33 episodes

The Doubts Aloud Podcast!

Join us as we allow doubts to be voiced regarding faith, religion and worldviews. Two of us have been Christians and none of us believe, so our current conclusion is that the doubts regarding Christianity are justified, but we are keen to question ourselves and hear Christian arguments and hear from Christian guests. Our background means that our conversation with Christianity will tend to dominate over other faiths.

We are Frances Janusz, Andrew Whyte and Ed Atkinson. We value the use of reason and evidence to assess matters of faith and worldview. (Should we doubt those assumptions?). We will consider philosophy, theology, Biblical Studies, human experience from the thinking layman’s viewpoint. We greatly value respect for those we disagree with and engaging in discussion. Meet us all in person at the monthly Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group in central London

https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

Andrew Whyte one of the hosts of Doubts Aloud has his own "Christian Diversity" YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIyesuRCrlRFYCYs_XMDKhd_MAyeF8esH

For those not familiar with the Christian Premier Radio Unbelievable Show that we praise, it is podcast as “Unbelievable?” and on the web:
https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable

Andrew’s appearances on Unbelievable were 31/10/2009 on the Return of Jesus, 26/04/2014 with Greg Boyd on Doubt and 10/07/2015 with Nabeel Qureshi on Christian Diversity.
Doubts Aloud Links:

Please give feedback and ask questions using :
doubtsaloud@gmail.com

Join the Facebook Group discussions:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/247243319147813

Meet us all in person at the monthly “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

Doubts Aloud Podcast Doubts Aloud Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7, 3 Ratings

The Doubts Aloud Podcast!

Join us as we allow doubts to be voiced regarding faith, religion and worldviews. Two of us have been Christians and none of us believe, so our current conclusion is that the doubts regarding Christianity are justified, but we are keen to question ourselves and hear Christian arguments and hear from Christian guests. Our background means that our conversation with Christianity will tend to dominate over other faiths.

We are Frances Janusz, Andrew Whyte and Ed Atkinson. We value the use of reason and evidence to assess matters of faith and worldview. (Should we doubt those assumptions?). We will consider philosophy, theology, Biblical Studies, human experience from the thinking layman’s viewpoint. We greatly value respect for those we disagree with and engaging in discussion. Meet us all in person at the monthly Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group in central London

https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

Andrew Whyte one of the hosts of Doubts Aloud has his own "Christian Diversity" YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIyesuRCrlRFYCYs_XMDKhd_MAyeF8esH

For those not familiar with the Christian Premier Radio Unbelievable Show that we praise, it is podcast as “Unbelievable?” and on the web:
https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable

Andrew’s appearances on Unbelievable were 31/10/2009 on the Return of Jesus, 26/04/2014 with Greg Boyd on Doubt and 10/07/2015 with Nabeel Qureshi on Christian Diversity.
Doubts Aloud Links:

Please give feedback and ask questions using :
doubtsaloud@gmail.com

Join the Facebook Group discussions:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/247243319147813

Meet us all in person at the monthly “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    Episode 31 - Summer of Miracles Part 2

    Episode 31 - Summer of Miracles Part 2

    Episode 31 – Show Notes

    We continue giving our Overview of Miracles ‘in the field’ as the claims really show up in the world. Then we use our latest chapter from the 50 Arguments for Faith book to launch discussion on Jesus’ miracles: “The Credibility of Jesus’s Miracles” (Chapter 28, see full book details at bottom)
    The links we mentioned along the way …
    Frances was on Unbelievable discussing Ken Fish who has a healing ministry and came along with his best stories
    https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Is-miracle-healing-for-real-Ken-Fish-vs-Frances-Janusz-2-healing-stories

    Andrew’s Christian Diversity YouTube channel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcGJKrkO1LQ

    A good talk by a cessationist in that he covers all there is:
    https://youtu.be/9o0z-J4RnwE

