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Brought to you by Premier Unbelievable and hosted by John Wyatt and his son Tim. John is a doctor, professor of ethics, and writer and speaker on these topics, while Tim is a religion and social affairs journalist.

Simulation 1: Deep fakes, David Beckham speaking Mandarin, Jean Baudrillard’s four phases, and image as sacrament

For the next two weeks we’re dipping back into the Matters of Life and Death archive to bring you an episode we first broadcast last... Posted: June 29, 2022

Prenatal screening 2: The prohibition on soothsaying, transcending genetic determinism, a client-technician relationship and Heidi Crowter’s joyful self-advocacy

Could it be that some knowledge – including whether your unborn child has a serious genetic condition – is actually not helpful, and... Posted: June 22, 2022

Prenatal screening 1: Peering into the unknown, less than 1/150, blood tests over the internet, and disability doublethink

Pregnant women today are offered a battery of tests and screening for their unborn child, looking for an ever-increasing range of... Posted: June 15, 2022

Old people 2: Aging congregations, transcendence at the Arsenal, understanding life backwards, and honouring prayer warriors

Demographic trends reveal clearly the next century will be one increasingly dominated by older people. If God is giving us a lot more... Posted: June 8, 2022

Old people 1: The demographic transition, Reverend Thomas Malthus, Hasidic Jewish outliers, and the grey vote

The world’s population is rapidly becoming older and older, with many developed nations seeing unprecedented proportions of their... Posted: June 1, 2022

Robot rights 2: Rejecting self-definition, the citadel of human uniqueness, rehashing ‘God of the gaps’, and evangelising at androids

In the second part of our conversation on robot rights, we explore three Christian responses to calls for robot personhood, spanning the... Posted: May 25, 2022

Robot rights 1: Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws, fauxbots, whimpering miniature dinosaurs, and inherent or conferred personhood

If and when autonomous and intelligent robots come into existence, should they be granted rights, or even personhood? A growing number of... Posted: May 18, 2022

Pregnancy crisis 2: Paternalistic gynaecologists, holding truth with grace, ambiguity in the ultrasound clinic, and refusing the culture war

Abortion is a flashpoint issue in both the church and wider culture, with the very language you choose used as a cudgel for either side.... Posted: May 11, 2022

Pregnancy crisis 1: A constructive Christian response, heads versus hearts, feeling like a ‘bad feminist’, and the three options

Rates of unplanned pregnancies rose significantly during the coronavirus lockdowns. What kind of support is out there for women (and men)... Posted: May 4, 2022

John Stott 2: Christians in the public square, an untried ideal, talking and living like Jesus, and the challenge of evangelical hagiography

This is part two of our re-broadcast of last year’s John Stott episode, to mark what would have been his centenary. Is Stott’s vision... Posted: April 27, 2022