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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.

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

John Stott 1: Double listening, a conservative radical, redefining ‘the ministry’ and salt as preservative

This month marks 101 years since the late John Stott was born, and his centenary last year prompted a flurry of events to mark the... Posted: April 20, 2022

Palliative care 2: Resisting assisted dying, the ‘superskill’ of listening, DNAR discussions, and euthanasia-free-zones

In Britain as in many countries there is a growing campaign to legalise assisted suicide and to make doctors prescribe on request lethal... Posted: April 13, 2022

Palliative care 1: Dogs and Guinness on the wards, ‘living until you die’, deathbed prayers, and complicated grief

Over the past 60 years a new field of medicine has emerged – palliative care. In this episode we interview Sarah Foot, a Christian... Posted: April 6, 2022

Climate anxiety 2: Listening to the Global South, alienation from creation, throwing pebbles into God’s river, and rediscovering lament

Following on from our discussion last week on the rise of climate fatalism, we discuss what an authentically Christian response to our... Posted: March 28, 2022

Climate anxiety 1: ’Delay means death’, media apathy, Extinction Rebellion, and fatalism among the young

The latest report from the UN's climate scientists was both incredibly downbeat about climate change and almost entirely ignored by a... Posted: March 22, 2022

Human enhancement 2: Techno-optimism returns, the yuck factor, cultivating our bodies, and the divinisation of humanity

In this episode we pick up our conversation from last week about... Posted: March 15, 2022