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After Leanne's beaten body was found in bushland at Ipswich, Queensland in 1991, her sister's boyfriend, Graham Stafford, was convicted and jailed. However he was set free in 2009 and his conviction quashed on appeal. A retrial was ordered but one did not go ahead. So, who killed Leanne Holland?Over several episodes we will closely examine the history, myths, untruths, and stories surrounding the characters at the very heart of this case. For the first time, a new perspective of this brutal ...
 
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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 https://shop.premier.org.uk/collections/unbelievable/products/unbelievabl…
 
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. For bonus content, updates and more shows, sign up at http://www.thebigconversation.…
 
The Enneagram has become a wildly popular personality tool in secular and spiritual circles. But is it a theologically valid way of understanding human psychology? Pastor and theologian Todd Wilson, author of 'The Enneagram goes to church' believes the Enneagram can be a transformative tool for churches. Ex-new ager Marcia Montenegro, author of 'Ri…
 
It's still the bestselling book in the world. But can the Bible speak to modern life in the way it has to past generations? Andrew Ollerton, author of 'The Bible: A book that makes sense of life', explains why he believes the Bible has a unique ability to speak to who we are as humans. He is joined by historian Tom Holland, author of books includin…
 
It's often claimed that, despite their religious differences, Muslims and Christians still believe in and worship the same creator God. In his new book Andy Bannister explains why he believes the God of Islam and Christianity cannot be the same. In contrast, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who heads up Christian-Muslim interfaith work in Nigeria, b…
 
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. For Zach Pincince: https://www.tiktok.com/@…
 
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. For a bonus video of Bishop Barron and Alex O'Connor debating the Trinity sign up at http://www.thebigconversation.show We'd love t…
 
Former Christian youth worker, Logan Walker, shares some of the reasons for losing his faith. Evangelist Ben Jack from the Message Trust responds to some of Logan's doubts and provides some of his own thoughts on these difficult topics. For Ben Jack’s book My Lord and My God https://shop.message.org.uk/product/my-lord-and-my-god-ben-jack/ For Logan…
 
Justin and Ruth present 3 interviews in this week's show. Alister McGrath, Prof of science and religion at Oxford University talks about the life and legacy of physicist-priest John Polkinghorne who has passed away aged 90. Justin also presents a sneak peek of his forthcoming CS Lewis podcast. Shelby Abbott talks about deconstruction and doubt in h…
 
Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her midwifery course at Nottingham University because of her support for the pro-life organisation Students for Life. Justin is joined by Julia along with Ryan Christoper of ADF UK who fought and won Julia’s case for unfair dismissal. They debate whether there is a problem of free speech on campus with Prof Aliso…
 
Why do we often picture a Caucasian Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes? Why are many of the early church fathers depicted as white when they weren’t? Has African Christianity been hijacked? Dr Vince Bantu of Fuller Theological Seminary and Dr AJ Varmah of the Holy Qubtic Church join Ruth Jackson to discuss these important questions and look at ho…
 
A recent report about Ravi Zacharias has shipwrecked a global ministry and the legacy of one of the most influential Christian apologists has been swept away. Justin and Ruth are joined by Christian psychologist Dr Diane Langberg, a specialist in trauma abuse, and Rev Glen Scrivener, an evangelist with Speak Life, to discuss how we safeguard agains…
 
There’s been a rise in the demand for exorcism from church priests in recent years. Billy Hallowell author of ‘Playing With Fire: A modern investigation into demons, exorcism and ghosts’ says we need ot take the supernatural seriously. Atheist skeptic Michael Shermer believes that there are better natural explanations for paranormal claims. For Bil…
 
Rev Christina Beardsley is a transgender priest in the Church of England and author of numerous resources on trans experience in the church. She engages with Preston Sprinkle, author of ‘Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say’ who takes a grace-filled but traditional Christian approach to sexuality. They discuss…
 
The online atheist world is awash with memes that critique passages from the Bible. Dan Kimball is the author of the new book ‘How (not) to read the Bible: Making sense of the anti-women, anti-science, pro-violence, pro-slavery, and other crazy sounding parts of scripture’. He debates atheist memes on slavery, violence and warfare with Michael Wise…
 
