By Real Seeker Ministries
I'm a person sincerely interested in seeking religious truth, for years I studied and did my best to seek out the truth about God's existence, the existence and nature of the afterlife and which religion might be true and/or endorsed by God. At the end of my searching, I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the religion that God wants me to follow and believe. I hope to help other "real seekers" in their journey to finding the same truth that I did.
I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I can be reached via email at email@example.com
Historical Cosmological & Teleological/Design Arguments for God (Aquinas, Clarke & Paley)
I had some guests reschedule some shows or later in the month and so I figured I would put on a bonus solo show whereby I present and evaluate 3 Classical or Historical arguments for the existence of God. Starting with Cosmological arguments, I first evaluate Thomas Aquinas' "2nd Way" argument showing that all natural things have an ultimate or uncaused effiecient cause (i.e., God) of their existence. Next, I turn to Samuel Clarke's argument that even an infinite series of dependant things requires an independant external explanation of it's existence via God. Finally, I switch gears and focus in on William Paley's famous argument from analogy for design via his "Watchmaker" analogy.
September 30, 2022
TheoGeeks: Paul & Women in Ministry
In this episode of TheoGeeks, David and I engage in the Egalitarianism (Dale) vs. Complementarianism (David R.) debate and discuss whether or not women can serve as Pastors or Elders in the church.
September 25, 2022
Christian Salvation- The Predestination/Election Debate (with David KC & David Russell)
Continueing on with my series on trying to understand and address the objections of former Biblical Unitarian turned skeptic David Kemball-Cook, both David Russell and myself try to tackle his claim that the New Testament provides contrdictory teachings on the notion of salvific Predestination/Election vs. freewill as understood by Calvinists vs. Molinists.
September 24, 2022
Shroud Wars: An Islamic Perspective on the Shroud (with Arif Khan)
Arif Khan, a friend of Barrie Schwortz, joins me to discuss his Pro-Shroud position from an Ahmadiyya Muslim perspective. We assess many of the similarities and differences in the interpretations that Arif has from traditional Pro-Shroud christians in understanding the Shroud evidence.
September 17, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Bonus)- Previously Unaired Q&A & Round 1 Debate (Alan vs. Dale on STURP)
In this bonus Shroud show, I decided to post up some bits of previous Shroud shows that I edited out due to irrelevancy and time constraints. The first bit is a Q&A session that David Johnson asked me to do for my Shroud Solo Show Part 6 (obviously, on Real Seekers I fit the first part of Part 6 with my Part 7 show instead on RSM). Additionally, I edited out the first section of my Shroud Wars Round 1 debate with Alan the fundy lay Shroud skeptic on the credibility of STURP (note this debate happened on the 40th anniversary). I take the position that they were scientifically credible whereas Alan takes view that they were nothing but a bunch of "pseudo-scientific nutters".
September 10, 2022
Harry Stark (Part 4)- Science Proves the Soul
Everyone's favorite biologist is back and this time he's argueing that the scientific data related to our brains and how they function shows that we have an immaterial mind/soul. I post some of the papers he refers to on my Blog. Enjoy :)
September 02, 2022
TheoGeeks- The Beatitudes In-Depth (Part 1) [ReUpload]
This week it's David Russell's turn to pick a topic and he wishes to do an in-depth analysis of the Beatitudes in Matt 5 and so we do so. We go over things like the setting and meaning of being "poor in spirit" vs. "rich in spirit".
August 28, 2022
TheoGeeks- The Beatitudes In-Depth (Part 1)
This week it's David Russell's turn to pick a topic and he wishes to do an in-depth analysis of the Beatitudes in Matt 5 and so we do so. We go over things like the setting and meaning of being "poor in spirit" vs. "rich in spirit".
August 28, 2022
Harry Stark (Part 3B)- Biologist Responds to the Atheists & Skeptics
Last time, as a professional biologist and scientist, Harry Stark provided his case on how science helps to prove the existence of God. Atheists and skeptics were not very happy with the case he laid out. He listened to the objevtions and complaints and now Harry Stark is back to give the skeptics an education in science and how to think rationally!
August 26, 2022
Proving My Molinistic Defeater for the Problem of Evil (with skeptical Theist David Kemball-Cook)
In this episode, David Kemball-Cook returns to discuss mt response to his previous argument regarding the Problem of Evil. In response, I raised the Molinistic Defeater as an undercutting defeater for his argument and at that point David wondered if I might try to modify it into a rebutting defeater in the standard form whereby I take on the burden of proof to prove that my Molinistic Defeater response is in fact, true.
August 22, 2022
Barrie Schwortz is Back! (Part 1)- Photography & the Shroud of Turin
Barrie Schwortz is Back! In this episode, I'm joined by Barrie Schwortz, a world-renowned expert on the Shroud of Turin and the official STURP photographer back in 1978. In this Part 1 show, Barrie presents to us what we know about the Shroud from photography as my 2 Pro-Shroud co-hosts (Daniel Lowry & Teddi Pappas) probe him further afterward.
August 14, 2022
Ray Comfort (Christian Apologist) vs. Vel the Atheist (from Club Schadenfreude Blogs)
This was another fan request, this time from an entrenched Atheist named Vel from Club Schadenfreude Blogs, where she debates various issues with famous Christian apologist Ray Comfort. After the debate, I provide my own review of the debate and mention 5-6 criticisms about the debate.
August 05, 2022
God at the Crossroads of Worldviews- Dr. Paul Seungoh Chung
Dr. Paul Seungoh Chung joins me to discuss how science relates to religious truths about the reality of God based on his book entitled, ". Everything from God's own nature to how to read and understand God's creation of the universe is discussed.
July 30, 2022
Reviewing Islam: Contrasting Christianity's Trinity Doctrine vs. Islam's Tawheed Doctrine
In this episode, I review the Muslim Metaphysician's take on the Trinity and why he feels it is logically incoherent. I show that this Muslim is in error on his evaluation that the "Trinity Monotheism" model of William Lane Craig doesn't make sense. Further, I attmept to conduct a historical investigation on some of the controversies surrounding the Islamic doctrine of "Tawheed" and show that many of the same "logical" problems apply to Islam as with the Trinity and yet only the Trinity is able to emerge logically intact while remaining true to their respective inspired orthodox religious authorities.
July 23, 2022
TheoGeeks: Joshua 8 & the Newest Archeological Findings
In this episode, David Russell, Tyler Fowler and I discuss some of the archeological findings that support the truth of Joshua 8:30-35 (including the remarkable curse tablet that was just recently revealed in March 2022).
July 17, 2022
Harry Stark #3- Biologist Says Science Points to God
This short video was done by our good friend Harry Stark. This time around he reveals his real name and expertise and argues that the latest scientific evidence from cosmology and biology point to God.
July 15, 2022
Biblical Forgiveness vs. Grace
In this episode, I share my take on the Biblical notion of forgiveness in the light of God's saving grace; how and when is true forgiveness to be offered to those who sin against us? What role does grace play in relation to our forgiving our enemies? All this and more is addressed in this short episode via extroplating some lessons I've learned in this regard from my own experiences with the S&S skeptics. I hope that it is informative and helpful to all.
July 12, 2022
Shroud Wars: The Sudarium of Oviedo & the Shroud of Turin (with César Barta)
In this great episode I'm joined by world-renowned Sudarium of Oviedo expert César Barta who tells us about the latest research in his book on the Sudarium's history, scientific and forensic evidence proving that it is linked to the Shroud of Turin and covered the same corpse; that of our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ!
July 06, 2022
The Divine Hiddenness Argument (Part 1B)- Establishing the Incompatibiluty Premise (Premises 5-7)
Part 1B provides an assessment of Premises 5-7 of our version of the Divine Hiddeness Argument; together these establish the "Incompatibiluty Premise" element of the argument.
July 01, 2022
The Divine Hiddenness Argument (Part 1A)- Establishing the Concept of God (Premises 1-4)
Continuing on with my "Existence of God" solo series, in deference to a fan of the show, I wanted to change gears and go out of the proper order so as to tackle an Argument for Atheism (i.e., a Negative Evidence against the Existence of God). For me the Divine Hiddenness (or Hiddenness of God) Argument has always been the most inlfuential and persuasive that the Atheists have on offer (to my mind at least) and so here we go! Part 1A provides a brief overview of the Divine Hiddeness Argument, lays out our version of the argument (a 9 premise deductive argument) based on the work of J.L. Schellenberg. In this episode we focus on assessing the truth vs. falsity of the first 4 premises on what the notion of God entails (as per this argument).
July 01, 2022
Contemporary Biblical Narratives- The Wise Man with Michele Chynoweth
I’m joined by Michele Chynoweth, a well-known best-selling author who writes modern day fiction stories to represent various Biblically faithful lessons and characters. Her latest book is “The Wise Man” based on the Bible story of Solomon.
June 17, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 18B)- Assessing the Electrostatic Mechanism Hypotheses
In the final half of Part 18 of my Shroud Solo Show series, I provide an assessment of the 4-5 Electrostatic mechanisms that have been proposed to account for the formation of the Shroud's "Minimal Relevant Features". These hypotheses include; i) Kirlian Photography (an Ordinary Artistic Hypothesis), ii) The Corona Discharge hypotheses (both an "Ordinary Naturalistic" and Fanti's "Extraodinrary" versions), iii) Fanti's NEW "Divine Photography" hypothesis (an "Extraodinary" mechanism) and finally, iv) Dan Spicer & E.T. Toton's "low-energy "Electric Charge Seperation" hypothesis (an Ordinary Naturalistic mechanism).
June 13, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 18A)- Intro to Electrostatic Mechanism Hypotheses
In the first half of Part 18 of my Shroud Solo Show series, I provide an introduction to the 4-5 Electrostatic mechanisms that have been proposed to account for the formation of the Shroud's "Minimal Relevant Features". These hypotheses include; i) Kirlian Photography (an Ordinary Artistic Hypothesis), ii) The Corona Discharge hypotheses (both an "Ordinary Naturalistic" and Fanti's "Extraodinrary" versions), iii) Fanti's NEW "Divine Photography" hypothesis (an "Extraodinary" mechanism) and finally, iv) Dan Spicer & E.T. Toton's "low-energy "Electric Charge Seperation" hypothesis (an Ordinary Naturalistic mechanism).
June 12, 2022
Debating the Atonement- with David Kemball-Cook & David Russell
David Kemball-Cook is back to discuss his problems with the Atonement of Jesus. We discuss the morality and Biblical warrant for this essential christian doctrine.
June 04, 2022
Playing Devil’s Advocate (Part 3)- Finale Review
In this episode I finish my review of "Caleb the Atheist's" case AGAINST the Resurrection of Jesus. We finish off assessing the appearances as reported in the Gospels and their explanation before finishing off with Caleb's take on the Explanatory Power and Practical implications of belief in the Resurrection hypothesis.
May 30, 2022
Playing Devil’s Advocate (Part 2)- The Case AGAINST the Empty Tomb, Paul & James
In Part 2, I review "“Caleb the Atheist's” case AGAINST the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection, specifically based on the evidence from the Empty Tomb and the Appearances to the "skeptics" Paul nd James the brother of Jesus.
