Episode 82 – When Belief Dies Kills John Lennox

Summary

Matthew reviews episode 94 of When Belief Dies, in which they interview John Lennox

Episode 94 of When Belief Dies

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF6JySDwrHQ

2) https://open.spotify.com/show/5nUeWwl36pBXpPSXFsP5R0

Dawkins on scientism

3) https://unherd.com/thepost/richard-dawkins-scientism-is-a-dirty-word/

4) https://terebess.hu/keletkultinfo/The_Blind_Watchmaker.pdf

Review of Nagel’s book

5) https://ndpr.nd.edu/reviews/mind-and-cosmos-why-the-materialist-neo-darwinian-conception-of-nature-is-almost-certainly-false/

6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Margulis

7) https://books.google.ca/books?id=HqflJ99KzsEC&pg=PA830&lpg=PA830&dq=ridley+%2B+%22who+doubts+evolution%22&source=bl&ots=CLv–5pAgs&sig=dMCnStG9LevjawmiiYMoQrJ3Op8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwib0c7i-fHXAhVK5YMKHfBMD2wQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=ridley%20%2B%20%22who%20doubts%20evolution%22&f=false

8) http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/quotes/mine/part3.html

9) https://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/quotes/mine/part1-4.html

10) https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=8-Xm_gQgboUC&oi=fnd&pg=PA51&ots=4oJQb-7EFA&sig=iPZW_ejg-26aXe0QIF0_RCeaQMQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

11) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Flew

12) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-what-is-panpsychism/id1436336109?i=1000465737651

13) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_McClintock

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Episode 79 – How (not) to talk to an atheist

Summary

In this episode, Matthew reviews a podcast where Christians give their take on about how to talk to an atheist.

Unapologetic video:

Dealing With Deconstruction YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/c/DealingWithDeconstruction

1) Mental Health awareness

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

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Episode 80 – Why I am (not) a YEC

Summary

In this episode, Matthew picks apart a podcast where a Christian justifies why they are a Young Earth Creationist.

1: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/worldview-legacy/9-why-i-am-a-young-earth–4HLGsCO95w/

2: https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/episodes/Episode-19-YEC-is-not-only-wrong–its-dangerous-e5lbto

3: https://biologos.org/series/science-and-the-bible/articles/theistic-evolution-history-and-beliefs

4: https://icecores.org/about-ice-cores

5: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/how-tree-rings-date-archaeological-site

6: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1053&context=jibs

7: https://answersingenesis.org/answers/books/taking-back-astronomy/about-the-author/

8: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/starlight/distant-starlight-thesis/

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Episode 75 – Casey Luskin is Unbelievable!

Summary

Matthew examines the claims of Casey Luskin on a recent episode of the Unbelievable? podcast.

Casey Luskin:

1) https://www.discovery.org/p/luskin/

Adam Shapiro

2) https://www.americanscientist.org/author/adam_shapiro

3) https://www.discovery.org/b/comprehensive-guide-to-science-and-faith/

Extreme functional sensitivity to conservative amino acid changes on enzyme exteriors

4) https://doi.org/10.1006/jmbi.2000.3997

Estimating the Prevalence of Protein Sequences Adopting Functional Enzyme Folds

5) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8389796_Estimating_the_Prevalence_of_Protein_Sequences_Adopting_Functional_Enzyme_Folds

6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Josephson

7) https://ncse.ngo/list-steves

8) http://nebula.wsimg.com/e4f4b2bb26ebae17e962d71647af66f2?AccessKeyId=A6FBFFFE99B075CE040A&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

9) http://www.antievolution.org/features/wedge.pdf

10) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-61586-y

11) https://www.jmtour.com/

12) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41576-021-00417-w

13) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6195259/#pone.0202513.ref001

14) https://evolutionnews.org/2020/01/meyer-on-nested-coding-another-successful-design-prediction/

15) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Scherer

16) (PDF) https://bio-complexity.org/ojs/index.php/main/article/download/BIO-C.2018.2/BIO-C.2018.2

17) (PDF) https://www.pnas.org/doi/pdf/10.1073/pnas.84.17.6195

18) https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Is-Intelligent-Design-advancing-or-in-retreat-Casey-Luskin-Adam-Shapiro

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Episode 76 – Can the Minimal Facts Move Us?

Summary

Andrew and Matthew discus the main 6 minimal facts, made popular by Gary Habermas, and ask themselves if these facts move them closer to accepting the resurrection of Jesus, and if not, why not!

Sceptical source:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Minimal_facts_argument

Christian Sources:

https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=sod_fac_pubs

https://ses.edu/minimal-facts-on-the-resurrection-that-even-skeptics-accept/

The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection

http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/11/13/minimal-facts-method/

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Episode 77 – Alleged Evidence for the Resurrection

Summary

Matthew addresses an episode of Unbelievable? where New Testament scholars Dale Allison and Justin Bass discuss their different approaches to the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.

