Alister McGrath joins Justin Brierley and a panel of Christian thinkers, scientists and church leaders to take audience questions on vocation, culture and Christian witness in this continuation of last week’s session, originally recorded live at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022.
Phrases such as Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, ‘antiracism’ and ‘white privilege’ have become polarising issues in Christian circles. Derwin L Gray shares what he thinks Christians need to understand about racism and the controversy surrounding these terms.
Recorded live at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022, Justin Brierley leads a panel including Alister McGrath, Sharon Dirckx, John Wyatt, Skye Jethani, and Joseph D’Souza on bringing Christian faith into the spheres of art, science, education and global justice.
Theologian Randal Rauser defends ‘progressive’ Christians such as Rob Bell, Richard Rohr and Brian Mclaren, against ‘heresy hunters’ in his new book ‘Progressive Christians Love Jesus Too’ a response to Alisa Childers’ book ‘Another Gospel?’.
If the Universe is so big why did God choose to come to a small hill called Mount Zion? If there is sentient life beyond earth would it need redeeming too? Are the Nephilim evidence of aliens and UFOs? Tom answers questions on aliens and the cosmos!
Former NFL footballer-turned-pastor Derwin L Gray shares lessons he has learned from leading Transformation Church, the multi-ethnic megachuch he founded, as he continues to open up his book ‘How To Heal Our Racial Divide’
Prof Alister McGrath draws on CS Lewis and scripture to encourage Christians to live out ther vocation and make a difference in a confused and divided culture. This keynote address was given at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022.
Christian Philosopher Kenneth Pearce says that our personal religious experiences can provide testimony that is persuasive to some, but not for everybody
Almost half of Millenials and Gen Z in the USA identify as ‘nones’ (having no religious affiliation). Mikhaila Peterson who runs a popular Youtube channel and Podcast talks about her own recent journey to faith along with the journey of her father, renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson.
2022-07-29T06:25:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
Erik Strandness says that the details of Guillaume Bignon’s conversion story should give skeptic’s pause to think
Derwin L Gray is a former NFL football player who, along with his wife Vicki, founded Transformation Church - a ‘multicultural, multi-generational, mission-shaped’ church in South Carolina.
‘If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things’. Alister and Justin discuss the way that CS Lewis’ 1948 essay is remarkably relevant to modern crises such as Covid and the war in Ukraine.
2022-07-25T14:00:00+01:00By Max Baker-Hytch
Religious experience can count as more than just confirmation bias, says Christian philosopher Max Baker-Hytch.
Archaeologist Scott Stripling recently made a significant discovery in Israel - a ‘curse’ tablet that could prove the historical authenticity of parts of the Old Testament. He tells Justin Brierley about why this find is so significant.
The Big Conversation - Episode 5 | Season 4
Legendary apologist Lee Strobel joins Justin to talk about the soul, afterlife and near death experiences as related in his book and video documentary The Case For Heaven.
2022-07-13T16:55:00+01:00By Max Baker-Hytch
Christian neuroscientist and lecturer Sharon Dirckx outlines her areas of agreement and disagreement with renowned psychiatrist Dr Iain McGilchrist during their recent Big Conversation dialogue.
Cambridge neurologist Prof Alasdair Coles says psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist’s work provides an important perspective on brain science and God, but still leaves questions on consciousness, identity and the nature of truth unanswered.
Following the landmark reversal of Roe vs Wade by the US Supreme Court, pro-life advocate Lois McLatchie and pro-choice guest KS debate the legal and ethical implications.
Lisa Fields, fonder of Jude 3 Project continues her conversation with Megan Cornwell on polarisation in the USA and the challenges facing her calling as a black female apologist.
The Big Conversation - Episode 4 | Season 4
What are the questions being asked today by African-American skeptics and believers about Christianity? Lisa Fields shares her faith journey and why she began the Jude 3 Project.
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.
2022-06-24T10:24:00+01:00By Paul Vanderklay
Paul Vanderklay has been charting the influence of Jordan Peterson in bringing people to faith. But Paul Kingsnorth’s journey from paganism to Christianity shows the influence of CS Lewis, he says.
2022-06-23T13:48:00+01:00By Peter Byrom
Peter Byrom thinks Richard Dawkins made some of his most revealing remarks during his recent discussion with Francis Collins on The Big Conversation, owing mostly to the good-natured relationship between the two guests, which allowed Dawkins to lower some of his usual defences.
