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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.
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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 75 - Doubts Aloud Book Club: Tom Holland’s Dominion – Part 1

    Episode 75 - Doubts Aloud Book Club: Tom Holland’s Dominion – Part 1

    Show NotesTom Holland’s book ‘Dominion’ has caused quite a stir in Christian apologetics circles over the last few years and we’ve been reading it. We also attended a church leader’s evening where he was the speaker.  So we thought we would start a “Doubts Aloud Book Club” with Dominion the first book covered.We introduce Tom, his current faith position and the book, we discuss his style and how much we enjoyed the read. 

    We present the key messages that Tom seeks to make and talk about whether it’s a book useful for apologetics.  Finally, we read some extracts that had struck us and discussed them.A later episode on the book will cover more on the critical responses, including ours.  He makes a bold and interesting set of claims that we can both learn from and see where we, and historians, may disagree. Links:That book

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dominion-Making-Western-Tom-Holland/dp/0349141207

    The Justin Brierley Spectator article:

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-christian-revival-is-under-way-in-britain/  

    Doubts Aloud Links:Please give feedback and ask questions using: 

    doubtsaloud@gmail.com Join the Facebook Group discussions:

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    Meet us all in person again 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 28 min
    Episode 74 - The age of the earth with Rev Michael Roberts

    Episode 74 - The age of the earth with Rev Michael Roberts

    Show NotesWe are excited to have guest Rev Michael Roberts with us, he’s an Oxford geologist who subsequently became an Anglican vicar. He is extremely knowledgeable on the history of geology and the age of the earth in science, Christian academic thought, theology and the modern Young Earth movement. Did you know that Darwin was a geologist at the start of his career? Neither did we. Links:Michael’s blog is:

    https://michaelroberts4004.wordpress.com/

    Michael’s paper “Just before the Beagle”:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17qo3zEeYKZlwL_Y8DpoX3F-35BO4rPPz/view?usp=sharing

    His 5 day trip exploring Darwin in Wales

    https://www.newscientist.com/tours/retracing-charles-darwins-travels-across-north-wales/?
    fbclid=IwAR372bjMkHAcr0UU4p6B9KqztYkaOk5bxLH4PUgXRT06Nfo75iuhank-gac

    That Ovid book

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamorphoses

    That Genesis Flood 1961 book:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Genesis_Flood(

    The link also mentions the Bernard Ramm book “The Christian View of Science and Scripture” we mentioned.) That irreverent cartoon on Adam and Eve overpopulating the globe due to obedience:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQrzXmjk-M Doubts Aloud Links:Please give feedback and ask questions using: doubtsaloud@gmail.com Join the Facebook Group discussions:

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    Meet us all in person again 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 14 min
    Episode 73 Presuppositional Apologetics Part 2

    Episode 73 Presuppositional Apologetics Part 2

    Show NotesThis month we return to that different form of Apologetics - Presuppositional Apologetics. Please see Part 1 - Episode 70 - where we gave a more social and historical background to it. Here we look at the basic argument made: the Transcendental Argument for God, “TAG”. We set it out and discuss implications and objections to it. Links:The Debunking Christianity material on Presup:

    https://www.debunking-christianity.com/2022/08/the-failure-of-van-tillian.html

    The short clip of someone doing a ‘reverse Presup’ on Presuppositional Apologists, invoking a “non-conscious power”:

    https://youtu.be/BPF8lcYWQ1Y?si=_B8mO9jUKdA6z8Q7

    Blog expanding on our point that our desire for there to be reliable rationality does not show there ishttps://useofreason.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/the-limitations-of-transcendental-arguments/ Julian Baggini’s book “How the World Thinks”

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-World-Thinks-History-Philosophy/dp/1783782285

    The Dan Linford paper given to us by Josh on skeptical theism and how it destroys TAG

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4iojx3honcv4mv4/On_Knowledge_Without_God_Van_Tillian_Pre.docx?fbclid=IwAR34-aQh0Kny9J6pTCQbSKyiiuZauzza1j4ddu4WeCTE3XsXCGqdJFq4sa4

    Doubts Aloud Links:

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    Join the Facebook Group discussions:

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

    Meet us all in person again 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 15 min
    Episode 72 - Evangelicals and Zionism – How Did we Get Here?

    Episode 72 - Evangelicals and Zionism – How Did we Get Here?