May 27, 2022
Playing Devil's Advocate (Part 1)- Revieiwing Caleb Jackson's Case AGAINST the Resurrection
In this episode I review "Caleb the Atheist"'s case AGAINST the truth of Jesus' Resurrection, specifically based on various prior probability factors such as the inherent implausibility of being raised bodily from the dead, Jesus' failure to fulfill Messianic prophecy and also Jesus' failure as a good moral teacher and prophet.
May 22, 2022
Reviewing Hary Stark (Part 2)- His Atheists Believe in God & Abortion Videos
In this episode, I fulfill one of my promises to a fan of the show to review some of his work. The first video is "Left Atheism" whereby he looks at 6 famous Atheists who changed their minds based on the evidence and came to beleif in God. Then, I look at his relgiious decision tree chart and finally I finish off with his video on Abortion.
May 20, 2022
SPECIAL EPISODE: The Evil-God Challenge- (My Faith Unaltered Presentation + BONUS After-show)
This is a special episdoe for me as I present about a year and half's worth of research for my Master's Thesis/MRP on the infamous Evil-God Challenge, which challenges Theists to demosntrate why one ought to favour belief in a good God vs. an evil god.
May 15, 2022
New "Faith Unaltered" Show Opening Night- (with Dr. Jonathan McLatchie, Myself and Others as Guests)
I was asked to be a guest on the opening night of the brand new "Faith Unaltered" Podcast and radio show. After a brief interview, we go to open mic night awith Dr. Jonathan McLatchie and many others to discuss various topics like the Resurrection of Jesus and the Problem of Evil. Enjoy :)
May 14, 2022
Shroud Solo Shows (Part 17)- Dr. Leoncio Garza-Valdes & the Bacteria/Fungal Hypothesis
In this short episode, I evaluate Dr. Leoncio Garza-Valdes' idea that bacteria produce an organic coating (what he calls a "bioplastic coating") over time on ancient textiles, textiles including the Shroud itself. This is what made the Shroud's body images.
April 28, 2022
Shroud Wars Debates: Giulio Fanti, Robert Siefker & Bob Rucker Discuss their Theories
In this Shroud Wars episode, I'm joined by Dr. Giulio Fanti, Robert Siefker and Bob Rucker to discuss the evidence for and against the historical provenance of the Shroud and then we discuss some of the Pro-Shroud "extraordinary" mechanisms that may explain the Shorud images and their remarkable properties and features.
April 22, 2022
Morality Finale (Part 2)- S&S RoundTable Cont.
Here is Part 2 of the S&S Morality Round Table- this is the last of the S&S shows that I was a part of as a guest.
April 16, 2022
Morality Finale (Part 1)- S&S Roundtable with Randal Rauser, Marvin Wallace and othes
This was the grand finale of the 7-part series on Morality that S&S did (of which I was in 3 of the shows myself). In part 1 Marvin Wallace talks primarily with the skeptic Bryan whereas I take over in Part 2 and engage David J and others.
April 08, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 16)- The "Russell Effect" Hypothesis
In this short episode, I assess the merits (or rather demerits) of Dr. Allan Mill's Singlet Oxygen based "Russell Effect" hypothesis (a known photographic effect) for explaining the formation of the Shroud's body images. As we shall see, it utterly fails to explain the Shroud minimal relelvant features (MRF's).
April 06, 2022
Tony Costa- Evaluating Biblical Miracles
My friend and mentor Dr. Tony Costa joins me to discuss his take on the historicity of Jesus miracles in the Gospels as well as other Biblical miracles beyond the Resurrection of Christ. Can we prove historically that Jesus healed the sick, cured blindness, exorcized demons and engaged in various "nature miracles" (like walking on water, turing water into wine, etc.). What is the historical evidence that our Lord and Savour truly rose from the dead and finally, what about the evidence for other biblical miracles recorded in Scripture and beyond- all this and more in this awesome episode!
April 02, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 15)- Volkringer Patterns Hypothesis
In this episode, I evaluate the next "Ordinary Naturalistic Mechanism"- the Voliringer Patterns hypothesis by Jean Volkringer in 1942 (as well as the revised version of this theory by John DeSalvo in 1982) that stipulates that volkringer patterns are responsible for the Shroud of Turin's body images.
March 31, 2022
Democracy of the Dead- Leaping into Faith
I'm joined by Matt from Democracy of the Dead. We discuss his faith journey and reasons for believing in God and Christianity in particular. Interestingly, Matt takes a Continental philosophical approach as opposed to the more typical Analytic philosophical approach that most Christian apologists prefer (including myself). For Matt, it was Soren Kierkegaard (the father of existentialism) who said it best, "Leap of faith- yes, but only after reflection!".
March 27, 2022
TheoGeeks The Return: Discussing Jesus Deity
TheoGeeks is back! After a short hiatus, David Russell and I have returned to continue on with the podcast. This time around we are discussing Jesus' Deity based on Biblical data, Historical developments and philsophical coherence.
March 19, 2022
The Problem of Evil Discussed- With David Russell and David Kemball-Cook
Dr. David Kemball-Cook is back! The former Biblical Unitarian who lost his faith a few months back. Both David Russell and I team up to work through the Problem of Evil, which is one of the main reasons that David KC lost his faith in Jesus recently.
March 13, 2022
Reviewing Harry Stark's Comparative Religion Video
A Christian fan of the show, Harry Stark, messaged me with a great video that he made and asked me to post it up while providing my feedback on it. If you have any questions, Harry's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 13, 2022
Dr. Igal German- New Ministry
In this show I interview Dr. Igal German to speak about his new ministry and various issues pertaining to Christian apologetics.
March 04, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 14)- Gas Diffusion Mechanisms
In this episode I go over the second non-artistic "ordinary naturalistic" mechanism known as the Gas Diffusion/Evaporation mechanism. In particular, I evaluate both Paul Vignon's "Vapograph Hypothesis" and the Ray Roger's "Maillard Reaction Hypothesis".
March 02, 2022
Jesus Mythicism Refuted (Part 4B)- The Trial of Jesus in the Talmud (b San. 43a)
In Part 4B, I lay out the newest evidence from the Rabbinical tradition regarding Jesus trial in b San 43a. I find that this is successful in proving that the "Minimal Historical Jesus" existed and was tried and then crucified by the Jews in the first century A.D.- (57% Proven).
February 27, 2022
Jesus Mythicism Refuted (Part 4A)- Evaluating Religious Jewish Rabbi (Non-Christian) Sources
In Part 4 of my Jesus Mythicism Refuted series, I evaluate the last of our non-Christian historical sources in the form of some of the texts about Jesus in the Talmud and other early Rabbinical literature reflecting traditions originating and preserved by devout religious Jews and Rabbis. In Part 4A I provide a survey of the literature to give people a lay of the land of these Jewish writing, their preservation and how they relate to each other and then I provide an assesstment of 5 specific texts alleging to give proof of the existence of a "Minimal Historical Jesus".
February 26, 2022
Miracles: S&S Group Talk (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of the show with Teddi vs. a gaggle of fundy lay skeptics.
February 25, 2022
Miracles: S&S Group Discussion (Part 1)
This episode was made the last week where I was the christian co-host of S&S. I already posted up my Solo show on Miracles on here, but this was the group show that I wasn't on; instead Teddi Pappas joins in to represent the christian or seeker side.
February 19, 2022
Shroud Debate After-Show (Teddi Pappas vs. Hugh Farey)- Dale Reviews
Last week, we saw the debate between two Shroud experts, Teddi Pappas on the Pro-Shroud side and Hugh Farey on the Shroud skeptic side. After the debate, the two lay skeptics (David Johnson and Darren Lute) took over and provided their review of what was said. This show is my review of their review and I refute some of their mistaken notions and false understandings on the case for the Shroud.
February 19, 2022
BONUS- Shroud Debate- Hugh Farey vs. Teddi Pappas
This is an old S&S episode where Hugh Farey debates Teddi Pappas on the Shroud.
February 13, 2022
The Complete Sinner's Guide- Shroud Time (with Teddi Pappas & Myself on PORA Guest Host Month)
Teddi Pappas and myself are invited to speak on the Shroud of Turin for PORA's guest host month. Tyler Fowler and Joshua Davidson, the hosts of the Complete Sinner's Guide Podcast interview us.
February 13, 2022
God as Creator & Ruler of Everything
This is an old Season 2 episode of S&S where David J. and I debate the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo and God's divine providence.
February 05, 2022
Dr. Igal German- What is a Torah Observant Christian?
As promised, we finally had Dr. Igal German on the show to discuss Torah Observant christianity and it's errors.
January 26, 2022
What is a Torah Observant Christian- PORA Live Show with David Russell & Tyler Fowler
Originally we had an interview with Dr. Igal German, but he had to delay the show until this Monday, so David R. Tyler and I gave our own take on the spot. The proper interview will be done and posted on PORA this Monday and it will also be posted up on RSM next week. Enjoy :) RSM Blog = TO BE POSTED NEXT WEEK AFTER THE PROPER INTERVIEW WITH DR. IGAL GERMAN
January 22, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 13B)- Supplemental on Direct Contact MeChanisms & the 2018 BPA Experiments
In this episode I go over the 2018 Journal of Foresic Sciences paper regarding the Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) finidings by Shroud skeptics saying that the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin are inconsistent with the bloodflow patterns expected to form via direct contact. Addtionally, I go over some quick supplemental notes from my Part 13 show proper on Direct contact mechanisms and provide helpful visual images of some of the Bloodstain features of the Shroud.
January 13, 2022
Navigating the Covid Crisis (with Drs. Paul Bali & Julien Beillard)
In this episode I interview my old Prof Dr. Paul Bali and fellow Ryerson professor Dr. Julien Beillard on the current covid crisis and what to make of the measures taken to combat it in the light of our fundamental rights and freedoms (esp. freedoms of religious and moral conscience).
January 10, 2022
Dr. David Kemball-Cook- Why he Just Lost his Faith in Jesus & How to Win him Back!!!
Dr. David Kemball-Cook has been a Biblical Unitarian for years, however recently he just lost his faith in Jesus and is now a general Theist. His loss of faith is the result of 12 problems that he doesn't have answers for; David Russell and I try our best to understand and respond to some of the issues.
January 08, 2022
Shroud Solo Show (Part 13)- Direct Contact Mechanisms
In this episode I assess our first "Ordinary Naturalistic" mechanism- the Direct Contact method as proposed and/or tested by various experts. *** Note: That in terms of the "3D" images I meant to say that Direct Contact methods result in "all or nothing" (peaks and valley type) images rather than the varying gradations of body image varying density/darknesses that correlate to body to cloth distances at the time of encodation.
January 02, 2022
Christian Doctrine- Hate Speech or Tough Love?
In this episode, David J. (Atheist) and I discuss whether sharing christian truths amounts to Hate Speech or just tough love iintended to have an edifying purpose.
December 15, 2021
My Cosmological Argument Debated- with David R. & Rich Harkness (aka. Vaal the Atheist)
In this episode, I'm joined by fellow christian David Russell and Atheist Rich Harkness (aka. Vaal) to discuss my Leibnizian cosmological argument (i.e., Argument from the contingency of the universe). We take some time to go over the reasoning behind my three premises.
