Started off with the D. Wade debacle and the influence of the world’s insanity on “transgenderism.” Then we started a movement to have Francis renamed “Francis the Marxist” (it has a ring do it, I think). Mentioned the ecumenical “Mass” being held in St. Pierre, Calvin’s old haunts, and then got to the real topic of the day. We played portions from a single very long (3 hour) discussion of textual issues (Part 1 found here, part 2 found here) discussion of textual critical issues by Dr. Peter Gurry, James Snapp Jr., and Dr. Jeffrey Riddle, from the Talking Christianity–Apologetics YT channel. This is a very important discussion as it truly exposes the circular nature of the TR Only position as it is being promoted today.
Well, Theology Matters
I am working hard to find the proper way to describe this interaction. I listened to most of it this morning, not because I really have time to, but because I had to clean up/organize my DropBox folder, which had become a total mess, and that takes a little while. Let me just say that the Scriptures simply had no place in this discussion. That is not to say that every discussion has to be exegetical in nature. When Doug Wilson and I discussed Trinitarian issues in relationship to egalitarianism, etc., we were not doing a lot of specific exegesis. There is a place for such discussions. But when you have one of these two theologians repeatedly saying “God cannot do that” and “there is no place in Scripture where God ever acts alone (Isa 44:24 anyone?), one is truly left listening to personal opinions of tiny creatures rather than any kind of meaningful discussion based upon the highest view of Scripture as divine self-revelation. So if you want to see what you are left with when you wander off into the philosophical wasteland of “viewing the Bible in a much different way than Jesus did,” this is a program for you. Do I need to even point out that 1) there isn’t a shred of basis for thinking any prophet or apostle ever viewed God like these men do, or 2) their views are utterly incapable of grounding any kind of apologetics whatsoever? I hope not. Educational, to be sure, in the sense that learning about process theology (one of the two is very close to that viewpoint) in seminary was educational. But as my professor (who was light years to my left) pointed out in even describing process theology, “Of course, the main objection to this viewpoint, fascinating as it is, is that the god of process theology bears very little resemblance to the God of the Bible.” Exactly.
Today on Radio Free Geneva I started out with what turned into an almost 50 minute history discussion relating to Augustine and Reformed theology. Then, upon completing that, I turned to chapter 9 in John Lennox’s book, Determined to Believe, and began reviewing his comments on this key text. Got down to verse 40, will continue from there next time!
Started off with a new Reasonable Faith video featuring William Lane Craig and the question “Is the Trinity Essential?” Half an hour on that one. Then we looked at Bart Ehrman’s claims about Jesus, heaven and hell, another half hour. Then we picked up a few topics, including Pete Buttigieg, a guy named Dave Barnhart, rapper Flame’s conversion to Lutheranism, and Trent Horne’s question about the origin of sin in Calvinist thought. 90 minutes!
The title for today’s program came from Rich. Blame him. Started off talking about the quotation I had posted on Facebook and all the guesses—none of which were right. The quotation was from Dr. Yasir Qadhi, so I fleshed that out as far as worldviews, evangelism, apologetics, etc. Then we discussed the wishful effort to “orthodoxicize” Martin Luther King’s views on the resurrection of Christ, as well as some comments made by a Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) professor about James Cone. Introduced a new phrase, “virtue twerking,” then spent the longest period of time analysing a 3:18 long video from Reasonable Faith (William Lane Craig) on “What About Those Who Never Hear?” (found here). Finally finished up with a few more minutes of response to Jay Dyer on the topic of sola scriptura. 90 minutes today!