TMR 207 : Prof. Edgar Andrews : What Is Man?

EdgarAndrewsWe welcome back to the programme Prof. Edgar Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Materials Science in the University of London, to discuss his recently-published book, What Is Man? (2018).

In this fascinating follow-up to his earlier book, Who Made God?—which he came on TMR in 2013 to discuss—Professor Andrews turns his attention to the questions of Man's (humanity's) origins and significance in the cosmos. After exploring many of the competing answers offered by atheists and theists alike, Professor Andrews argues that only a biblical, Christian view of Man does justice to both the facts of science and human experience.

Professor Edgar H. Andrews (BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys.) is Emeritus Professor of Materials in the University of London and an international expert on the science of large molecules. In 1967 he set up the Department of Materials at Queen Mary College, University of London, and served both as its Head and later as Dean of Engineering. He has published well over 100 scientific research papers and books, together with two Bible commentaries and various works on science and religion and on theology.

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TMR 205 : Gregory Coles : Single, Gay, Christian

GregoryColes"I promise to tell you my story. The whole story."—Greg Coles

We are joined by Gregory Coles, author of the elegant, yet challenging and thought-provoking, book Single, Gay, Christian, published by InterVarsity Press. To give an idea of the book, and thus the conversation, I can do no better than quote DA Carson (one of my heroes of biblical scholarship) who wrote this for the blurb:

"To say this book is important is a painful understatement. It is the candid, moving, intensely personal story of a gay young man who wants to live his life under the authority of King Jesus and who refuses to accept the comforting answers proffered by different parts of the culture. Superbly written, this book stands athwart the shibboleths of our day and reminds us what submission to King Jesus looks like, what it feels like. This book needs to be thoughtfully read by straight people and by gay people, by unbelievers and by Christians. It is not to be read with a condescending smirk, but with humility."—Don Carson

Gregory Coles is co-author of Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal" Author Quest, a collection of short stories. He is a PhD student, part-time English instructor at Penn State University, and a worship leader in his church.

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TMR 204 : Peter Ford : Propaganda and the Mainstream Media

PeterFordWe are joined by Peter Ford, former UK ambassador to Bahrain (1999-2003) and Syria (2003-2006), for a wide-ranging conversation on propaganda, the UK mainstream media, and Syria.

Speaking from the vantage point of a former ambassador to the country, Peter Ford gives us his general assessment of the conflict in Syria. He also discusses some of his experiences of being interviewed by mainstream news outlets such as the BBC and Sky, and shares with us some of the ways in which he has learned to counter the frequent hostility and fallacious reasoning of his interviewers. We also talk about the nature of propaganda, and explore the idea that religious symbolism remains a potent—although largely hidden—aspect of propaganda in the modern world.

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TMR 203 : Dr. Krish Kandiah : FAITHEISM

KrishKandiah"Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think."—Kandiah

We welcome once again the author, activist and theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah, former President of the London School of Theology and Founding Director of Home for Good, a "young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children".

Krish joins us to discuss his new book, FAITHEISM, published today by Hodder & Stoughton, which challenges many of the myths about Christianity and Atheism. Rather than being tempted into mutual antagonism or conspiracies of politically-correct silence, Krish suggests that Christians and Atheists alike should embrace a different conversation model—one of self-criticism and mutual understanding (without compromise on fundamental beliefs)—in the hope that meaningful dialogue, and co-operation on matters of shared concern, might characterise the future.

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TMR 202 : Vanessa Beeley : On Syria & The White Helmets

VanessaBeeleyWe are joined by the independent journalist, photographer and peace activist Vanessa Beeley, for an in-depth interview on the war in Syria and the so-called "Syria Civil Defence" (a.k.a The White Helmets).

Vanessa, who has braved several fact-finding trips to Syria in the last few years, works to defend the sovereignty of nations against foreign intervention and interference, and promotes the self-determination of their peoples. She is frequently published at 21st Century Wire and Mint Press News and was a finalist for one of the most prestigious journalism awards – the 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism – whose winners have included Robert Parry, Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Nick Davies and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism team.

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TMR 200: Mike Hopkins : Conspiracy Theories & The Christian

Mike HopkinsFor TMR 200 we welcome back Mike Hopkins, co-host of Fight the Lies Radio, for a thought-provoking conversation on the subject of conspiracy theories and the Christian believer.

