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Unbelievable? offers a weekly podcast, blog, and video series hosted by Ruth Jackson and a team of thinkers and Christian apologists.
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Why do we tend to go for an experience that feels good and when something feels bad, we tend to avoid it? Why are conscious experiences and behaviour paired together in the most rational way? The Unbelievable podcast unpacks the mystery of psycho-physical harmony with Philip Goff, Professor Philosophy at Durham University (an atheist) as he debates Dustin Crummett, a Christian philosopher. Goff believes this topic in philosophy will revolutionize how we perceive the relationship between mind and body and how we make choices based on pain-pleasure. On the podcast this week, we welcome Christian philosopher Dustin Crummett and panpsychist professor Philip Goff from Durham University. Dustin Crummett presents a compelling argument for God as the key to unraveling today's show's enigma. On the other hand, Philip Goff, in his groundbreaking 'Why?' book, proposes an intriguing solution through radical panpsychism, introducing the concept of 'pan-agentialism'—a form of free will attributed to particles, i.e., everything is the agent of its own behavior, whether it is animate or inanimate. Whether you're a seasoned philosopher or a curious mind, this episode will challenge and inspire your views on the harmony between the mind and the physical world. #philosophy #debate #atheism #psychophysicalharmony #christianphylosophy #consciousness SOCIAL LINKS Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/courses • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Ever struggled to share your faith with your friends, family or colleagues? You're not alone! Today we're joined by Rt Revd John Pritchard, Former Bishop of Oxford and Acclaimed Author of 'How to Explain Your Faith' to talk about effective ways (as well as not so effective ones!) to talk about your beliefs and Christian faith with atheists, or unbelieving friends. Also joining us this episode is church-going atheist Andrew Nightingale and Christian philosopher and storyteller Mark Roques. Together, they explore what draws Andrew to the church he attends and delve into the reasons he struggles with the beliefs of Christianity. Don't miss this thought-provoking conversation on faith, belief, and the modern church. Originally aired 12 December 2014 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
If God is the creator and doesn't make mistakes, what about trans people? 👀 Are miracles real and can they ever be medically verified? 🔥 In today's episode we’re taking you to the second half of the recording of a live event we call NO QUESTION OFF LIMITS which we hosted with Spring Harvest last month. Audience members were invited to text in their questions that were then upvoted and answered by a panel of experts. Joining us on the show to answer your heart-felt questions is renowned public theologian Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, Podcaster and recognised Instagrammer Jesse Fellingham of the Way UK, and Medical Doctor and International Speaker Ben Thomas from OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Tune in to see if your questions AND we want to hear from you - drop us your question in the comments, or DM us on social media on the links below and we'll be sure to include your question in our upcoming episodes.   #noquestionofflimits #suffering #trans #godandtrans #miracles #dinosaurs #Q&A #openforum • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable
In this special podcast episode, prominent Emerging Church leader Brian McLaren and renowned evangelical leader Andrew Wilson engage in a thought-provoking debate on whether we need to rethink our approach to scripture. This insightful discussion delves into critical topics, including: Have we made an idol of the Bible?How did Jesus read scripture?The relevance of Old Testament lawPerspectives on homosexualityAddressing contradictions in the BibleThe use and misuse of scriptureUnderstanding the resurrectionMale and female equality in the context of scripture Tune in to explore these essential questions and more, as McLaren and Wilson offer their unique perspectives on faith, interpretation, and the role of the Bible in modern Christianity. Originally released on 28 Nov 2014 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
How do we speak the truth and balance love with causing offence? Join us on Unbelievable for a challenging episode dedicated to exploring how and whether Christians can engage in politics for the greater good. In this episode, we sit down with former addict and approval seeker, Shane Idleman, founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster and Leona Valley, CA and founder of Westside Christian Radio Network. He is the author of a number of books and articles, and a regular broadcaster on questions of faith and politics. In our conversation, we ask can we reorient politics for the good of others, reclaim moral knowledge, engage and build edifying political conversations ? We also take a selection of listener questions from around the globe submitted in advance, including 'would Jesus vote for Trump?!' #politics #churchandstate #lovefirst #truthandpolitics #faithandpolitics #trump #apologetics SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter:  / unbelievablefe   Facebook:  / premierunbelievable   Instagram:  / premierunbelievable   Tik Tok:  / premier.unbelievable   • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/courses • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Christian philosopher Prof Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse debate issues of the mind, consciousness and the existence of God. Join us as we explore whether advances in science are undermining or supporting belief in God. Featuring audio clips from the film The God Question, our guests today engage in a spicy discussion debating whether the human mind can be explained by material processes alone, religious experience and free will. Originally Aired: 13 December 2014 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Where is God in my friend’s suicide? 😭 Is God anti-gay? 👀 Do Christians and Muslim's worship the same God?... 🔥 ☪️ ✝️ In today's episode we’re taking you to the recording of a live event we call NO QUESTION OFF LIMITS which we hosted with Spring Harvest last month. Audience members were invited to text in their questions that were then upvoted and answered by a panel of experts. Joining us on the show to answer your heart-felt questions is renowned public theologian Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, Podcaster and recognised Instagrammer Jesse Fellingham of the Way UK, and Medical Doctor and International Speaker Ben Thomas from OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Tune in to see if your questions AND We want to hear from you - drop us your question in the comments, or DM us on social media on the links below and we'll be sure to include your question in our upcoming episodes.   #noquestionofflimits #suffering #sexuality #godandsexuality #whytrustthebible #suicide #Q&A #openforum • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable
Lynn Wilder and Corey Miller are among 4 scholars who tell their story of leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the new book 'Leaving Mormonism'. They engage with Mormon believer James Holt as they discuss Jesus, Joseph Smith, polygamy, testimony, the Book of Mormon and more. For 'Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Mind': Originally Aired: 24 November 2017 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Trust in our elected officials seems at an all-time low. Moral failures, infighting, and scandals have become commonplace. Today, on Unbelievable? we ask, Can we rediscover the moral compass in politics? With crucial primaries taking place in the USA and an election in the UK on July 4 we are asking what should be the standard for behaviour of elected officials? And who decides? The discussion is hosted by BBC veteran broadcaster Roger Bolton. Can politics uplift and inspire? Is our political identity intertwined with our personal one? How can Christians reshape politics for the greater good? Michael Wear, the founder of the Center for Christianity and Public Life, emphasizes the importance of gentleness in American political dialogue. As a key figure in President Obama's faith outreach and a prolific writer, Wear advocates for integrating Christian values into public life for the benefit of all. Watch out for another perspective on this topic from Shane Idleman, coming soon on Unbelievable?. #politics #election #morality #moralpolitics #christiannationalism SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable Other shows to check on for other perspectives on this topic: 📺 Is Christian Nationalism playing politics? | Michael Bird vs Stephen Wolfe hosted by Billy Hallowell https://youtu.be/zieWeTqe2qc 📺 Should faith and politics mix? | Peter Wehner, Jonathan Rauch with Vince Vitale https://youtu.be/WEGj9EeWzw4
As we approach the one-year anniversary of apologist Tim Keller's death on May 19th, we sit down with his wife Kathy Keller, author and speaker in her own right, to discuss a number of listener's questions 👀 🤔 on topics of skepticism and reasons for God, suffering, unanswered prayer and to discuss in more depth Kathy's own personal conversion to faith 🔥🔥 her early personal correspondence with CS Lewis ✍️🦁 and what Biblical conclusions she's come to, or even changed position on, later in life. Can we trust the Bible? why do I believe in God? is the Bible sexist? is God anti-gay? and what was Kathy and Tim's favourite NYC restaurant? 🏙️ 😋 Join us for this personal, thorough and humorous dive into the life, faith and theology of special guest Kathy Keller. #kathykeller #timkeller #apologetic #reasonsforGod #interview #isthebiblesexist 🔥🔥 Support the podcast and receive your FREE e-book 'In Conversation with Tim Keller': https://my.premier.org.uk/donate/unb-keller 👍 Subscribe to the Unbelievable? Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/@PremierUnbelievable SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: / https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable For KATHY: For Kathy's Book Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: https://shorturl.at/fOUX6 For Kathy and Tim's book The Meaning of Marriage: https://shorturl.at/ejqyO For more books by Tim and Kathy: https://shorturl.at/mozN1 Related Content: 📺 Tim Keller: A pastor to skeptics https://youtu.be/ap9-b4SW1ZY?si=pmosDgt1McJF8Z31 📺 Cancer and Christianity: The final Tim Keller Q+A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBbfp3Vn6CA BEN I NEED TO ADD THIS **NEXT WEEK not this week. 📺 For Kathy on Unapologetic: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/shows/unapologetic 📺 For Kathy on CS Lewis Podcast: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/shows/the-cs-lewis-podcast