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 an…
 
Following the pro-Trump riots and storming of Congress at Capitol Hill, many fear white evangelicals in the USA are in the grip of political idolatry in their support of the outgoing president. Justin is joined by Johnnie Moore who chaired Trump’s Evangelical Executive Council and defends Trump’s administration, and Christian justice activist Shane…
 
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. Christian Lomsdalen of the Norwegian Humanist Association & Stefan Gustavsson of Apologia – Centre for Christian Apologetics in Sweden join Justin to debate the issues. C…
 
JRR Tolkien was a devout Catholic and friend of CS Lewis. Justin is joined by Michael Jahosky author of ‘The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle Earth’ and Holly Ordway, author of ‘Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle Earth beyond the Middle Ages’. They discuss the Christian themes in Tolkien’s fantasy writing, his friendship with…
 
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. For Nick Page: http://nickpage.co.uk/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources an…
 
Atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce is the author of ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’. He believes the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke are pious fiction. Christian thinker Lydia McGrew, author of ‘The Mirror or the Mask?’ defends the historicity of the Nativity accounts. Take our show survey: https://survey-star.co.uk/unbelievablechristmas F…
 
Renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig joins Justin and Ruth for a live-stream show taking audience questions on salvation, God, atheism, evidence, and much more. For William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org USA listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resources and to support us: http://www.unbelievable.show Ever…
 
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’. Dan Barker and Rev…
 
In recent years, numerous high-profile Christian leaders have resigned following revelations of moral failure, including Carl Lentz, Jerry Falwell Jr and Bill Hybels. Others have posthumously been subject to allegations of sexual misconduct, including Jean Vanier and Ravi Zacharias (an independent investigation is ongoing). Karen Swallow Prior who …
 
In 2005 a high profile trial saw the Dover School District taken to court for promoting Intelligent Design (ID) as an alternative theory to evolution in classrooms. 15 years on Mike Behe a prominent biochemist and ID advocate who took the stand as a defence witness, talks about what the case meant for the ID movement. Joshua Swamidass is a biologis…
 
Oxford professor Alister McGrath recently joined Justin, Lucy and Ruth for a livestream to take listener questions on science and faith and to talk about his new memoir ’Through a Glass Darkly’. For 'Through a Glass Darkly': https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/alister-mcgrath/through-a-glass-darkly/9781529327632/ USA listeners check out our new USA w…
 
'Critical Race Theory’ is a way of understanding racism through the dynamics of oppressed and oppressor groups. Neil Shenvi believes its worldview is at odds with the Gospel and is concerned at its embrace in evangelical circles. Rasool Berry, teaching pastor at The Bridge Church NYC believes many Christians are overreacting to CRT. While not adopt…
 
Christian commentator David French debates Christian radio host and author Eric Metaxas on whether Christians should vote for Donald Trump in the US Elections in November. With thanks to John Brown University’s Center for Faith and Flourishing who hosted the debate: https://faith-and-flourishing.org/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for …
 
Did God punish Jesus in our place on the cross? William Lane Craig’s new book ‘Atonement and the Death of Christ’ is a major new defence of Penal Substitutionary Atonement. He discusses the doctrine of atonement with Greg Boyd who has been a critic of PSA and an advocate of the Christus Victor view of the cross. Atonement and the Death of Christ: h…
 
In this ‘classic replay’ Justin shares the 2009 radio debate in which New York pastor Tim Keller defended his best-selling book ‘The Reason For God’ opposite UK atheist Norman Bacrac. Tim Keller: https://timothykeller.com/ Norman Bacrac: https://conwayhall.org.uk/speaker/norman-bacrac/ USA Listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resou…
 
Notable atheists like Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett claim we live in a deterministic universe and that free will is an illusion. But does losing human free will pose a problem for justice, morality and even the very act of reasoning itself? Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of 'Free Will Explained' defends determinism. C…
 
Is a quasi-religious left wing ‘cancel culture’ shutting down free speech, or is the right wing just as much to blame? Christian commentator David French of The Dispatch and atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce debate JK Rowling, the Harpers letter and Cancel Culture. For David French: https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/america-is-in-the-grips-of-a-f…
 