In the final part of their conversation Justin and Prof John Lennox talk about the fine-tuning of the universe for life and what the frontiers of evolution and biology tell us about the case for design in nature.
Justin continue his conversation with Christian thinker Prof John Lennox as they talk about the new atheist attempts to dismiss God as an explanation for the Universe.
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.
Renowned Christian thinker Prof John Lennox recounts his own journey with science and faith and explodes a few myths about their supposed conflict in the first of a three part conversation with Justin Brierley.
The unexpected conversion of the poet and author has lessons for the church on answering the spiritual longings of 21st Century people, says Erik Strandess.
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.
2022-06-01T14:53:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
Apologist and former physician Erik Strandness reviews the encounter between the two high-profile scientists and what it tells us about God, design and morality.
The charismatic church is the fastest growing part of the global church. But not all Christians believe gifts of tongues, prophecy and healing are for today.
Where did modern science come from? Contrary to popular atheist accounts of the conflict between science and faith, Glen Scrivener argues that Christianity gave the framework of an intelligble universe invested with order that scientists set out to explore.
Our most popular episode of Premier Unbelievable?’s The Big Conversation, attracting over 3 million viewers on YouTube, was the debate between Jordan Peterson and Susan Blackmore over the question “do we need God to make sense of life”.
The Big Conversation - Episode 1 | Season 4
Are Millennials & Gen Z ready to believe in God?
Glen Scrivener of Speak Life talks to Justin Brierley about how Christianity birthed the modern concept of showing compassion to the most vulnerable.
Welcome to the first episode of Unapologetic, a podcast helping you to understand, defend and share your faith with confidence. Justin begins a 4-part series with Glen Scrivener of Speak Life.
2022-05-04T09:15:00+01:00By Matthew Fell
Theology Postgraduate student and Star Wars fan Matthew Fell reviews the debate between Frank Turek and Paulogia, about whether or not our favourite movie heroes point to Christ.
Justin Brierley, director of Premier Unbelievable? introduces their newest podcast - Unapologetic.
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. Lee Strobel also chats to Justin about his new documentary film The Case for Heaven
New Testament scholars Dale Allison and Justin Bass discuss their different approaches to the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.
2022-04-08T18:41:00+01:00By Justin Brierley
Frank Turek’s book ‘Hollywood Heroes’ argue that the fictional stories of Harry Potter, Star Wars and the Marvel movies all point to the the true story of Jesus, the ultimate hero. Paul Ens, a comic book and Star Wars fan who runs the counter-apologetics channel Paulogia, responds.
Glen Scrivener’s book ‘The Air We Breathe: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress & Equality’ makes the case that our belief in modern human rights & values are a direct product of the Christian story that shaped the West.
Are Jews saved under the old covenant? How should I share my faith with Jewish people today? Does the Bible endorse Zionism?
NT Wright's opening address at Unbeilevable? the Conference 2021
Tom talks about his latest book and answers listener questions around how God forgives, conversion and how you can be sure you’re saved.
How do you explain the gospel to someone who thinks they haven’t done anything needing forgiveness? How do we answer those who say Christianity is irrelevant? How do we help those who believe but don’t live out their faith?
So what was your favourite book as a child?
How should we approach historical scholarship that undermines the Bible? Was early Christian persecution exaggerated? Did saints really rise from their graves as Matthew 27 claims?
Why are some people so totally evil? Is it possible that God could be evil? Will Satan and Jesus become friends again? Tom answers these and more questions from listeners on the subject of evil.
Preston Ulmer author of ‘The Doubters Club’ and ex-Christian Gaia McDermott who hosts the ‘Face The Sun’ podcast, discuss how to explore doubt and questions inside and outside the church.
Alister McGrath and Justin Brierley continue their conversation on the ‘meaning crisis’ in the West and how Lewis’ wisdom applies to today’s world and the modern mental health crisis.
‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ is often used as a maxim by skeptics against modern miracle claims and Biblical miracles.
In Season 4 of the podcast, Alister McGrath and Justin Brierley discuss the ‘meaning crisis’ in the West, how Lewis responded to it in his own day, and Lewis’ book Miracles.
Could the story of Christianity really be true? How do we make sense of suffering if so?
