Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Heading to Georgia
12/30/2009 - James White
WHO: Dr. James White, writer and founder of Alpha & Omega Ministries
WHAT: Winter Bible Conference - A Faith Worth Defending
WHERE: Rockdale Community Church, Conyers, GA (DIRECTIONS)
WHEN: Feb. 5th-7th, 2010 (Friday 7pm - 9:30pm & Saturday 9am - 5pm)
WHY: Because we are all commanded to be prepared to give a defense
REGISTRATION: Registration for this conference is free and open to anyone. As the Lord leads, donations in any amount will be accepted at the conference in lieu of a set fee. Please check out the Conference Schedule and be sure to fill out the Registration Form if you plan to attend. Make sure you complete a separate registration for each person who will be coming.
NOTE: Sunday, Feb. 7th is not actually a part of the Conference schedule, but Dr. White will be teaching a joint Sunday School class that morning before delivering the sermon during morning worship. You are more than welcomed to return Sunday and join us for Sunday School and worship if you would like. FYI, we observe the Lord's Supper every week at RCC, and wanted to let you know so that you can be preparing your heart and mind for that portion of the service if you decide to join us on Sunday.
We hope you will make time for this great opportunity to focus on the subject of defending the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. May we all contend earnestly for that faith.
Contact Brian Thornton for more information.
Too Busy for the Best
12/09/2009 - Tur8infanDr. White has already provided some thoughts on Dawkin's comments on not debating William Lane Craig (link to Dr. White's comments). This is not to contradict anything he said, but just to provide another perspective on it.
Recall that Dawkins' original comment was: "... and I don't take on people whose only claim to fame is that they are professional debaters. They gotta have something more than that, I'm busy." (Whether his busy schedule was due to grammar or finishing school was not specified.) I myself have similar standards, thus:
1. I do not race people whose only claim to fame is that they are professional runners;
2. I do not play chess against people whose only claim to fame is that they are chess masters;
3. I do not play one-on-one with people whose only claim to fame is that they are basketball stars;
4. I do not set my car against people whose only claim to fame is that they have a fast car; and
5. I do not attempt to match the accomplishments of folks whose only claim to fame is that they are in the Guinness Book of World Records ®.
After all, they have to have something more than that, I'm busy.
In fact, I vastly prefer to race people who are famous for eating, to play chess against people who are famous for boxing, to play one-on-one basketball with people who are famous for chess, and to try to match the accomplishments of people who generally aren't outstanding in the particular field of endeavor in which I'm engaged.
So I can understand why Dawkins would prefer to debate men who have ecclesiastical rank that is unrelated to debating skill (bishops, archbishops, and especially cardinals) rather than someone who is actually famous for debate. After all, who has time for sure defeat? We're busy!
P.S. I'd rather see Dawkins debate Dr. White than debate William Lane Craig, though I'm confident that either of them (and any number of others, such as Doug Wilson) could handily defeat him. After all, debate is something that those men do well.