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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.

Psychedelics: Shamans and spirits, the philosophy of Harry Potter, delusions of hearing from God, and the neuroscientific turn

Culture is increasingly interested in psychedelic drugs. Whether it’s Silicon Valley execs micro-dosing LSD to turbocharge their meetings,... Posted: February 28, 2024

Q&A: Should single Christians use dating apps if they strike out at church?

A listener has emailed in his dilemma off the back of our recent series of episodes: His small evangelical church teaches a traditional... Posted: February 21, 2024

New Creation: Reading the Bible backwards, the ‘opiate of the masses’, Physics 2.0, and the resurrected yet scarred body

Our four-part series on the deeper narrative of the Bible comes to an end with New Creation. Just as with the beginning of the story, this... Posted: February 14, 2024

Egg freezing revisited: What about the ‘surplus’ eggs, and is better contraception part of the solution?

A listener has emailed in two excellent questions in response to our recent episode looking at egg freezing. What happens to the leftover... Posted: February 7, 2024

Gender gap in church: Onward Christian Soldiers, the only man in a room full of women, Bonhoeffer’s ‘cheap grace’ and Christian dating apps

One major response to our conversation on egg freezing was the idea that for many single Christian women it is a sensible choice given the... Posted: January 31, 2024

Q&A: The contradictions which underpin anti-suicide efforts in an era of euthanasia, and are there any honest and unbiased journalists left these days?

Some more listener questions: what kind of line is crossed once a country legalises euthanasia and how can a state simultaneously fund... Posted: January 24, 2024

Egg freezing: The ticking biological clock, prosecco and cheese evenings, the culture war over maternal age, and living with wisdom and contentment

Increasing numbers of women are choosing to freeze their eggs in the hope that years down the line they can use these younger, healthier... Posted: January 17, 2024

Genetics: Libraries of recipe books, BRCA1, Gattaca, and Big Data Towers of Babel

A final classic episode to see us through the Christmas and New Year break. Today we’re returning to an interview with NHS geneticist... Posted: January 10, 2024

Pregnancy crisis: A constructive Christian response, heads versus hearts, paternalistic gynaecologists, and ambiguity in the ultrasound clinic

Today we’re returning to a classic episode from our back catalogue, with special guest Sophie Guthrie-Kummer from Choices, a Christian... Posted: January 3, 2024

Climate anxiety: ’Delay means death’, Extinction Rebellion, throwing pebbles into God’s river, and rediscovering lament

This week we’re bringing you an episode from our back catalogue, this time from March 2022. The latest report from the UN's climate... Posted: December 27, 2023