Andrew and Matthew chat with Dave Warnock about valuing the life we live as atheists and how it compares to how Christianity values life. Dave is facing a terminal diagnosis and during this conversation we all have a laugh, and a cry. Dave has appeared on multiple podcasts on his Dying Out Loud tour. Including a separate conversation with Matthew at Ask An Atheist Anything. Join us for some irreverence, some frank talk, some laughter, and yes, there were tears too!
We also want to pass on huge thanks to Marie, for arranging our conversations, if you need an organiser, Marie can help you, here details are here:
Marie D'Elephant, Virtual Assistant
mariedelephant.com (life coach page which includes limited information about my virtual assistant work)
(This episode has an explicit tag, because from the very start there is swearing and sharp criticism of Christianity)
As always, feedback welcome in all the usual places.
At a recent Unbelievable? conference, Glen Scrivener recited a poem he wrote depicting a fictional conversation with a young atheist.
The Unbelievable! Poem is a poem is written in a similar style depicting a fictional online conversation with a Christian.
Glen's poem can be read here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ex8GvfVysyZW4qde6WT83anCr9qQYSgwipUGJCe4jXo/edit
Recently BBC assistant producer Damon Rosehas created a dust up around Christians asking to heal the disabled. Damon is blind himself and knows a bit about the subject having attended a school for the blind as a youth. To explore Christian disability doctrine and his own views as an atheist, he has written articles and produced a documentary.
His work prompted Justin Brierley to invite him to Unbelievable? for a conversation with two disabled Christians -- Zoe Heming and Ian Paul.
In this episode Andrew and David, disabled themselves, go over the problems with disability doctrine and healing. What does it mean when a Christian offers to heal you and it fails? Does the disabled community want to be bothered? Have Christians failed in their obligation to think critically about disability doctrine? Is disability doctrine god's silver bullet? We invite you to press play, follow along, and decide for yourself.
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In this episode, Andrew and Matthew talk with Tom from the Hiding in Plain Sight podcast. They talk about Tom's experience of visiting churches, why he's still atheist, the benefits of Christianity to a community, how fair Justin Brierley is, what Tom plans for series 2 and much more. Come and join for for a fascinating discussion.
Listen to Tom's Hidding in Plain Sight podcast or to contact him, go here: https://hipspodcast.com/
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Episode 14: Unbelievable? The Book: Apologetics is Bad Science and Bad History
In this episode physics professor Brian Blais joins Andrew and Matthew to discuss The Fine Tuning Argument, The Second Law of Thermodynamics, contingency, evidence for the Christian claim of a historical resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and other topics found in Justin Brierley's book Unbelievable?: Why After Ten Years of Talking With Atheists, I'm Still a Christian. As you listen, you can decide for yourself whether Christian Apologetics draws appropriate conclusions from the best science of today. And, you will also have a meaningful guide if you read Justin's book.
Dr. Blais has a Ph. D. In physics that emphasized computational neuroscience and was the recipient of a three year NSF research grant to study computational neuroscience and the recipient of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) grant. He is an active member of many professional organizations including The Geochemical Society and The American Statistical Association. He teaches undergraduate physics at Bryant University and is a research professor at The Institute for Brain and Neural Systems at Brown University. Brian has written extensively on Bayesian Probability and is currently writing a book about Bayesian Analysis that is geared toward readers with a less mathematical background but nevertheless have interest in understanding probability. He also listens to and regularly blogs concerning topics covered on Unbelievable?.
To read more from Professor Blais, including the topics discussed in this episode, visit his blog:
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At the end of the show, we promised a link to The Shawn Carroll William Lane Craig debate. Visit this YouTube page to watch their debate:
Christian churches have a variety of views on the LGBTQI+ community, and recently, there have been some high profile examples of christian denominations taking controversial and harmful stances. In this episode, Andrew and Matthew are joined by Jane to discuss where the Christians are going wrong and how to better engage with every person as an individual worthy of equal treatment.
In this episode Andrew is joined by Doug Hoxworth. Doug is a Mechanical Engineer with a second degree in theology, and he maintains a life long interest in philosophy.
After years of Christianity, Doug is now an atheist, and he takes us on a journey through the presocratics, Socrates, Plato, Plotinus, and other philosophers to disambiguate the conversation between Raymond Tallis and David Bentley Hart.
What role did the presocratics, Socrates, and Plato have in forming first century Christian thought? What is the origin of the word logos, and how does that origin change our understanding of John 1? What are platonic forms? Was Plato a dualist? Should we trust Plato's philosophy over empiricism? Does logos help us understand mind and the world around us?
Just press play and listen to the exploration.
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In this episode Andrew is joined by Chris Bradley to discuss whether John Lennox is honest with his Christian listeners about the nature of science and the provability of scripture.
Is John Lennox knowingly and openly dishonest with his supporters, or is it true that science cannot explain everything about our existence? Is scripture a complementary explanation that stands hand-in-hand with the science to provide a complete picture, or is scripture simple special pleading that obfuscates our understanding? What does the word "nothing" mean in the context of physics and creation?
Join Andrew and university trained Electrical Engineer Chris Bradley to find out.
For the original debate between Atkins and Lennox: