Writer Steve Schramm explores one of the strangest Christian doctrines
Ruth Jackson speaks to New York-based pastor Jon Tyson about reaching young people, digital evangelism and parenting.
A listener wants to know if the suggestion of Old Testament prophets being raised from the dead presents a problem for the uniqueness of Jesus’ resurrection? Is ‘heaven’ the in-between-state before new creation? Will we know everything once we are raised? Tom answers listener questions along with guest scholar Justin Bass.
Apologist Joel Furches explores the rationality behind naturalism and Christianity
New York-based pastor Jon Tyson shares some of his thoughts about living as a Christian in a secular space.
2022-11-18T16:00:00+00:00By Erik Strandness
Erik Strandness reflects on a recent webinar on sexual abuse and looks at the lessons we must learn
Apologist Joel Furches explores different opinions of hell and why its existence matters
Ardent atheist Mark Meckler began to consider whether there might be something more after 51 years of scepticism
2022-11-11T15:45:00+00:00By Joel Furches
Apologist Joel Furches explores women’s place in the Church, both historically and today
As we approach Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, Ruth Jackson reflects on the importance of remembering
Resuming our conversation with Rhys Laverty from the Davenant Institute, we look at John’s contribution to the Protestant Social Teaching book – a chapter exploring post-Reformation tradition around death and dying.
Erik Strandness explores the hiddenness of God
With discussion around amnesty in the US over previous COVID restrictions, Derek Caldwell shares his thoughts about forgiveness and loneliness
Stand up comedians Andy Kind (the Christian) and Andy White (the Atheist) join Justin to talk about comedy and faith and discuss Andy Kind’s new book ‘Hidden In Plain Sight: Clues you may have missed in the search for meaning’.
Over 150 years the Catholic Church has built up a body of ethical doctrine commonly known as Catholic Social Teaching, which applies Catholic theology to wider social concerns, covering everything from labour relations to contraception.
Ruth Jackson speaks to apologist Clare Williams about racial justice, black pain and how the Church should respond.
Halloween may be a controversial topic for some Christians, but it was the beginning of a journey to faith for apologist Pedro R Garcia
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.
As we come to the end of Black History Month in the UK, Ruth Jackson speaks to apologist Clare Williams about how we can support young black people and reach them with the gospel message.
Apologist Joel Furches unpacks one of the most Googled questions, looking at the nature of Jesus
2022-10-18T15:30:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
Erik Strandness explores the role of mystery in apologetics
The question “Does God exist?” is a relatively recent question for people to be asking. For most of human history the foremost religious question has always been “which of the gods is the true God?” Old as it is, this question is nevertheless as troubling now as it ever has been. Assuming theologians were to prove definitively that a God existed, the question remains as to which God? Is it the Christian God? Why not Zeus or Thor or Amun Ra?
How should we understand Old Testament accounts of warfare and violence where God seems to command the slaughter of men, women and children?
Justin Brierley continues his conversation with John D Wise, known online as ‘The Christian Atheist’. John explains how the psychologist Jordan Peterson and John’s now-wife Jenny played important roles in his conversion to Christianity after 25 years as an atheist philosophy professor.
Dr John D Wise is known online as ‘The Christian Atheist’ and runs a podcast of the same name. He underwent a remarkable conversion to Christianity after 25 years as an atheist philosophy professor. In part 1 of his conversation with Justin Brierley he describes the journey that took him to the brink of conversion.
Why doesn’t God seem to reveal himself to people who are open and seeking him?
2022-08-16T14:25:00+01:00By Erik Strandness
Erik Strandness explores the apologetic lessons from Mikhaila Petereson’s Big Conversation
Heather Tomlinson says we were given some clues in a recent Big Conversation
The problem of suffering has been one of the most intractable and painful theological debates for centuries.
The Big Conversation - Episode 5 | Season 4. Is Artificial Intelligence a friend or foe of human flourishing? Does faith have any part to play in the robotics revolution, and the race to upgrade our bodies and even escape our planet? What does the future hold for humans?
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.
The Big Conversation - Episode 4 | Season 4
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.
2022-06-23T13:48:00+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.
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.
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.
The Big Conversation - Episode 1 | Season 4
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.
Jon Stewart, lead guitarist for Sleeper, examines the spiritual journeys of Bob Dylan and John Lennon in his new book ‘Dylan, Lennon, Marx & God’.
Justin hosts a Premier Unbelievable? Live Q&A with Prof John Lennox. In partnership with Kharis Productions and Pensmore Films, producers of Against The Tide, the movie documentary of John’s life .
Calvinism and Molinism are two very different ways of understanding God’s sovereignty. But which one best addresses the problem of evil?
Why does the Bible use gendered language? Can I trust God as father when I was abused by mine? Should we pray to Jesus the son or God the father? Tom tackles these and more Qs.
Justin introduces Confident Christianity: Evidence for God. Answering Objections - an online apologetics course from Unbelievable?
Why don’t I feel the presence of God? Should I have had a road-to-Damascus conversion like Paul? What should I do about my feelings of shame?
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?
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.
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 technology be the key to immortality?
It’s often claimed that, despite their religious differences, Muslims and Christians still believe in and worship the same creator God.
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.
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 and was previously the national chair of Christians in Science. They join Justin to discuss faith, proof and the relationship between science and God.