December 11, 2021
Addressing the Problem of Evil- With Atheist Ben "Blake Speed" Watkins, the Christian "Than" & Many Others
I was invited to another PORA live show with multiple famous Atheist and Christian guests (including Vaal/Rich Harkness, Ben Watkins, Than & Tyler Fowler. The focus is on addressing two particular versions of the Problem of evil based on Ben Watkins' notions of animal suffering and pain" and "horrendous evils" respectively.
December 05, 2021
TheoGeeks - The Sermon On The Mount
In this episode of TheoGeeks David R. and I go over the Sermon on the Mount and how to apply it to our lives as christians. Specifically, we focus on loving one's enemies and fogiveness as well as some of the commands that appear to be impossible to follow in real life.
December 05, 2021
Robyn Dykstra- From Fomrer Playboy Bunny to Commited Christian
In this episode, I'm joined by former Playboy Bunny turned commited Christian Robyn Dykstra. We discuss her former life and how she came to know Jesus as her Lord and Saviour and how God has used her xperiences to bring ultimate purpose and meaning to her life via her ministry.
November 26, 2021
Dr. Cheryl H. White- Evaluating Catholic Relics
Dr. Cheryl H. White joins Real Seekers to discuss the theological and historical significance of relics.
November 19, 2021
Shabir Ally Bonus Follow Up on the Math Patterns- Using the Specified Complexity Criteria
In this short bonus video, I go over my own methodology of using Bill Dembski's Specified Complexity to evaluate the math patterns found in the Quran and give some helpful examples to illustrate how one should go about properly evaluating them.
November 13, 2021
Dr. Shabir Ally- The Numerical Patterns in the Quran
Dr. Shabir Ally joins me and Robert L. White to speak about the alleged miraculous numerical patterns in the Quran; one of the positive evidences for the truth of Islam.
November 10, 2021
TheoGeeks- Genesis 1 (Explaining Creation Days 2 & 3)
In the frouth episode of TheoGeeks, David Russell leads the discussion on Days 2 and 3 in Genesis 1.
October 31, 2021
Shroud Wars Debates- Gary Habermas & Hugh Farey
IN this episode I'm joined by Dr. Gary Habermas (Pro-Shroud) and Hugh Farey (Shroud Skeptic) to present their affrimative and negative cases for and against the Shroud respectively. This was an amazing discussion with great details revealed on variou aspects on the Shroud of Turin- including aspects not covered in detail in previous Shroud Wars debates. Additionally, Daniel Lowry joins as my co-host and asks both guests some really insightful questions. Enjoy :)
October 26, 2021
Another PORA Open Mic Night- Demons, Ghosts & More
I was only able to join half way through the show, but the PORA gang do an open mic night on various issues including ghosts, demons, reincarnation and more.
October 16, 2021
The Ontological Argument Debate- Reviewing TJump's Failing Parodies
In this short solo show, I review TJump's two failing parodies (the "magic pinapple and the necessary square circle) for my Modal Ontological Argument and demonstrate his failure to create a succusseful parody. Additionally, I give my humorous take on some of the comments from the bad faith fundy lay skeptics in his audience.
October 09, 2021
The Modal Ontological Argument Debated- Dale vs. TJump
In my second debate with TJump, we debate Yujin Nagasawa/Alvin Plantinga's version of the Modal Ontological Argument on the Proseltyze or Apostatyze Podcast.
October 03, 2021
Talking with Pastor C. J. Morgan
This is an old S&S show that I wasn't on myself, but David J. interviews Pastor C. J. Morgan on various issues.
September 24, 2021
Biblical Sexual Ethics & The Notion of Spiritual Harm
I guest starred on S&S to discuss my notion of unnatural sex creating spritiual harm as a potential explanation as to why God designed sex to be only between a man and woman in marriage. This explains why God cares to lovingly prohibit certain forms of sex.
September 18, 2021
Talking about Satan
In this S&S episode, David R., Mac Attack and I all discuss our views on Satan and his role.
September 11, 2021
TheoGeeks# 3- Biblical Revelation (Inspiration, Inerrancy & Preservation)
In the third episode of TheoGeeks, David R. and I are joined by Travis from PORA to discuss God's special relevaiton in the Bible. We go over what it means for the Bible to be inspired and whether or not the Bible is inerrant or not. Finally, we go over a little on lower textual criticism and whether God's inspried Word has been preserved or not.
September 05, 2021
Shroud Solo Show (Part 12)- Scorch or Heat-Based Hypotheses
In this episode, I finish off my evaluation of the various “Ordinary Artistic” image forming mechanisms by assessing the three main types of “Heat-Based” or “Scorch” techniques proposed for reproducing the Shroud images; i) the “Hot Bas-Relief” method of Pesce Delfino (ca. 2001), ii) the “Hot Statue” method of Colin Berry (ca. 2012-2020) and, iii) the “Hot Engraved Lines/Metal Sheet” method of Ray Rogers, et al. (ca. 1982).
August 26, 2021
Jesus Mythicism Refuted (Part 3)- Evaluating 4 Archeological Evidences
In the third episode of my Jesus Mythicism Refuted solo series, I evaluate 4 archeological evidences; i) the Nazareth Inscription, ii) Church of the Holy Sepulcher, iii) The Talpiot Tomb and, iv) Jesus' Childhood Home/ Church of the Nutrition. Two of these are successful in proving the existentence of the "Minimal Historical Jesus".
August 24, 2021
TheoGeeks Episode 2- Interpreting Genesis 1
In the second episode of TheoGeeks, David Russell and I go over Genesis 1:1-5, starting with a discussion of the Author, Dating and Genre of Genesis 1, we then address the Parallelomania phenomenon realted to Babylonian myths and the doctrine of creation from nothing.
August 22, 2021
Jesus Mythicism Refuted (Part 2)- 4 Roman Government Officials & 3 Miscellaneous Pagans
Resuming my Jesus Mythicism Refuted Solo show series, I pick up where I left off in Part 1. I evaluate 4 Roman Government Officials (Pliny the Younger, Emperor Trajan, Emperor Hadrian & the Acts of Pontius Pilate) and then finish off my assessment of the sexular non-Christian/pagan sources with 3 Miscellanous texts from Lucian of Samosata, Mara Bar-Serapion and finally the pagan critic of Christianity Celsus himself. My conclusions were surprising to me, as I found one gem proving the existence of the "Minimal Historical Jesus" on a balance of probabilities amoung the 7 pagan sources. Which one? Well, you have to listen and find out, but it's not the one you might be expecting!
August 20, 2021
Dr. Lenny Peters- Missions to India & Hinduism
I interview Dr. Lenny Peters. Dr. Peters is renowned in North Carolina as the founder of a revolutionary medical network, a bank for the underserved, a cutting-edge research facility, and a world-class charity foundation, as well as an accomplished, caring physician. Most would be surprised to discover his humble roots in the small village of Kerala, India, and his hard-fought journey to achieve his ambitions and gain acceptance as an immigrant of color. Dr. Lenny Peters is the author of the new book Barefoot to Benefactor: My Life Story of Faith and Courage (Post Hill Press, September 14, 2021). In this episode we discuss his engagement shairngthe Gospel with Hindus in India.
August 20, 2021
Cosmological Argument Appendix Show- God's Relation to Time
This is not an official part of my Cosmological Argument (proper) series, this is an Appendix show addressing God's mode of eternality and His relationship to time itself; it is a promise I made to Chris Date back when he was on the show last time. In this episode, I lay out and assess three arguments in favour of Divine Timelessness and three arguments in favour of Divine Temporality.
August 16, 2021
Shroud Solo Show (Part 11B)- Kersten & Gruber Painting Emulsion & "Boiling" Techniques
Discovering some old S&S gold from my 2018 solo series on the Shroud of Turin; in preparing for my RSM Shroud solo show revival, I discovered 2 long since forgotten about epsiodes on the Shroud that I recroded during my time as co-host on S&S back in October of 2018. I have combined Part 11 on the Kersten & Gruber Method and Part 12 on the "Boiling Hypothesis" into one brand new, never heard before RSM episode Shroud solo series Part 11B- enjoy :)
August 14, 2021
Shroud Solo Show (Part 11)- Sunlight-Based Hypotheses (Proto-Photo, Shadow & Solar Reflex Models)
In Part 11, I continue my analysis of the various "Ordinary Artistic" image-forming mechanisms/hypotheses, specifically focusing on hypotheses based on the invovlement of sunlight as the image-encoding mechanism. There are three fundamental types of such hypotheses; i) The Medieval Proto-Photograph (Proto-Photo) models (Piknett & Prince and Nicholas Allen), ii) Nathan D. Wilson's "Shadow" model and finally, iii) Serge N. Mouraviev's Solar Reflex model.
August 07, 2021
Cosmological Argument (Part 5B)- Finishing the Gap Problem
In this last and final epsiode, I finish off my Cosmological Argument proper. In Part 5A I addressed the Taxi Cab Fallacy, Self-Causation, Infinite Regress and the Positive case on the infamous "Gap Problem". In this show, I look at the Atheists' Negative case regarding the "Gap Problem" and end off by demonstrating that "God-1" is true :)
August 05, 2021
Cosmological Argument (Part 5A)- Overcoming The Taxi Cab Fallacy, Infnite Regress & Gap Problems
In the first part of the final solo show on the Cosmological Argument, we establish the truth of my thrid and final premise argueing that "God-1" is the explanation of the universe's contingent existence. We finish off by refuting the last 3 of 5 skeptical objections to the truth of the Cosmological argument, the Taxi Cab Fallacy objection, the Self-Causation/Infinite Rgeress Problem and finally the infamous "Gap Problem". With the positive case established, we now have a successful and warranted argument. See Part 5B for th final half of this episode addresssing the Atheist's negative case related to the "Gap Problem".
August 05, 2021
Shroud Wars- Dr. Cheryl H. White vs. Hugh Farey
I'm joined by Christian co-host Caleb Jackson to moderate a discussion between Shroud skeptic Hugh Farey and Medeival historian Dr. Cheryl White to discuss the evidence for and against the Shroud of Turin.
July 30, 2021
Season 2 S&S Premiere- Will the Real Christians Please Stand Up?- (What is Real Christianity)
This is the season premiere episode of the 2nd season of S&S. David J gives this topic.
July 17, 2021
TJUMP Round 2- Review Episode Updated
In this first and last review show, I go over TJump's objections to the Cosmological argument and Bayes. I'll let the rest of the original show with TJump stand.
July 13, 2021
Dr. Becca Ehrlich- Why Be a Christian Minimalist?
I'm a joined by special guest Becca Ehrlich who discusses what "Christian Minimalism" is and why Christian ought to adopt that lifestyle. This was a short but sweet interview, a lot of good and interesting information in it. I was skeptical at first, but I myself see the position as being Biblically (when properly understood and defined at least). Enjoy :)
July 13, 2021
Talking with TJump (Tom Jump the Atheist) on the Evidence for Christianity
In this episode, I was a guest on Tom Jump's YouTube show. We discussed the Cosmological Argument, Ontological Argument, Argument from Beauty and the Shroud of Turin.
