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Radio Free Geneva on the Dividing Line Yesterday
05/27/2009 - James WhiteYesterday on the DL we continued our Radio Free Geneva examination of William Lane Craig's recent teachings on the topic of salvation, and in particular, his presentation of a slightly altered Roman Catholic ordo salutis over against the Reformation. Here's the program.
Today on a Radio Free Geneva: William Lane Craig
05/21/2009 - James WhiteWe did a Radio Free Geneva today, starting with a few minutes reviewing an example of really bad argumentation (from Monica Dunnington) and then moving on to the serious stuff, that being the comments of William Lane Craig on the topic of man's freedom, Romans 9, Roman Catholicism, etc. Important documentation that "theology matters." Here's the program.
Update: Some have asked a bit about the material I played on the program. You can find Monica Dunnington's materials here. I just dropped by that site and the video playing on the main page is the same video I responded to. It started right near a portion I played, and then froze right at the point in the image posted to the right. This was right around where she was saying the Bible forbids arguing. Umm, OK.
Some others have asked about the WLC clips I played. You can find them here, at the top of the list (currently, anyway).
Now here is another gem from the wacky world of those suffering from Calvin Derangement Syndrome. A new book from a Southern Baptist deacon from Florida titled Calvin the Psychopath. Anyone want to take a wild guess as to how fair, and accurate, this scholarly work might be? If you are wondering, here are some whopper quotes from the author's website:
The written history of John Calvin dramatically reveals that he was a premeditated murderer, a heretic, a blasphemer, and a liar. He forced his beliefs by fear, punishment, terrorism, and had his own inquisition. He beheaded children and justified it with an extensive discussion of the Fifth Commandment. (Honor thy father and thy mother.) Calvins temper was described as the wild beast of his wrath. In my opinion Calvinism is a cult. Like all cults it has picked those things they want to believe and eliminated the others. By this they have created their own religion with the usual half-truths. They have reinterpreted the Scriptures in an unorthodox way, and used them in an orthodox way. It is a sinful spiritualizing exegesis.
Calvinists are increasingly coming out in the open. The president of one of our seminaries, who is a Calvinist, has been quoted in Time magazine recently and if true it is absolutely a lie. The seminary president as quoted said, The moment someone begins to define Gods (being or actions) Biblically, that person is drawn to conclusions that are traditionally classified as Calvinist. This statement is Biblically Illiterate! He says when one seeks God they find Calvinism! At the very least this is sacrilegious or gross irreverence. To me this is a dissent from Biblical dogma and is therefore heresy. We need to speak up and out against this man. He is dangerous to the minds of our young people.Well, there you go! We all stand refuted once again! Truly, Calvin Derangement Syndrome is a sad thing to observe, it truly is.
We will continue with Radio Free Geneva next week!
Yesterday on The Dividing Line
05/20/2009 - James WhiteVisited with the "studio audience" the first half hour (even talked a little NCAA Women's Basketball!), then began taking great calls on the canon and the authority of Scripture. Here's the program.
A Caller-Driven DL
05/15/2009 - Tur8infanYesterday's Dividing Line webcast was a caller-driven program. After some brief thoughts on the submission to Islam involved in the destruction of Bibles in Afghanistan, we turned to the phone lines. The first was about the use/value of the pericope adulterae and the longer ending of Mark. The second provided some clarification regarding the Ehrman debate. We also discussed whether Arminianism is a heresy, before getting back to a discussion of the radio discussion between Dan Barker and Bart Ehrman (here's the program).
A Fast-Moving, Info-Packed DL...That Went a Little Long!
05/12/2009 - James WhiteWent about seven minutes long today just to get our callers in, mainly because I couldn't go much faster in dealing with a particular allegation of Biblical contradiction. I played a portion of the audio of Bart Ehrman's appearance on "Freethought Radio" with Dan Barker. Spent some time dealing with the "Jesus died on different days" accusation Ehrman uses all the time. Then took calls on 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, John 7:53-8:11, and one on resources for doing apologetics. Here's the program.
Friday Miscellaneous--Oh, and the Dividing Line!
05/08/2009 - James WhiteI just used the "universal" button on the Ministry Resource list to add an external laptop battery. I tested the Eee PC and got nearly 4 hours out of it without using the charger, running Skype and the broadband modem (and running Total Recorder so as to provide a backup audio recording). That's pretty good, but, I would feel a lot "safer" with more time available, and this battery is small enough, yet powerful enough, to provide another three hours easily.
Started writing this post and realized I had never blogged yesterday's DL! Let's see...what did I deal with? Oh yes, Roman Catholicism! Played a Keating clip, then a number of Steve Ray clips, and took calls as well. Here's the program.
I would like any suggestions from my readers as to a small and relatively inexpensive microphone (with the mini jack that would plug directly into the computer) to improve sound quality. I wish I could find the equivalent of the microphone my MacBook Pro uses, as it does a good job picking up the spoken word. If you have experience with something that would be very easy to carry and yet would pick up better than the native microphone in a small unit, please let us know.
I am excited to announce that we have two new opportunities we are working on right now, one with an Imam on the East Coast, one with an LDS scholar for the West Coast (sorry Midwesterners, we were just in Illinois!). Please pray the Lord will open these doors.
I had the painful, painful experience of listening to Dan Barker obliterate a Christian debater while riding this morning. It was the worst thrashing I had heard in all of the study I had done of Barker's debates. I had found this one right before our own debate, had listened to a few minutes, realized it was nothing more than Dan's standard opening again, and had not gotten past that point. I listened farther into it today on my ride, and a few times I pondered riding directly into a large telephone pole at full speed just to make the pain stop. I had thought about mentioning the fellow's name, but have decided against it. Let's just say that some folks should never, never, never debate. This fellow is one of them. But once again, I know I sound like a broken record (I just realized that phrase dates me a good bit, doesn't it? Can young folks even "get" that?), but theology matters, and it really, really matters in apologetics. This poor fellow never once caught Dan's consistent materialism, never once challenged it, and mainly because he clearly does not think presuppositionally. He made reference a few times to Geisler, and threw out a few very weak, a-contextual evidentialist arguments, but in the main it was a Little League game called in the second inning based upon the Mercy Rule (what is that, about twenty unanswered runs or so?). At one point, the person recording it (or someone nearby), booed and said, "You call yourself a debater?" Of course, such behavior cannot be condoned, but I actually understood the man's frustration. If I had taken the time to actually travel to watch this encounter, I would have been quite disappointed as well.
There is a possibility that I will be debating Dan Barker again in September. I suggested one topic to him last week in Illinois, but I think it might be even better to tackle a topic I have never heard him debate before: "Is Christianity Unique?" Barker actually buys into the Mithras/Osiris/NameYourFavoritePaganGod mythology and says that the Jesus story may be based upon that kind of parallelism. I would greatly enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate how such thinking, so commonly presented as "scholarship" today, is riddled with gaping holes of logic and fact.
Barker Debate Review: the Fantastic Design of Life
05/05/2009 - James WhiteI reported on the Barker debate, played my closing statement, and then discussed issues relating to the vast complexity of life and how naturalistic materialists struggle bravely to hold back the tide of evidence that threatens to overwhelm them. Here's the program.