    Frances’ ancient Greek miracles: Asclepius
    https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/opth/open-issue/article-10.1515-opth-2016-0006/article-10.1515-opth-2016-0006.xml

    And Epidaurus
    https://www.greece-is.com/of-gods-and-dreams-the-ancient-healing-sanctuary-of-epidaurus/

    Sathya Sai Baba in India:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Miracles-Story-Sathya-Prophet/dp/190873325X


    The book “Gospel Fictions” by Randel Helms that Andrew discussed:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gospel-Fictions-Randel-Helms/dp/0879755725


    Doubts Aloud Links:

    Please leave us a review!
    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com

    Join the Facebook Group discussions:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1023280847835278/
    Meet us all in person (after Covid19) at the monthly “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
    https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    That book: “Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy and Science” by Mike Licona and William Dembski.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 30 - The Summer of Miracles Part 1

    Episode 30 - The Summer of Miracles Part 1

    Episode 30 – Show Notes

    We start another summer mini-series, this summer on miracles, in response to a letter from Christian in Germany. This episode, we focus mostly on actual miracle stories as presented by people seeking to provide the most compelling cases.

    The video from Lee Strobel who had done 2 years of research:.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y57VUN2TO5M&feature=youtu.be&t=2077

    The most striking case is clearly that of Barbara C Snyder here is a link to it we discuss: http://searchingdeeper.com/SearchingForMiracles.html

    Frances mentioned two links on spontaneous remission from multiple sclerosis unrelated to religion.
    https://www.sharecare.com/health/multiple-sclerosis-ms/what-is-spontaneous-cure-ms
    https://msandbeyond.com/category/spontaneous-remission/

    Christian asked us to consider Dr Sean George on Unbelievable last April:

    https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Did-God-raise-Dr-Sean-George-from-the-dead-Sean-George-Hans-Vodder-and-Bradley-Bowen
    And here is the response pdf from the atheist guest on that show, which Justin gave.

    https://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/e/nw-miracles-conference-the-resurrection-of-sean-george-powerpoint-pdf/

    We stated an overview of the miracles scene in Christianity and general life today, initially noting how they are the exception even in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles, eg the April 2017 Premier Christianity mag p71 by Rob Parsons "Sorry to be awkward, but we need to talk about healing". It is not online. Email us for a pdf of the page.

    We discussed the kind of healings Derren Brown can do and his “Miracle” show and his appearance on Unbelievable (including a brilliant internal Premier discussion follow up):
    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80219802
    https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Derren-Brown-show-2-discussing-miracles-and-healing

    Finally here are the two books we mentioned towards the end.
    “Heaven And Hell: A History Of The Afterlife” Bart D. Ehrman, March 31, 2020
    “The Case Against Miracles” by John W Loftus (Editor), 22 Nov. 2019

    Doubts Aloud Links:

    Please leave us a review on iTunes and we will respond to any question asked there with the review.

    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com
    Meet us all in person at the monthly (now via Zoom during Covid lockdown) “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
    https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 29 - Jonathan McLatchie on Undesigned Coincidences