One of our favourite debates today from the Archives - Elliot George, a retired science teacher, argues that science is grounded in evidence, while religion is based on 'faith' and 'make-belief' and should thus be dismissed. Jonathan McLatchie, writer, speaker and scientist, joins the debate and critiques Elliot's theories as fundamentally flawed. He contends that Christian belief is supported by evidence, asserting that science itself bolsters the argument for God's existence. Their debate explores the definition of belief, the validity of design as an explanation in biology, and the reasons Jonathan prefers Christianity over other worldviews. Originally Aired 15 November 2014 | https://www.premierunbelievable.com/unbelievable/unbelievable-scientific-evidence-versus-religious-belief-jonathan-mclatchie-and-elliot-george-debate/12591.article • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Everyone from Madonna to top neuroscientists and millions of other people around the world report personal, unforgettable near-death experiences or NDEs.  Do these NDE accounts prove the existence of a loving God?  This week on Unbelievable? Pastor and author John Burke, who has studied and examined over 1,000 accounts of near-death experiences, explains these reports provide faith-building evidence of God and the Bible.    Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander joins the debate pushing back on Burke’s assertion theses NDEs corroborate the Bible. He always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But then a very vivid NDE that he writes about it in his riveting book "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" changed his life forever. His NDE followed being pronounced ‘clinically dead’ after falling into a coma with bacterial meningitis. He moved from being a strict physicalist to being some form of dualist and talks with experience of a life beyond death. But he still would not describe himself as a Christian.   SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable Social Media: Facebook page: search @johnburkeofficial for correct John Burke page Instagram: @johnburkeofficial website: www.imagineheaven.net • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
This week's episode dives deep into one of the most challenging philosophical questions humanity has grappled with for centuries: the problem of natural evil. Hosted by Vince Vitale the show delves into the complexities of evil that seem inherent to the fabric of our world – earthquakes, famines, diseases – phenomena that sometimes shake our faith in a benevolent God. We're joined by two brilliant minds with divergent perspectives. Sharon Dirckx, a renowned speaker, author, and Christian apologist, returns to Unbelievable? and brings her insights rooted in faith and intellect. With a background in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge, Sharon's latest book, "Broken Planet," offers a compelling exploration of the theological implications of natural disasters and diseases. Also returning as a guest to Unbelievable is Stephen Woodford, the influential voice behind the Rationality Rules YouTube channel. With a focus on dismantling religious and supernatural beliefs, Stephen brings a rationalist perspective to the table. #evil #naturalevil #pandemic #Satan #God #theodicy #disaster #tsunami SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
In this riveting podcast episode, we bring together two intriguing voices from opposite ends of the spectrum: Mark Lanier, a distinguished trial lawyer and keen apologist-theologian, known for his compelling defense of Christianity in "Christianity on Trial," and Paul Beaumont, a former Christian turned skeptic after encountering the arguments of new atheists like Richard Dawkins. Mark, drawing on his legal expertise, passionately defends the tenets of Christianity, while Paul, armed with his own journey and insights, acts as the prosecution, challenging notions of human value, the resurrection of Christ, and the reasons behind his own loss of faith. Join us as these two formidable minds engage in a thought-provoking debate, exploring fundamental questions about belief, doubt, and the complexities of faith. It's a clash of perspectives you won't want to miss. Originally Aired 22 Nov 2014 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate For Mark Lanier Read Christianity on Trial Book: https://www.ivpress.com/christianity-on-trial Law Firm: https://www.lanierlawfirm.com/ Lanier Theological Library: https://www.laniertheologicallibrary.org/ For Paul Beaumont: Read A Brief Eternity Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18772541-a-brief-eternity New Humanist: https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/4119/my-apostasy-story-paul-beaumont
