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Unbelievable? offers a weekly podcast, blog, and video series hosted by Ruth Jackson and a team of thinkers and Christian apologists.

    Jesus and Modern Politics with Tom 'NT' Wright, Preston Sprinkle and Billy Hallowell

    Jesus and Modern Politics with Tom 'NT' Wright, Preston Sprinkle and Billy Hallowell

    It's no secret that modern American Christians are deeply divided over politics. This division raises important questions about the influence of Scripture on political beliefs. To make sense of this, we invited renowned scholar NT Tom Wright, theologian, professor and star of the "Ask NT Wright Anything Podcast" along with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Preston M. Sprinkle host of the Theology in the Raw podcast. Tom Wright stresses the need for Christians to prioritise the kingdom of God and embody its values within the church. Preston talks about how Israel’s exile to Babylon, Jesus’ mission on earth, and the teachings of Paul all shaped the church’s relationship with politics and can inform our own relationship with politics today. Tom Wright's co-author Mike Bird came on Unbelievable (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zieWeTqe2qc). This is part of our continuing series on navigating politics.
    #politics #godandpolitics #ntwrightonline #debate
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    FOR TOM:
    Read Tom Wright and Michael Bird's book Jesus and the Powers
    Ask NT Wright Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-nt-wright-anything/id1441656192
    And more resources online: https://www.ntwrightonline.org/
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    IG: @ntwrightonline
    FOR PRESTON:
    Read Preston Sprinkle's book Exiles: The Church in the Shadow of Empire
    ⬇️ Follow Preston on Social Media
    X: @PrestonSprinkle
    IG: preston.sprinkle
    For more on on this and related topics check out:
    🎧 Toxic social media and how to navigate the mucky business of politics -- Matters of Life and Death Podcast
    📺 Should Christians play politics? Mike Bird vs Stephen Wolfe
    📺 Should faith and politics mix? with Peter Wehner and Jonathan Rausch

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The resurrection: Fact or fiction? Harry Amos vs Joe Boot hosted by Ruth Jackson

    The resurrection: Fact or fiction? Harry Amos vs Joe Boot hosted by Ruth Jackson

    Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is there any good evidence to support the resurrection? Are alternative explanations more compelling? Can we trust the biblical narratives? Ruth Jackson hosted a live debate at a school with the help of Aylesbury Youth for Christ. She was joined by Rev Dr Joseph Boot, founder and president of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and Harry Amos, who moved from Christianity to "agnostic atheism" while studying philosophy, politics and economics and blogs about his experience at The Book of Amos.
    For Ezra Institute: https://www.ezrainstitute.com/
    For Book of Amos: https://thebookofamos.wordpress.com/
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Debunking the Myth of Secular Enlightenment: A Clash of Perspectives David Bentley Hart vs Terry Sanderson (Replay)

    Debunking the Myth of Secular Enlightenment: A Clash of Perspectives David Bentley Hart vs Terry Sanderson (Replay)

    Today we delve into the contentious debate surrounding the role of secularism in Western civilization and its relationship with Christianity.
    A growing chorus of new atheist writers heralds the advent of an enlightened era of secular rationalism, purporting to liberate society from what they perceive as the shackles of outdated Christian influence. However, according to David Bentley Hart, acclaimed author of "Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies," such claims amount to nothing more than an "atheist delusion." His book, which garnered the prestigious Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing in 2011, challenges the narrative of secular triumphalism by revisiting the historical contributions of Christianity.
    On the opposing side, Terry Sanderson former President of the UK's National Secular Society contends that contemporary society thrives under an increasingly secular framework, asserting that the freedoms and values we cherish are not contingent upon a Christian foundation.
    In this engaging dialogue, we see a clash of perspectives as David argues that secular perspectives are rooted in a misguided myth of secular "progress." By examining the intertwined histories of Christianity and secularism, David presents a compelling case that challenges prevailing notions of societal evolution.
    This episode originally aired on: 25 June 2011
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    • 59 min
    Did it really happen: the Resurrection of Jesus? Mike Licona vs Larry Shapiro hosted by Andy Kind

    Did it really happen: the Resurrection of Jesus? Mike Licona vs Larry Shapiro hosted by Andy Kind

    The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly investigated, probed, and discussed. This week on Unbelievable we will add to the debate by asking ‘Did it really happen – the Resurrection of Jesus?’ dissecting the narratives of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We’ve got two eminent scholars – who are good friends but with diametrically opposed beliefs on the authenticity of this pivotal event that forms the basis for the Christian worldview. 
     
    Dr. Mike Licona, a New Testament scholar, an expert on the intricate details of events surrounding the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in first century Palestine, examines their historical reliability.  Dr. Larry Shapiro a sceptic on such matters, challenges these assertions and offers alternative explanations that he believes are more plausible.  
    The show also tackles reconciling discrepancies in the Resurrection accounts - does that strengthen or weaken the arguments that these events happened?   
    And even if the historical reliability of ancient texts is established, can we apply these texts to 21st century life from a philosophical perspective? Dr. Mike Licona presents the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. If the Resurrection happened, and Jesus conquered death for all who put their trust in Him it’s a question we cannot not ignore.  
    Prof. Larry Shapiro
    Lawrence Shapiro is the Berent Enç Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.
    Website: https://lshapiro911.wixsite.com/mysite
    PhilPeople Profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/lawrence-shapiro
    https://philosophy.wisc.edu/staff/shapiro-lawrence/
    Mike Licona:
    Mike Licona is Professor of New Testament Studies at Houston Christian University and President of Risen Jesus, Inc.
    X: @DrMikeLicona
    Facebook: @DrMikeLicona
    Youtube: @MikeLiconaOfficial
    Instagram: @drmikelicona
    Tik Tok: @mikelicona3
    Books to Mention:
    The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic)
    Jesus, Contradicted: Why the Gospels tell the same story differently (Zondervan Academic, coming out May 28)
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Classic Replay: From Atheist to Catholic with Leah Libresco and Hemant Mehta

    Classic Replay: From Atheist to Catholic with Leah Libresco and Hemant Mehta

    In this Classic Replay of Unbelievable? Podcast, we delve into the fascinating journey of Leah Libresco, once a prominent atheist blogger who made headlines by converting to Catholicism. Her story gained attention across both religious and secular spheres, including a feature on CNN.
    Leah sits down with Hemant Mehta, widely known as the Friendly Atheist, for a topical discussion about the moral arguments that played a pivotal role in her conversion journey. Hemant quizzes Leah on her decision to embrace Catholicism, providing listeners with an insightful exchange that explores the intricacies of faith, reason, and personal conviction.
    Listeners also get the chance to participate as Leah and Hemant field questions, offering deeper insights into Leah's faith journey and the broader dynamics of faith and atheism.
    For Leah Libresco visit: leahlibresco.com
    For Hemant Mehta visit: friendlyatheist.com
    This episode originally aired on: 23 June 2014
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    • 57 min
    Should Christians play politics? Michael F. Bird vs Stephen Wolfe hosted by Billy Hallowell

    Should Christians play politics? Michael F. Bird vs Stephen Wolfe hosted by Billy Hallowell

    With crucial elections happening in the UK and USA this year Unbelievable is diving back the debate into politics and faith with some paradigm shifting thinkers and theologians. Strap in for this mini-series starting with Michael F. Bird (Deputy Principal & New Testament scholar at Ridley College, Australia) and Stephen Wolfe (author of ‘The Case for Christian Nationalism’). These two come to vastly different conclusions about how faith and politics should mix. Stephen Wolfe makes a startling case for Christian nationalism. How can followers of Jesus be part of the solution bringing divided communities together asks Michael Bird, co-author with Tom “NT” Wright of ‘Jesus and the Powers?’  What are the boundaries of our personal beliefs?  How can we achieve the goods we wish to see in society?  In the coming weeks we will also hear from New Testament scholar Tom ‘NT’ Wright, Preston Sprinkle author of ‘Exiles: The church in the shadow of empire’ and ex-White House and presidential staffer Michael Wear
    Michael F. Bird
    Twitter: @mbird12
    Blog: https://michaelfbird.substack.com
    Channel: Early Christian History link to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC21I7qYVHPsOzL9ujxiRWZA
    Books: Amazon link to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Michael-F-Bird/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AMichael+F.+Bird
    Stephen Wolfe
    @PerfInjust
    https://www.amazon.com/Case-Christian-Nationalism-Stephen-Wolfe/dp/1957905336/ref=sr_1_1?crid=388EY0PP8LI3E&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.q0DTFRuTT7yLGpKD_qahRIM2K4gPy1eBZYUeKmL3I1uvZdOg8RN6LmgihVjxX6kzWASFAbo-519nQPCKERYm3QFzXDDb798NLEjphu4ee68.2OMMP0WgNhTuN7CWzsT4c9PPKJv-lKaouXcoFlYt_TQ&dib_tag=se&keywords=the+case+for+christian+nationalism+stephen+wolfe&qid=1711052839&sprefix=The+case+for+christian+nationl%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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socialbug ,

I listened to only one episode….

….and it was very helpful to turn the cogs and wheels. I will plan to listen to more. Thank you for this ministry.

RodgerDodgers ,

Excellent

Excellent way to hear some the brightest minds discussing the topics we as humans truly desire to understand.

Mordrake lives ,

To echo a few other reviews…

I used to love this podcast/show, always excited to get to Friday and see what is next. Pre 2022 seemed to have much more substance and discussion with opposing views and very engaging; now it appears to be (almost exclusively) for spiritual listeners and often with guests that are not there to challenge and debate. I wish the best for the show and new host, but cannot recommend the show in its current form.

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