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Notorious James White: Dirty Debater
07/28/2006 - James WhiteA few moments ago Chris Arnzen forwarded me some correspondence that had developed today. To make Chris happy, I have (are you all sitting down?) actually updated the calendar page. I am sorry that page is so...humorous (it is normally more a historical run down of last year's events than anything else), but I find it very time consuming to do both the blog and a calendar page. Anyway, I just added Chris' announcement of the time, location, etc., of my upcoming intramural debate with my good brother in Christ, Pastor Bill Shishko of the Franklin Square Orthodox Presbyterian Church on Long Island (and a second about my yearly trek to visit the folks in St. Louis at Covenant of Grace Church).
Evidently, someone on one of the lists Chris posted the debate announcement to took exception. He responded,
Ugh. James White is by far one of the most dirty debaters I've ever seen.Chris immediately asked him to back up what he had said, and he replied,
You sound like a fan. I've listened to recorded debates. When things aren't going his way, he turns into a baby. He uses slight-of-hand techniques, buckshot apologetics, baiting, etc. All these things dirty debaters use.At this point I wrote to the gentleman, named Brian Atwood, to ask him to please back up his statements. This was his response:
Wow. I've caught the attention of the notorious James White. I would be happy to, James. It's not slander, by the way. It's clearly an opinion. But I will gladly show an example of a sleight-of-hand technique that you used. It was a debate over the Greek word kecharitomene. I apologize that I can't recall the name of the Catholic apologist you debated against, but you probably do....
The topic of the argument was that kecharitomene proved Mary's sinlessness. It plain and simply does. The argument is irrefutable. However, in an article you wrote on your website, you switched words hoping no one would notice. Since you had no argument on the fact that kacharitomene means "sinlessness", you substituted the root of the word which means "grace". Without the prefix and suffix, charitoo does mean "grace". However, the root of the word was not the topic of the debate. With the prefix ke and the suffix mene included, charitoo does mean "sinlessness". That is what I mean by a sleight-of-hand technique. My opinion holds.
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