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Unbelievable? offers a weekly podcast, blog, and video series hosted by Ruth Jackson and a team of thinkers and Christian apologists.

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Unbelievable? offers a weekly podcast, blog, and video series hosted by Ruth Jackson and a team of thinkers and Christian apologists.

    Can we know God? Phil Sumpter vs Berel Dov Lerner hosted by Andy Kind

    Can we know God? Phil Sumpter vs Berel Dov Lerner hosted by Andy Kind

    Explore the intricate and enlightening conversation between scholars Beryl Dov Lerner and Phil Sumpter as they delve into Jewish and Christian interpretations of scripture, covenants, and theological modesty. This engaging debate asks ‘Can we know God?’ and sheds light on the nature of God, the divine-human relationship, and the crucial role covenants play in both traditions.
    How do Jewish and Christian perspectives on ethical behaviour and the interpretation of biblical texts converge and diverge? What are the theological implications of the creation story, and how does the nature of God influence human behaviour? Join us to uncover the complexities of understanding God, the significance of the incarnation, and the profound relationship between theology and practice. How do these different perspectives shape our knowledge of God and our approach to ethical living?
    Philosopher Berel Dov Lerner got his PhD at Tel Aviv University and now teaches at Western Galilee College. Phil Sumpter got his PhD from the University of Gloucestershire and teaches in the Biblical Theological Academy of Wiedenest, Germany, and Cornerstone Bible College in the Netherlands.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Sexuality, Gender and Identity: Andrew Bunt and Charlie Bell Debate (replay)

    Sexuality, Gender and Identity: Andrew Bunt and Charlie Bell Debate (replay)

    This recording of a live debate between Andrew Bunt and Charlie Bell speaks to sexuality, gender, and identity within the church. Andrew Bunt, Emerging Generations Director at Living Out and author of "Finding Your Best Identity," is a same-sex attracted Christian who has chosen celibacy and believes in traditional male-female marriage. Charlie Bell, a gay Anglican vicar and psychiatrist, is the author of "Queer Holiness" and advocates for the acceptance of gay marriage in the church.
    In this episode of the Unbelievable? Podcast we're looking at Sexuality and gender identity in Christianity, the recent controversy in the Church of England over gay blessingsl, Biblical perspectives on marriage and LGBTQI+ issues and include an audience Q&A session to get you answers on this topic.
    Originally Aired: 17 Feb 2023
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    • Support us in the rest of the world: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/donateThis recording of a live debate between Andrew Bunt and Charlie Bell speaks to sexuality, gender, and identity within the church. Andrew Bunt, Emerging Generations Director at Living Out and author of "Finding Your Best Identity," is a same-sex attracted Christian who has chosen celibacy and believes in traditional male-female marriage. Charlie Bell, a gay Anglican vicar and psychiatrist, is the author of "Queer Holiness" and advocates for the acceptance of gay marriage in the church.
    In this episode of the Unbelievable? Podcast we're looking at Sexuality and gender identity in Christianity, the recent controversy in the Church of England over gay blessingsl, Biblical perspectives on marriage and LGBTQI+ issues and include an audience Q&A session to get you answers on this topic.
    Originally Aired: 17 Feb 2023
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Life after doom: how to live a life of wisdom, resilience & love in unpredictable times with Brian McLaren hosted Andy Kind

    Life after doom: how to live a life of wisdom, resilience & love in unpredictable times with Brian McLaren hosted Andy Kind

    How do we live well with nations, ecosystems, economies, religions, and other institutions in disarray? Data reveals widespread anxiety among young people globally regarding the impact of climate change on their future. Unbelievable host Andy Kind seized the chance to talk with writer and activist Brian McLaren. Once banned reading for a young Andy Kind when he first embraced his faith, McLaren now joins him for a face-to-face conversation. Have we crossed tipping points towards an inexorable tide of doom?
    This deep anxiety creates an inner divide: a tension between a hopeful commitment to action for the common good and the fear that no actions can prevent an undesirable or dystopian future. McLaren's 'Life After Doom' offers a sober analysis of climate breakdown, societal collapse, wars, pandemics, and challenges readers to seek wisdom and courage in a world on the brink. Brian McLaren, author of 'Faith After Doubt' and 'Do I Stay Christian?', is a leading voice at the intersection of faith and contemporary culture. Join us for this compelling discussion on navigating a world in crisis.
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    • 50 min
    From Porn Star to Pastor (replay)

    From Porn Star to Pastor (replay)

