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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, Jonathan Pageau, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Stephen Woodford, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, Adam Coleman, Lisa Fields, 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
    • 4.9 • 206 Ratings

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, Jonathan Pageau, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Stephen Woodford, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, Adam Coleman, Lisa Fields, 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?

    17. Live In London: Tom Holland & Justin Brierley in conversation

    17. Live In London: Tom Holland & Justin Brierley in conversation

    Historian Tom Holland, author of 'Dominion', joins Justin Brierley for a public conversation on The Surprising Rebirth Of Belief In God. They discuss Holland's own intellectual and spiritual journey, including an answered prayer to a health crisis. 
    But is the renewed interest in the value of faith among secular intellectuals evidence of a turning of the tide of faith? Justin Brierley is optimistic, Holland takes a more sanguine view. The event was hosted by LICC's Paul Woolley and Grace Fielding at Westminster Chapel, London with Q&A from a 600-strong audience.


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    Ep 17 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-17-live-in-london-tom-holland-justin-brierley-in-conversation



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    • 1 hr 53 min
    16. Did the resurrection really happen? A classicist discovers the living Christ

    16. Did the resurrection really happen? A classicist discovers the living Christ

    The Christian faith began with the strange claim of a crucified and resurrected Messiah. But can 21st Century people believe in such a miracle at 2,000 years distance? Justin speaks with scholars who are part of a surprising rebirth of the historical evidence for the resurrection. 

    Alongside thinkers such as Jonathan Pageau, Lydia and Tim McGrew, John Dickson, Lisa Fields, NT Wright and Jeremiah J Johnston he hears the story of Cambridge academic James Orr whose own investigation into the historical Jesus changed the course of his life forever.


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    Ep 16 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-16-did-the-resurrection-really-happen-a-classicist-discovers-the-living-christ



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    • 1 hr 44 min
    15. More Than Mythology: Why Molly Worthen changed her mind

    15. More Than Mythology: Why Molly Worthen changed her mind

    New Atheism popularised 'Jesus Mythicism' - an online movement denying the existence of Jesus. But in recent years the trend in academia has gone in the opposite direction as research sheds new light on the reliability of the story of Jesus in the Gospels.

    Justin speaks to thinkers such as John Dickson, NT Wright, Lydia Mcgrew and Peter J Williams about why we can trust the New Testament. He also hears the story of Molly Worthen, a professor of religion, who was recently shaken out of her agnosticism after investigating the evidence for Jesus.


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    Ep 15 show notes: https://justinbrierley.com/surprisingrebirth/episode-15-more-than-mythology-why-molly-worthen-changed-her-mind



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    • 1 hr 40 min
    14. Why does the Bible refuse to die?

    14. Why does the Bible refuse to die?

    The death of the Bible has been predicted many times, yet today it remains the bestselling book in the world as a new generation of meaning seekers turn back towards its ancient wisdom.

    Justin examines how thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Marilynne Robinson and Jonathan Haidt have been rehabilitating the Bible and hears from scholars such as Tim Mackie, NT Wright and Matthew Lynch on why the Bible continues to resonate, even as the New Atheists critique its violent 'conquest' passages.


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    • 1 hr 54 min
    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.


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



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    • 1 hr 36 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.


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    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/



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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

elisjordan1219 ,

Incredible!

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. Historical, insightful, reasoned, and full of heart. So necessary in a culture that has forgotten why it is like it is. Just bought the book too!

pdxchicky ,

The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God

This is well produced, well reasoned, really interesting and engaging. Oh, and life changing!

Robbie Dobbie ,

Affirming, Edifying, Phenomenally Produced

This is not only the most wonderfully produced show I’ve listened as you feel like you are enjoying a documentary, it’s also so faith affirming and edifying. Grateful for Justin’s work!

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