Northern Irish artist Ross Wilson BEM talks about his remarkable sculpture The Searcher, which is based on the character of Digory Kirke who, in ‘The Magician’s Nephew,’ creates a wardrobe made from a magical apple tree.
Ruth Jackson continues her conversation with author Joshua Karras who has penned a modern appropriation of The Screwtape Letters. 80 years after the publication of CS Lewis’ classic epistolary novel, Karras shares why he has included some of the contemporary temptations in his literary adaptation.
Author Mark Roques explores the logical outworkings of pragmatism
Scientist Dr Sy Gate was a convinced atheist who thought the Church was the main enemy of humanity. Through his scientific study and a number of dreams, Sy begin to question his firmly held beliefs
80 years after the publication of The Screwtape Letters, young author Joshua Karras has written an appropriation of CS Lewis’ classic epistolary novel for a modern audience. Ruth Jackson discovers the inspiration behind this audacious project.
Apologist Joel Furches explores different opinions of hell and why its existence matters
Justin Brierley takes podcast listeners on a revealing tour around The Kilns, the house Lewis shared with his brother Warnie in Oxford.
Erik Strandness explores the hiddenness of God
Apologist Nick Peters takes us on a whistlestop tour of the Bible and shares his advice about how we approach it
Author and pastor Trevin Wax shares why he loves CS Lewis. They look at the relevance of Lewis’ writings as well as debating whether or not he was a heretic!
With discussion around amnesty in the US over previous COVID restrictions, Derek Caldwell shares his thoughts about forgiveness and loneliness
Ruth Jackson speaks to author and pastor Trevin Wax about CS Lewis. They discuss numerous topics including objective truth, Christian morality and evangelism.
Michael Gungor and his wife Lisa were pioneers in the Christian music scene, building a loyal fan base through Gungor’s music and podcasts such as The Liturgists. However, Michael’s recent turn towards an increasingly progressive, msytical and deconstructed interpretation of faith has left many Christians confused.
…or on to a stage. Erik Strandness explains why God continues to stand behind the question of consciousness
The second part of a conversation between philosopher Mark Vernon and poet-theologian Malcolm Guite on the spiritual journeys of The Inklings, a group of writers and poets including Owen Barfield, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, who met in Oxford to discuss each other’s work. Part 2 of an Unbelievable? show first broadcast in 2019.
Mark Vernon, author of ‘A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the last Inkling and the evolution of consciousness’ engages with poet-theologian Malcolm Guite on the spiritual and religious influences of Owen Barfield, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, three key members of ‘The Inklings’. Part 1 of an Unbelievable? show first broadcast in 2019.
Holly Ordway grew up as an atheist before converting to Christianity in her adult years. The fantasy work of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien would be an important part of her journey to faith. She engages with atheist writer Laura Miller author of ‘The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia’ in this replay of an Unbelievable? episode first broadcast in 2013.
In this second part of a live kids Q&A on Narnia, recorded at Oxford University, Dr Michael Ward continues to answer questions such as ‘Where did the wood between the worlds come from?’, ‘Can people from Narnia enter our world?’ and ‘Is Narnia something CS Lewis experienced as a child?’
Recorded live at Oxford University, Narnia expert Dr Michael Ward engages with a panel of young people with a variety of questions about Narnia and CS Lewis. How old is Narnia? How many ways are there into Narnia? Were the Pevensie children destined to go through the wardrobe?… and many more.
Following the Queen’s funeral, author Paul Kingsnorth reflects on what it means for a nation to profess that life has no meaning beyond what we ascribe to it.
On Thursday September 8th Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died aged 96. In this special one-off episode about the Queen and CS Lewis, Ruth Jackson speaks to CS Lewis scholar Dr Michael Ward. They discuss Lewis’ thoughts on monarchy, the Queen’s coronation and the kings and queens of Narnia. Watch out for a brutally honest potted history of some of the British monarchs!
In the third part of their discussion David Marshall tells Justin Brierley about his own time as a missionary in China and East Asia and how he found CS Lewis’ writing helped his journey there. How does the subject of miracles - the death and resurrection of Alan for instance - get addressed in Narnia?
My sister Susan,” answered Peter shortly and gravely, “is no longer a friend of Narnia.”
‘The Case for Aslan: Evidence for Jesus in the land of Narnia’ examines how Lewis employed Christian apologetics throughout the fantasy writing of Narnia. Author David Marshall tells Justin Brierley how in The Silver Chair, Puddleglum proves himself to be a wise, if gloomy, thinker.
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.
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.
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.
2022-07-29T10:55:00+01:00By Peter S Williams
Peter S Williams draws on philosophical arguments and a Big Conversation on AI and Robotics to show why recent claims of a ‘sentient’ AI are still in the realm of science fiction.
We’ve teamed up with the Panpsycast podcast to bring you this week’s episode of Unbelievable? ‘The Mystery of Consciousness’ was a live audience event recorded at the Tung Auditorium in Liverpool. The panellists are Rowan Williams, Anil Seth, Laura Gow and Philip Goff, moderated by Panpsycast host Jack Symes.
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.
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.
What does the science of brain chemistry and consciousness tell us about the nature of our mind and our cosmos?
2022-06-08T11:56:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
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.
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.