Michael Ward, William Lane Craig, Michael Ramsden, Jeanette Sears, Peter S Williams and Judith Wolfe take part in a panel discussion on what 21st century apologetics can learn from CS Lewis. Recorded at the 2013 CS Lewis Symposium at Westminster Abbey.
Poet, priest and author Malcolm Guite speaks on “Telling the Truth Through Imaginative Fiction” in this second lecture from the 2013 CS Lewis Symposium at Westminster Abbey.
To mark the 50th Anniverary of CS Lewis’ death in 2013, Westminster Abbey hosted the CS Lewis Symposium. In this first lecture Alister McGrath gave a talk titled “Telling the Truth Through Rational Argument” followed by audience Q&A.
Justin Brierley speaks to Max McLean, writer and star of the new movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert.
Justin Brierley speaks to CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward about his new book ‘After Humanity: A guide to CS Lewis’ The Abolition Of Man’.
Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, looking at difficult topics such as human trafficking, sin and faith and how they impact us today.
Max McLean, who has played the role of CS Lewis on stages across the world, talks to Justin Brierley about his new biopic 'The Most Reluctant Convert' and CS Lewis' famous journey from atheism to Christianity. Justin also talks to the film's director Norman Stone.
Justin introduces Confident Christianity: Evidence for God. Answering Objections - an online apologetics course from Unbelievable?
Alister McGrath answers audience questions following his lecture on CS Lewis the Storyteller.
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.
Part 1 of two bonus episodes featuing a talk by Alister McGrath from Unbelievable? the Conference 2013 on the way CS Lewis uses imagination and storytelling in his apologetics.
In the eighth episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about the impact that our Christian hope should have on our own lives and the world around us by looking at Lewis’ thoughts on this topic. They also look back ...
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.
In the seventh episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ understanding of the nature of God and the Trinity, looking at why his thoughts are still relevant to our prayer life and Christian journey today.
In the sixth episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about how we can live as Christians today by unpacking Lewis’ thoughts around faith, reason and behaviour.
In the fifth episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ understanding of Jesus and how we can use Lewis’ arguments and principles to speak truth to a sceptical culture.
In the fourth episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about how Lewis viewed sin and the role Christians have in fixing the brokenness of today’s world.
Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ understanding of fundamental Christian beliefs and how they continue to impact us today.
Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ perception of the moral law and what that means for us. They also explore other important themes such as the limits of materialism and science in today’s sceptical society.
In the first episode of the second series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about how Lewis’ seminal book, Mere Christianity, came to be written and what relevance it has in today’s culture.
In the second part of this special episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, we have delved into the Unbelievable? archives to share Professor Alister McGrath’s answers to listener questions around apologetics, Narnia, Lewis’ relationships with women and more. The programme was originally broadcast in 2013 when host Justin Brierley spoke ...
In the first part of this special episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, we have delved into the Unbelievable? archives to share an interview with Professor Alister McGrath. Back in 2013, host Justin Brierley spoke to Alister about his seminal biography, C.S Lewis – A Life, which had just been ...
In the ninth episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ thoughts on hope and heaven. They also look back over some of the topics they have covered in this first series.
In the eighth episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ thoughts on suffering and pain.
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:
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.
In the sixth episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ thoughts on who should do apologetics and how best to approach it.
In this special episode of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, we are sharing part of a livestream we recorded with Professor Alister McGrath during one of the Coronavirus lockdowns in the UK. Following the release of his memoir, Through a Glass Darkly, Alister spoke about his faith journey and the significant ...
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.
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.
In the first ever episode of our brand-new podcast on C.S. Lewis, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about some of Lewis’ key thoughts as well as the impact of Lewis on Alister’s own life.
A brand new weekly podcast with Professor Alister McGrath exploring C.S. Lewis’ thought, theology and teaching. C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity.
Justin and Ruth present 3 interviews in this week's show.
Sam Devis is a former Christian and produces a podcast called When Belief Dies. One of the triggers for his faith deconstruction was reading Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ and the consequent questions this raised, particularly around evolution. Andrew Halestrap is emeritus professor of biochemistry and senior research fellow at Bristol University ...
It’s often been argued that the prosperity and welfare of Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway and Sweden are proof that secular societies do better than religious ones.
We look back over 2020 and share some of our highlights, favourite clips and lessons we’ve learnt along the way. Plus, author Nick Page debunks some Christmas myths and we hear stories of people who came to faith largely through apologetics.