    Episode 29 - Jonathan McLatchie on Undesigned Coincidences

    Episode 29 – Show Notes
    This month we welcomed well known British apologist Jonathan McLatchie to share the show with us. Jonathan is a stalwart of the Unbelievable show and can be found here:
    www. JonathanMcLatchie.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/apologeticacademy/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6nvYFyoCk5DsRgYRrhC_g
    Jonathan has seen the importance of demonstrating the reliability of the gospels and has researched the use of ‘Undesigned Coincidences’ to do this. It is where incidental details of a story given by two separate authors mesh together in an undersigned way. It leads to greater confidence that the authors are each speaking about the same factual event rather than a legend.
    Andrew and Jonathan talk first about the history of Undesigned Coincidences especially regarding the gospels, the approach dates back to the late 17thC and William Paley himself.
    There are dozens of these apparent coincidences that scholars and then apologists has used. But we go on a deep dive on just one, from the feeding of the 5000 stories narratives which occur in all 4 gospels (starting Matt14.13, Mark6.30, Luke9.10 and John6.1). It is usually the example Jonathan mentions first.
    The discussion seeks to see the relationship between Undesigned Coincidences and New Testament scholarship as it has developed in the centuries since it Paley.
    The books and links we mentioned:
    Friend of the show John Nelson’s blog
    https://medium.com/the-reluctant-convert/some-thoughts-on-undesigned-coincidences-a1949c8bb4f9
    “Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts” 2017 by Lydia McGrew
    “The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices” 2019 by Lydia McGrew
    6 blogs by Jonathan in response to Richard Carrier on Undesigned Coincidences:
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/03/yes-richard-carrier-there-are.html
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/03/can-scribal-errors-account-for.html
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/03/who-has-fabricated-data-lydia-mcgrew-or.html
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/03/is-redaction-usually-better-hypothesis.html
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/03/external-coincidences-and-acts-of.html
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2020/04/rounding-off-my-response-to-richard.html

    Scholarly article “Fatigue in the Synoptics” by Mark Goodacre, 1998
    http://www.markgoodacre.org/Q/fatigue.htm


    Doubts Aloud Links:
    Please leave us a review on iTunes and we will respond to any question asked there with the review.
    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com
    Join the Facebook Group discussions:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1023280847835278/
    Meet us all in person at the monthly (now...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 28 - Christian Responses to Covid-19

    Episode 28 - Christian Responses to Covid-19

    Episode 28 – Show Notes

    We start by trying to track Christian responses to the virus from before it was known about at all. Were there any prophecies? We include the reasons given which fell to the two extremes of The Devil and God in Punishment mode. Here are Andrew’s links:

    Ed noted how this matched this discussion on Unbelievable

    https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-2-views-on-suffering-Warfare-vs-Blueprint-Kurt-Jaros-Ken-Brownell

    We then started to see prophecies of when it would end, which turned out to be flat out wrong.
    We liked this one, Kenneth Copeland from March 13th.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys3CrUdxSGM

    The Psalm on protection from pandemics that we read out was Psalm 91 v1-8

    This leads to the conflict between belief and good citizenship to save lives.

    We then moved onto the more serious apologetic responses to the pandemic, here is Justin Brierrley’s blog:

    https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-doesn-t-God-stop-Coronavirus-and-mend-the-world?fbclid=IwAR0XepfueN3CFTYIw318EDj3eZ9uNMuvk95djOTIhwJoNwbPngmX7qdFUIE

    Key text we read and discussed:
    “The Christian story is that the whole created order is in some sense ‘out of kilter’ at a cosmic level. Some theologians trace this to human rebellion – an outworking of ‘the fall’ which acts both forwards and backwards in time. Others point to the existence of an earlier rebellion in the angelic realm that sparked a ‘cosmic fall’ (hinted at in Revelation 12:9).”

    And here is John Lennox’s: text blog

    https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/John-Lennox-If-God-why-coronavirus?utm_source=Premier%20Christian%20Media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11462416_Voice%20of%20Hope%2008%2F04%2F2020&utm_content=John&dm_i=16DQ,6TOGG,61BRJF,RC4XP,1

    We mentioned the far right Catholics at the end, here is the link we used:
    https://unherd.com/thepost/catholic-far-right-hatred-of-pope-francis-doubles-down-in-covid-era/

    Doubts Aloud Links:
    Please leave us a review on iTunes and we will respond to any question asked there with the review.