In the second of two shows dealing with racism and the church, Justin Brierley hosts a discussion on the UK Church between Chine McDonald of Christian Aid, Gavin Calver of The Evangelical Alliance and Bishop Dr Joe Aldred of Churches Together in England. For Chine McDonald https://twitter.com/ChineMcDonald? For Gavin Calver: https://www.eauk.org/ F…
 
Is the approach and ideology of Black Lives Matter and anti-racism advocates such as Robin DiAngelo, a help or a hindrance in combating racism in the USA? Anti-racism theologian Dr Drew Hart and Christian sociologist Dr George Yancey discuss their different perspectives on racism, 'white fragility' and Black Lives Matter in the wake of the George F…
 
Theologian John Hick (1922-2012) was well known for his defence of pluralism - the view that all religions stem from one ‘Ultimate Reality’. In this replay of his 2011 debate with Chris Sinkinson of Moorlands Theological College, they debate whether all religions lead to God. For John Hick: http://www.johnhick.org.uk/jsite/ For Chris Sinkinson: htt…
 
Nabeel Qureshi first appeared on Unbelievable? in 2009 for a dialogue on his conversion from Islam to Christianity with Muslim convert Yahya Seymour. Justin shares this replay of their conversation and reflects on the ministry of Nabeel who died in 2017 from cancer. For Justin’s 2016 interview with Nabeel Qureshi https://www.premierchristianradio.c…
 
Laura Miller loved the Narnia stories as a child, but felt she had been hoodwinked when she discovered their Christian symbolism as an adult skeptic. She engages in a discussion on the enduring appeal of Narnia with leading CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward in this replay of their 2009 dialogue. For Michael Ward http://www.planetnarnia.com/ For Laura M…
 
Prof John Lennox answers viewer questions in a livestream Q&A hosted by Justin and Lucy Brierley. He talks about his new book ‘2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity’ and addresses issues around science, technology, faith, atheism and the Bible. For ‘2084’ https://2084book.com/ Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbe…
 
Does Islam or Christianity go back to the true person of Jesus? Richard Shumack, author of 'Jesus through Muslim Eyes' and Mustafa Akyol, author of 'The Islamic Jesus', debate the issues. For Richard Shumack For Mustafa Akyol http://www.mustafaakyol.org/ Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’ h…
 
Justin introduces a classic debate from the Unbelievable? archive in which megachurch pastor Rob Bell defended his controversial 2011 book 'Love Wins’ opposite Adrian Warnock. For Rob Bell For Adrian Warnock https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/ Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbelievable? e-book ‘In Conversation With…’ htt…
 
Jon Steingard of the band Hawk Nelson is the latest in a number of Christian personalities who say they've renounced their faith. Jon joins Justin along with Christian thinker Sean McDowell who has written a response blog to Jon’s Instagram announcement. Jon Steingard https://www.instagram.com/jonsteingard Sean McDowell https://seanmcdowell.org/blo…
 
Tim Farron is an MP and former leader of the Liberal Democrats. His Christian faith came under scrutiny during the 2017 UK General Election, leading to his resignation as party leader. His autobiography ‘A Better Ambition: Confessions of a faithful liberal’ (SPCK) tells his story. Polly Toynbee is a well-known journalist, political commentator and …
 
Dr. Francis Collins is a renowned geneticist who oversaw the Human Genome Project and is currently the director of the National Institutes of Health, USA responding to Covid-19. He founded Biologos, an organisation seeking to show the complementarity of science and faith. His book ’The Language of God’ tells his faith journey. Having been awarded t…
 
Is Christianity a positive force for compassion in the world? Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr. Roger Bretherton join Justin for a conversation on psychology, the brain, Christianity and what makes us choose compassion over callousness. Prof Paul Gilbert is a clinical psychologist and leading expert in the study and promotion of compassion. Dr Roger Brethe…
 
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently passed away, aged 74. In a special tribute edition of the show Justin is joined by Amy Orr-Ewing, Vince Vitale and Abdu Murray from RZIM to share personal memories and reflect on his life and legacy. For RZIM http://www.rzim.org Read Amy’s personal tribute https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Ravi-Zac…
 
Historian Tom Holland, author of ‘Dominion’ recaps his debate with AC Grayling and talks about his recent article for The Telegraph arguing for the Christian roots of the response we are seeing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also joining the conversation are New Testament scholar Mike Bird co-author of ‘The New Testament In Its World’, and Rev Marcus…
 
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