July 11, 2021
TheoGeeks Ep 1- Jesus & the Torah
This is our very first episode of the new TheoGeeks Podcast, with both myself and PORA host David Russell as the hosts. In this first episode we cover Jesus' relationship to the OT law, first we establish what Dr. Dale Allison calls the "conservative Jesus", next we establish the "progressive Jesus" and finally we put it all together to discover the true Jesus, Jesus the Messiah of the OT!
July 02, 2021
Freewill- Evaluating Compatibilism (with Vaal the Atheist)
In this show, I engage with Vaal the Atheist to evaluate his views on Compatibilism vs. Libertarian Freewill based on the 5 conditions for freedom; the ability condition, control condition, rationality condition, the nature of causation condition, and the Person as Agent condition.
June 26, 2021
Cosmological Argument Part 4- The Principle of Sufficient Reason (Premise #2)
This episode was mostly recorded 2 years ago- in this show I provide the warrant for the 2nd Premise of my argument, namely that the Principle of Sufficient Reason as defined as every "thing" that exists has a sufficient reason/explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own internal nature or in an external cause. Note, due to time constraints, I haven't done much editing on this one, so it somewhat reflects an outdated version of my argument (for e.g. I speak of my first premise as though it said the universe was "an existing thing" as opposed to a "contingent existing thing" or I say PSR applies to "things" but only mention substances rather than saying it applies to all three types of things- substances, heaps and property-things). That said, despite some little modifications I would've liked to make, by in large the arguments presented are perfectly as I would have presented them today.
June 18, 2021
The Cosmological Argument Part 3B- Finishing Off Premise #1
In this episode, I continue to assess the warrant for the first of the three premises of our Cosmological argument. Here I finish off my case providing a third Abductive argument (i.e. inference to the best explanation) for proving that our Universe probably began to exist (as a matter of fact). I do so by wrapping up the warrant for Aspect 2 on proving the Universe beginning to exist a finite time ago is the best explanation by comparing it to various eternal cosmological models (including, Quantum Vacuum Fluctuation, Eternal Inflationary and Quantum Gravity Models.
June 17, 2021
The Argument for God from Beauty Debated- (with Atheist David J.)
I went on the S&S show to debate my Argument from Beauty with the Atheist David J.- it was good cordial and substantive conversation. Enjoy :)
June 13, 2021
The Argument for God from Beauty (The Nature & Grounding of Aesthetic Values and Judgments)
This is an argument for God's existence that is often overlooked by Atheists and Christians alike, it's often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and thus there is no objectivity to it in the same way one can argue for the objectivity of moral values and duties being grounded in God. Having taken a philosophy of Aesthetics class for my Masters program, I have decided to give the argument from aesthetic values and judgements a second look and discovered how rich the area is in providing an good apologetical argument for God. By identifying 7 fundamental features about the nature of aesthetic values and the associated judgements we make about them, I identify and assess a total of 7 different theories in the Philosophy of Aesthetics and show why "Theistic Dispositional Realism" (i.e., Non-Natural Agentism) is best explanation relative to the other competing explanatory hypotheses- including Emotivism, Pure Natural Objectivism, 3 Evolutionary Accounts (Natural/Sexual Selection, the Biophilia Hypothesis and Social Cohesion Theory), Pure Natural Subjectivism, Atheistic Aesthetic Platonism and finally end off by comparing and contrasting Natural (or Atheistic) Dispositional Realism with the Theistic counterpart.
June 10, 2021
Dr. Klaas Kraay- Religious Disagreement, Hiddenness of God & Best Possible Worlds
World renowned scholar in the philosophy of religion, Dr. Klaas Kraay joins David J., Andrew Knight and myself on RSM to discuss three topics; i) Religious Disagreement, ii) The Hiddenness of God, and iii) Is there a Best Possible World (along with how that relates to the truth or falsity of Theism). Enjoy :)
June 05, 2021
Apologetics and Culture- (Proselytize and Apostatize Round Table)
I was invited onto a PORA roundtable with several Christians to say farewell to David Pallmann as co-host and speak on the issue of apologetics in culture (including within anti-apologetic church culture).
May 29, 2021
Effective Christian Communication (2018 S&S Show)
In this episode of S&S, I am struggling with how best to interact with the various skeptics of the S&S Boards as they were very hard of heart against the truth. I've evolved since these days and better worked out what strategies are appropriate Biblically for different types of skeptics as I think Jesus' example provides Christians with great flexibility within reasonable limits in how we address individual unbelievers.
May 28, 2021
Divine Hiddenness- Schellenberg's Argument from the "Loving Mother" Analogy
This is a bonus show based on my final Philosophy of Religion class essay on J.L. Schellenberg's argument from the "Loving Mother" analogy. This is a relatively straight-forward and simple Atheistic argument and I provide three reasons as to why I think it is based on disanalogies and is thus a false analogy.
May 22, 2021
S&S Politics Show- A Conservative Perspective
I was asked to be a guest on an all Christian conservative show on S&S after the election. As most of the regular listeners know, I'm not a huge fan of all the politically focused shows that S&S has done lately (hence why I've waited to post this up so long after the fact), but I show up after the first 30 mins or so to discuss some of these important issues out of respect for the hosts of S&S David R. and David J. as well as to have a good time with the other Christians panelists on the show; they had some interesting things to say :)
May 21, 2021
Bonus Show- RSM May Announcements & Plato's notion of the Temporal "Instant" (Parmenides' Appendix)
In this short bonus episode I make some announcements as to my Podcast plans in the summer (doesn't include some of the scholars I'm planning to contact in June). Additionally, I include a discussion of my final exegetical essay for my Ancient Philosophy class based on Plato's dialogues in the Parmenides- specifically I look at what Plato might have had in mind in the Appendix to Deductions 1 and 2 based on the argument that the "temporal instant" must be in "no time at all".
May 16, 2021
Show on the Death Penalty (S&S)
This was an S&S show as part of series on the differences between Christians and Atheists on issues pertaining to killing and death. This episode was about the death penalty. I wasn't a main guest in this show, but I had a bit part in asking David J. about the expressivist theory of punishment (around the 55 min- 1 hour mark) and then toward the end I discuss my take on a Consequentialist vs. Retributionist justification for punishment and finish off with my take on the use of the death penalty (starting around the 1 hour 25 min mark through to the end).
May 15, 2021
Proselytize or Apostatize Live Show #2- Intro'ing New Host Caleb Jackson
This is my second live show on the Proselytize or Apostatize podcast, we were doing a Q&A session with the new host Caleb Jackson and we covered various topics including Pacifism, the argument from God from Beauty, miracle healings, eschatology and the Shroud of Turin.
May 14, 2021
Season 1 Finale (S&S)- Part 2
This is the final part of the S&S Season 1 Finale show.
May 07, 2021
Season 1 Finale (S&S Show)- Part 1
This is Part 1 of the Season 1 Finale episode of S&S. In this show David and I reflect on the first season of S&S and some of the lessons learned or address some of the recurrent themes during the season. On my end, I address many of the misunderstandings and false notions of the skeptics that were repeatedly brought up as arguments against me, these include; i) The Different Strokes for Different Folks Objection, ii) Peer Disagreement- Authoritative Apologetics vs. Epistemic Humility, iii) The Issue of "Head canon", iv) The Assumptive “Nothing Buttery” of Scientism/Empiricism, and v) The Argument from Ignorance Fallacy
May 01, 2021
The Coherence of Christian Theism (Part 2)
This is the second and final part of the S&S series on the Coherence of Christian Theism, we discuss all of God's other divine attributes beyond his personhood and incorporeality.
April 16, 2021
Coherence of Christian Theism (Part 1)
This was to be the first episode in a series on the Coherence of Christian Theism, however the Skeptic felt ill-equipped to handle my arguments and thus we cut it short to a two-part series; in this first episode I go over God as a incorporeal personal Being and in Part 2 we cover all the rest of God's attributes at once in a much more generalized and brief nature due to the Skeptic's request and inability to adequately respond.
April 10, 2021
Bonus- Easter Round Table
This is a bonus episode of a Round Table I did on all things Easter with David J. and the two skeptics from Ask an Atheist Anything; Andrew Knight and Matthew Taylor. We go over everything from the meaning of Easter to it's pagan roots and even explore a little into the Ascension of Jesus in Acts 1 and how that relates to the Resurrection.
April 07, 2021
Risen Indeed!- Discussing an Atheist's Take on Jesus' Resurrection
In this old Easter episode of S&S, the Skeptic leads the conversation on what he feels is important about the evidence for and against Jesus' Resurrection.
April 03, 2021
Religious Epistemology & Pascal's Wager- (with Dr. Liz Jackson & David J.)
Dr. Liz Jackson joins David J. and I to discuss various issues pertaining to religious epistemology & Pascal's Wager. Everything from peer disagreement and probability theory to the "Homer Simpson" objection to the Wager are brought up in this show. Enjoy :)
March 20, 2021
Dr. Michael Milona- Emotions & Ethics
My former philosophy of emotions professor, Dr. Michael Milona, joins me to discuss what our emotions are, how they relate to other mental states and what role emotions might play in our coming to gain moral knowledge. We end by discussing issues pertaining to emotional suffering and hope (the latter being Milona's most recent research focus).
March 06, 2021
Eschatology: All-Christian Panel on the Millennium
I was invited onto the Proselytize or Apostatize show to represent the Amillennialism perspective alongside a Premillennialist and Partial Preterist Postmillennialist. This show was pretty quick as I lay out my own case about Jesus' return and his 1000 year reign.
March 03, 2021
Gospel of John & the Resurrection Maximal Facts Approach (Dr. Lydia McGrew)
Dr. Lydia McGrew joins me alongside co-hosts David Johnson (skeptic) and Marvin Wallace (Christian) to discuss her new book on the Gospel of John and the Maximal Facts Approach to Jesus' Resurrection.
February 27, 2021
Epistemology Show Part 3- All Christian Perspective (with David Pallman, Kevin Smith & Mac Attack)
This is the Part3 follow up show on Epistemology and religion. I am on a panel with fellow Christians David Pallman, Kevin Smith & Mac Attack). RSM Blog = https://realseekerministries.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/religious-epistemology-panel-discussion-of-3-christians-vs-3-atheists-parts-1-2/
February 20, 2021
Proselytize or Apostatize's Open Mic Night (First Live Show)
This was a fun show, I was invited to participate in my first Live Open Mic show on the show Proselytize or Apostatize with David Russell and David Pallman. We had a variety of Christian guests show up to discuss a wide range of topics including a visit from the infamous Presuppositionalist, Darth Dawkins himself! *** Note I joined in around the 45 min mark.
February 14, 2021
Religious Epistemology Panel Discussion- 3 Christians vs. 3 Atheists (Part 2)
This is Part 2- the final hour where I was invited to be on a S&S panel show on religious epistemology; I'm joined by fellow Christians David Russell and "Mac Attack" vs. the Atheists Andrew Knight, Darren Lute and David J. We cover many topics from general epistemology (what is knowledge, Foundationalism, the internalism vs. externalism debate) to Religious Epistemology issues like how do we ID miracles and the self-authenticating witness of the H.S. to the meaning of being a Real Seeker and my 11-premise argument.