Richard Dawkins famously describes the God of the Old Testament as ‘jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully’.
Zach Broom is the author of ‘Without God: Science, belief, morality and the meaning of life’ in which he claims that many of our most basic intuitions don’t make sense in the absence of God.
In a bonus mid-week episode Justin shares his own thoughts on why God doesn’t step in to stop ‘natural evils’ like coronavirus, plague and natural disasters.
Peter S. Williams reviews The Big Conversation between New Testament scholars Bart Ehrman & Peter J. Williams
Esther O’Reilly looks at why an Oxford Professor and a California talk show host’s Big Conversation was able to shed light on this generation’s meaning crisis
I’m turning from an atheist sceptic into a curious theologian. These Big Conversations are the reason…
Sir Roger Penrose disagrees with William Lane Craig on the cause of the Universe. Daniel Ray examines why the famous cosmologist can’t bring himself to accept the God hypothesis.
Following his Big Conversation with cosmologist Roger Penrose, renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig outlines three ways the science of the universe points to God
Reflecting on The Big Conversation from Unbelievable?, atheist vlogger Adam Friended explains why he believes Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris get religion so wrong.
Thousands of people are turning to the academics who make up the so-called Intellectual Dark Web with their questions about the meaning of life. As The Big Conversation from Unbelievable? relaunches, Esther O’Reilly asks whether they‘ll find the right answers.
Glen Scrivener gives his 90 second answer…
These former atheist scientists now believe in God because of the evidence
Atheist moral philosopher Peter Singer and Christian thinker Andy Bannister on 'Evolution, morality and being human: Do we need God to be good?'. They debate human rights, dignity, disability, the moral argument for God, suffering and much more.
Christian evangelist Glen Scrivener says that atheist musician TyLean Polley’s Christ-less carols can’t offer true comfort and joy.
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.
The international director of Creation Research John Mackay, is convinced that the Genesis accounts of creation are literally true. He shares ten questions he’d like to ask Christians who accept evolution
Justin is joined for the 6th episode of The Big Conversation by moral philosopher and atheist Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University, and Christian theologian Andy Bannister of Solas Centre for Public Christianity.
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John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University & Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, go head to head in the 4th episode of The Big Conversation. Filmed in front in front of a live audience in London, they debate science, faith and the evidence for God.
Justin Brierley is joined by Astrophysicist and President of Reasons To Believe, Dr Hugh Ross and professor of physical chemistry Dr Peter Atkins to discuss whether the origins of the laws of nature lie in God or in ‘nothing’
Following his debate with John Lennox on The Big Conversation, Prof Michael Ruse explains why he’s not a New Atheist, but not a Christian either.
The prophet Daniel stood firm in a culture that undermined everything he stood for. Prof John Lennox explains how today’s Christians can learn from his example and bring light to a secular society
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.
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Drew Wilmot analyses the double standards atheists – and Christians – can display in approaching questions about God
Jordan Peterson’s latest debate is one of his most important, says David Robertson.
Launching The Big Conversation debate series, Justin is joined by Canadian psychologist Jordan B Peterson who has risen to fame in recent months for his political, social and religious views. He engages with atheist psychologist Susan Blackmore on the psychology of belief.
Jeremiah J Johnson answers questions about his latest book, which considers how different the world would be without Christianity
Church leader Steve Chalke has begun a series of videos re-framing the Bible. Revd David Robertson responds with this opinion piece.
Nathan Eddy shares some practical ways to help us develop a lasting Bible reading habit
As 2017 draws to a close, we look back over the year to highlight some of the ways God has been moving in the UK and beyond
It’s 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg and kickstarted the Protestant Reformation. Michael Reeves explains why it matters
Could you answer hard questions about the Bible from those who are sceptical? Heather Tomlinson shares some advice
How can learning about our brain’s hardwiring enable us to be more persuasive? Steve Adams explains
Joe Ogborn explains how going to church with his atheist friend Tom has shaped his own faith
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
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
A series of terrible tragedies in his early years led to Peter Gladwin’s addictions to gambling and alcohol. Having lost all hope, he came close to suicide. Then, one telephone call changed everything
Douglas Ell was shocked to discover overwhelming evidence for God in an unlikely place
With the release of Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian, Justin Brierley makes the case for a creator
Christians are often upset by Richard Dawkins. But Heather Tomlinson believes we also have many reasons to thank the controversial atheist
George Osborn believed that drugs, drink and Ouija boards were aiding his quest for happiness. But when the spirits he was communicating with turned against him, God stepped in
California’s most prominent charismatic church, led by Bill Johnson, divides opinion. Andy Peck finds out why some believe Bethel is seeing heaven come to earth, and others claim that it’s a deception
The gospel isn’t a moral code or a formula for getting people into heaven, says New Testament scholar Tom Wright
From birth, David Ole Kereto’s life was marked out. He was to become a witch doctor, like his father, but God intervened.
Justin Brierley responds to the viral anti-God video by Stephen Fry.
Responding to Dawkins, Hawking and the New Atheism
A presentation by Dr. Ken Samples of Reasons To Believe
Amy Orr-Ewing assesses whether belief can be treated like a pair of trousers that no longer fit – and what to do when doubt strikes.
Former pastor Ryan J Bell is becoming an atheist…for a year. Justin Brierley finds out what led to his unusual experiment.