Justin talks to Jana Harmon about her PhD research on adult atheist conversion to Christianity and presents stories from her new ‘Side B Podcast’. Joel Furches, who is researching de-conversion, also joins the conversation.
Renowned Christian thinker William Lane Craig tells Justin Brierley how to respond to online atheists during Covid 19
Justin Brierley has moderated hundreds of lively debates on Christianity and atheism, but when a renowned Christian apologist met a popular YouTube personality at a Californian megachurch, it turned out to be one of the most remarkable events the broadcaster has ever hosted
Tom answers question about when the Book of Daniel was written, is the book of Job historical and does studying the Old Testament undermine faith?
What happens to those who don’t believe in Jesus? What can I say to my New Age sister? My Muslim friend gets so much comfort from her faith… do I need to evangelise her? These and more listener questions get addressed by Tom Wright in this episode.
How should we respond those who doubt the existence of Jesus? Ahead of Unbelievable? the Conference 2019, Justin Brierley offers three approaches.
In a special pastoral Q&A edition Tom responds to various questions on difficult family situations, unforgiveness and a church pastor who doesn’t know if he believes any more.
Glen Scrivener gives his 90 second answer…
Glen Scrivener gives his 90 second answer…
Listeners want to know about Tom - Who are his favourite authors? If he could have dinner with anyone from the 20th Century who would it be? Why is he an Anglican? Has he ever struggled with his own faith?
These former atheist scientists now believe in God because of the evidence
Christian evangelist Glen Scrivener says that atheist musician TyLean Polley’s Christ-less carols can’t offer true comfort and joy.
Bible scholar Tom Wright answers a listener from Beirut’s question on how to have fruitful gospel conversations with Muslims.
In this episode Tom Wright fields listener questions on evangelism in a post-Christian world, returning to a message of repentance, whether we can know that Jesus is the only way to God, and how to talk about Jesus with a Muslim.
Following Daniel Dennett and Keith Ward’s debate ‘Are We More Than Matter?’ on The Big Conversation, Australian Unbelievable? listener Ernest Massey tells how his own journey back to Christian faith came via the argument for God from consciousness.
Nobody gets to heaven by being good, faith is not a blind leap and there’s much more evidence than you think. Andrew Haslam clears up these and other common misconceptions about Christianity
Bestselling historical author Tom Holland took part in a revealing dialogue with New Testament scholar NT Wright
Hannah Timson of Humanist Students UK and Sharon Dirckx of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics join Justin Brierley on Unbelievable? to discuss whether a good God would allow evil.
Justin Brierley hosts a public dialogue between Christian Andy Bannister and atheist humanist Justin Trottier, live on stage at the Apologetics Canada conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Whoever you think won, the latest Big Conversation debate was a model of how to disagree well says Andy Walton
Drew Wilmot analyses the double standards atheists – and Christians – can display in approaching questions about God
New research suggests the Church needs to develop a new kind of apologetics in order to reach 16-19 year olds
The Evangelical Alliance’s Director of Mission Gavin Calver reflects on Billy Graham’s legacy
How can learning about our brain’s hardwiring enable us to be more persuasive? Steve Adams explains
What makes an atheist want to listen to a Christian radio show? Drawing from his new book, Justin Brierley explains why believers need to learn the art of good conversations again
Hundreds of archaeological findings are confirming the biblical record. Peter S Williams looks at some of the most interesting discoveries
Joe Ogborn explains how going to church with his atheist friend Tom has shaped his own faith
With over 1.5 million downloads last year, Unbelievable? is the apologetics podcast everyone is talking about. Even Richard Dawkins has been on it!
The God Delusion may have been welcomed by many atheists. But the book has had a surprising effect on some people. In an article for the Dead Philosophers Society, Debra Babarsky explained how Richard Dawkins’ most infamous book led her to Christ
Is the universe that produced us just a result of a chance roll of the cosmic dice? Justin Brierley, presenter of the apologetics debate show Unbelievable? explains why his dice (yes we know it should be ‘die’ really) proves otherwise.
Why would a loving God allow suffering? With the release, of his new book Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian Justin Brierley presents three ways to respond to the hardest question of them all
The comedy actress known for her roles in Miranda and Bridget Jones talks about her Christian conversion and her campaign for Down’s syndrome equality
Douglas Ell was shocked to discover overwhelming evidence for God in an unlikely place