February 07, 2021
Religious Epistemology Panel Discussion- 3 Christians vs. 3 Atheists (Part 1)
I was invited to be on a S&S panel show on religious epistemology; I'm joined by fellow Christians David Russell and "Mac Attack" vs. the Atheists Andrew Knight, Darren Lute and David J. We cover many topics from general epistemology (what is knowledge, Foundationalism, the internalism vs. externalism debate) to Religious Epistemology issues like how do we ID miracles and the self-authenticating witness of the H.S. to the meaning of being a Real Seeker and my 11-premise argument.
February 07, 2021
The Plausibility of Miracles- Dale vs. Atheists David J. & Matt Taylor
The Atheist Matt Taylor joins David and I to discuss the Plausibility of the Miraculous or Supernatural. This one gets a little heated at times, but both Matt and I came together along with Robert L. White later on (that show is already posted up for people to see) and there we had a much better conversation.
January 30, 2021
Failure of the Fall: Why Did God Create in the First Place?
This old S&S episode dates back to one of the very first shows we did (the 6th S&S show in 2018), this is the first show where David lays out his case against Genesis and the Fall. As regulars will be able to tell I've since come a long way in formalizing my views on some of the things mentioned here and I now disagree with a lot of what I said here, but still it is interesting to see where I was when I first converted on some of this stuff :)
January 30, 2021
Knowing True Christians vs. Fake Counterfeit Christians
Watch out "No True Scotsman Fallacy" proponents. In this episode I teach David J. that there are means by which we can hypothetically know the difference between a true follower of Christ and the many fake counterfeits who falsely appropriate the name, "Christian". David and I debate the merits for and against one's ability to do this.
January 23, 2021
Emotions & Moral Knowledge- A Christian Perspective
Skeptics have for a long time told me that they emotionally feel that the Bible's stories about the Conquests or God commanding Abraham and others to kill people is utterly repugnant! In this episode, I do a solo show on my my own thesis about the role emotions play in moral epistemology based on my Final Essay in my PHL of Emotions Grad seminar. I think that Emotions function as moral heuristics in certain circumstances and this translates into moral knowledge, albeit limited moral knowledge. Emotions are designed only to speak to the issue of Moral Idealness (the equal upholding of all moral principles) not directly on the morality vs. immorality of complex moral dilemmas or situations- they are not designed to adjudicate between the morally justified exemption of a moral principle and an actual immoral violation of a moral principle.
January 19, 2021
Akrasia- A Christian Perspective on Weakness of the Will
I had to write up an Argumentive Essay for my Philosophy of Mind class, where I outline a couple views of what “Weakness of the Will” (i.e. Akrasia) entails and then develop my own Christian notion of what it is in light of the Biblical account of the Fall of Man. Hope it’s helpful and informative for you guys :)
January 16, 2021
The Existence of God Series- The Cosmological Argument Part 3A-
In this episode, I continue to assess the warrant for the first of the three premises of our Cosmological argument, this time around I start to lay out my case providing a third Abductive argument (i.e. inference to the best explanation) for proving that our Universe probably began to exist (as a matter of fact). This show includes a detailed assessment of 2 aspects; Aspect 1 outlines 2 categories of scientific evidence related to origin of the universe- i) the thermodynamic properties of the universe in light of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and ii) the empirical and mathematical evidence associated with the expansion of the universe. Finally we start off Aspect 2 on proving the Universe beginning to exist a finite time ago is the best explanation by comparing it to various eternal cosmological models (including, the Steady State and Quasi Steady State model, the Oscillating "Big Bounce" models & the Gott-Li "closed Time-like curve" model. The remaining eternal cosmological models will be assessed in Part 3B.
January 14, 2021
The Resurrection of Jesus- (with Dr. Mike Licona, Caleb Jackson & Robert L. White)
I'm joined by an all Christian panel, Dr. Mike Licona, Caleb Jackson & Robert L. White, to discuss the amazing historical evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus.
January 08, 2021
Is the Earth Flat or a Globe?- David Weiss (Flat Earther) vs. Teddi Pappas (Globe Earther)
This show didn't turn out how I originally planned it would! In this rather turbulent episode of RSM, I'm joined by Flat-Earther David Weiss and Global Earth proponent Teddi "the Bear" Pappas as we discuss some of the evidence for and against a flat Earth. There are some times where it gets a little heated between the two, but putting that to the side, there are some genuine substantive points and counter points presented in the show that will serve as an introduction to anyone interested in this question.
January 06, 2021
Christmas Extravaganza All Things Christmas! (PORA, The Mentionables & Nick Peters)
Enjoy this festive and informative all Christian Roundtable on all things Christmas- no skeptical Scrooges this time :)
December 20, 2020
Christmas Roundtable- 3 Skeptics vs. 1 Christian
This is a Roundtable with Matt, Andrew, David J. and Dale discussing issues pertaining to celebrating Christmas.
December 13, 2020
Thansgiving Special- S&S Impromptu Show
I woke up, got an email saying "click this" and I did. The next thing I know I'm engaging full speed with skeptic David Johnson and his Christian co-host David Russell on the merits of celebrating Thanksgiving and why one should give thanks to God. Enjoy :)
November 27, 2020
Apologetics & Naturalism- Dr. Gary Habermas & David Russell
This episode has Dr. Gary Habermas and David Russell, the Christian host of Proselytize or Apostatize discussing apologetics in the light of Naturalism. Topics covered include the Arguments for God, NDE's, modern miracles and double blind prayer studies, the Resurrection of Jesus and more! Enjoy :)
November 24, 2020
Shroud Wars- Bob Rucker & Joe Marino on the C-14
In this episode, I have the pleasure of being joined by two pro-Shroud experts who happen to disagree on how to explain the 1988 C-14 tests that claimed to show the Shroud was medieval (1260-1390 A.D.). Joe Marino starts us off with the Invisible Re-Weave hypothesis (which is covered to a degree in his newest 800-page book) and Bob finishes with his Neutron Absorption Hypothesis. Note- see the YouTube video or the Blog for the the helpful slides of their presentations.
November 22, 2020
Near Death Experiences (with Dr. Bruce Greyson & Skeptic Travis R.)
This was quite the show, I was joined by the thoughtful skeptic Travis R. to interview Dr. Bruce Greyson on his life-long research on the evidence for Near-Death Experiences. Travis and I probe Dr. Greyson on the nature of the evidence in light of his new book "After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond".
November 19, 2020
Discussing Biblical Spiritual Warfare
In this 2018 episode of S&S, David and I discuss spiritual warfare in the Bible.
November 07, 2020
Happy Halloween- Is Halloween Compatible with Christianity
In this S&S episode, David and I debate the merits of Halloween from a Christian perspective- is it harmless fun or Satanic paganism?
October 31, 2020
Christianity vs. Cults (with Patricia Walsh Chadwick)
In this episode I'm joined by Patricia Chadwick to discuss her book, "Little Sister: A Memoir" where she details her early life living within a Catholic cult called "The Center". We explore her life both during and after her time in the cult and also discuss some theological issues surrounding the difference between "true Christianity" vs. cults that go under the name of "Christian".
October 13, 2020
Humanity- What we Are, Where We’ve Been & Where we are Going (Assessing Anthropology with Dr. Geoffrey Simmons)
In this special episode, I'm joined by famous Jewish ID proponent, Dr. Geoffrey Simmons, to discuss anthropology from the perspective of intelligent design. We start off with an assessment of what it means to be human (what is essential to humanity), where do humans come from and finish by discussing the future of humanity (does AI and cybernetics threaten humans as God's image bearer?).
October 10, 2020
The Skeptical Argument from Biblical Confusion
In this episode, we assess the skeptical argument from Biblical Confusion, is the Bible unjustifiably confusing? This is Part 2 in David J. the Atheist's S&S series on Why he Doesn't Care About the Bible.
October 03, 2020
Does the Resurrection of Jesus Prove Christianity?- The Issue of Miracle “Sufficient Attachment"
This is a follow up to the S&S show we did on the issue of the "subsumability" of the Resurrection of Jesus. In this eisode we focus on another of the three criteria for establishing a proper context charged with religious significance is present (the miracle event must be; i) sufficiently attached to the religion/"Christianity proper", ii) Serve to attest the truth of the religion/"Christianity proper" & iii) not "Subsumable" to any other religion. With the extraordinary miracle event established along with the fulfillment of the religious context criteria, we have the means to determine that Jesus' Resurrection from the dead counts as a "G-Belief Authenticating Event" for the truth of Christianity.
September 26, 2020
Does the Resurrection of Jesus Prove Christianity?- The Issue of Subsumability
Assuming one could prove that a miraculous Resurrection of Jesus did in fact take place 2000+ years ago, would that necessarily imply that Christianity is true or could other religions "subsume" such miracles as proof for their truth; later religions like the Bahai faith or the Jehovah's Witnesses might want to lay claim that the Resurrection was proof of the truth of their religions not for Christianity for example. By what criteria should we judge that a given miracle counts as proof for one religion vs. others that claim the same event? This is the issue of miracle "subsumability" and in this episode I provide my unique set of criteria for deciding such matters.
September 19, 2020
The Evil God Dilemma
In this episode, David Johnson provides his argument that the God of the Bible, if true, would be evil.
September 12, 2020
Religion & Politics Round 2- Jesus Rode a Donkey (with Dr. Linda Seger)
It was a couple months ago that I had the privilege of interviewing my two Conservative/Republican Christian friends, Dr. Tony Costa and Teddi Pappas, speaking about politics through the lens of Christianity. Now, Dr. Linda Seger joins me to discuss politics and Christianity from the other side other side of the political spectrum as a Democrat and Joe Biden supporter. We discuss issues ranging from indivdualism vs. collectivism, to the use of violence in politics, to homosexuality and abortion. Enjoy :)
September 04, 2020
Vaal the Atheist- Discussing Moral Ontology
This show is part of a series of 5-6 shows on S&S, I was asked to debate the famous internet Atheist Vaal on the issue of Moral Ontology. Enjoy!
August 20, 2020
Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer: Jesus & the Rabbis (How Jewish is Jesus in the NT)
Alright, well this one really was a special treat for me; I've been a fan of Dr. Instone-Brewer since 2011 when he presented at the very first Unbelievable? conference. In this episode we look at Jesus and the NT in the light of Second Temple Judaism and the Rabbinic literature. As Rabbinic and NT scholar, David is well positioned to answer my questions on this front. Enjoy the show :)
August 15, 2020
Making Sense of Jesus’ Atoning Sacrifice on the Cross & Penal Substitution (with Atheist David Smalley)
David Smalley, though under the weather, pulls no punches in this great discussion on the essential Christian doctrine of the Penal Substitution and Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the Cross for our sins. Everything from Bible errors to the doctrine of Hell are addressed along the way. Enjoy!
August 12, 2020
Explanations for Religion- with Dr. Paul Bali
In this episode we assess what religions are and how one might explain the rise of the various religions across the world- why are humans so seemingly inherently religious. Towards the end we go back and forth on the Gospel Message in terms of Jesus Incarnation and Death for our sins.