1) https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Is-there-historical-evidence-for-the-bodily-resurrection-of-Jesus-Justin-Bass-Dale-Allison

2) https://www.ptsem.edu/people/dale-c-allison-jr

3) https://lexhampress.com/product/183925/the-bedrock-of-christianity-the-unalterable-facts-of-jesus-death-and-resurrection

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Episode 73 – Christian Evidence Society 2022 – Sessions 1-2

Summary

The Christian Evidence Society sessions are back for 2022. This time it’s four sessions, which we will cover in two episodes of Still Unbelievable!

Darren joins Andrew and Matthew to attend the sessions and then review them afterwards.

Christian Evidence Society

Session 1:

Alister McGrath: Should we always follow the science?

Professor Alister McGrath

https://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-alister-mcgrath

http://alistermcgrath.weebly.com/

Session 2:

Mary Ellen Foster: Will a robot steal my job?

Dr Mary Ellen Foster

http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~mefoster/

Gary Marcus:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-next-decade-in-ai-gary-marcus-four-steps-towards-robust-artificial-intelligence/

The Turing Test:

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/turing-test/

Skydivephil:

Physicists & Philosophers reply to the Kalam Cosmological Argument featuring Penrose, Hawking, Guth

2021 Session Videos

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Conversations with An Apologist

This blog has been quite for a while, but my podcasting continues, I am still active in atheist / Christian dialogue, but it tends to be in places other than this blog.

Recently I had the opportunity to host two conversations with the apologist Jonathan McLatchie. His media locations are available here:

You can listen to those conversations here:

  1. https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/episodes/Episode-25—Jonathan-McLatchie-on-why-the-Resurrection-is-true-edftj1
  1. https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/episodes/Episode-28—Jonathan-and-Brian-in-conversation-eedl4q

The second conversation was a hosted conversation, where I was not actively engaging with Jonathan, instead I invited a friend of the podcast Brian Blais to have a follow up conversation with Jonathan. More about Brian can be found here:

The second of the podcast conversations has prompted a blog post which I feel the need to respond to. I replied over on the blog itself, but sadly my comment has not (yet) made it through moderation. I have no idea why, it could easily be an oversight.

The blog post can be found here: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2020/05/mclatchie-vs-blais-on-miracles.html

I shall now respond to the essential points raised in that post:

  1. This wasn’t a debate, it was a conversation. Conversations meander, which is good and I encourage conversations on my podcast for that very reason. Conversations enable free exchange of ideas and foster understanding in a way that debates do not. Debates create a tribalist “my man won” culture. I dislike the debate format for this very reason. I do not host debates on my podcast.
  2. Yes, I was hands off during the discussion (it was not a debate!) , I made my intention clear from my opening remarks. During editing it did become obvious that Brian spoke more than Jonathan, this wasn’t obvious during recording and with hindsight it is something I could have managed better. Though I am not sure it hurt the conversation flow.
  3. I reject the gish gallop suggestion. I host conversations because conversations meander and go places. Conversations are good for this very reason.
  4. If the points Brian brought up for not novel, and there are reasonable responses, how come the points are still barriers to belief? I am happy to host any Christian who wishes to press any point.
  5. I support Brian’s expectation. If testimonial isn’t good enough for you to believe someone was abducted by aliens, then it’s not good enough for me to believe a man rose from the dead 2000 years ago.
  6. Events that don’t meet our understanding of physics require additional support in order to be taken seriously. Complaints that this excludes an person’s precious belief state will not get any sympathy from me. Bring the evidence or go home.

Podcast: I try poetry

I was inspired to try poetry. Why? Well I did do a lot of it during my teen years, mostly prompted by angst. But this year I had a different motivation.

I heard the apologist Glen Scrivener (https://christthetruth.net/about-2/) deliver his own poem about a fictional conversation with an atheist. You can read it here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ex8GvfVysyZW4qde6WT83anCr9qQYSgwipUGJCe4jXo/edit

Though I do understand you can watch a delivery on YouTube if you ask google the right question.

My version is a fictional dialog with a Christian, written in a similar style to Glen’s. It is currently audio only, you can listen below.

https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/episodes/Episode-16-The-Still-Unbelievable–Poem-e4k9ic/a-air3ut

Podcast: Rebekah, The Curious Atheist

I managed to grab a conversation with Rebekah, The Curious Atheist. I do know that some (most?) of those who follow this blog also follow Rebekah, who started out as the Closet Atheist and then re-branded, for obvious reasons, as the Curious Atheist. I enjoyed the conversation we had and I hope those who follow Rebekah’s blog will too.

You can find Rebekah’s blog here:

https://thecuriousatheist.blog/

Listen to the episode:

https://anchor.fm/reasonpress/episodes/Episode-21-Rebekah–The-Curious-Atheist-e4hsr5/a-aicf8f