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A new bill to allow assisted dying is being debated in the UK parliament. Should people of faith support those with terminal illness being able to end their own life? Rabbi Jonathan Romain of the Religious Alliance for Dignity in Dying says 'yes'. Dr. Mark Pickering of the Christian Medical Fellowship says 'no'. For Jonathan Romain: https://www.dig…
 
First broadcast in Dec 2010. Australian pastor and theologian Mark Durie faced Muslim speaker Adnan Rashid in this debate on the Islamic doctrine of dhimittude. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow Rest of the World: https://resources.premier.org.uk/supportunbelievable • Fo…
 
Veganism is increasingly popular in culture. Church leader Greg Boyd (vegetarian transitioning to vegan), and church leader Joshua D Jones, (who loves his meat), debate the ethical, environmental and scriptural case for eating meat versus vegetarianism. For Greg Boyd: http://www.reknew.org & http://www.whchurch.org For Joshua D Jones: https://www.a…
 
First broadcast in Nov 2010. Recorded in front of a live audience at Charles Darwin House in London as part of a UK tour by Intelligent Design proponent Mike Behe. He engages with noted scientist and priest Michael Reiss an advocate of theistic evolution. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.or…
 
There has been a revival of interest in psychedelics & hallucinogenic drugs. But are they a path to enlightenment or a spiritual dead end? Ashley Lande was heavily into psychedelics until bad experiences led her to abandon the drugs and embrace Christianity. Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes is a philosopher who argues for the value of hallucinogens as a wa…
 
First broadcast Nov 2010. Renowned Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga joins the show to debate The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, one of his most famous arguments against atheism. He was met by a worthy opponent. - atheist philosopher Stephen Law. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsi…
 
Dr Stephen Robinson and Dr Victoria Lim entered into a 3-year email dialogue as a Christian and agnostic working in science. They tell Justin Brierley what happened. Also, Luke Martin talks about the Creed & Culture Project event with John Lennox taking place on 25 Sep. For Victoria & Steve's book http://www.whoisgodreally.com/ For the John Lennox …
 
First broadcast in Jan 2012. Justin's 'infamous' interview with controversial Christian leader Mark Driscoll, then pastor of megachurch Mars Hill Church in Seattle. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow Rest of the World: https://resources.premier.org.uk/supportunbelievable …
 
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is the author of the bestselling book 'Jesus and John Wayne: How white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation'. She chats live with Justin about the recent 'Rise and Fall of Mars Hill' podcast, the support Donald Trump received among white evangelicals, the concept of masculinity and the future of Christianity in…
 
First broadcast in Nov 2010. Jonathan Berry and Jeremy Marks, two Christians with different approaches to counselling those who are same-sex attracted discuss ex-gay and gay-affirming approaches to Christianity. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow Rest of the World: https:…
 
Christian apologist Simon Edwards, author of 'The Sanity of Belief: Why faith makes sense', debates atheist YouTuber Stephen Woodford (aka Rationality Rules) on whether atheism or Christianity makes best sense of our beliefs about meaning, truth and love. For Stephen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZMgLgGlYAWvSU8lZ9xiVg For Simon: https://spckp…
 
First broadcast in Oct 2010. CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward and atheist activist Dan Barker debate whether Lewis' Christian apologetics were convincing or not. Michael Ward currently has a new book out on Lewis - After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www…
 
How should Christians understand the Adam & Eve story in Genesis? Is it scientifically plausible that humanity can be traced back to a first human couple? What does it mean for the concept of 'Original Sin'? These and more questions are discussed by Christian philosopher William Lane Craig, author of the new book 'In Quest of the Historical Adam', …
 
First broadcast in Oct 2010. Cambridge philosopher and atheist Arif Ahmed want head to head with New Zealand based Christian philosopher Glen Peoples in for this classic debate on the moral argument for God. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow Rest of the World: https://re…
 
What is the Biblical Womanhood movement and is it actually biblical? Beth Allison Barr, author of ‘The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the subjugation of women became Gospel truth’ takes an egalitarian view of scripture. Rachel Green Miller, author of ‘Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society’ takes a comple…
 
First Broadcast in Oct 2010. Famed Cambridge physicist-priest John Polkinghorne engages in conversation with US astrophysicist and Christian apologist Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe. They took listener questions on whether Hawking was right or wrong to dismiss God as a cause of the universe in his new book 'The Grand Design’. John Polkinghorne pas…
 
Jackie Hill Perry author of 'Gay Girl, Good God' and 'Holier Than Thou' talks to Justin about life, faith and why she turned her back on her lesbian identity when she became a Christian in this broadcast of a recent livestream in which she answered viewers questions too. To enter the giveaway for Jackie's books sign up to our newsletter: http://www…
 