August 11, 2020
Debating Morality (Marvin Wallace/Christian vs. David J./Atheist
Fellow Christian apologist Marvin Wallace reached out to ask me to post up his long-awaited debate with David J.- the Atheist host of S&S. It's been a long time coming and I can say the show doesn't disappoint!
August 06, 2020
Genesis & the Solar System- Assessing the Literary and Astronomical Evidence
In this episode I discuss the Skeptical argument from a Biblical error in the creation account of Genesis. In doing so I debate with an Atheist, David J. the genre of Genesis being "Mytho-History" and discuss some of the newest scientific findings about our Solar System from the 21st century space probe missions.
August 05, 2020
Dogma Debates & the Abraham Sacrifice Test (with David Smalley)
I (Dale) was a guest on David Smalley's Dogma Debates Podcast to discuss the important Abraham Test issue and whether it is moral to be willing to sacrifice your child if you knew that a Morally Perfect God told you to do so. After some initial small talk on some side issues, we get straight into assessing this question philosophically in the light of the 3 main sources of Moral disagreement (i) Factual differences, ii) differences on the nature of the affected Moral principle/s & iii) differences on the Moral Hierarchy). The topic starts around the 1 hour mark.
August 02, 2020
Debating the "Hard Passages" of the Bible- Genesis, Biblical Slavery & Christian Exclusivism
This was not my finest hour, I was not expecting David to be as emotional as he was in this show. In this old episode of S&S, David Johnson (the Atheist) tries to lay out his case for why he thinks the Bible (or at least some of its passages) is/are "atrocious". The ambiguity of the Creation account in Genesis and the immorality of slavery being allowed and Christian exclusivity are vigorously argued by the Atheist to disprove Christianity. There were definitely some explosive or passionate moments in this one.
July 31, 2020
The Truth about Intelligent Design vs. Naturalistic Evolution (with Dr. Michael Behe & Marvin Wallace)
It is finally here! Intelligent Design (ID) experts Dr. Michael Behe and Marvin Wallace join me to correct the record about the ID vs. Evolution debate. The very latest in the scientific evidence, experiments and interpretations is discussed in order to provide the truth over and against much of the "fake news" misinformation that surrounds the scientific validity of the "ID" movement and the inference to intelligent design in biology.
July 25, 2020
The Latest Research on the Pre-NT Christian Creeds (with Gary Habermas)
In this special episode, Dr. Gary Habermas, fresh from completing the Rough draft of his 5000 page+ magnum opus on the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus, joins me to discuss the very latest research on the evidence from the early Christian Creeds that pre-date the NT writings and in some cases probably go back to the very year Christ was crucified!
July 23, 2020
Round Table 3- Reviewing "Unbelievable-Can-Justin-defend-his-own-book" cont.
This was the continuation of the Round Table we did with S&S hosts (David Johnson and myself) & 4A hosts (Andrew Knight and Matthew Taylor) where we reviewed David and Andrew's performance in their discussion with Justin Brierly and Randal Rauser on the Unbelievable podcast discussing their books.
July 18, 2020
Round Table 2- Reviewing "Unbelievable-Can-Justin-defend-his-own-book"
This was the very first Round Table we ever did, S&S hosts (David Johnson and myself) & 4A hosts (Andrew Knight and Matthew Taylor) review David and Andrew's performance in their discussion with Justin Brierly and Randal Rauser on the Unbelievable podcast discussing their books.
July 17, 2020
Religion & Politics- Being Christian in a World of Cultural Marxists (with Dr. Tony Costa & Teddi Pappas)
In this special episode, I'm joined by Christian apologist Dr. Tony Costa and Christian defense attorney Teddi Pappas to discuss religion and politics. The show revolves around three main areas of focus in relation to the current political landscape increasingly dominated by cultural Marxist ideology; i) the value of the Gospel truth, ii) Christian morality, and iii) the Christian's attitude toward the government/society.
July 12, 2020
Randal Rauser on Progressive Divine Revelation & the Bible
Randal Rauser debates Atheist David J. on the topic of progressive revelation in the Bible.
July 05, 2020
Is the Trinity/Trinity Monotheism Biblically Consistent? (with Dr. Dale Tuggy)
This is the second episode I've done with Dr. Dale Tuggy on the Trinity. Having covered the philosophical/logical coherence of Trinity Monotheism in the last episode, we now turn to look and see if Trinitarianism and the Trinity Monotheism model in particular is consistent with the biblical material in the New Testament.
June 29, 2020
Existence of God Series: The Cosmological Argument (Part 2)- Premise #1 & the 2nd Philosophical Argument
In this episode, I continue to assess the warrant for the first of the three premises of our Cosmological argument, this time providing a second Philosophical Argument proving the Universe began to exist by showing that forming an actual infinite via successive addition is impossible.
June 20, 2020
Existence of God Series: The Cosmological Argument (Part 1)- Intro & Assessing Premise #1
In this episode, I begin my new solo series on the evidences/arguments in favour and against the existence of God. I start with the Cosmological Argument (aka. the Argument from the Contingency of the Universe) as we assess the warrant for the first of the three premises of the argument.
June 19, 2020
Round Table 1- Grill a Christian Episode
3 Skeptics, David, Andrew and Matt as well as listeners grill Dale the Christian on various issues.
June 14, 2020
Part 2: Assessing Calvinism & Arminianism/Molinism (with Chris Date)
Fellow Christian, Chris Date, joins me in this episode to discuss the merits of Calvinism and to compare/contrast the Doctrines of "Meticulous Divine Providence" & Predestination/Election within the Calvinist (Compatibilist) vs. Molinist (Libertarian Freewill) perspectives. Part 2 finishes off our conversation on Calvinism by looking at the soteriological doctrines of Predestination and Election (i.e. is it conditional or not).
June 07, 2020
Part 1: Assessing Calvinism & Arminianism/Molinism (with Chris Date)
Fellow Christian, Chris Date, joins me in this episode to discuss the merits of Calvinism and to compare/contrast the Doctrines of "Meticulous Divine Providence" & Predestination/Election within the Calvinist (Compatibilist) vs. Molinist (Libertarian Freewill) perspectives. Part 1 features our discussion on meticulous divine providence and how the 5 aspects of "freedom" (ability condition, control condition, rationality condition, nature of causation and personal agency) in relation to how a Calvinist would address the issues compared to a Molinist/Arminian.
June 07, 2020
Right to Reason- The Abraham Test (with Atheist Robert Stanley)
Was Abraham justified in placing his faith in God and obeying God's command to kill Isaac? I answer yes he was and further I outline some of the relevant factors that account for moral disagreement on this issue; i) Factual differences, ii) Disagreement on the nature of the violated moral principle/s & iii) Differences on the Moral Hierarchy.
June 04, 2020
Eschatology- Assessing the End Times (with David Kemball Cook)
I'm joined by David Kemball Cook to discuss two main views about the end times; NT Wright's Partial Preterist View vs. Dale Allison's Dispensationalist View.
May 28, 2020
Moral Philosophy & Ethics (with Marvin Wallace)
In this episode, I'm joined by fellow Christian apologist and philosopher Marvin Wallace, to discuss morality and the field of ethics. We first discuss what differentiates moral truths from non-moral ones, normative ethical theories and the significance of objective morality for Theistic belief.
May 23, 2020
Assessing Trinity Monotheism- with Dr. Dale Tuggy (a Biblical Unitarian)
I'm joined by Dr. Dale Tuggy, a Biblical Unitarian and expert on the issue of the Trinity. In this show, we focus on assessing the logical coherence of a model for making sense of the Trinity; namely the one proposed by Drs. William Lane Craig and JP Moreland, called the “Trinity Monotheism” model.
May 14, 2020
Messianic Prophecies: A New Circumstantial Argument (Part 4)- Timing of the Messiah
In this 4th and final S&S episode on Messianic Prophecy, I finish off my minimal case by arguing that the Jewish Messiah must come prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. We address Daniel 9 and Haggai 2 to prove that the Messiah had to come by that time to fulfill his mission in part before that time.
May 10, 2020
Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (David Pallmann vs. David J.)
I moderate a discussion on the intelligent design debate in biological cases, specifically the origin of the information in DNA. The debate is between ID advocate David Pallmann from "Faith because of Reason" and Proselytize or Apostatize vs. David J. from the Skeptics and Seekers Podcast (traditional evolutionist).
May 09, 2020
Messianic Prophecies: A New Circumstantial Argument (Part 3)- The Messiah's Atoning Death & Resurrection
With Part 3 in our series on Messianic Prophecies and my “Jesus or Bust” circumstantial argument, we will focus exclusively on perhaps the most famous Messianic prophecy of all time- the Atoning Death & Resurrection of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.
May 08, 2020
Messianic Prophecies: A Circumstantial Argument (Part 2)- The Messiah's Mission
In the second of four S&S shows on Messianic Prophecy, I further my new circumstantial argument from Jesus or Bust using prophecies related to the Messiah's mission from Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 49:6 & Zechariah 12:10.
May 08, 2020
Messianic Prophecies: A Circumstantial Argument (Part 1)- The Messiah's Birth in Isaiah 7:14 & Micah 5:2
Do the Messianic prophecies in the Jewish Old Testament prove that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and that Christianity is true? In the first of four episodes, I begin to lay out my case, not necessarily from fulfilled prophecy but from the fact that there is remarkable circumstantial situation whereby we can prove that either Jesus fulfills the OT Messianic Prophecies or else no one has/can. This unique circumstance in and of itself is enough to warrant that Jesus must be the Jewish Messiah and therefore Christianity is the one true religion of God.
May 07, 2020
1st S&S Show Followup- Rebuttals to the Best & Worst
In this episode, I combine both the second and third episodes of S&S where David and I take on our normal roles and then assess the best and worst arguments for and against Christianity vs. Atheism.
May 03, 2020
Our Very First Show (S&S Podcast)
In the very first show of S&S, David the Skeptic and Dale the Christian show their knowledge of the other side by revealing what they think are the strongest and weakest arguments that their respective opponents have to offer.
April 29, 2020
What is Christian Faith?
What does it mean to have "faith" in Christianity? David the Skeptic and Dale the Christian discuss this question.
April 26, 2020
What's it Like to Go to Hell? (with Chris Date and David Russell)
In this special episode of S&S, I'm joined by David Russell and Chris Date to discuss whether Hell is best thought of as quarantine zone of eternal conscious torment or via an annhilationist/conditional immortality view.
April 25, 2020
Shroud Wars Debate Round 5- Mark Antonacci vs. Hugh Farey (with Teddi Pappas)
Alright, well after almost a year from my last Shroud Wars Debate, the time has come to once again pit a Pro-Shroud expert vs. a Shroud-skeptical expert to discuss the evidence from the Shroud of Turin. Both Mark Antonacci (Pro-Shroud) and Hugh Farey (skeptic) join me to do just that but this time around, there is a twist, my third guest Teddi Pappas, joins in to play the role of “cross-examiner” to assess both sides post their discussion of each topic. The 3 main topics of discussion include; The dating of the Shroud, the main image features (ones most relevant to image formation) and assessing image-formation mechanisms.
April 19, 2020
The Historicity of the Jericho Conquest
Did god cause the walls of Jericho to fall? Dale tries to make the case.
April 19, 2020
David Smalley- The Atheist Perspective
What happens when Dale meets David Smalley in a surprise debate? Find out.
