Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on The Dividing Line
06/30/2009 - James WhiteToday we had a number of calls on a wide variety of subjects, but mainly on the Shamsi Ali debate last Thursday evening. I played some material from the debate, and I also played some clips from the Q&A at the Sovereignty of God Conference. Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
06/18/2009 - James WhiteContinued our review of Norman Geisler's "Why I am Not a Five Point Calvinist" sermon today, but at the beginning we covered another example of the bankruptcy of Roman Catholic apologetics today in the wild-eyed behavior of Matthew Bellisario and others. Here's the program.
On Tuesday's DL
06/18/2009 - James WhiteWe began with a Jerusalem Jones update, listening to Steve Ray once again misrepresent his former faith. This time, though, we provided appropriate intro music! Then we continued listening to Norm Geisler's "Why I'm Not a Five Point Calvinist" sermon, noting the regular equivocation in his arguments against the Reformed position. Here's the program.
Don't forget that today's DL will be at the normal Tuesday time, 2pm EDT.
Catching Up on The Dividing Line
06/16/2009 - James WhiteWell, Rich is back in town, so we have the files uploaded for last week's Dividing Lines. Hopefully we will have today's program up...tomorrow!
I normally provide a description, but...all I know is I covered a lot of apologetics issues relating to William Lane Craig, Molinism, the issue of God's sovereignty and man's evil, etc., in the two programs. Here is the program from June 9th, and here is the program from June 11th.
Today's DL Went Well, Except...
06/09/2009 - James WhiteSince Rich is out of town we won't be posting the programs until he gets back. Please direct all outraged e-mails to Rich. :-) We did do the program, though, live, and covered Dr. Craig's lecture on the "Problem of Evil" delivered at Cambridge a few years ago. You should be able to hear it...next Monday or Tuesday, if you missed it live today!
Thursday's program will be delayed in posting, too, but, it will be at the normal time this week (4pm). Next week the Thursday program will be in the AM again as I will be teaching. I leave for NY/NJ the next day, so I do not yet know if we will be able to do any programs while I am on the road. I will try my best!
William Lane Craig: False Teachers? Let Me Think: Umm, How About Calvinists?
06/02/2009 - James WhiteI went back to listen to the rest of Dr. Craig's comments on Roman Catholicism at the start of the show. Then we took a call from Patrick who informed me that Craig had answered a question from Hitchens in their debate by pointing to Calvinism as a false teaching. Since I knew "Good Ol' Beau" in California had sent the DVD to our Post Office Box, I mentioned this to Rich. Barry was in the "studio audience," so he ran to the Post Office and grabbed Beau's package and raced back (legally, I'm sure) to the office with it. I threw it in my computer and jumped to the cross-ex period. We actually managed to listen to the relevant portion. Hitchens asked Craig whether he believed any of the world religions could be considered false, and Craig identified Islam as an example of a world religion that is untrue in its central assertions. Hitchens then asked if teaching falsehood was morally wrong, and Craig said it was, so Hitchens closed the loop of his argument by saying that religion (in this case, Islam) was producing a lot of wrong-doing in Craig's opinion, and he agreed. So with his last question, right at the end of the time period, Hitchens asked if there were any Christian denominations Craig regards as "false." Craig replied, "Certainly." Hitchens asked him to identify one. Craig replied, "Ummm...well, I'm not a Calvinist. I think certain tenets of Reformed theology are incorrect." He then said these were intra-mural differences. What utterly amazes me is that he would refuse to identify Rome's massively altered gospel as the most obvious example, but instead would refer to Calvinism! It makes for interesting listening! Here's the program.
Don't forget! We need to move the Thursday DL to the normal Tuesday time slot, 2pm EDT, 11am PDT, as I am teaching Thursday evening at the GGBTS campus in Scottsdale.
Way Late on This...
06/02/2009 - James WhiteThough the file is up, evidently, I'm the only one who can post the DL announcements, and since I left right after the program, and then flew up to Salt Lake, no one posted the DL from last Thursday. My apologies, we really need to get some other folks who can do this so that it doesn't fall through the cracks as it has this time. Especially since last Thursday's program was important. I started playing William Lane Craig's comments on Roman Catholicism. Now, I really do not want to pick on Dr. Craig. He seems like a very nice fellow. But when it comes to illustrating how theology determines apologetics, his theology, which is closer to Rome's than Geneva's by a long shot, provides the foundation of his apologetic method. He provides the clearest counter-example to a thoroughly biblical apologetic out there. Just last night in my class at GGBTS I again contrasted his opening statement in the debate with Frank Zindler with Bahnsen's opening statement, and used that as the launching point for a discussion of Romans 1 and Colossians 1 and a thoroughly Christian epistemology. So to hear WLC saying that the difference between himself and Rome is exactly the same as the difference between himself and a Presbyterian or a Lutheran is very helpful in explaining the results of paddling around in the Tiber River and never truly taking a stand on the definitional aspect of the gospel. We will, in fact, continue that discussion today on the DL. But, finally, last Thursday's program is here.