Episodes
In this special podcast episode, prominent Emerging Church leader Brian McLaren and renowned evangelical leader Andrew Wilson engage in a thought-provoking debate on whether we need to rethink our approach to scripture. This insightful discussion delves into critical topics, including: Have we made an idol of the Bible?How did Jesus read scripture?The relevance of Old Testament lawPerspectives on homosexualityAddressing contradictions in the BibleThe use and misuse of scriptureUnderstanding...
Published 06/11/24
How do we speak the truth and balance love with causing offence? Join us on Unbelievable for a challenging episode dedicated to exploring how and whether Christians can engage in politics for the greater good. In this episode, we sit down with former addict and approval seeker, Shane Idleman, founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster and Leona Valley, CA and founder of Westside Christian Radio Network. He is the author of a number of books and articles, and a...
Published 06/07/24
Published 06/07/24
Christian philosopher Prof Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse debate issues of the mind, consciousness and the existence of God. Join us as we explore whether advances in science are undermining or supporting belief in God. Featuring audio clips from the film The God Question, our guests today engage in a spicy discussion debating whether the human mind can be explained by material processes alone, religious experience and free will. Originally Aired: 13 December...
Published 06/04/24
Where is God in my friend’s suicide? 😭 Is God anti-gay? 👀 Do Christians and Muslim's worship the same God?... 🔥 ☪️ ✝️ In today's episode we’re taking you to the recording of a live event we call NO QUESTION OFF LIMITS which we hosted with Spring Harvest last month. Audience members were invited to text in their questions that were then upvoted and answered by a panel of experts. Joining us on the show to answer your heart-felt questions is renowned public theologian Dr Amy Orr-Ewing,...
Published 05/31/24
Lynn Wilder and Corey Miller are among 4 scholars who tell their story of leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the new book 'Leaving Mormonism'. They engage with Mormon believer James Holt as they discuss Jesus, Joseph Smith, polygamy, testimony, the Book of Mormon and more. For 'Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Mind': Originally Aired: 24 November 2017 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable? podcast: https://pod.link/267142101 • More shows, free eBook &...
Published 05/28/24
Trust in our elected officials seems at an all-time low. Moral failures, infighting, and scandals have become commonplace. Today, on Unbelievable? we ask, Can we rediscover the moral compass in politics? With crucial primaries taking place in the USA and an election in the UK on July 4 we are asking what should be the standard for behaviour of elected officials? And who decides? The discussion is hosted by BBC veteran broadcaster Roger Bolton. Can politics uplift and inspire? Is our...
Published 05/24/24
As we approach the one-year anniversary of apologist Tim Keller's death on May 19th, we sit down with his wife Kathy Keller, author and speaker in her own right, to discuss a number of listener's questions 👀 🤔 on topics of skepticism and reasons for God, suffering, unanswered prayer and to discuss in more depth Kathy's own personal conversion to faith 🔥🔥 her early personal correspondence with CS Lewis ✍️🦁 and what Biblical conclusions she's come to, or even changed position on, later in life....
Published 05/17/24
One of our favourite debates today from the Archives - Elliot George, a retired science teacher, argues that science is grounded in evidence, while religion is based on 'faith' and 'make-belief' and should thus be dismissed. Jonathan McLatchie, writer, speaker and scientist, joins the debate and critiques Elliot's theories as fundamentally flawed. He contends that Christian belief is supported by evidence, asserting that science itself bolsters the argument for God's existence. Their debate...
Published 05/14/24
Everyone from Madonna to top neuroscientists and millions of other people around the world report personal, unforgettable near-death experiences or NDEs.  Do these NDE accounts prove the existence of a loving God?  This week on Unbelievable? Pastor and author John Burke, who has studied and examined over 1,000 accounts of near-death experiences, explains these reports provide faith-building evidence of God and the Bible.    Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander joins the debate pushing back on...
Published 05/10/24
This week's episode dives deep into one of the most challenging philosophical questions humanity has grappled with for centuries: the problem of natural evil. Hosted by Vince Vitale the show delves into the complexities of evil that seem inherent to the fabric of our world – earthquakes, famines, diseases – phenomena that sometimes shake our faith in a benevolent God. We're joined by two brilliant minds with divergent perspectives. Sharon Dirckx, a renowned speaker, author, and Christian...
Published 05/03/24
In this riveting podcast episode, we bring together two intriguing voices from opposite ends of the spectrum: Mark Lanier, a distinguished trial lawyer and keen apologist-theologian, known for his compelling defense of Christianity in "Christianity on Trial," and Paul Beaumont, a former Christian turned skeptic after encountering the arguments of new atheists like Richard Dawkins. Mark, drawing on his legal expertise, passionately defends the tenets of Christianity, while Paul, armed with his...