2022-04-20T22:01:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
Erik Strandness reflects upon Unbelievable?’s recent discussion about John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and God, and shares why he thinks their work is neither “the devil’s music” nor something to be worshipped - instead, both musicians play an important role in pointing us to the divine.
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.
Prolific Christian author Philip Yancey joined Justin and several hundred guests for a live Q&A on his life, work and faith. They talk about his recently published memoir ‘Where The Light Fell’ and his new paraphrase of John Donne’s writing ‘A Companion in Crisis’, as well as taking questions on suffering, prayer, the Ukraine and the future of the US evangelical church.
Jon Stewart, lead guitarist for Sleeper, examines the spiritual journeys of Bob Dylan and John Lennon in his new book ‘Dylan, Lennon, Marx & God’.
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.
Justin Brierley continues his conversation with Max McLean, writer and star of the new movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert.
Justin Brierley speaks to Max McLean, writer and star of the new movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert.
Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about The Last Battle, focussing on difficult questions around topics such as racism, pluralism and death.
Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about one of the darkest books in the Narnia series – The Silver Chair. They look at how we can know that Christianity is true and unpack the relevance of Lewis’ countercultural ideas in today’s skeptical culture.
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.
Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Prince Caspian, focussing on painful questions such as the apparent silence of God. They also look at how to share our faith in a culture that is saturated with opposing worldviews.
Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about The Horse and His Boy, looking at pertinent issues such as inequality, the treatment of women and how we should approach other religions.
Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about Lewis’ most famous book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, unpacking some of its theology, such as forgiveness and the atonement. They also look at how we can speak truth to a sceptical society.
Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about The Magician’s Nephew, focussing on topics such as creation, suffering and how the hope of the gospel can transform our hurting world today.
In the first episode of the third series of The C.S. Lewis Podcast, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about how Lewis’ famous works of fiction came to be written.
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 fourth episode of our brand-new podcast on C.S. Lewis, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about the character of Aslan in the Narnia series and the Christian life.
In the third episode of our brand-new podcast on C.S. Lewis, professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about the importance of storytelling and imagination, looking particularly at the Narnia series.
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.
Is it ok to make jokes about religion? Where is the line between poking fun and being offensive? Justin is joined by Christian guest James Cary, BBC comedy writer and author of ‘The Sacred Art of Joking’, alongside comedian Katy Brand who recently told her story of being a former ...
New Testament scholar Tom Wright pulls out his guitar to sing Bob Dylan’s ‘When the ship comes in’.
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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
Justin Brierley responds to the viral anti-God video by Stephen Fry.
Former atheist Holly Ordway came to Christian faith via poetry and literature. She tells her story and explains her passion for literary apologetics.
Marcus Brigstocke is a well known comedian on UK radio and TV. An atheist, last year he wrote the book “God Collar” about his problems with religion, but also why he wants to believe in God.
Muslim protests and riots have been taking place around the world over an online video called “Innocence of Muslims” which mocks the prophet Mohammad. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries and Muhammad Al-Hussaini of Scriptural Reasoning discuss the video and the reaction to it.
Alex Preston is the author of “The Revelations”, a novel about faith, doubt, guilt, sex and secrets. The 4 main characters are leaders on “The Course” an evangelism programme similar to the Alpha Course. Alex, a former banker who sees himself as a “spiritual seeker”, describes his experience of attending ...
Music often evokes strong emotions in people. But is there more to the beauty and meaning we find in music than atheism allows? David Robertson contends that the joy and meaning we experience in music is a pointer beyond itself to an ultimate source of joy and meaning in God. ...
www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable has undergone a major redevelopment and Justin Brierley uses this New Year Programme to take a tour around it.
As we look forward to the screening and debate around the film Expelled at Imperial College London on Sat 27th Feb (See www.premier.org.uk/expelled for info on extra screening & debate) two of the panellists join Justin to debate Intelligent Design.
The documentary film “Expelled” is presented by US Actor Ben Stein and makes the case that scientists who question Darwinian orthodoxy and support Intelligent Design are being “expelled” from academia.
The film “Creation” is released in the UK Sep 2009. Telling the story of how Charles Darwin came to write “On the Origin of Species” 150 years ago, the film highlights the clash of evolutionary theory and Christian belief. The problem of suffering is also addressed in the death of ...
Laura Miller was captivated by Lewis’ Narnia stories as a child. As a teenager she learnt of the Christian parallels in the books and felt “cheated and betrayed”. Find out why in today’s programme and how she has come to terms with Narnia by writing “The Magician’s Book”.
Angels & Demons is the sequel to the film “The Da Vinci Code” - both by Dan Brown. Is Angels & Demons as controversial as Da Vinci? Probably not, but some are worried at the way it represents the Catholic Church and the science/faith debate.
Stand up comedian Robin Ince is hosting “A rational celebration of Christmas”. Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins are among many other atheists on the bill. Comedy writer and Christian James Cary discusses with Robin whether Christianity and belief in God is irrational.. and there’s plenty of jokes along the way..
Justin Brierley addresses the controversial children’s blockbuster “The Golden Compass” that was released at cinemas this week. Some groups claim that it is atheist propaganda aimed at misrepresenting Christianity to children. Justin is joined by Jason Gardner of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and Andrew Copson of the British ...