    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com
    Join the Facebook Group discussions:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1023280847835278/

    Meet us all in person at the monthly (now via Zoom during Covid lockdown) “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
    https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Christian Responses to Covid-19

    Christian Responses to Covid-19

    Text for DA Podcast Ep 28

    Episode 28 – Title Suggestions
    Responses to Covid-19
    Christian Responses to Covid-19
    Christians in Pandemic


    Episode 28 – Show Notes

    We start by trying to track Christian responses to the virus from before it was known about at all. Were there any prophecies? We include the reasons given which fell to the two extremes of The Devil and God in Punishment mode. Here are Andrew’s links:
    Ed noted how this matched this discussion on Unbelievable

    https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-2-views-on-suffering-Warfare-vs-Blueprint-Kurt-Jaros-Ken-Brownell

    We then started to see prophecies of when it would end, which turned out to be flat out wrong.
    We liked this one, Kenneth Copeland from March 13th.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys3CrUdxSGM

    The Psalm on protection from pandemics that we read out was Psalm 91 v1-8

    This leads to the conflict between belief and good citizenship to save lives.

    We then moved onto the more serious apologetic responses to the pandemic, here is Justin Brierrley’s blog:

    https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-doesn-t-God-stop-Coronavirus-and-mend-the-world?fbclid=IwAR0XepfueN3CFTYIw318EDj3eZ9uNMuvk95djOTIhwJoNwbPngmX7qdFUIE

    Key text we read and discussed:

    “The Christian story is that the whole created order is in some sense ‘out of kilter’ at a cosmic level. Some theologians trace this to human rebellion – an outworking of ‘the fall’ which acts both forwards and backwards in time. Others point to the existence of an earlier rebellion in the angelic realm that sparked a ‘cosmic fall’ (hinted at in Revelation 12:9).”

    And here is John Lennox’s: text blog

    https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/John-Lennox-If-God-why-coronavirus?utm_source=Premier%20Christian%20Media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11462416_Voice%20of%20Hope%2008%2F04%2F2020&utm_content=John&dm_i=16DQ,6TOGG,61BRJF,RC4XP,1

    We mentioned the far right Catholics at the end, here is the link we used:
    https://unherd.com/thepost/catholic-far-right-hatred-of-pope-francis-doubles-down-in-covid-era/

    Doubts Aloud Links:
    Please leave us a review on iTunes and we will respond to any question asked there with the review.

    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com
    Join the Facebook Group discussions:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1023280847835278/

    Meet us all in person at the monthly (now via Zoom during Covid lockdown) “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:
    https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 27 - With Jared Byas of The Bible for Normal People

    Episode 27 - With Jared Byas of The Bible for Normal People

    Episode 27 – Show Notes

    It is great to welcome Jared Byas from The Bible for Normal People podcast. We greatly respect his work and find it immensely informative. We each go through our stories of facing the Bible for what it is, and they are quite similar. But Jared and us have ended up in different places. His faith seems as alive as when he held conservative views and yet we have now abandoned ours. We discuss why and the approaches to the Bible left for us.

    Jared’s book CAN be pre-ordered already – “Love Matters More: How Fighting to Be Right Keeps Us from Loving Like Jesus” Paperback – September 8, 2020, by Jared Byas (Author) Zondervan

    Doubts Aloud Links:
    Please leave us a review on iTunes and we will respond to any question asked there with the review.

    Or give feedback and ask questions using : doubtsaloud@gmail.com
    Join the Facebook Group discussions:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1023280847835278/
    Meet us all in person at the monthly “Unbelievable Christian and Skeptic Discussion Group” in central London, see:

    https://www.meetup.com/Unbelievable-Christian-and-Skeptic-Discussion-Group-London

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Dr. Crocoduck Pretorius ,

Very enjoyable

I sometimes feel like there's not much left to discuss in the atheist and Christian debate, and I've grown tired of going over the same ground time and time again.

So I wasn't expecting very much from another atheist podcast.

However, I gave this one a chance because I've heard Andrew Whyte on other podcasts, as well as his Christian Diversity YouTube channel, and always liked hearing what he has to say.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the mature, thoughtful and educated discussion by the panelists on Doubts Aloud, and I’ve even learned some new things.

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Listeners Also Subscribed To