In the discussion on the plausibility of an all-evil God versus an all-good God, Dr. Max Baker-Hytch delivered a compelling argument that encapsulated the essence of the debate. He highlighted the inherent scepticism that arises when considering the 'evil God' hypothesis, pointing out that if such a malevolent deity were to exist, it would provide ample reason to doubt the reliability of our cognitive faculties. According to Dr. Baker-Hytch, the very nature of an evil God would entail a desire to deceive humanity, leading to pervasive doubts and uncertainties. In contrast, the 'good God hypothesis' stands in stark contrast, lacking the motive for such pervasive deception.  Dr. Asha Lancaster-Thomas, whose scholarly contributions have ignited significant discourse on this topic, brought her insights to bear on the discussion. Holding a PhD from the University of Birmingham and teaching philosophy at Atlanta Classical Academy, Dr. Thomas is no stranger to the complexities of metaphysics and epistemology. Her paper on the 'evil God challenge' has been a focal point for philosophical inquiry, prompting responses such as Dr. Baker-Hytch's co-authored rebuttal, "Meeting the Evil God Challenge."  Dr Max Baker-Hytch, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oxford and subsequently held research positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Notre Dame. Max has published more than a dozen scholarly articles and book chapters on various topics within the fields of philosophy of religion and epistemology This intellectual but friendly exchange between Dr. Baker-Hytch and Dr. Lancaster-Thomas, is hosted by fellow philosopher Vince Vitale.   #evilgodchallenge #philosophy #morality #philosophyofreligion #goodgod #evil SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/unbelievablefe Facebook: / https://facebook.com/premierunbelievable Instagram: / https://instagram.com/premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / https://tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable Asha Lancaster Thomas Read Asha's chapter in Jack Symes' Philosophers on God: Talking About Existence (https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/philosophers-on-god-9781350227286/)https://compass.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/phc3.12543https://compass.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/phc3.12502Twitter: @asha_lancaster For Max Baker Hytch: Twitter: @MaxBakerHytchMax Baker Hytch and Ben Page's paper https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/papq.12304  • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/courses • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
For too long, the ‘science and religion’ debate has fixated on creation, evolution, cosmology, miracles and quantum theory, and not enough on the essence of what it means to be human. But this is a mistake argues one of our guests today, Christian academic Nick Spencer, Senior Fellow at Theos, in his new book ‘Playing God: science, religion and the future of humanity.’ Back on the show is Emily Qureshi-Hurst expert on the philosophy of time. Emily is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Oriel College, University of Oxford and together Nick and Emily sort out the role of science and belief when it comes to questions of personhood and the future of humanity. Ably led by host Andy Kind, Unbelievable? digs back into that perennial question, ‘can science and religion come together - furiously or fruitfully - over the status and nature of what it means to be human’? #ai #eugenics #whatisahuman #scienceandreligion SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: / unbelievablefe Facebook:  / premierunbelievable Instagram:  / premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / premierunbelievable • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate FOR NICK: Read Nick Spencer and Hannah Waite's book Playing God: Science, Religion and the Future of Humanity Theos: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/ ⬇️ Follow Nick on Social Media X: @theosnick FOR EMIlY: Read Emily Qureshi-Hurst's book God, Salvation and the Problem of Spacetime Online: https://www.emilyqureshihurst.com/ At Oxford: https://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/people/emily-qureshi-hurst ⬇️ Follow Emily on Social Media X: @equreshihurst For more on on this and related topics check out: 🎧 Generative Ai: second contact, avoiding the fate of Nokia, hacking the human operating system, and the resiliency of Western democracy Matters of Life and Death Podcast 📺 Can Science tell us what it means to be human? Philip Ball and Nick Spencer on The Big Conversation 📺 Are we just our brains? Sharon Dirckx and Emily Qureshi-Hurst on Unbelievable? Podcast
In a world riddled with conflict, where headlines scream of violence and unrest, the age-old question resurfaces: Is war ever justified, or should Christians wholeheartedly embrace pacifism? Join esteemed scholars Nigel Biggar and Stanley Hauerwas as they delve into the moral complexities of war and peace from a Christian perspective in this classic replay episode. Nigel Biggar, renowned theologian and ethicist, brings his nuanced understanding of just war theory, exploring the conditions under which Christians might find themselves compelled to engage in warfare. Stanley Hauerwas, also a leading voice in Christian ethics, advocates for a radical alternative: pacifism. Hauerwas challenges listeners to reconsider conventional notions of power and violence, urging a transformative approach rooted in love and nonviolence. This episode originally aired on: 8 November 2014 • Subscribe to Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 on your preferred platform to never miss an episode, and join the conversation as we explore the nuances of belief, skepticism, and the evolving landscape of modern thought. • Rate and review this podcast in your podcast provider to help others discover the podcast • Get in touch with us to share your questions for upcoming shows! • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