Is it wrong, as some suggest, for Christians to believe in conspiracy theories? While this might seem like a strange question to ask on TMR, many today in the wider Christian community—including people in positions of leadership—strongly maintain that a Christian shouldn't entertain such thoughts.

But what does this actually mean? Indeed, what are "conspiracy theories"? Are they essentially different from other kinds of belief? And what would make them especially problematic? But are there real dangers lurking here? Might there be, in some cases, good pastoral reasons for giving such advice? And where do we draw our "crazy line"? How might critical worldview thinking help to guard us against the nonsense.

"Mike Hopkins was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. In 2005 he accepted Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). He has a thirst for truth and for conveying that truth to all who are willing to hear. He and his wife Kelli host their own podcasts at Fight The Lies Network. Mike currently works in the tech industry and lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and their Boston Terrier, Kayla."

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TMR 199 : The Mind Removed with John McMahon

JohnMcMahonWe are joined by the inimitable Johnny Iron of the equally inimitable online shows IRON SHOW and IRON SHOW LIVE, for a live (almost), provocative, bizarre and sometimes-thought-provoking-but-always-entertaining conversation about podcasting, etiquette, faith, cream teas, cat surgery, conspiracies, Hell, posh accents, waffles, psychic geese, Aleister Crowley and Claude Debussy's La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair). Enjoy!

"Johnny McMahon started podcasting under the name "Longshoreman Johnny", the official mascot of Futurequake.  He then began the IRON SHOW with co-host Ric White in 2009, reaching out to the bad boys and girls. Johnny then branched out with other shows, such as ARMED WITH IRON, Third Watch, and finally IRON SHOW LIVE.  Johnny is also the owner of Fringe Radio Network along with Rabbi Michael Bugg."—John McMahon

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TMR 198 : Adeyinka Makinde : Russia & Britain - An Enduring But Fruitless Rivalry

AdeyinkaMakindeWe are joined once again by the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde for an in-depth interview on the subject of his recent essay, "Britain and Russia: An Enduring But Fruitless Rivalry".

The crisis between Britain and Russia over the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal is the latest episode in what has been in recent years a de facto "Cold War" between Russia and the West. However, friction between Russia and Britain is longstanding; indeed it has spanned the centuries—a recurring clash of civilisations fuelled by cultural differences, imperial ambition and ideological antagonism—and manifest today in the West's attempts to maintain its global dominance in the face of a surgent Eurasia with Russia at its centre.

But with the ideological "Cold War" of the Soviet years a thing of the past, we must surely pause to ask: Why is Britain prolonging this fruitless "rivalry" with a distant Eurasian power? Whose interests does it serve? And is there, perhaps, a more constructive and, frankly, safer way forward?

  

Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor to a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia.

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TMR 197 : Laura Maxwell : On the Dangers of Spectrophilia

LauraMaxwellStrange though it may seem, there are people who claim to have had sexual experiences with "ghosts", "spirits" or "aliens". But what are we to make of such claims?

We welcome once again the spiritual counsellor and radio host Laura Maxwell, who joined us last year to share her testimony of coming to faith in Christ after having once been involved in Luciferian spiritualism. For this second conversation she joins us to discuss the disturbing phenomenon of spectrophilia and the popularisation of such unhealthy and potentially damaging ideas in both the mainstream media and online.

"As a spiritual counsellor, Laura is honoured that her work is shared worldwide via satellite TV, radio, books, magazines and online. She and her mother were taught that Lucifer is god when involved in New Age spiritualism. Now, a follower of Christ, she hosts a show on Eternal Radio interviewing ex-occultists about their Christian conversion stories and their outreach to those still involved in the New Age, cults and the Occult. She is the founder of the international ministry Our Spiritual Quest, based in Scotland."—Laura Maxwell

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TMR 196 : Dr. Paul Craig Roberts : Ten Days to Armageddon?

PaulCraigRoberts"The American, British and French governments know they're lying through their teeth... and they're using these [orchestrated] events to take the world to war, the outcome of which could be annihilation."—PCR

We are joined once again by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for Economic Policy, for a discussion on the current international crisis focused on Syria.