First broadcast Sep 2010. Justin is joined for first time by famed physicist (now a Nobel prize winner) Sir Roger Penrose. He was joined by scientist theologian Alister McGrath to debate a book by Stephen Hawking that had been causing a stir - The Grand Design - and what it had to say about God, the universe and much more. More Resources: • For exc…
 
Jesus was a Jew. But has Christianity become divorced from its Jewish roots? How should we understand the shared story and differences of these two great religious traditions? Journalist-priest Rev Giles Fraser who has been on a journey to rediscover his Jewish roots, interacts with Jewish scholar Prof Amy-Jill Levine, who has written extensively o…
 
First broadcast in Sep 2010 when Pope Benedict the 16th was due to tour the UK. William Johnston a convert to catholicism and Duncan Boyd of the Protestant Truth Society debate whether the papacy is biblical. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow Rest of the World: https://r…
 
The West is experiencing a meaning crisis says cognitive science and psychology professor John Vervaeke. He discusses the solutions with Catholic convert Sohrab Ahmari, author of 'The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the wisdom of tradition in an age of chaos'. For John Vervaeke: https://www.youtube.com/user/johnvervaeke For Sohrab Ahmari: https://www.…
 
First broadcast in Aug 2010. Should people suffering from terminal illness or in terrible pain be allowed to take their own life? Should doctors help them? British law currently forbids it but there are voices asking for a change. At the forefront is "Dignity in Dying" whose Chief-Executive Sarah Wootton argues that allowing people to choose when a…
 
Revelation is one of the most mysterious and strange books in the Bible. Is it mapping out end times events? Is it just tripping? Or is it something else? Brett Davis, author of 'See The Strange: The Gospel according to Revelation' and Glenn Packiam author of 'Worship and the World To Come' join Justin to answer listener questions. Brett Davis: htt…
 
First broadcast in July 2010. Is belief in the supernatural inherent from birth? Is Christianity a psychological crutch or a path to emotional wholeness? Is God belief simply a result of evolution? Would it make belief untrue if it were? These and more questions get discussed in a show on the psychology of religion featuring atheist psychological t…
 
Debate has raged over the timeline of Christ's return. Daniel Goepfrich holds to 'premillennialism' - that Christ will return before a 1000 year reign of peace, Chris Date holds to 'amillennialism' - that there will be no literal 1000 year reign. For Chris Date https://rethinkinghell.com/ For Daniel Goepfrich https://www.theologyisforeveryone.com/ …
 
First broadcast July 2010. From shamanism, hallucenogenic drugs, out-of-body experiences, to being "filled with the Spirit". Christian author and barrister Charles Foster draws on these and many more to examine the biological evidence of what happens when people claim supernatural experiences. He debates atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on thes…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 5 | Season 3 Two leading voices in Origins of Life research, Paul Davies and Jeremy England, discuss whether a new understanding of physics could be the key to unlocking the mystery of how life first emerged. But where does this leave the concept of God as creator? England, who is an orthodox Rabbi, and Davies, who de…
 
First broadcast in June 2010, Ex-Christian Bob Price and New Testament scholar David Instone-Brewer debate slavery in the Old and New Testament. • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Rest of the World: https://resources.premier.org.uk/supportunbelievable • For our regular Newsletter https:…
 
Dr Gunter Bechly is a palaeontologist who became convinced that Darwinian evolution cannot explain the fossil record. He debates Intelligent Design with computational biologist Dr Joshua Swamidass who affirms an evolutionary account. For Gunter Bechly http://www.bechly.at For Joshua Swamidass http://www.peacefulscience.org • For exclusive resources…
 
First broadcast in May 2010. Faith Forster of Ichthus Christian Fellowship and Sue Meyer who describes herself as an "Atheist freethinking feminist” debate whether the traditional Christian view of keeping sex within marriage is good or bad for men and women. • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievabl…
 
Stephen C Meyer of the Discovery Institute says that 3 key scientific advances in cosmology and biology have reignited the case for God. He discusses the claims in his new book 'The Return of the God Hypothesis' with Brian Keating, Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. For Stephen C Meyer https://stephencmeyer.org For Bri…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 4 | Season 3. Many physicists have pointed out the extraordinary ‘fine tuning’ of the physical laws of the universe that have allowed life to develop within the cosmos. Luke Barnes believes it gives evidence for a designer behind the cosmos, whereas Sabine Hossenfelder disagrees, questioning whether we can even speak …
 
The pandemic has changed the way churches deliver worship online and in-person. Justin is joined by church and worship leaders Tim Hughes, Muyiwa Olarewaju, Lucy Brierley & Graham Nicholls, to talk about lessons learned and what the future may look like. Originally broadcast as part of Spring Harvest 2021: Unrivalled. Justin also talks with Jon Yat…
 
First broadcast in 2010. James White of Alpha & Omega ministries defends the Bible as historically more reliable than the Koran. Adnan Rashid of the Hittin Institute argues for the Koran and criticises the transmission of Biblical writings. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievables…
 
