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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.

Genetics 1: Rare diseases, libraries of recipe books, BRCA1, and precision medicine

Each of us carries around in our cells about 20,000 different genes – a unique set of biological code which shapes how our bodies... Posted: August 10, 2022

Suffering 2: Rediscovering lament, reciting psalms in bomb shelters, the Gethsemane prayer, and the realism of Christian hope

Resuming our conversation about suffering, we think through some faithful Christian responses to evil and loss. How can the church... Posted: August 3, 2022

Suffering 1: ’Adamah’, mystery and presence, the ever-smiling Buddha, and the lamb slain from the creation of the world

The problem of suffering has been one of the most intractable and painful theological debates for centuries. But is it perhaps not a... Posted: July 27, 2022

Space 2: Astrobiology, 16 billion billion Earth-like planets, LUCA and the non-competitive Imago Dei

In the second half of our conversation with theologian Andrew Davison, we ask what the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe would... Posted: July 20, 2022

Space 1: The James Webb telescope, extra-terrestrial life, hobbits of the universe and the doctrine of creation

In the week the first images from the new James Webb Space Telescope were beamed back to Earth, we are joined by theologian Andrew... Posted: July 13, 2022

Simulation 2: Zoom’s face-smoothing, chatbot therapists, Trinitarianism, and evil as counterfeit

Hello, and welcome to Matters of Life and Death. Today we’re going back to our conversation about simulation for part two of this... Posted: July 6, 2022

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