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In each episode of Matters of Life and Death, brought to you by Premier Unbelievable, John Wyatt and his son Tim discuss issues in healthcare, ethics, technology, science, faith and more. John is a doctor, professor of ethics, and writer and speaker on these topics, while Tim is a religion and social affairs journalist. We talk about how Christians can better engage with a particular question of life, death or something else in between.
For more resources to help you explore faith and the big questions, visit: http://www.premierunbelievable.com
If you want to go deeper into some of the topics we discuss, find more resources to read, listen to and watch at John’s website: http://www.johnwyatt.com

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    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

In each episode of Matters of Life and Death, brought to you by Premier Unbelievable, John Wyatt and his son Tim discuss issues in healthcare, ethics, technology, science, faith and more. John is a doctor, professor of ethics, and writer and speaker on these topics, while Tim is a religion and social affairs journalist. We talk about how Christians can better engage with a particular question of life, death or something else in between.
For more resources to help you explore faith and the big questions, visit: http://www.premierunbelievable.com
If you want to go deeper into some of the topics we discuss, find more resources to read, listen to and watch at John’s website: http://www.johnwyatt.com

    Autism: Disability or superpower?

    Autism: Disability or superpower?

    Diagnosis rates for autism have been steadily rising for decades now, and as the condition has become more prevalent there has been a growing debate within the community and wider society about what autism is. Some prefer to talk about neurodiversity rather than think of it as a developmental condition, and others go as far as calling it a superpower. How should we as Christians engage in this important conversation? And should we be concerned by research efforts underway to identify an ‘autistic gene’ or pre-natal test for autism, which could be used to try and select or abort the condition away? This week we discuss these questions and more with Erin Burnett, a theologian and author who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult and has researched and written on the intersection between autism and the church.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Two is the loneliest number: Can AI friends stop us feeling alone?

    Two is the loneliest number: Can AI friends stop us feeling alone?

    Science fiction has long been fascinated by the idea of humans becoming friends with computers. And the dream of an always-on digital companion you can talk to day or night is closer than ever before, thanks to advances in AI software in recent years. But research into one of the leading AI companion companies and its users has flagged concerns among those who are spending hours a day chatting to their personal AI friends. Is developing this kind of pseudo-intimate relationship with a computer helpful or harmful?
    We also discuss the latest developments in the Mike Pilavachi/Soul Survivor abuse scandal, now that high profile Christian worship leaders and pastors such as Matt Redman and Tim Hughes have revealed they are among Pilavachi’s victims. How should we think about their revelations, and could they have done more to blow the whistle on their mentor much earlier?
    If you need help or to talk to someone about your own experiences, you can contact Safe Spaces if you live in England or Wales: https://safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/
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    • 42 min
    ‘Playing God’: Science and religion in the 21st century

    ‘Playing God’: Science and religion in the 21st century

    What would contact with intelligent aliens mean for humanity? Will doctors ever be able to cure depression with a drug? Can we bestow personhood on animals?
    Nick Spencer, senior fellow at the religion and society think tank Theos, is the author of the recent book Playing God: Science, religion and the future of humanity. The book explores eight controversial questions thrown up by advances in science, including AI, aliens, gene editing, the science of immortality, animal personhood, the treatment of mental health, mass vaccination and unborn children. In this episode we unpack some of Nick’s argument in the book and think about how Christianity might be able to speak into some of these topics we will all be wrestling with throughout the rest of the 21st century.
    Find out more about the book here: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/playing-god
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    • If you want to go deeper into some of the topics we discuss, visit John's website: http://www.johnwyatt.com
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Assisted dying in Scotland: A bad law but also an inevitable one?

    Assisted dying in Scotland: A bad law but also an inevitable one?

    A new law has been proposed in the Scottish Parliament which would allow terminally ill people to request doctors assist them in committing suicide. This is the latest push in a growing campaign across the UK and more widely in the Western world to legislate for assisted dying and euthanasia. In this episode we look through the bill to discuss its myriad flaws and how it would very likely send Scotland careering down the infamous slippery slope. But we also unpick what the underlying philosophical and ideological causes driving assisted dying forward. Is euthanasia the next great social leap forward in the inexorable onward march of progress? Is it a solution to our demographic timebomb and social care crisis? Or is the consequence of living in a post-God society, gripped by moral paralysis? In the light of all this, should Christians grimly fight on to prevent assisted dying, or do we begin planning for how we can live well (and do good healthcare) in a post-legalisation world?
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    • If you want to go deeper into some of the topics we discuss, visit John's website: http://www.johnwyatt.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Abusive relationships and coercive control in church

    Abusive relationships and coercive control in church

    Society has been on a long and slow journey in recent decades into a richer and more sympathetic understanding of how abuse and coercion work within relationships. We are much better at both identifying and prosecuting this kind of abuse, and at being more attuned to the needs of victims and understanding why they find it difficult to just walk away. But domestic violence and controlling behaviour are also prevalent, sadly, within the church context too. How are we doing at identifying and confronting these toxic relationships, and looking after those traumatised by them? This week we interview Natalie Collins, an author, activist and expert in gender violence and church to find out more.
    Natalie’s website, with details on her courses and book, is www.nataliecollins.info.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Q&A: Did ending Roe v Wade actually save unborn children’s lives?

    Q&A: Did ending Roe v Wade actually save unborn children’s lives?

    Our first topic in this Q&A episode is a recent study which found that in 2023, the first full calendar year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion, total abortions actually increased. Despite 21 states enacting full or partial abortion bans, more women not fewer are ending their pregnancies. How can this have happened, and what might it tell the pro-life movement about its tactics and priorities if it seeks to make abortion not simply unlawful, but unthinkable?
    Next we respond to a listener who is wondering if we might have got food culture a bit wrong in a church setting? Hospitality and sharing meals together is a huge part of Christianity, but is it possible to do so while making fresh, nutritious food from scratch? Should Christians be wary of ultra-processed food? Have we accidentally baptised our existing middle-class preferences for organic produce and home-made recipes, and pretended it is somehow more virtuous or moral?
    The Guttmacher Institute's research on abortion statistics: https://www.guttmacher.org/2024/03/despite-bans-number-abortions-united-states-increased-2023
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Thoughtful Christian perspectives on difficult medical and ethical topics

While I don’t always agree with the hosts’ representations of certain ideas or groups of people (eg creationists or people who were resistant to the Covid vaccine/shutdowns), I think they generally do a good job of thinking methodically through difficult medical topics through a Christian lens

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LISTEN YOU WONT REGRET IT!

I was recommended this show by listening to “Unbelievable” which I also highly recommend. This show is smart, thoughtful, and entertaining all in one go. So blessed to be a believer living in this age, which allows all of us to receive intellectual wisdom in the comfort of our own cars. God is moving and let’s show up where we are to continue to share the story of Jesus - He alone can save. May God bless all who read this and a high five to the podcasters and all behind the scenes making this show happen 👏🏾👏🏾

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Amazing podcast

This is such a blessing. Stumbled across this podcast and I certainly will be listening and tuning in often. Thank you for all you do💛✝️🕊

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