Published 04/30/24
In the discussion on the plausibility of an all-evil God versus an all-good God, Dr. Max Baker-Hytch delivered a compelling argument that encapsulated the essence of the debate. He highlighted the inherent scepticism that arises when considering the 'evil God' hypothesis, pointing out that if such a malevolent deity were to exist, it would provide ample reason to doubt the reliability of our cognitive faculties. According to Dr. Baker-Hytch, the very nature of an evil God would entail a...
Published 04/26/24
For too long, the ‘science and religion’ debate has fixated on creation, evolution, cosmology, miracles and quantum theory, and not enough on the essence of what it means to be human. But this is a mistake argues one of our guests today, Christian academic Nick Spencer, Senior Fellow at Theos, in his new book ‘Playing God: science, religion and the future of humanity.’ Back on the show is Emily Qureshi-Hurst expert on the philosophy of time. Emily is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Oriel College,...
Published 04/19/24
In a world riddled with conflict, where headlines scream of violence and unrest, the age-old question resurfaces: Is war ever justified, or should Christians wholeheartedly embrace pacifism? Join esteemed scholars Nigel Biggar and Stanley Hauerwas as they delve into the moral complexities of war and peace from a Christian perspective in this classic replay episode. Nigel Biggar, renowned theologian and ethicist, brings his nuanced understanding of just war theory, exploring the conditions...
Published 04/16/24
It's no secret that modern American Christians are deeply divided over politics. This division raises important questions about the influence of Scripture on political beliefs. To make sense of this, we invited renowned scholar NT Tom Wright, theologian, professor and star of the "Ask NT Wright Anything Podcast" along with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Preston M. Sprinkle host of the Theology in the Raw podcast. Tom Wright stresses the need for Christians to prioritise the kingdom of...
Published 04/12/24
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is there any good evidence to support the resurrection? Are alternative explanations more compelling? Can we trust the biblical narratives? Ruth Jackson hosted a live debate at a school with the help of Aylesbury Youth for Christ. She was joined by Rev Dr Joseph Boot, founder and president of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and Harry Amos, who moved from Christianity to "agnostic atheism" while studying philosophy, politics and economics...
Published 04/05/24
Today we delve into the contentious debate surrounding the role of secularism in Western civilization and its relationship with Christianity. A growing chorus of new atheist writers heralds the advent of an enlightened era of secular rationalism, purporting to liberate society from what they perceive as the shackles of outdated Christian influence. However, according to David Bentley Hart, acclaimed author of "Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies," such...
Published 04/02/24
The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly investigated, probed, and discussed. This week on Unbelievable we will add to the debate by asking ‘Did it really happen – the Resurrection of Jesus?’ dissecting the narratives of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We’ve got two eminent scholars – who are good friends but with diametrically opposed beliefs on the authenticity of this pivotal event that forms the basis for the Christian worldview.    Dr. Mike Licona, a...
Published 03/29/24
In this Classic Replay of Unbelievable? Podcast, we delve into the fascinating journey of Leah Libresco, once a prominent atheist blogger who made headlines by converting to Catholicism. Her story gained attention across both religious and secular spheres, including a feature on CNN. Leah sits down with Hemant Mehta, widely known as the Friendly Atheist, for a topical discussion about the moral arguments that played a pivotal role in her conversion journey. Hemant quizzes Leah on her...
Published 03/25/24
With crucial elections happening in the UK and USA this year Unbelievable is diving back the debate into politics and faith with some paradigm shifting thinkers and theologians. Strap in for this mini-series starting with Michael F. Bird (Deputy Principal & New Testament scholar at Ridley College, Australia) and Stephen Wolfe (author of ‘The Case for Christian Nationalism’). These two come to vastly different conclusions about how faith and politics should mix. Stephen Wolfe makes a...
Published 03/22/24
In this replay we bring together Christian Philosopher & Theologian Keith Ward and atheist Professor of Philosophy from King's College London, David Papinaeu to unpack 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 - with nothing immaterial about it. What do you think? This episode originally aired on: 14 Jan 2012 • Subscribe to the Unbelievable?...
Published 03/19/24
Top apologist, Biola professor, and author Dr. Sean McDowell guest hosts Unbelievable on the topic, 'Does God truly love everyone?'. Most Christians would say yes. At the heart of Christianity is a declaration that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to make salvation possible for every single person. But there are very strongly held views across the spectrum about what happens when we die? What about those who have never heard? Is there a chance to acknowledge and accept God...
Published 03/15/24
Where is God to be found when you face a no-joke reality of a terminal diagnosis for cancer? Two comedians, who are both Christians, are facing just this challenge. This discussion between these two men will transform the way you think about terminal illness. This is an uplifting show with two people who feel even closer to God than before they received their devastating news.   Allan Finnegan competed in the 2020 series of the ITV variety competition Britain’s Got Talent and got to the...
Published 03/08/24
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, mystical and deconstructed interpretation of faith has left many Christians confused. In this episode Michael is joined by Christian songwriter and teacher, Evan Wickham as they break down many of the questions millennials and Gen Z'ers are facing today and what...
Published 03/05/24