    Show NotesWe deal with the current conflict in Israel and Gaza by looking at the influence of religion, in the minds of the Israeli leaders & the settlers taking land in the West Bank and also in the minds of the Evangelical Zionist backers in the UK and US.

    The UK evangelical influence is more of historical interest but the US is very current and is influencing events now. Links etc:

    The video by Al Jazeera used for extracts at the start of the show – “How Evangelicals Betray Christians In The Holy Land”https://youtu.be/nHT-SjIM0tA?si=yok7IZPkxAMyasQf Sky News – the Benjamin Netanyahu speech with translation, Amalek bit from 1min50shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5LmB6uup3o Guardian article with quotes from a settler and an administrator of settlementshttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/18/these-are-biblical-lands-promised-to-us-jewish-settlers-in-west-bank-hope-gaza-conflict-will-help-their-cause Pew Research on Jews in Israelhttps://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2016/03/08/in-israel-jews-are-united-by-homeland-but-divided-into-very-different-groups/ Israel Policy Forum article (an American Jewish organization that works for a negotiated solution to the conflict)https://israelpolicyforum.org/west-bank-settlements-explained/ The video from Turkish TV with a Rabbi condemning Israeli aggression in Gazahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FNtMV2i8-8 Factual article on the British evangelicals behind the Balfour Declarationhttps://balfourproject.org/evangelicals-the-balfour-declaration-and-zionism/ UK Christian teacher David Pawson's lecture:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ika1apsadrQ Video of Franklin Graham Meeting Netanyahuhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozWdH8s32pI Doubts Aloud Links:Please 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 again 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 24 min
    Episode 71 - The One with Us Obsessing over Luke’s Census

    Episode 71 - The One with Us Obsessing over Luke’s Census

    Show Notes

    Merry Christmas one and all and what could be more festive than digging into the historical reliability of that Census?

    The one Luke uses to set up his nativity narrative. We make our case as to why this matters, after all, Luke is said to be a great historian by many. Then we get to it dealing with the 3 main historical issues with the census as presented by Luke:he says it covered the entire Roman world but there is no record of it elsewhere,he presents this strange idea of ‘everyone’ going to their ancestral home to register andhe that it took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria which was about 10 years after Herod died, but Luke (and Matthew) also place the narrative in Herod’s reign.

    Of course we dig into the better defenses apologists and bible scholars have proposed.

    Links etc:

    Read the key parts of the narrative: Luke1v5, v26-7 then Lk2v1-8 and then v22 and v39. A simple Uni Idaho link we used to start our research

    https://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/census.htm

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 70 - The One on Presuppositional Apologetics

    Episode 70 - The One on Presuppositional Apologetics

    Show Notes

    This month we (in our view) bravely jump into a completely different form of Apologetics - Presuppositional Apologetics.

    It can be a bid disorientating as in Andrew’s words it can be summarised as “God’s word says you are wrong so you have no case to make".

    Frances is more measured with her summary: “the only proof of the Christian position is that, unless its truth is presupposed, there is no possibility of proving anything at all”. We give a brief history starting from Cornelius Van Til “the Father of presuppositionalism”. It is linked with Calvinism, also called ‘Reformed Theology’.

    It’s use in other religions and branches in Christianity is informative, as it’s usual bedfellow – Young Earth Creationism. There will be a Part 2 on this next year. Links:If you need more we recommend the treatment by the Reasonable Doubts podcast – episodes 97 & 98.

    Frances mentioned an article by Keith A. Mathison- here’s the link:https://tabletalkmagazine.com/posts/christianity-and-van-tillianism-2019-08/ Doubts Aloud Links:Please give feedback and ask questions using: doubtsaloud@gmail.com Join the Facebook

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Buugachomp ,

I really enjoy listening to this podcast.

Similar to another review I read, I get tired of so many of the other religious podcasts, both theistic and atheistic because they seem too dogmatic and over-confident to me. I think most of these people lack a certain honesty about these matters of faith and religion that I find quite refreshing in Doubts Aloud. I relate so much to Andrew’s journey and I love learning more about the history and diversity of Christian views. I love Ed’s philosophical mind, pointing out interesting perspectives and insights I wouldn’t have thought of. And I greatly respect Francis for her straight forward common sense rationality. She calls balls and strikes as they come, as I see it. This is my favorite ‘religious’ podcast.

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.

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