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Welcome to The Ghost Story Book Club. Each episode, along with a special guest, writer and host Adam Z. Robinson discusses the ghost story genre and looks at a different classic ghost story. Authors include: M.R. James, E. Nesbit, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allen Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Algernon Blackwood and many more. You can email your thoughts on the stories to: theghoststorybookclub@gmail.com
 
Each week, in the award-winning radio show and podcast Unbelievable?, Justin Brierley asks questions like: Is there evidence for God? Can we trust the Bible? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Justin tackles these and other issues, on a show that gets Christians and sceptics talking.
 
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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?'. Christian philosopher and apologist Douglas Groothuis explains why he thinks some progressive Christians ar…
 
Justin introduces a taster episode of 'Matters Of Life And Death' one of Premier Unbelievable's new podcast offerings, presented by Christian bioethecist John Wyatt and his journalist son Tim. As the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope are beamed back to Earth, they are joined by theologian Andrew Davison to consider the spiritual valu…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 6 | Season 4 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. Jon McCray who run…
 
From the archives: Alom Shaha grew up in a Muslim background in London but became an atheist in his teens. Now a science teacher he has written about that journey in his book "The Young Atheist's Handbook". He chatted with Tom Price of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics about Love, God, Narnia, Hope and much more... • More shows from Unbel…
 
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. For The Panpsycast: https://thepanpsyca…
 
In this one-on-one edition of the show, Justin Brierley spoke to New Testament Historian Bart Ehrman about his recent book "Did Jesus Exist?" which argues for the historical fact of Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman, whose books are more usually at odds with evangelicals, was this time attacked by atheist proponents of "mythicism" - the view that Jesus nev…
 
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? Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees author of 'On The Future' and Christian bioet…
 
When Leah Libresco became a Catholic her story was featured on CNN. Why? Because up to that point she had been an atheist blogger. Her story was soon being shared on Christian and atheist blogs. She talked to atheist blogger Hemant Mehta (aka The Friendly Atheist) about why the moral argument helped her in the journey and he quizzed her over why sh…
 
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. For Lois McLatchie: https://adf.uk/team/lois-mclatchie/ For KS: https://defendingfeminism.com/ • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live e…
 
In the second programme examining the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, Robert King and Tony Brown discussed whether Christ claims to be God. Robert is a disfellowshiped JW but still holds to Watchtower doctrine. Tony is a former JW, now a Christian pastor. They talked about whether JWs rely upon a works-based salvation, return to the 144,000 and dis…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 4 | Season 4 Why do people convert to belief in God? Is it rational do so? Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of Research at Monash University, Australia and a well-known atheist thinker and author. He engages with Guillaume Bignon a Christian philosopher from France whose book ‘Confessions of a…
 
In the first of two programmes Justin Brierley talks to Jehovah's Witness Robert King (aka e-watchman) and former JW Tony Brown. Robert is disfellowshipped but still holds to Jehovah's Witness doctrine. He does not speak in any offical capacity for the Watchtower Society. Tony Brown is now a Christian pastor with a ministry to Jehovah's Witnesses, …
 
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. Christian peace activist Shane Claiborne, creator of the 'Beating Guns' campaign and gun owner Kyle Thompson of Undaunted Life debate whether the Bible justifies lethal force in self defence, whether pe…
 
Recorded at Imperial College London in 2012. Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe debated atheist biologist Lewis Wolpert. Ross brought evidence for God from Big Bang cosmology, explaining why scientific advance provides a testable model of Biblical Creation. Wolpert said that belief in God is a by-product of evolution and nothi…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 3 | Season 4 What does the science of brain chemistry and consciousness tell us about the nature of our mind and our cosmos? Recorded live at The British Library London, leading psychiatrist and philosopher Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of the influential books ‘The Master and his Emissary’ and 'The Matter With Things' …
 
Young Earth Creationists (YEC) claim the earth and universe is only some 6000 years old according to the Bible and that any science that goes against this is flawed. Old Earth Creationists (OEC) argue that the Bible does not commit us to a 24hr day view of creation days, but that the earth and universe is, as mainstream science predicts, billions o…
 