It's no secret that modern American Christians are deeply divided over politics. This division raises important questions about the influence of Scripture on political beliefs. To make sense of this, we invited renowned scholar NT Tom Wright, theologian, professor and star of the "Ask NT Wright Anything Podcast" along with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Preston M. Sprinkle host of the Theology in the Raw podcast. Tom Wright stresses the need for Christians to prioritise the kingdom of God and embody its values within the church. Preston talks about how Israel’s exile to Babylon, Jesus’ mission on earth, and the teachings of Paul all shaped the church’s relationship with politics and can inform our own relationship with politics today. Tom Wright's co-author Mike Bird came on Unbelievable (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zieWeTqe2qc). This is part of our continuing series on navigating politics. #politics #godandpolitics #ntwrightonline #debate SOCIAL LINKS: Twitter: / unbelievablefe Facebook:  / premierunbelievable Instagram:  / premierunbelievable Tik Tok: / premierunbelievable • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • Support us: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate FOR TOM: Read Tom Wright and Michael Bird's book Jesus and the Powers Ask NT Wright Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-nt-wright-anything/id1441656192 And more resources online: https://www.ntwrightonline.org/ ⬇️ Follow Tom on Social Media IG: @ntwrightonline FOR PRESTON: Read Preston Sprinkle's book Exiles: The Church in the Shadow of Empire ⬇️ Follow Preston on Social Media X: @PrestonSprinkle IG: preston.sprinkle For more on on this and related topics check out: 🎧 Toxic social media and how to navigate the mucky business of politics -- Matters of Life and Death Podcast 📺 Should Christians play politics? Mike Bird vs Stephen Wolfe 📺 Should faith and politics mix? with Peter Wehner and Jonathan Rausch
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is there any good evidence to support the resurrection? Are alternative explanations more compelling? Can we trust the biblical narratives? Ruth Jackson hosted a live debate at a school with the help of Aylesbury Youth for Christ. She was joined by Rev Dr Joseph Boot, founder and president of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and Harry Amos, who moved from Christianity to "agnostic atheism" while studying philosophy, politics and economics and blogs about his experience at The Book of Amos. For Ezra Institute: https://www.ezrainstitute.com/ For Book of Amos: https://thebookofamos.wordpress.com/ For Easter videos on our NEW TikTok channel: https://www.tiktok.com/@premier.unbelievable • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/training • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
Today we delve into the contentious debate surrounding the role of secularism in Western civilization and its relationship with Christianity. A growing chorus of new atheist writers heralds the advent of an enlightened era of secular rationalism, purporting to liberate society from what they perceive as the shackles of outdated Christian influence. However, according to David Bentley Hart, acclaimed author of "Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies," such claims amount to nothing more than an "atheist delusion." His book, which garnered the prestigious Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing in 2011, challenges the narrative of secular triumphalism by revisiting the historical contributions of Christianity. On the opposing side, Terry Sanderson former President of the UK's National Secular Society contends that contemporary society thrives under an increasingly secular framework, asserting that the freedoms and values we cherish are not contingent upon a Christian foundation. In this engaging dialogue, we see a clash of perspectives as David argues that secular perspectives are rooted in a misguided myth of secular "progress." By examining the intertwined histories of Christianity and secularism, David presents a compelling case that challenges prevailing notions of societal evolution. This episode originally aired on: 25 June 2011 Subscribe to Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 on your preferred platform to never miss an episode, and join the conversation as we explore the nuances of belief, skepticism, and the evolving landscape of modern thought. • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: http://www.unbelievable.live • For online learning: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/coures • Support us in the USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/unbelievableshow • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donate
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Tommy Kiger