April 13, 2020
Luis Dizon- 5 Areas of Discussion
Special guest Luis Dizon went from being one of the leading Protestant preachers to a member of the Catholic church. Find out what else is interesting about him.
April 13, 2020
Natalie Collins- The Voice of God
Does god speak directly to you? He speaks to this week's guest.
April 13, 2020
Helen Paynter- Discussing Biblical Violence
Helen Paynter presents her scholarly research on how to make sense of Biblical violence.
April 13, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 10)- Assessing the Powder-Rubbing & Dusting Artistic Mechanisms (MRF’s 5-7)
This is the final solo episode that I posted about the Shroud on the old S&S website. In Parts 9 & 10 of our Shroud series, we shall be assessing the second major “Ordinary Artistic” mechanism- the Powder-Rubbing and/or Dusting technique (Assessing MRF's 5-7).
April 12, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 9)- The Powder Rubbing/Dusting Method Round 1
In Parts 9 & 10 of our Shroud series, we shall be assessing the second major “Ordinary Artistic” mechanism- the Powder-Rubbing and/or Dusting technique (the type of method that Shroud skeptic Hugh Farey favours). Round 1 assesses the mechanism in light of the first 4 "Minimal Relevant Features".
April 12, 2020
Justin Brierly- Is Christianity Unbelievable?
For about 12 years now, I have been tuning in every Saturday morning to listen to the Unbelievable? Podcast to hear a Christian and non-Christian engage on a key issue of theological, philosophical and/or scientific/historical debate. The host of that show is none other than Justin Brierly and as a fan of his, I invited Justin on to get his take on various issues that our relevant in sharing the Gospel with people in today’s modern world
April 08, 2020
Gary Habermas: Easter Special- Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
Happy Easter everyone, world-renowned scholar, Resurrection expert and my own good friend and mentor Dr. Gary Habermas joins me to discuss his “Minimal Facts Approach” to studying the evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection
April 04, 2020
Soul/Substance Dualism Discussion After-Show- Dale's Take on the Meta-Problem of Consciousness
After having a great conversation on substance dualism with Robert L. White and Travis R., I realized that I kind of let Travis down by not giving the Meta-Problem of Consciousness my full attention during the show and thus, I took some time after the show to read up on it and present my findings and conclusions for people in this short 30 min presentation.
March 31, 2020
Debating Consciousness & Soul/Substance Dualism- with Robert L. White (Dualist) & Travis R. (Type-C Physicalist)
I’m joined by my friends Robert L. White (Christian host of the Robert L. White show) and Travis R. (Skeptical blogger from the Measure of Faith Blog site) to discuss various issues relating to the Mind/Body Problem. The topics we discuss include the following; i) Introductions as to who we are and laying out of our respective positions on the Mind/Body Problem, ii) The “Meta-Problem of Consciousness”, iii) The “Hard Problem of Consciousness”- What is the nature of mental properties & states (the Differences Argument & Knowledge Argument), iv) The “Hard Problem of Consciousness”- What is the nature of the conscious subject or substance itself (the unity of conscious field, enduring self & Modal arguments for the soul) & v) Addressing the Issue of Idealism (the 3rd Alternative to Dualism & Physicalism).
March 29, 2020
Contrasting Evidences for Islam v. Christianity w/ Expert Luis Dizon
Luis Dizon, PhD student in ANE studies, joins me to share his extensive knowledge on the various evidences that Muslim apologists and believers use to prove the truth of Islam and how these evidences compare to their Christian equivalents. The pro-Islamic evidences include; i) The “Perfect” Preservation of the Quran, ii) The Argument from Inimitability (or Incomparability) of the Quran, iii) Scientific Foreknowledge Argument, iv) Argument from Prophecy, v) Historicity of Muhammed’s Miracles (vs. Jesus), vi) Ruqyah- Modern Miracle Healings & Exorcisms and finally, vii) Numerical/Mathematical Patterns.
March 28, 2020
Is Christian Heaven/Salvation Worth It?
In this episode, the Skeptic tries to argue that Heaven and/or Christian salvation (as disclosed in the Bible) is not worthy of his pursuits. I counter him by explaining that God is our Creator and Designer and would therefore knows what is best for us given our essential nature as human beings; as per classical essentialism and the Bible outlines exactly what we need. Only a defiant and willfully sinful person would deny themselves "the things God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
March 25, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 8)- Refuting the Painting Hypothesis Finale
In Part 8, we finish our analysis of the traditional “Painting Hypothesis”, we assess all of the Pro-Paint and Contra-Paint evidences discovered scientifically during STURP in 1978.
March 24, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Parts 6 & 7 Combined)- Criterion B. & The Traditional Painting Hypothesis
In this episode I edited out the Audience Q&A portion of Part 6 after I explain how Criterion B. of my G-Belief Authenticating Event criteria work and then I add in the first part of my assessment of Walter McCrone's "Traditional Painting Hypothesis". It is scientifically proven that this image-forming hypothesis is false!
March 24, 2020
Reasonable Disbelief or Irrational Atheism
It is often claimed by Atheists that they simply lack belief in God and what's more they are apparently "rational" in doing so. In this episode we examine whether such people have a reasonable disbelief in God or are espousing an irrational Atheism (as per the Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism/Atheism).
March 23, 2020
Right to Reason- Trinity & Incarnation
I guest star on Robert Stanley's Right to Reason Podcast on the logical coherence of the Trinity & Incarnation and we get into some other off-topic issues as well.
March 23, 2020
Jesus Mythicism- The Definitional Debate
The Atheist host of S&S, David J., is a radical hard-core Jesus Mythicist, but he wants to argue that perhaps the Mythicist movement should include more than simply those that profess disbelief in an historical Jesus figure, but instead anyone who doesn't believe in the full Jesus of Christianity.
March 21, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 1)- Intro & 1988 Carbon Dating
In the first part of my study on the Shroud, we shall provide a brief introduction to what the Shroud of Turin is and address issues pertaining to the historical provenance of the Shroud. In the first place, we shall assess whether the Shroud date of origin is even relevant to the truth of Christianity and then we shall follow up with an assessment of the single scientific test that has caused most people to think the Shroud is nothing more than a “medieval hoax”, much to the consternation of pro-Shroud enthusiasts; the infamous 1988 Carbon 14 Dating test.
March 19, 2020
Shroud Wars Debate Round 4- Joe Marino (Pro-Shroud) vs. Hugh Farey (Shroud Skeptic)
Continuing on in our final S&S Shroud Wars Debate series, we come to Round 4 whereby, once again, Shroud skeptic Hugh Farey will have to battle it out against a Pro-Shroud expert, this time around we are joined by Joe Marino to discuss 3 major topic areas. The topics include; i) Discussion of the dating evidence for the Shroud (includes Joe Marino’s notion of the invisible re-weave hypothesis to explain the 1988 C-14 dating & both the textile evidence and Pontius Pilate coins which are purported to put the Shroud firmly in the 1st century A.D.), ii) Discussion of the evidence showing the Shroud is or is not an artistic image from the medieval era, and iii) The anatomical, forensic and medical evidence proving (and/or disproving) that the Shroud’s image formation involved an actual human corpse. Buckle up for another wild ride in the 4th and final installment of the Shroud Wars quadrilogy!
March 19, 2020
Shroud Wars Debate Round 2- Proving the Shroud is NOT Medieval
Well folks, its that time again! Round 2 of our Shroud Wars series. The topics include; i) Contra-Medieval Evidence #1– The Argument from Art History/Numismatic Coins via the “Odd Features” & other Points of Comparison (6thcentury A.D. or earlier), ii) Contra-Medieval Evidence #2– The 3 Physical Tests Conducted by Fanti (FTIR, Raman Spectroscopy and Tensile Strength of the Flax tests- combined c. 33 B.C +/- 250 years with a claimed 95% degree of certainty) & the Micro-Chemical Comparison Tests conducted by Ray Rogers (c. 250 B.C.-70 A.D.), iii) Contra-Medieval Evidence #3– The Argument from the Link to the Sudarium of Oviedo (6th or 5th century A.D. or earlier) and iv) Contra-Historical Jesus Case– Alan establishes that the Shroud probably did not belong to the historical Jesus and/or a Jew form the first-century A.D.
March 17, 2020
Shroud Solo (Part 3)- Proving the Shroud Dates Back to the 1st Century (and Linked to Historical Jesus)
In the final part on the question of Shroud historicity in our series on the Shroud; I present some of the evidences both for the Shroud dating back to 1st century Judea and also provide interesting links with the historical Jesus himself. Furthermore, I try to fairly represent the Shroud-skeptics’ many claims that the evidence from the Shroud suggests that it can’t date to the first-century and/or have belonged to the historical Jesus (a Jewish man).
March 17, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 2)- Proving the Shroud Dates back to the 5th-6th Century A.D. (at the Latest)
Part 2 in our Shroud study outlines the Pro-Shroud case for the historicity of the Shroud of Turin, here we provide 3 major “historical anchor evidences” which can be used to conclusively establish that the Shroud very probably dates back centuries prior to the medieval era- taking the Shroud all the way back to the 6th century A.D. These 3 prominent “anchor evidences” include the evidence from; i) The Hungarian Pray Manuscript/Codex (1192-1195 A.D.), ii) The Art History & Numismatic (Coins) Dating Arguments (early-mid 6th century/ 540-550 A.D.), and iii) The Sudarium of Oviedo (400-570/614-711 A.D.)- the strongest evidence
March 17, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 5)- Minimal Relevant Features #6-7
In Part 5 of our Shroud study, we will finish off discussion of the final two “Minimal Relevant Features” (MRF’s) which will be used in evaluating the various image-forming mechanisms in Criterion B (upcoming Podcasts). This episode, we look at some of the various anatomical accuracies and bloodstain features present on the Shroud Man’s images, while also surveying 7 Additional “MRF’s”. In addition, we tackle various Skeptical Counter-features related to these features as well as overall Counter-facts.
March 14, 2020
Shroud Solo Show (Part 4)- Minimal Relevant Features #1-5
This will be the first of two Podcasts discussing what I call the Shroud images’ “Minimal Relevant Features (or MRF’s for short), whereby I will discuss the first 5 such features which are relevant to the question of what mechanisms can account for how the images might have been formed.
March 14, 2020
The Vindication/Resurrection Prediction Argument- Double Warrant or Double Dipping?
Hypotehtically, if one could prove that the historical Jesus predicted his death and subsequent Resurrection/Vindication and further prove that Jesus was in fact risen from the dead, might one obtain double warrant from the circumstance of the prior prediction of such an amazing event? I answer "Yes" and surprisingly, my Atheist interlocutor also answers "yes" as well!
March 10, 2020
Shroud Wars: Debate Round 3- Bob Rucker (Pro-Shroud) vs. Hugh Farey (Shroud Skeptic)
In the third installment of our Shroud Wars debate series, two Shroud experts, Bob Rucker (Pro-Shroud) and Hugh Farey (Shroud Skeptic) go head to head to battle it out on the 1988 C-14 dating and how the images may or may not have been formed artistically.
March 09, 2020
Shroud Wars: Debate Round 1- Is the Shroud Provably Medieval?
