Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Final Dan Barker Discussions Prior to Debate!
04/28/2009 - James WhitePlayed brief snippets from two more Barker debates I listened to recently, then finished off his list of "Bible contradictions." Took some relevant calls as well. Here's the program.
Remember, no DL on Thursday; however, we will try to live webcast the audio of the debate that evening. Since the debate begins at 7pm, and I'm assuming that is CDT, then we would be fairly close to our normal DL time anyway, only one hour later. We will have no way of really testing this until the time comes to do it, so please do not expect super sound quality or the like. Obviously, we will try to let folks know if there will be no feed at all. But, we might as well give it the old college try (especially since the debate is at a college!).
Today on the Dividing Line
04/23/2009 - James WhiteStarted off with a fuller discussion of the Calvin/Servetus affair, and then took a call from England on "probability arguments" in reference to the existence of God. Here's the program.
"Islam and Friends" Makes Stuff Up, and More on Dan Barker
04/21/2009 - James WhiteStarted off reviewing the comments of the Muslim host of "Islam and Friends," took some calls relevant to atheism and Dan Barker, and reviewed more of Barker's debates, and in particular, his claim that רצח does not mean "murder." Here's the program.
For those who like documentation:
רָצַח (rā∙ṣǎḥ): v.; ≡ Str 7523; TWOT 2208óLN 20.61-20.88 (qal) murder, kill, i.e., take the life one another so as to cause a state of death...note: this action can refer to an accident, manslaughter, premeditation, or governmental execution; (nif) murdered, be killed (Jdg 20:4; Pr 22:13+); (piel) murder, kill
Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (electronic ed.) (DBLH 8357).
A 90-Minute Dividing Line: D'Souza vs. Barker Demonstrates "Theology Matters"
04/16/2009 - James WhiteI really wanted to provide a useful apologetic discussion on the program today, so we started half an hour earlier. I went through some key theological foundations to apologetics from Van Til for the first twenty minutes, then reviewed key elements of the D'Souza/Barker debate. I then finished up with some discussion of Barker's claims in his book, godless, especially in reference to his comments therein regarding his debate with Doug Wilson. I truly hope this DL will be useful to those engaging in apologetics. Here's the program.
An Extra Long DL Today!
04/16/2009 - James WhiteWe will be starting the DL half an hour early today, and going for a full 90 minutes. I just listened to the Barker/D'Souza debate, and I really wanted to beat my head against a wall for a while so as to feel better. I have honestly never heard a brighter, better example of "theology matters" than this debate, so, I want to play portions of it on the program today. So we will get an early start and go for a full 90 minutes today, starting 3:30pm MST, which is 6:30pm EDT, 3:30pm PDT.
Acts 9:7 and 22:9 Examined in Light of Dan Barker's Claims
04/14/2009 - James WhiteToday on the DL I went over Dan Barker's claims regarding the alleged contradiction between Paul in Acts 9:7 and Paul in Acts 22:9. I then continued examining his list of alleged contradictions from a debate earlier this year. Here's the program.
Yesterday on The Dividing Line
04/10/2009 - James WhiteTook a great call on OT studies and the general slide into liberalism in that field, played a section on the Islamic view of intercession and how Islam parallels in Muhammad many of the key offices of Jesus, and finished with a call on the topic of inerrancy and textual variation. Here's the program.
Yesterday on The Dividing Line
04/08/2009 - James WhiteStarted off the program with a call from Dublin, Ireland on how to avoid being a "cage-stage Calvinist," that was quite useful. Also listened to Dan Barker claiming Calvin preached from the KJV, and finished the program with a discussion of "kufir" in Islamic theology. Here's the program.
On the DL Today: Text of Hebrews 1:8, Jehovah's Witnesses, Molinism and More!
04/02/2009 - James WhiteA wide ranging program once again! Here's the program.