Justin presents highlights from the recent Unbelievable? Conference 2021: How to tell the greatest story ever told, featuring NT Wright, Tom Holland, Clare Williams, Sean & Josh McDowell and Ruth Jackson. Get all the HD video sessions from the conference as a digital download https://shop.premier.org.uk/collections/unbelievable/products/unbelievabl…
 
Episode 3 | Season 3 of The Big Conversation. Social commentator Douglas Murray engages theologian NT Wright on whether Christianity still makes best sense of the world in a post-Christian age, and how to address the growing meaning and identity crisis in the West. For bonus content, updates and more shows, sign up at http://www.thebigconversation.…
 
The Enneagram has become a wildly popular personality tool in secular and spiritual circles. But is it a theologically valid way of understanding human psychology? Pastor and theologian Todd Wilson, author of 'The Enneagram goes to church' believes the Enneagram can be a transformative tool for churches. Ex-new ager Marcia Montenegro, author of 'Ri…
 
Is the doctrine of the Trinity to be found in the Bible? Was Jesus really "of one substance" with God the Father? US Christian apologist James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries returns to defend the doctrine of the Trinity as he discusses key Old and New Testament texts with Sir Anthony Buzzard of the Restoration Fellowship. James believes the do…
 
It's still the bestselling book in the world. But can the Bible speak to modern life in the way it has to past generations? Andrew Ollerton, author of 'The Bible: A book that makes sense of life', explains why he believes the Bible has a unique ability to speak to who we are as humans. He is joined by historian Tom Holland, author of books includin…
 
The Unification church of Revd Sun Myung Moon (aka The Moonies) is often regarded as a cult. But what do they actually believe about Jesus and his death and resurrection? Christian Nseka is a member of the religion and believes we need to see Jesus' death and resurrection in a new way. He believes that Christ did not fulfil his mission and that Rev…
 
Episode 2 | Season 3 of The Big Conversation. Prof Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University and Prof Rosalind Picard, director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT debate the philosophical and spiritual questions raised by AI. Could AI become conscious? Are we living in a simulation universe? Could…
 
An Inter-Christian discussion on the beliefs and doctrines that are distinctive of Seventh Day Adventists. Why do they hold to Saturday as the ‘true’ day for worship and rest? Are they too legalistic? What about the failed prophecy of Christ's return that they grew out of? What should we make of founder Ellen White's teaching on ‘Investigative Judg…
 
It's often claimed that, despite their religious differences, Muslims and Christians still believe in and worship the same creator God. In his new book Andy Bannister explains why he believes the God of Islam and Christianity cannot be the same. In contrast, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who heads up Christian-Muslim interfaith work in Nigeria, b…
 
What does it take for life to get going in our universe? Is there intelligence in the stars or right under our nose? Renowned astrophysicist Paul Davies chats to Oxford Professor of Mathematics John Lennox. A popular science author, Davies’ book ‘The Eerie Silence’ examines the likelihood of the universe producing life elsewhere. John Lennox is a C…
 
TikTok star Zach Pincince lost his faith after developing a career in hypnotism and growing doubts about whether Jesus rose again. He engages with Christian evangelist and stage illusionist Bryan Drake on whether religious belief is down to our suggestibility and debates the evidence for the resurrection. For Zach Pincince: https://www.tiktok.com/@…
 
Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire and Alex O'Connor of the Cosmic Skeptic channel discuss the evidence for God, the nature of faith and the problem of suffering in the first episode of The Big Conversation season 3. For a bonus video of Bishop Barron and Alex O'Connor debating the Trinity sign up at http://www.thebigconversation.show We'd love t…
 
In prominent atheist author Philip Pullman’s ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’, he re-imagines the story of Jesus as the story of two twins - one called Jesus, the other Christ. It is the twin Christ who writes the history of Jesus, turning him into the God-man of the Gospels. Philip Pullman joins Justin Brierley to discuss whether we s…
 
Former Christian youth worker, Logan Walker, shares some of the reasons for losing his faith. Evangelist Ben Jack from the Message Trust responds to some of Logan's doubts and provides some of his own thoughts on these difficult topics. For Ben Jack’s book My Lord and My God https://shop.message.org.uk/product/my-lord-and-my-god-ben-jack/ For Logan…
 
How can natural evil and death that have existed for millions of years on an Old Earth view be reconciled to the view that the Fall brought these things into God's good world? Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Does free will exist? American mathematician, professor of theology and author of The End Of Christianity, Bill Dembski engag…
 
Justin and Ruth present 3 interviews in this week's show. Alister McGrath, Prof of science and religion at Oxford University talks about the life and legacy of physicist-priest John Polkinghorne who has passed away aged 90. Justin also presents a sneak peek of his forthcoming CS Lewis podcast. Shelby Abbott talks about deconstruction and doubt in h…
 
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