Well folks, its finally here! Round 1 of the big showdown between Dale (Pro-Shroud) and his nemesis Alan (the Shroud skeptic). The topics that will be covered in Round 1 include; i) What is the Relevance of the Dating to Begin With? Even if the Shroud is Medieval, who cares! ii) Pro-Medieval Evidence #1- The Memorandum of Bishop D’Arcis (1389 A.D.). iii) Pro-Medieval Evidence #2- The Archeological Evidence from the Pilgrim’s Badges/Medallion (1349-1356 A.D.). iv) Pro-Medieval Evidence #3- The 1988 C-14 Dating
March 09, 2020
Dr. Michael Brown- Answering Jewish Objections, Homosexuality & Charismatics
Dr. Michael L. Brown comes on the show to discuss some Jewish objections to Jesus, issues pertaining to biblical sexuality and the Charismatic movement.
February 27, 2020
Randal Rauser- Interpreting Genesis
Randal Rauser gives his take on how to read the early chapters of Genesis.
February 27, 2020
Tony Costa- The Ontological Argument
Dr. Tony Costa joins us to discuss the Ontological Argument for God's existence.
February 26, 2020
Anthony Magnabosco- Street Epistemology
I really like Anthony Magnabosco, his approach to ding Street Epistemology whereby he respectfully probes people of various worldviews to understand why they believe what they do is a very inspirational and I think, even as an Atheist, many Christians could learn a thing or two from Anthony’s respectful yet probing approach that allows people to be challenged to think harder about their beliefs without feeling defensive.
February 24, 2020
Drew Sokol- "Christ-Haunted" in a Faith Tug of War
The former Christian co-host of Hinge and Room for Doubt comes on our episode to explain his recent deconversion but explains that he still sees many of the arguments for God and Jesus to have merit. He explains that he feels "Christ-haunted" listen to an Atheist and a Christian try to engage in a hypothetical tug-of-war to persuade him off the fence one way or the other.
February 21, 2020
Shroud of Turin’s Bloodstains: An Interview with Blood Expert Dr. Kelly Kearse
In this special interview, Shroud expert and scientist Kelly Kearse has reached out to me to say that he’d like to provide a unique perspective on the Shroud’s bloodstain images specifically. He has authored multiple academic papers on the Shroud’s blood images (some of which are included in the sources section below). Kelly is also a member of STERA, Inc.’s Board of Directors. What conclusions can we glean from the Shroud’s bloodstains; is it real blood? What are their features and properties? What significance do they have in terms of natural image formation mechanisms and its possible link to the historical Jesus? All this and more is answered by this honoured guest.
February 20, 2020
Shroud Wars- Barrie Schwortz Interview
Barrie Schwortz is one of the foremost experts on the Shroud of Turin. And we have him for an interview. Dale and Andrew pepper him with audience questions. Barrie is gracious and informative. David even pops in for a question of his own. No matter what you think about the shroud, you will want to listen to this one. This episode was done in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the scientific STURP (Shroud of Turin Research Project) Group in 1978.
February 18, 2020
Trinity & Incarnation Debated (Round 2)- The Logical Coherence of the Incarnation of Jesus
In this really long episode 2 Atheists (David & Andrew) and a Christian (Dale) debate the Logical Coherence of various Philosophical models of the Trinity and Incarnation. Round 2 focuses on the Incarnation specifically.
February 16, 2020
Trinity & Incarnation Debated (Round 1)- The Logical Coherence of the Trinity
In this really long episode 2 Atheists (David & Andrew) and a Christian (Dale) debate the Logical Coherence of various Philosophical models of the Trinity and Incarnation. Round 1 focuses on the Trinity specifically.
February 16, 2020
The Trinity & Incarnation Debated- Old Testament
David and Dale duke it out over whether the Christian doctrines of the Trinity & Incarnation are consistent with the Old Testement (aka. The Jewish Scriptures).
February 16, 2020
Sean McDowell: The Historicity & Fates of the "12" Apostles
Dr. Sean McDowell is a famous biblical scholar and Christian Apologist. He is the son of legendary Christian apologist Josh McDowell but Sean stands out on his own as a world’s expert in the area of the historicity of the “12” Apostles of Jesus. Sean was kind enough to come on my Podcast and share some of his insights with the audience. Enjoy 😊
February 13, 2020
Proscenium/Ask an Atheist Anything- Professor Paul Bali on Philosophy, Science & Religion
In this special treat, I (Dale the Christian) and my non-Christian university professor, Paul Bali, join Andrew and Matt as guests on the Ask an Atheist Anything Podcast. We discuss issues pertaining to the freedom of expression, the relationship between science and philosophy and how religious knowledge can impart wisdom for people seeking truth. It was a great show, enjoy 🙂
February 12, 2020
Proscenium/Ask an Atheist Anything- The Burden of Proof
In this show, we tackle the question when it is that an Atheist bears the burden of proof when dialoguing with a Christian. Specific discussion on the burden of proof revolves around my use of Bayes Theorem, prior probabilities, the shifting of the burden of proof and my beloved Molinistic Defeater- all this and more is tackled by the Atheists in this episode.
February 12, 2020
Gary Habermas- Dealing with Doubt
Dr. Gary Habermas was not only one of own personal mentors during the time I was dealing with my own doubts, but he has come to be a personal friend of mine. My Atheist co-host David calls Gary- "the Dean of Doubt", and I'd have to agree with that assessment as he helps various people deal with their doubts all the time and has even categorized three different types of doubts; i) Intellectual Doubts, ii) Emotional Doubts and, iii) Volitional Doubts.
February 12, 2020
Craig Keener- The Reliability of Acts of the Apostles
Dr. Craig Keener, a highly respected New Testament scholar known for his meticulous and comprehensive research details his research on the historicity of the biblical book of Acts. His commentary on Acts, takes an in-depth look at the socio-cultural historical context and is quite simply (in my view) the most well documented and researched Acts commentary ever written. His magisterial commentary utilizes an unparalleled range of ancient sources and offers a wealth of fresh insights and he shares some of those insights with us.
February 11, 2020
Lydia McGrew- Historicity of the Gospels (Alternative Methods)
Dr. Lydia McGrew provides a different approach to reading the Gospels (and the Bible as a whole) in terms of assessing their reliability. She believes that Mike Licona's "composition/literary devices" approach is based on his misreading Plutarch and that it’s therefore inaccurate to draw the conclusions he’s drawn using that source. Further, she thinks that any differences in the gospels can be reconciled through commonsense harmonization efforts.
February 11, 2020
Michael (Mike) Licona on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Dr. Michael (Mike) Licona discusses his views on the Gospels and how his research on their reliability; he argues that the majority of New Testament scholars now hold that most if not all of the Gospels belong to the genre of Greco-Roman biography and by comparing the Gospels to the works of Plutarch, he discovers that this genre permitted some flexibility in the manner that historical events were narrated via the use of various “compositional devices”.
February 11, 2020
Debate on Christianity- Robert Stanley Guest Stars
We interview Robert Stanley from the Right to Reason Podcast to discuss various issues including; i) Is the Bible true?, ii) Religion and Politics- Is a Theocracy a good thing? and, iii) The Morality of the Bible.
February 04, 2020
Signs & Wonders (Part 3)- Miracles Debated with Robert L. White (Christian) & Matthew Taylor (Atheist)
Miracles. What are they? How does one identify and evaluate them? Are there any actual examples of such that Christians can point to? Two Christians and an Atheist come together to have a respectful and substantive dialogue to find out if there answers to these important questions.
January 30, 2020
Discussing the Meaning of Life- Marvin Wallace (Christian) vs. David Johnson (Atheist)
The human predicament is something that continues to baffle the world's best and brightest- Why am I here? What happens to me when I die? Most thoughtful people throughout history have felt existential pains of wanting our lives to "mean" something, something that is supremely valuable and worthwhile in terms of a ultimate purpose. In this discussion Marvin and David assess whether such a "meaning" exists and whether it even matters or not.
January 25, 2020
Dr. Paul Bali on Prophecies- Communications from on High
In this episode, I interview my former University professor on his area of expertise; prophecy. As a non-Christian he has an interesting take on what prophecy is and offers his open-minded view on how communications from "higher beings" like God, might be understood, identified and used by us as human beings in terms of our religious beliefs.
January 21, 2020
The Soul & Substance Dualism Part 4
This is the final part of my lecture series on Substance Dualism (i.e. the existence of the soul). Here we look at 4 skeptical arguments against the existence of the soul and evaluate 4 main physicalist theories of what the conscious subject entails.
January 20, 2020
The Soul & Substance Dualism (Part 3)- 2nd Issue of Contention: The Nature of the Conscious Subject
his is Part 3 of series on Substance Dualism- here we address the second issue of contention of the Mind-Body Problem- providing Positive arguments for the existence of a non-physical conscious subject.
January 19, 2020
Miracles of God- How to Identify and Evaluate Signs & Wonders
How does one go about Identifying and Evaluating Miracles of God in general. I argue that the Specified Complexity" criteria of Intelligent Design proponent Dr. William Dembski is the key. Plus, I give my brief take on modern Miracle Healings specifically in this regard.
January 18, 2020
The Soul & Substance Dualism Series Part 2
This is the second part of the series on the existence of the soul & substance dualism- here we assess the nature of mental properties and states (the first issue of contention of the Mind-Body Problem).
January 17, 2020
The Soul/Substance Dualism Series Part 1
This is the first of 4 supplemental episodes on the nature and existence of the human soul (i.e. substance dualism); this will be an general introduction to the series and provide an explanation as to what the Christian position of substance dualism is about.
January 15, 2020
Jesus Mythicism Debated- Dale (Historicist) vs. Kevin Francis (Mythicist) on the Right to Reason Podcast
Robert Stanley of the Right to Reason Podcast hosts both Dale (Christian/Jesus Historicist)and Kevin Francis (atheist/Jesus Mythicist from the Left at the Valley Podcast) to discuss the subject of Jesus Mythicism- did Jesus really exist or not? Listen and find out!
January 09, 2020
Jesus Mythicism Refuted (Part 1)- Evaluating the Evidence from Non-Christian Ancient Historians
In Part 1 of this series on Jesus Mythicism (originally posted on the S&S show), I evaluate the evidence from 4-5 ancient historians; Thallus & Phlegon, Cornelius Tacitus, Suetonius and Flavius Josephus to see if they can provide positive proof that an historical Jesus probably did exist. Do any of them accomplish this aim?- Based on at least 2/5 of these ancient historians, the answer is a resounding "Yes"!
January 09, 2020
What is Truth?
In this episode, I wish to address one of the most foundational questions of General Epistemology- what is the nature of truth itself?
January 08, 2020
Real Seeker Ministries- An Introduction
In this short introductory Podcast, I outline the main mission statement of Real Seeker Ministries. Essentially, I want to help provide real seekers with answers to life's most fundamental questions regarding the existence of God, religion and our ultimate purpose in creation. After years of dedicated research, I don't claim to know all the answers with absolute certainty, I'm still a real seeker myself, but I've concluded that Christianity provides such answers along with the necessary warrant to think that those answers are in fact true. Join me as I outline why I think this is the case.
December 31, 2019