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Today on a Bit of a Technically Challenged Dividing Line
02/26/2009 - James WhiteWe had some phone problems during the first part of the program, but, ye olde "reset" fixed that, so we covered...a lot of stuff! Mainly Roman Catholic topics today, even in the calls. Here's the program.
On the Dividing Line Yesterday
02/20/2009 - James White
Surely one of the most eclectic DL's in our history, any only partially on purpose! I had intended to address three issues: the discussion over on the ETC blog, some comments on the deep insights available from the 119th Psalm, and a discussion of the Islamic understanding of the nature of man as created by God. Got to all three, but then, as I was getting ready to wrap up, our LDS listener and sometime caller Pierre called to discuss the LDS concept of the priesthood. So we went about 8 minutes long so we could talk to Pierre. Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
02/17/2009 - James White
Started off with some comments on Roman Catholicism, then played some interesting segments from a talk given by a BYU scholar. Took a call after the break that led to a discussion of a review of Greenlee's new work on textual criticism. We went a bit long because I wanted to have enough time to decry the promulgation of a non-Christian, unbelieving, secularism in the study of the New Testament text. I see this as the chief apologetic issue of our day. Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
02/12/2009 - James WhiteStarted out with a discussion of the "labyrinth" in the theology of John Calvin, a heart-felt plea to hear Calvin's warning to not go beyond Scripture and to honor God in humbly accepting the limitation of divine revelation. Then we took some great calls and also listened to some clips from John Martignoni, a Roman Catholic apologist. Here's the program.
A Variety of Topics on Today's Dividing Line
02/10/2009 - James White
Started off looking at a few odd comments made in the textual arena since last week, then moved on to two clips from Jimmy Akin, one on prayer to the dead, the other on predestination and election, and another "I think the Greek says" error from Mr. Akin. Then we looked at a quote from Greg Koukl's new book, Tactics. Here's the program.
Today on The Dividing Line
02/05/2009 - James White
I was very thankful that Robert called to discuss his position that the TR is the pure version of the New Testament, and his view that the Westminster Confession of Faith requires us to believe this. It is one thing when I discuss the topic, it is another to listen to an exchange. Very useful. Here's the program.
Joel McDurmon on the DL
02/03/2009 - James WhiteI was thinking we might be able to get to the topic of the romantic view of the TR held by many TR's (Truly Reformed folks), but my interaction with Joel McDurmon went the whole hour. I must admit, this particular aspect of "post-debate discussion" is distasteful for me. There are far too many folks who hide behind a keyboard on web forums who would never, ever put themselves on the line to attempt to encourage the Body as a whole who will pour forth a river of digital verbiage about how they would have done things. In any case, I rejoice that at least for some, the conversation has spurred interest in learning about the historical pedigree of the Scriptures. That is vital. So in hopes of continuing that discussion, here's today's program.
On Thursday I have some clips from Catholic Answers to get to, but I also would like to invite the "Truly Reformed" out there to call the DL and defend their exaltation of the Textus Receptus. Specifically, I would like to ask them to answer the following questions:
1) When did "the church" "received" this text?
2) What council engaged in a study of the respective texts and determined that this is the "one" text that most closely represents the original?
3) Which text IS the "TR"? Can you identify a single text as THE TR? If not, why not?
4) Please explain why I should use the TR's readings of Luke 2:22, Revelation 16:5, and the final six verses of Revelation.
I look forward to your phone calls!