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. Get the Dig…
 
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. Craig's other debates from the 2011 Tour: vs Stephen Law: https://youtu.be/w7Fhph…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 2 | Season 4 Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury engages with author Paul Kingsnorth on his adult conversion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Paul and Rowan talk about the spiritual longings that still exist under the surface of secular culture and whether ancient forms of Christianity may provide answers…
 
From May 2012, Mike Lee aka "The Religious Antagonist" was a US atheist who made YouTube videos mocking Christianity. His videos were popular but his approach earned him both praise and criticism from fellow atheists. David Robertson often interacts with atheists online and has earned himself the title "the wee flea" for his provocative interaction…
 
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. Doug Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho is a cessasionist. He beleves the charismatic gifts ceased with the closure of scripture. He engages with Michael Brown, host of the Line …
 
From May 2012, astrophysicist Hugh Ross (President of Reasons to Believe) discussed with physicist Paul Davies "why is the universe the way it is"? Paul Davies' recent appearance on The Big Conversation: https://www.thebigconversation.show/theoriginsoflife • More shows, free eBook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com • For live events: htt…
 
The Big Conversation - Episode 1 | Season 4 Richard Dawkins is emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and author of the best-selling atheist book 'The God Delusion'. Francis Collins is the former head of the Human Genome Project and National Institutes of Health, currently serving as Science Advisor to the Pr…
 
From April 2012, anti-theist cosmologist Lawrence Krauss's book "A Universe From Nothing" received both acclaim and criticism for its attempt to answer the question "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Debating the issue with Krauss was Rodney Holder, Course director at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. An astrophysicist and priest by back…
 
Katharine Birbalsingh has been described as 'Britain's strictest headteacher'. Twitter erupted when she tweeted that 'original sin' was responsible for the fact children need to be habituated into choosing good over evil. She discusses child education and human nature with Christian leader Steve Chalke, founder of numerous Oasis Trust schools, who …
 
From April 2012: Andrew Wilson is an apologist, author and elder at Kings Church Eastbourne. His book 'If God, Then What?' presents arguments for the existence of God and how the Christian Gospel addresses the issues of suffering and death in the world. Geoff Lillis, a humanist atheist from Ireland, discussed with Andrew his different perspectives …
 
Dominic Done is the author of the book 'Your Longing Has A Name' in which he explores the seven virtues listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7 - Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, mutual affection and love. He engages with atheist philosopher Julian Baggini, author of 'The Godless Gospel', on the differences between a Christian and secula…
 
From March 2012, we continue to look at miracles with Dr Craig Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary, author of the book "Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts". Geoff Lillis is an atheist listener who interacts with Keener on a number of the miracle accounts in the book, seeking to show that there may be a natural explanation for…
 
Anti-woke Anglican ordinand Calvin Robinson engages with Transqueer Latinx theologian Dr Robyn Henderson-Espinoza on whether 'woke' theology is creating a more inclusive faith or a dangerous diversion from historic Christianity. For Dr Robyn Henderson-Espinoza: https://linktr.ee/irobyn For Calvin Robinson: https://twitter.com/calvinrobinson • For c…
 
From March 2012, this was the first of two programmes looking at miracles in the Bible and today. Craig S Keener is a New Testament Scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. His book "Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts" is a 2 volume work assessing the case for the miracles of Jesus and the many reported cases of miracl…
 
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. Book your place http://www.unbelievable.live Lee Strobel also chats to Justin about his new documentary film The Case for Heaven https://www.thecaseforh…
 
In February 2012 Sofia Europa sponsored a discussion between Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, on the question of Human Nature and Our Ultimate Origins. The discussion was chaired by agnostic Prof Sir Anthony Kenny. It is broadcast here in full. For the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bow4nnh1Wv0 • For conf…
 
New Testament scholars Dale Allison and Justin Bass discuss their different approaches to the evidence for Jesus' resurrection. Bass, author of 'The Bedrock of Christianity: The unalterable facts of Jesus' death and resurrection' says the evidence from the core historical facts points to a resurrection. Allison, author of 'The Resurrection of Jesus…
 
