A unique show that covers theology, faith, & culture w/a fresh urban slant. Christian apologist VOCAB MALONE debates, discusses, and dissects relevant questions and issues about the Christian faith from a Biblical perspective.

April 27, 2014

Seth Andrews DEBATE #2/Old Testament iWitness [04/27/2014]

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Part two of our interview/debate with Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast.

The second half of the show features artist and author Doug Powell. We talk about his new apologetics app and some choice OT questions:

  • Did Moses write the Torah? 
  • What is the Apocrypha?
  • Special Guests: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted and Doug Powell, author of Old Testament iWitness.

    April 20, 2014

    The Thinking Atheist INTERVIEW & DEBATE pt. 1 [04/20/2014]

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    Seth Andrews, host of the popular Thinking Atheist podcast, shares what he refers to as his "deconversion" story. Then, we ask each other questions and debate our answers. Our hope is that each "side" of the audience will better understand the other ... and maybe even think about some things in a slightly different way.

    Special Guest: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    *BONUS AUDIO! An lively in-depth off-air segment between Vocab, Vermon and Seth.

    April 13, 2014

    Human Rights DEBATE [04/13/2014]

    EPISODE #186
    What are human "rights"? Where do they come from? Atheist Andre Salais of The Unbelievers Blog and Pastor Vocab discuss the concept of individual rights: freedom of conscience, speech, religious liberty and a brief excursus on the Canaanite judgment.

    Special Guest: Andre Salais, President of The Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University.

    November 24, 2013

    Objective Morality DEBATE [11/24/2013]

    EPISODE #166
    Atheist Edward Tracy of Tyler, Texas and Vocab debate the question "If there is no God, can there be objective morals?" When we make moral claims, who is being consistent with their axioms - the atheist or the Christian? Vocab holds that atheism steps outside its own worldview to make objective moral statements.

    Special Guest: Edward Tracy of Religion on the Brain

    October 6, 2013

    First Friday Debate Review [10/06/2013]

    EPISODE #159
    Several callers voice their opinion on Vocab's recent debate with atheist William Costigan (Spencer Hawkins of Unbelievers Radio). We speak to an apologist and an atheist who were in attendance as well.

    Watch the video of the debate here: "Ask a Question: A Christian & Atheist Discussion"

    Special Guest: William Costigan (Spencer Hawkins of Unbelievers Radio)
    March 24, 2013

    Purpose & Meaning DEBATE [03/24/2013]

    EPISODE #130

    Debate with atheist Patrick Callahan (student at University of Arizona) on meaning and purpose. Includes a moderated debate portion as well as an open discussion portion.
    April 29, 2012

    Atheists Behaving Badly [04/29/2012]

    EPISODE #83

    We review a recent event which was titled: "A Christian & Atheist Discussion: 'Does Evil Nullify God's Existence?'". The participants in the debate were Jason Short, an atheist  from Tempe, Arizona, Randy Chesley, an atheist from Portland, Oregon and Vocab Malone. 

      Special guest: Professor Sanjay Merchant (Grand Canyon University)
    April 15, 2012

    Report from the Reason Rally [04/15/2012]

    EPISODE #81

    The BPR studio was a bit crowded on this one. We packed five men and two beards into record an episode about the Atheist Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. We talk to some folks who went as well as play some of the clips from the rally! 

    February 5, 2012

    A Universe from Nothing [02/05/2012]

    EPISODE #71

    Hugh Ross critiques A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State. Dr. Ross discusses the good, the bad and the silly about Dr. Krauss and the theories he promotes. 

    Special Guest: Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe

    Additional Resources:
    Vocab did two shows with Jeff Durbin on the Krauss claims. Hear clips from a 2011 talk Krauss and Dawkins gave at ASU. They attended the event and talk about their experience there. Links below:


    January 8, 2012

    Atheist Billboards [01/08/2011]

    EPISODE #67

    One atheist said the motivation for the spat of atheistic billboards was to dispel some of the myths of being an atheist - what are those myths? “I don’t necessarily want to change minds” was another quote from one person - but is this descriptive of the campaign as a whole? One of the billboards says:  Love + critical thinking = open minds.  What is the meaning of that message? These are some of the questions we ask Dan Barker of FFRF. Dan is partly responsible for the Arizona Atheist Billboard Campaign. 

    Special Guest: Dan Barker of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
    August 8, 2011

    Sunday School with Atheists [08/07/11]

    EPISODE #45
    A CRITIQUE OF ARIZONA'S ATHEIST PODCAST KNOWN AS 'DESERT AIR'. We review the first episode of an Arizona-based Atheist podcast called Desert AIR; especially their misguided analysis of the Book of Revelation and Christian eschatology. We critique the hosts for not interpreting the text in a serious way, as the panelists are naive about basic New Testament issues (such as the fact that it was all written in Greek!).

    April 27, 2011

    The Debate Aftermath [04/24/2011]

    The Debate Aftermath [04/24/2011]

    Jeff Durbin joins the Backpack crew to recap the recent debate on April 1, 2011 (AUDIO: Which Makes More Sense - Christianity or Atheism). Vocab and Jeff had partnered together for the side of Christianity and are reunited on this show to also examine clips of themselves from the debate and receive critique from the rest of the Backpack pastors.

    Guest: Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church

    EPISODE #30

    March 28, 2011

    Get to Know an Atheist [03/27/2011]

    Get to Know an Atheist [03/27/2011]

    While walking somewhere in public, have you ever been handed a gospel tract by a street evangelist? OK, but have you ever been handed a tract promoting atheism? Probably not - but Shawn plans to change that with his atheistic tracts and t-shirts. His website is Better Than Faith

    Guest: Shawn “Kazz” Esplin of the Mill Ave Resistance

    EPISODE 26

    January 25, 2011

    C.S. Lewis’ Dangerous Idea [01/30/2011]

    EPISODE #17
    Dr. Victor Reppert critiques philosophical materialistic naturalism. This view is held by most modern-day atheists. "Doc Vic" shows why it is wrong - with an assist from C.S. Lewis! 

    Special Guest: Dr. Victor Reppert, adjunct philosophy professor at Glendale Community College and author of C.S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument From Reason.

    November 2, 2010

    The New Atheistic Morality [10/31/2010]

    The New Atheistic Morality  [10/31/2010]

    A special episode on the "new Atheists".  Our particular focus is on a speech given by fundamentalist atheist Sam Harris while at TED. This episode is timely, as Harris (author of Letter to a Christian Nation) has even come to Arizona State University to discuss this issue.

    Guest: Jeff Durbin