The Big Conversation: The Best Debates of 2019

One of the more useful features of YouTube is the ability to deliver great Christian apologetics content. Debates are perhaps the best way I learn, that help me to have more effective conversations with non-believers. At the top of the list are the debates moderated by Justin Brierley, host of the Unbelievable? podcast, out of London.

There were some real winners in 2019. Pastors Andy Stanley and Jeff Durbin gave an electric discussion about apologetic methodology. Scientist and theologian Alister McGrath interacted with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinsten about whether or not Christianity is a “useful fiction.” But this fall, a whole host great debates made for incredibly lively discussions, as part of the The Big Conversation (or follow this YouTube link). Here are some of my favorites:

  • Syndicated podcaster Dave Rubin and Oxford’s John Lennox, at Calvary Chapel in California, talking about the question, “Is God Dead?”
  • Cambridge Bible scholar Peter J. Williams and skeptic Bart Ehrman discuss the reliability of the Gospels.
  • Philosophers William Lane Craig and Sir Roger Penrose, on the Universe, and how we got here.
  • Historian Tom Holland and philosopher A.C. Grayling on whether or not Christianity has given us our contemporary human values.

I will often just bring up the YouTube video on my phone, or convert it to MP3, and make it into a podcast. I will link to each debate below in order. Exercise your brain with these gems, while you spread out your Christmas decorations! Enjoy!

If you want more,  be sure to check out last year’s Big Conversation debates, particularly Susan Blackmore and Jordan Peterson, on whether or not we need God to make sense of life (over 1.7 million views!!!!), and Harvard’s Steven Pinker and Nick Spencer, and whether or not science, reason, and humanism has replaced faith.

About Clarke Morledge

Clarke Morledge -- Computer Network Engineer, College of William and Mary... I hiked the Mount of the Holy Cross, one of the famous Colorado Fourteeners, with some friends in July, 2012. My buddy, Mike Scott, snapped this photo of me on the summit. View all posts by Clarke Morledge

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