Thursday, January 22, 2009


What a great name for a radio show! Justin Brierley has sent around a link to his UK radio show "Unbelievable" with its two latest interviews: one with Bart Ehrman and Peter Williams on both Misquoting Jesus and theodicy; the other with Michael Bird and James Crossley debating how Christianity began. There are other shows that look interesting too, and all can be downloaded as mp3 files or subscribed to as podcasts.

About the show:

Each Saturday, in the award-winning programme Unbelievable, Justin Brierley asks questions like:

Can Christianity live up to the claims it makes?

Can we trust the Bible?

Why should I believe in Jesus over anything else?

Justin tackles these and other issues, on a show that gets Christians and non-believers talking to each other.

The studio is packed with guests from all walks of life, talking about the differences between their beliefs. An atheist, agnostic or person of another faith appears each week to discuss their views on the world and why they don't believe in Jesus. At the same time, a Christian guest is given the opportunity to defend the faith.

Check it out HERE.


Jerome said...

I've discovered that podcast a few weeks ago and I think it's great (and I'm a convinced non-Christian). I'm surprised they even dare to address these topics. Especially since the Christian side of the debates usually aren't that convincing (but Christians probably won't care since it's not about arguments and evidence for them ...).

But Peter Williams' attempt of theodicy was simply SICK, DISGUSTING and REVOLTING!? God allows events like the tsunami and the Holocaust so that WE have the opportunity to learn from them and become saints! WTF!?

That's a typical theodicy made from an ivory tower ........

chuck grantham said...

That's the Christian version of "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger".

Neither is immediately appealing, I grant.

Jerome said...

Seems like lots of people weren't strong enough then ... Especially not the babies and little children who have drowned in the tsunami or got gassed during the Holocaust ... while BibleGod just kept watching without moving his butt ...

Michael F. Bird said...

Thank for plugging the show. James and I had good fun doing it.

FWIW. I know Peter Williams well enough not to call him an ivory tower theologian.

Jerome said...


So you agree with his theodicy ... ?

Steven Carr said...

WE have the opportunity to learn from them and become saints!

God doesn't like cry-babies.

If a woman is gang-raped during a war, and sinks into suicidal despression and kills herself, she obviously has not learned from the experience and become a saint.

I think that is the theory behind this theodicy....

Steven Carr said...

I have a debate with Peter Williams on

His Final Statement has some interesting statements about levitation - 'Do I believe in levitation? I certainly believe it possible. Levitation is a psychokinetic phenomenon in which objects and/or people lift into the air without any apparent physical means of so doing, and float about. As such, levitation is a 'paranormal' or supernatural event comparable with miracles. Sometimes God is thought to be the cause of the levitation, other times the cause is thought to be an Angel or a demon.'