Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
01/31/2009 - James WhiteThis morning I was on David Wheaton's Christian Worldview program discussing the Ehrman debate and related issues. I sounded like Barry White instead of James White, but hopefully it was helpful.
I just finished the galley proofs of the 2nd edition of The King James Only Controversy. That means we should be seeing the new editions of both that book and The Potter's Freedom real soon. I'm excited about these new editions!
I will be joined by Joel McDurmon on Tuesday on The Dividing Line. Mr. McDurmon wrote a front page article for the American Vision website asserting that the Ehrman debate demonstrated the "limits of evidentialist apologetics," and that my observation of the consistency of liberals in not even bothering to find out what their conservative opponents actually believe was actually a "plea for pity"! Hopefully the discussion will clarify a number of issues. I will also be writing two feature articles responding to McDurmon's article as well.
The Ehrman Debate: Phase Two
01/24/2009 - James White
As I mentioned on the DL last week, I see a strong need for me to press forward with the studies I did in preparation for the debate in the production of a book. I covered a much wider range of topics in my preparation than came up in the debate, including Synoptic issues, inspiration issues, allegations of contradiction, etc. And as I have been speaking on the cruise since then, I see that for most believers, the textual questions always lead to questions about canon, Synoptics, authorship, etc. The entire range of attacks upon the reliability of the New Testament come into play. Of course, for those working in the Islamic field, you well know how central these issues are as well.
So I wish to maintain the momentum I have in my studies by diving directly into this work as soon as I return to Phoenix. Though I will have to set aside time to press forward in Arabic and, Lord willing, work toward some very important future debates (yes, still working on them, please pray that the Lord will open these doors!), I need to keep this as my first priority. I know in light of the economic situation that this will be difficult to do. I am praying the Lord will provide sufficient support for me to concentrate on this project. I know many folks get excited when there is a debate up coming, but the fact is, support is just as important during periods of writing and research.
One way for folks to let me know you want me to pursue a major published work on the authorship, text, and transmission of the NT, along with focus upon Synoptic issues, takes us back to that ministry resource list. I've added a series of resources for such a project at the top of the list, mainly works on Synoptic and Q issues. If I see those disappearing from the list, I'll know folks out there want me to put in the effort to produce this work on these vital issues. I have been tremendously encouraged by the response to these requests, and I again wish to thank everyone who has helped in this way. It sure was a great aid in the debate! But I need to know the people of God will stand with me during the months it will take to write such a major and in-depth work.
UPDATE: Thanks to all who have sent some of those resources my way. I will keep that list active as I am doing the work. As you know, when you begin to reference, footnote, etc., you run across hidden gems that you need to verify and document, etc. Rich folks, or tenured professors, can send folks off to libraries, but assistant-less apologists multi-tasking on multiple topics at the same time don't have that luxury (let alone any decent theological libraries nearby). So thanks yet again!
Quick Announcement About the DL Today
01/23/2009 - James White
We will be doing a live DL from the Florida Keys today at 10:30am MST, 12:30pm EST. I will be playing clips from the Ehrman debate and taking your calls (Lord willing!).
A Quick Report
01/21/2009 - James White
Just a quick note to thank everyone for your prayers for the debate tonight. Everything went smoothly as far as the debate is concerned. I think we have a great recording, etc. I think those in attendance were a little surprised at Dr. Ehrman's treatment of me, but I wasn't overly surprised. He did not prepare for the debate, had no idea who I am, and did not read anything I've ever written, hence, he was in a tough spot, given that I had studied his works so thoroughly. As a result, he made horrific blunders in misrepresenting me in his rebuttal. In any case, his radical skepticism was clearly documented, and those in attendance found it very useful. Lord willing I will be able to get some pictures and maybe a quick video clip over the next 36 hours or so from the ship. We will try to do a DL on Friday as well.
Again, thank you for your prayers!
Carla Provides a Good Post Inauguration T-Shirt Design
01/21/2009 - James White
My quote on this shirt is hardly unique. But it sure is becoming more rare. In any case, here is the link.
I apologize for the quiet blog, but most of you know why. I will see if it is possible to drop a note after the debate this evening just to give you a quick summary, but I have to confess, I am uncertain I will be able to do so. We have to be up early in the AM to depart, my family is coming in this evening, there is always the 90 minutes or more of post-debate discussions, etc., so...I can only promise to try!
Once again, I thank all of you who have contacted me and assured me of your prayers. May God's truth be honored and His people blessed this evening.
Today on the Dividing Line
01/20/2009 - James White
We Skyped the DL today, as I am in Florida. Rattled around a bit for the first 15 minutes, then got into playing part of the Unbelievable radio discussion between Peter Williams and Bart Ehrman, took a call on the same topic as well. We intend to attempt to do a DL sometime Friday, but I will be at sea, so I am uncertain as to the exact time as yet. We will let you know. Here's the program.
Can't Make the Debate? Help a Friend! (Update)
01/10/2009 - James White
I know lots of folks would like to make the debate in Florida but just can't get away.#10
There is one young man who has been a great asset to me in preparation for this debate. He knows the textual critical field very well, and is one of my Team Apologian bloggers. But being your standard seminary student, he is having a hard time making it to the debate. I would love to have him there, not just so he could observe, but I sure wouldn't mind having someone who has studied under Epp to chat with during the break. He could be checking references for me as well. So if you'd like to help Alan Kirschner make it to the debate in less than two weeks, you can do so here. He'd sure appreciate it, and so would I!
Update: Thank you! Alan will be able to go! Thanks to all who helped! Alan wrote:
"Thank you for all those who donated with your gracious provision. The amount that is required for me to make it was reached. I am humbled at the response!"
An Update on Ministry Resources
01/05/2009 - James White
I understand we are within $200 of the audio/video machine, for which I am very grateful. I just added two very high priority items to my ministry resource wishlist, comprising Origen's commentaries on John. I need to check some textual references in preparation for the Ehrman debate, but, if I don't have them, I'll survive. Just like to track down references!
For My Good Friend, Tom Ascol
01/01/2009 - James White
I noticed today that my good friend Tom Ascol wants a motorcycle. But, his dear wife said lightning would have to strike first. Well, that's one obstacle down anyway. I've been riding since I was 19 (do the math: that means I have safely ridden with no accidents or tickets for about 27 years). My last two rides I purchased on-line. Both were incredible deals. My 1986 Virago finally gave up the ghost this past Spring, so I am now riding this gorgeous machine, which again, I got used, but in awesome shape, on Craig's List. It was really nice to get 52 mpg when gas was over $4 a gallon (and sadly, folks, it will be back there, and beyond, before we know it), and Phoenix is a pretty decent place to ride (though riding in the afternoon in July and August can be---messy). So, to show my solidarity with ol' Tom, I will be riding my bike to the office tomorrow! Keep hoping, Tom!