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Why new atheism grew old and secular thinkers are considering Christianity again.
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This long-form documentary podcast presented by Justin Brierley, tells the story of why new atheism grew old and secular thinkers are considering Christianity again.
Featuring interviews with secular and Christian thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Richard Dawkins, Alex O Connor, Louise Perry, Tom Holland, Dave Rubin, NT Wright, Alister Mcgrath, Douglas Murray, Bethel Mcgrew, William Lane Craig, Jana Harmon, Bishop Robert Barron, Stephen Woodford, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, Adam Coleman, Jon Mccray, Paul Kingsnorth and Francis Spufford, this series accompanies the book 'The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God'.
Could the tide of faith be ready to come in again in our generation?

The Surprising Rebirth Of Belief In God Justin Brierley

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Why new atheism grew old and secular thinkers are considering Christianity again.
Get early access to new episodes and bonus content when you become a supporter.
justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth
This long-form documentary podcast presented by Justin Brierley, tells the story of why new atheism grew old and secular thinkers are considering Christianity again.
Featuring interviews with secular and Christian thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Richard Dawkins, Alex O Connor, Louise Perry, Tom Holland, Dave Rubin, NT Wright, Alister Mcgrath, Douglas Murray, Bethel Mcgrew, William Lane Craig, Jana Harmon, Bishop Robert Barron, Stephen Woodford, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, Adam Coleman, Jon Mccray, Paul Kingsnorth and Francis Spufford, this series accompanies the book 'The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God'.
Could the tide of faith be ready to come in again in our generation?

    13. Francis Spufford & Andrew Klavan: A celebrated author and Hollywood screenwriter come to faith

    13. Francis Spufford & Andrew Klavan: A celebrated author and Hollywood screenwriter come to faith

    Prize-winning author Francis Spufford was an atheist for over 20 years before finding his way back to faith. His book 'Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense' was an unconventional response to New Atheism. 

    Hollywood screenwriter and bestselling novelist Andrew Klavan, also came to Christian faith as an adult from a secular Jewish background - a story he tells in his book 'The Great Good Thing'. 

    Justin hears both their conversion stories in this bonus edition of the podcast. The documentary format resumes next time.


    An Evening with Tom Holland & Justin Brierley, London, 5 March: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/


    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/


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    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/


    Ep 13 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-13-francis-spufford-andrew-klavan-a-celebrated-author-and-hollywood-screenwriter-come-to-faith



    The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God is a production of Think Faith in partnership with Genexis, and support from The Jerusalem Trust & the Christian Evidence Society.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    12. The Christian Revolution: Why the cross changed the world

    12. The Christian Revolution: Why the cross changed the world

    The early Christian claim that the God-man Jesus had been crucified for the sake of the world was 'foolishness' to the Greco-Roman world. Yet this countercultural belief in a God of sacrificial love ended up reshaping our instincts about human value, equality and compassion.
    Justin resumes his conversation with Tom Holland alongside other historians and thinkers on how early Christianity contributed to the end of child exposure, the rise of adoption, hospitals and healthcare, and a path towards the abolition of slavery. Holland also shares how an experience in a ruined church in Iraq left a profound impact on him.

    An Evening with Tom Holland & Justin Brierley, London, 5 March: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/


    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/


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    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/


    Ep 12 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-12-the-christian-revolution-why-the-cross-changed-the-world-the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-podcast/



    The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God is a production of Think Faith in partnership with Genexis, and support from The Jerusalem Trust & the Christian Evidence Society.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    11. The Sexual Revolution: Why Louise Perry changed her mind

    11. The Sexual Revolution: Why Louise Perry changed her mind

    The 20th Century's sexual revolution led to free love and the modern hookup culture. But some secular intellectuals are now saying we need to return to the values of the 1st Century sexual revolution. 
    Justin hears from historians and thinkers who identify Christianity as the source of secular human rights, and why feminists such as Louise Perry are re-evaluating the Christian sexual ethics of marriage and monogamy.

    An Evening with Tom Holland & Justin Brierley, London, 5 March: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/


    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/


    Support via Patreon for early access to new episodes: https://www.patreon.com/justinbrierley/membership


    Support via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/brierleyjustin


    Support via Tax-deductible (USA): https://defendersmedia.com/portfolio/justin-brierley/


    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/


    Ep 11 show notes: http://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-11-the-sexual-revolution-why-louise-perry-changed-her-mind-the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-podcast/


    The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God is a production of Think Faith in partnership with Genexis, and support from The Jerusalem Trust & the Christian Evidence Society.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    10. History Maker: Why Tom Holland changed his mind about Christ

    10. History Maker: Why Tom Holland changed his mind about Christ

    Whether modern westerners realise it or not, their world has been shaped by the Jesus revolution of 2,000 years ago. Popular historian Tom Holland is a notable voice who has been reminding his secular peers of the Christian waters they swim in and why it matters.
    In this 'third act' of the documentary series Justin charts how the Christian story shaped us. He hears from Tom Holland on why he changed his mind about Christianity alongside thinkers, historians and converts on why atheist accounts of history often fail to explain why we believe in equality, dignity and human rights.

    An Evening with Tom Holland & Justin Brierley, London, 5 March: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/


    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/


    Support via Patreon for early access to new episodes: https://www.patreon.com/justinbrierley/membership


    Support via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/brierleyjustin


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    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/


    Ep 10 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-10-history-maker-why-tom-holland-changed-his-mind-about-christ-the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-podcast


    The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God is a production of Think Faith in partnership with Genexis, and support from The Jerusalem Trust & the Christian Evidence Society.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Surprising Rebirth in 2024 - Special Announcement

    Surprising Rebirth in 2024 - Special Announcement

    Justin has a special announcement on the impact the show has been making and about a new release schedule for The Surprising Rebirth Of Belief In God in 2024.



    Justin Brierley & Tom Holland event, 5th March 2024 in London: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/




    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/




    Support via Patreon for early access to new episodes: https://www.patreon.com/justinbrierley/membership




    Support via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/brierleyjustin




    Support via Tax-deductible (USA): https://defendersmedia.com/portfolio/justin-brierley/




    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/




    Ayaan Hirsi Ali discussion episode on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOFqg5yv2U





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    • 5 min
    9. Paul Kingsnorth & Martin Shaw: A poet and mythologist convert

    9. Paul Kingsnorth & Martin Shaw: A poet and mythologist convert

    Why are poets and storytellers being drawn towards Christ? In this bonus episode Justin speaks to two adult converts to Christianity whose stories overlap in remarkable ways.
    Celebrated poet and author Paul Kingsnorth, and mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw, both had unexpected conversions that have led them into the Orthodox church.

    Justin Brierley & Tom Holland event, 5th March 2024 in London: https://licc.org.uk/events/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god-an-evening-with-tom-holland-justin-brierley/


    More info, book & newsletter: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/


    Support via Patreon for early access to new episodes: https://www.patreon.com/justinbrierley/membership


    Support via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/brierleyjustin


    Support via Tax-deductible (USA): https://defendersmedia.com/portfolio/justin-brierley/


    Buy the book or get a signed copy: https://justinbrierley.com/the-surprising-rebirth-of-belief-in-god/


    Ep 9 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-9-paul-kingsnorth-martin-shaw-a-poet-and-mythologist-convert


    The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God is a production of Think Faith in partnership with Genexis, and support from The Jerusalem Trust & the Christian Evidence Society.
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    • 1 hr 22 min

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