    Billy Hallowell sits down with Joshua Broome to explore his extraordinary life transformation. Joshua, once a top adult film star, shares his story of fame, wealth, and the emptiness that led him to seek a deeper purpose. In this gripping episode, Joshua discusses: His rise to fame in the adult film industry, the profound emptiness despite his success, how he found redemption in Jesus and his journey to becoming a pastor.
    This interview offers hope and insight for those struggling with porn addiction, those involved in its creation, and anyone concerned about its growing influence in society. Tune in for an inspiring narrative of transformation and redemption. Joshua's powerful testimony reminds us how we can confront past actions, embrace God's forgiveness, and find true fulfilment in the Christian faith.
    Originally Aired 23 May 2023
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    Is belief in an evil God more plausible than belief in a good God? Stephen Law vs Jack Symes hosted by Vince Vitale

    Is belief in an evil God more plausible than belief in a good God? Stephen Law vs Jack Symes hosted by Vince Vitale

    Did you hear the one about the three philosophers? Yes, on Unbelievable? 👀 🧠 🎙️In this episode, Oxford philosopher Stephen Law, the main proponent of the Evil God Challenge, argues that the evidential problem of evil challenges the belief in a good God. ⚡️ Jack Symes contends that there are asymmetries between the arguments for believing in a good God and an evil God. The debate examines the distribution of good and evil in the world as evidence and explores how theists defend belief in a good God through theodicies, revelation, and religious experience.
    Jack Symes is a public philosopher and researcher in philosophy at Durham University, whose academic research lies at the intersection of philosophy of mind and religion. Jack is best known as the producer of The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast, one of the UK’s most popular higher education podcasts. His books include Philosophers on God: Talking about Existence (2024) and Defeating the Evil-God Challenge: In Defence of God’s Goodness (2024). He was recently named one of BBC’s New Generation Thinkers for 2024. Stephen Law is a philosopher and author, currently Director of Philosophy and Cert HE at Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. Stephen has published many popular books, including The Philosophy Gym, The Complete Philosophy Files, and Believing Bullshit.
    #debate #evilgodchallenge #philosophy #philosophyofreligion #theism #atheism #evil #goodgod
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    📚Books Mentioned:
    The Philosophy Gym: https://shorturl.at/qWTcX (UK) https://shorturl.at/HmBKk (USA)
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    📚Books Mentioned:
    Philosophers on God: Talking about Existence https://shorturl.at/SfRpt (UK) https://encr.pw/G5RRS (USA)
    Defeating the Evil-God Challenge: In Defence of God’s Goodness https://encr.pw/b4bkM (UK) https://l1nk.dev/pBUfD (USA)
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    For school talks/media: stephenlaw4schools.blogspot.co.uk
    Link to Jack's book @_JackSymes
    Link to Stephen's blog
    The Complete Philosophy Files, Orion 2011
    The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking, Headline 2004
    The Great Philosophers: The Lives and Ideas of History’s Greatest Thinkers, Greenfinch 2013
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Should Christians rethink Hell? Dr Al Mohler & Chris Date debate the traditional & conditionalist concept of hell (replay)

    Should Christians rethink Hell? Dr Al Mohler & Chris Date debate the traditional & conditionalist concept of hell (replay)

    This episode dives into the debate between the annihilationist view (also known as 'conditional immortality') and the traditional 'eternal conscious torment' perspective on hell that has been highlighted among scholars for years.
    Dr. Al Mohler, Former President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, strongly opposes the annihilationist view, a stance he elaborated on in his daily podcast, The Briefing.
    On the other side we have Chris Date, a co-founder of Rethinking Hell, who argues in favour of the annihilationist perspective, a belief he adopted after extensive biblical study.
    The debate delves into scriptural interpretations and examines whether academic scholarship is actually shifting away from the traditional view of eternal torment in favour of an end of all ends.
    Originally Aired 3 Jan 2015
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
350 Ratings

350 Ratings

AndyGB ,

The new format is superb

Unbelievable has done a great job reinventing itself — Andy Kind, in particular, is a superb interviewer and does a brilliant job moderating some of these discussions. Well done team!

Neo-Pelagian ,

Formerly we had a heaven.

Is he an Hegelian?

‘The living ethical world is Spirit in its truth.’

Britandjack ,

Awful now!

I used to love this podcast. Then Justin left and it seemed it was all just repeat episodes.

I saw some new episodes and tuned in again to hear the episode on God, Government and Trump.

Wow! Hate speech dressed up under a guise of let’s be kind. Tropes against the LGBTQ and trans community. Suggesting the bible is inerrant! Big red flags!

I guess Premier is promoting Christian Nationalism now so I’ll be unsubscribing.

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