MEET THE SPEAKERS 

Host:

Justin Brierley

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Justin presents Premier’s faith debate show Unbelievable? which brings Christians and sceptics together for conversation every week.

He is the author of ‘Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian’.

Host:

Ruth Jackson

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Ruth Jackson is a producer and presenter on Unbelievable? Prior to that she was the editor of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine, after helping to set up the youth apologetics strand Reboot at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She has contributed to ‘Hope Rising 365’, a book for young women and plays bass in all-girl rock ‘n roll band The Daisy Chains. 

NT (Tom) Wright

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Prof. Tom Wright is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars and a world authority on Jesus, the early church and the apostle Paul. He regularly appears on the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast from Premier, hosted by Justin Brierley.

Tom Holland

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Tom Holland is a historian who has written bestselling books on the empires of Rome, Greece and the history of Islam. His most recent book 'Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind' explains why the Christian revolution shaped the human rights, values, and institutions of the Western World.

Clare Williams

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Clare Williams is the founder of GET REAL. After studying English language and literature at Oxford University, she worked as an English teacher and senior leader for ten years. She has an MA in leadership and has undertaken further postgraduate study in theology at Wycliffe Hall. Clare is studying for an MA in culture, diaspora and ethnicity at Birkbeck, University of London. She also trained with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and worked part-time as an OCCA Fellow.

Sean McDowell

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Dr Sean McDowell is an associate professor in the Christian apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture. He has a double master’s degree in theology and philosophy and a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including ‘So The Next Generation Will Know’ (with J. Warner Wallace.) He has one of the leading apologetics blogs seanmcdowell.org

Josh McDowell

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Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and ground breaking ministry for nearly 60 years. He has addressed more than 46 million people, giving over 27,200 talks in 139 countries. Josh has written or co-authored 151 books in 128 languages including ‘More Than a Carpenter’, with over 27 million copies distributed and ‘Evidence That Demands a Verdict’, named one the 20th Century’s top 40 books and one of the 13 most influential books of the last 50 years on Christian thought by World Magazine.

 CONFERENCE SESSIONS 

All sessions will include live audience Q&A

How to retell the Jesus story to a world that's forgotten it

NT Wright

The Jesus story changed the world. But as the West has become increasingly secularised, Christianity is often assumed to be irrelevant and untrue. NT (Tom) Wright looks at how we can creatively retell the story to a generation that needs to hear it afresh

The church is losing young people… can Jesus win them back?

Sean McDowell, Clare Williams & Ruth Jackson

Young people are losing connection with church in greater numbers than ever before. Ruth Jackson leads a conversation with youth specialists Sean McDowell and Clare Williams about the new questions young people are asking and why Jesus is still the answer.

How do we tell the greatest story ever told in a post-pandemic world?

NT Wright, Tom Holland and panel

With input from other conference speakers, Justin & Ruth will host a conversation between NT Wright and Tom Holland on how to tell the Christian story again in a post-Covid world. What can we learn from the past? And how can we re-enchant the present with the good news of a world to come?

Why I changed my mind about Christianity... and why it matters

Tom Holland

Historian Tom Holland has made waves with his book ‘Dominion’ - charting the way the Christian revolution shaped modern values of equality, dignity and human rights. He shares his own intellectual and spiritual journey and why the West needs to be reintroduced to the Christian story that shaped it.

Reimagining the next 20 years: Lessons from a father and son

Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell & Justin Brierley

Veteran apologist Josh McDowell led the birth of modern apologetics in the 20th century. Now his son Sean is leading the charge in the 21st Century. 20 years into the new millennium, and following the implosion of RZIM, Justin Brierley leads a conversation with them on what the future of apologetics and evangelism should look like.

Ask NT Wright Anything live show

Special live edition

It's over to you for all the questions you’ve been dying to ask NT Wright and Tom Holland as they both field your questions in a special live edition of the podcast.

 

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