*Updated with corrected audio* Back when the "New Atheism" was ceasing to be "new", there was much talk and debate as to what would come next. Alain de Botton, author of "Religion for Atheists" advocated a controversial "Atheism 2.0" in which he suggested there should be "temples for atheism". He discussed these views with then recently-converted C…
 
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. For Frank Turek: https://hollywoodheroesbook.com/ For Paulogia: htt…
 
From the archives: Christian philosopher Peter S Williams, atheist magician & skeptic Lee Warren, and Anglican vicar Roger Harper discussed evidence for the existence of angels and examined both Biblical and contemporary accounts of angelic visitation. More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.org/u…
 
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. New Testament critic Bart Ehrman, whose own book 'The Triumph of Christianity' tells the story of how the fa…
 
From the archives, three Christians of different theological persuasions discussed the existence of demons: John Tancock (JT) believes demons are real, and has been involved in deliverance ministries Will Van Der Hart believes in a spirtual realm but wants to stop the stigmatisation of people with mental health issues as "demonised". Jonathan Clatw…
 
Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute, and editor of 'The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith' argues that the Intelligent Design movement is gaining new converts and has never been stronger. Science historian Adam Shapiro, co-author of 'Science and Religion: A very short introduction' responds. For Casey Luskin: https://caseyluskin.com For …
 
In January 2012 Revd Dr Alasdair Coles (academic neurologist from Cambridge), and Martyn Frame (psychological therapist and atheist) debated the question of whether our knowledge of brain activity can explain away religious experiences or even disprove God! More Resources: • For exclusive resources and to support us: USA: http://www.premierinsight.…
 
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 …
 
Prominent Christian Philosopher & Theologian Keith Ward engaged in conversation with David Papinaeu, atheist Professor of Philosophy from King's College London, on the question: "Is our mind more than matter"? Ward believes that the brain is accompanied by an immaterial mind, while Papinaeu believes the brain and the mind to be one in the same - wi…
 
This episode was recorded shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine. Prior to the outbreak of war, Ukraine's lax surrogacy laws have made it a major destination for so-called 'reproductive tourism' for infertile and same-sex couples who wish to have a baby. Bioethicist John Wyatt and his journalist son Tim Wyatt join Justin to talk about the ethics of …
 
On Feb 11th 2022, Dr James White and Dr Tim Stratton debated the question "Is Molinism Biblical?", at the First Lutheran Church in Houston. Molinism is the view that humans have genuine libertarian free will, while God has a special kind of knowledge called "Middle Knowledge" which allows him to factor human choices into how he arranges predestinat…
 
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is more than just a geo-political conflict. The Russian leader believes in the spiritual destiny of a united 'Holy Rus' that goes back to the conversion of Vladimir the Great in 984. Ukrainian Orthodox scholar Fr Cyril Hovorun and Catholic journalist Clifford Longley discuss how the history of the Eastern Orthod…
 
Atheist philosopher Stephen Law joined Justin to reflect on his debate with William Lane Craig during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour. Glenn Peoples is a Christian Philosopher from New Zealand. He discusses Stephen's central argument against God - The Evil God Challenge and why he believes that the Moral Argument is the solution to it. First Broadcast…
 
Bishop Joseph D’Souza from the Good Shepherd Church in India and Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, political theorist and human rights activist, discuss the current political and religious climate in India and the situation for Christians and the Dalit and Shudra castes. For Bishop Joseph D'Souza: https://josephdsouza.dfnusa.org/ For Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd: …
 
Leading ID proponent Stephen Meyer debated his recently released book "Signature in the Cell" which claims to show that the DNA code is the product of intelligent mind, not naturalistic processes. Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University. He chairs the UK Christians in Science network but disagrees strongly with ID. They deb…
 
Humanist leader James Croft leads a thriving godless congregation in an otherwise declining network of Ethical Societies. Does their story mirror that of many declining churches in the west? He talks to Paul VanderKlay who pastors a small church in Sacramento while engaging a growing internet following. What is the future for godless and God-believ…
 
Continuing highlights from the 2011 Reasonable Faith Tour. Professor William Lane Craig spoke to a capacity audience at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre. He critiqued Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion and interacted with a panel of academics. The event was Chaired by Professor Peter Millican of Hertford College, and the panel comprised Dr. Daniel C…
 
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