https://youtu.be/fEw8VzzXcjE

vs Andrew Copson & Arif Ahmed: https://youtu.be/GRIVUIVb5mc

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Rowan Williams & Paul Kingsnorth • Conversion, culture and the cross: Are we ready to believe in God again?

Rowan Williams & Paul Kingsnorth • Conversion, culture and the cross: Are we ready to believe in God again?

June 3, 2022

The Big Conversation - Episode 2 | Season 4

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury engages with author Paul Kingsnorth on his adult conversion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Paul and Rowan talk about the spiritual longings that still exist under the surface of secular culture and whether ancient forms of Christianity may provide answers to today’s generation.

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Paul Kingsnorth's article: https://www.paulkingsnorth.net/cross

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Classic Replay: Antagonistic atheism: David Robertson vs Mike Lee

Classic Replay: Antagonistic atheism: David Robertson vs Mike Lee

May 31, 2022

From May 2012, Mike Lee aka "The Religious Antagonist" was a US atheist who made YouTube videos mocking Christianity.  His videos were popular but his approach earned him both praise and criticism from fellow atheists. David Robertson often interacts with atheists online and has earned himself the title "the wee flea" for his provocative interactions on the Dawkins website.

They debated whether Mike's approach is a helpful one.  David accused Mike of emotional atheism and an incoherent view of Christianity. Mike said mocking Christianity was the best way of policing its power in the US.

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