As the war drums continue to beat in the West, Dr. Roberts presents various scenarios that he believes could play out in the coming days, expressing the hope that a catastrophic chain of events leading to WWIII could possibly be prevented by Russia acting swiftly and boldly to escort the USS Donald Cook out of range and marking a line in the waters. Dr. Roberts also gives his reaction to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, and considers the role of the Skripal Affair in the unfolding narrative of lies. (Interview conducted 12 April 2018)

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TMR 195 : Ed Balsam-Clamp : The Oxford Brexish Dictionary

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"No one has even been given a chance to comment on this momentous publication, and yet it threatens to change the English language forever. Not only is this an affront to linguistic evolution, it's a shameless attack on democracy itself."—Ed BC

We are joined by Ed Balsam-Clamp, former UK Member of Parliament and (until recently) senior etymological consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary working committee, for an exclusive interview on his tireless efforts to blow the whistle on the forthcoming Oxford Brexish Dictionary, due to be published in March 2019 as the UK finally exits the European Union.

  

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TMR 192a : [Reposting] Dr. Daniele Ganser : NATO's Secret Armies - Operation GLADIO

DanieleGanserIn place of the scheduled programme—which has had to be cancelled at the last minute*—we take the opportunity to repost one of TMR's most highly-regarded interviews: a conversation with the Swiss historian Dr. Daniele Ganser on the subject of his seminal book NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe.

Shortly after WWII a Europe-wide network of secret armies was organised under the aegis of NATO, tasked with providing military and intelligence resistance in the event of a feared Soviet invasion. Modelled on the resistance movements of the war years, many of these "stay behind" units remained faithful to their original mandate. But by the early 1960s - under the pressures of anti-communist politicking and flirtations with the Far Right - some of these groups began to morph into something more sinister, linking up with extreme right-wingers who carried out acts of false-flag terrorism, harassment of left-wing parties and coups d'état.

But was this morphing simply an unforseen consequence of the unaccountability and instability of the network itself? Or was it, at least in part, engineered by the very Anglo-American establishment which gave birth to the project in the first place? And to what extent, therefore, can such acts of terror be seen as manifestations of 'the strategy of tension', carried out by the State against its own citizens for the purposes of control at home and geopolitical gain abroad?

[* This week's programme, which was almost ready to be published, has been cancelled at short notice. Our guest, a 9/11 researcher (who currently wishes to remain anonymous), has decided that the conversation—owing to developments in the two weeks since it was recorded—might inadvertently jeopardise efforts to obtain certain information under FOIA request. Not wishing to hinder such efforts, TMR has therefore agreed not to publish. We have been assured, however, that TMR will be among the first to share any significant new findings by way of interviews later in 2018.]

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TMR 192 : Rob Decker : From Suicide to Salvation

RobDecker"I said, "I'm done", and I turned around and ran head-first out of a closed window"—Rob Decker

We are joined by Rob Decker—husband, father, personal trainer and health coach—for a conversation centred in his remarkable testimony of coming to faith in God after a failed suicide attempt.

"My objective is to share the story of my failed suicide attempt that led to a relationship with God. I suffered many years of sadness, anger and confusion, and fed that with drugs, alcohol and bad relationships, but eventually God turned all that into a story of forgiveness, understanding and love. I desire to inspire, encourage and give hope to those who have had similar battles."—Rob Decker

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TMR 191 : Dr. Andreas J. Köstenberger : The Heresy of Orthodoxy

AndreasKostenbergerWe are joined by Dr. Andreas J. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, for a detailed discussion on the important book he co-authored with Dr. Michael J. Kruger, The Heresy of Orthodoxy.

Subtitled "How contemporary culture's fascination with diversity has reshaped our understanding of early Christianity", The Heresy of Orthodoxy deconstructs the fashionable trend—both in academia and popular culture—to view early Christianity as essentially a diverse collection of irreconcilable theologies, and through historical reasoning cogently argues for the priority of normative Christianity.

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TMR 190 : Jeff "T-Rex" Bankens : Strongman for Christ

JeffBankensWe are joined by Jeff "T-Rex" Bankens—a Christian minister and performing Strongman with several World Records to his name—for a conversation on his experience of coming to faith in Jesus Christ and his unique ministry of combining world-class feats of strength with preaching the Gospel.

"TRex—who lives in Westlake, Louisiana—performs strength demonstrations that evoke the olden-days Strongmen such as Dennis Rogers, The Mighty Atom, WA Pullum, Eugene Sandow and Louis Cyr. After growing up in a broken home and living a life of addiction and dissipation, T-Rex was converted to faith in Jesus Christ and now testifies to the life-changing power of Christ to audiences of all ages. He also uses his unique performance skills to encourage children to be the best persons and students they can be, and is planning to expand into prison ministry in 2018."

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