Great... Christians can even agree on hell, and atheists are constantly threatened with it. It never stops amazing me how believers claim to have to the truth about a god, life, the universe, afterlife, and so on - but they don't even agree within themselves. It reminds me of being a Christian in the 90s when there were Christian bookstores all around. There would only be a couple rows of Bibles (in multiple translations), and dozens of rows of other books trying to explain the Bibles.

Mar 17th
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Jacques Raubenheimer

Listening to this in 2024, with the benefit of hindsight, is amazing. Note the section from ±50:00–62:00. Andrea mentions, near the end, how the religious right's alliance with Trump had not had much fruit, with Roe v Wade as an example. We all know how that turned out, and I would love to hear what she thinks about that. Having said that, I absolutely think Andy Flanagan and Andrea are on the money with their concerns about the price we pay for such alliances. John's response misses the point.

Mar 13th
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James Woodwillow

great episode

Feb 4th
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Raymond

a hill of beans

Oct 23rd
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Jan de Brieder

what about the millions of people born with an unclear gender or mixed gender (xxy, hormonal disbalance and others)

Dec 5th
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Tony Argent

Typical theists skipping over awkward questions about the embarrassing parts of the bible such as slavery being endorsed. Theists only ever cherry pick the nice parts. The Bible is a vulgar book of fables that endorses genocide, misogyny, homophobia, slavery, racism and child abuse

Sep 9th
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Tony Robertson

do you have catholics on?

Jul 18th
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Shannon Nordgren

Thank you! I would love to hear a discussion about covenant theology vs dispensationalism. This one touches on it, but doesn't focus on it.

Jul 23rd
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Shannon Nordgren

This was really helpful, thank you! As a "reformed" Christian, I really wanted to understand arguments from the other side.

Jul 23rd
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Greg Pearcey

this was ridiculous and best summed with "I don't know know what your are talking about....but it's not science"

Jun 4th
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Freedom 3:16

I am sick of these stupid race debates. it doesn't matter what skin colour Jesus is. He is the Lord. the devil is using the race issues to defend us more and we keep letting it happen. Just stop it. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Mar 22nd
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Christ His Love Ministries

❣️❣️❣️

Feb 28th
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Joshua Comer

I loved this discussion, but it seems to have had an issue in the middle where the audio starts to replay an earlier segment.

Feb 11th
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Michael Hall

I cannot accept that "cancer" wasn't in the design, that it was brought into us by Adam's sin. I find that atrocious to think god is punishing random people with disease because of of something that is written in the bible. I wonder if god is the reason for Covid.....just ridiculous. It's biology, and biology has been existing before us, before our brain thought if the idea of what biology was. It's just crazy to think god created biological cells that harm humans because man supposedly sin. Which isn't even provable.

Dec 10th
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Michael Hall

I am an atheist, and it was hard listening to this because of what the christians was saying. For me there is no absolute moral right. Everything that you believe is "right" coming from the moral compass of a god, I can get to the same conclusion about what is right without god. I want to live a positive life, and how do I get to a positive life? I live and experience life in a way that demonstrates to me what I feel good about. Yes, the feelings of what feels good to me, can be mixed on the action that brings forward that feeling but with a good teaching, I can learn to understand those feelings better to rule out the bad actions that contribute to a positive feeling. Would taking a human life bring a positive feeling in me, it could, but the feeling of taking a life, how it affects others and if I would want it done to me OUTWEIGHS the positive feeling that I would get from taking a life by itself. I don't need a god to understand that racism is wrong. Just simply understanding that

Dec 9th
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Kenneth Jimah

Wow, what an episode. Absolutely wonderful 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Dec 3rd
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Rodney Stewart-Wilcox

excellent conversation

Nov 16th
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Matthew Rice

I’d really love to see a conversation like this discussing the merging of humans and AI. What is the value of an immaterial soul if, say, we could replicate a person’s consciousness in a machine?

Jul 1st
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Oscar “Prowhiz” Obians

I really enjoyed listening to this episode. Especially the humbly honest approach to the difficult questions. Totally relatable

Jun 27th
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Martin Clarke

People in those days believed in resurrections and that mortal people could become Gods. One would have a difficult time selling the superiority of a new religion without it. These days not so much.

Apr 21st
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