Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs

A Comeback for God? with Justin Brierley

August 28, 2023 J.A. Franklin, T.J. Pelham, Daniel French
Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs
A Comeback for God? with Justin Brierley
Show Notes

Christian author and broadcaster Justin Brierley joined the Rev Jamie Franklin to discuss his new book The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God and why he believes that we may be seeing signs of a revival of interest in Christianity in the Western world. Topics include:
- The New Atheist movement: its appeal, internal division and eventual demise
- Whether the Science vs. Religion question is relevant anymore.
- Jordan Peterson, Tom Holland, Louise Perry and other secular thinkers who provide a challenge to the secular Enlightenment liberal narrative.
- The need for the Church to be distinctively Christian and to offer real community for spiritual seekers.
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00:00 Unbelievable? and early apologetics podcasts
02:23 Bringing difference points of view into debate
03:28 What is Justin doing post-Unbelievable?
06:00 The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Justin’s new book
07:02 Please convince me to be an optimist about the future
07:44 New Atheism and the background to rebirth of belief in God
12:20 Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion and the decline of New Atheism
17:58 Why science cannot prove God
19:55 Is it still worthwhile engaging the Science vs. Faith question?
21:33 People are still conditioned in the anti-Christian Enlightenment narrative
23:38 Tom Holland and the historical pushback to the Enlightenment narrative
25:26 Jordan Peterson, the “Intellectual Dark Web” and the new conversation on God
33:38 Tom Holland and the insufficiency of recognising the cultural value of Christianity
38:25 Louise Perry, The Case Against the Sexual Revolution and feminist interest in Christianity
46:12 The need for Christian communities to help people live differently
48:48 Christianity works because it is literally true
49:30 The Church’s need to find confidence in the Gospel
53:48 Isn’t the West decline into barbarism and moving away from Christianity?
58:48 The rapid secularisation of culture could be reversed
1:03:45 Thank you, please buy The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God

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