Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
1 Corinthians 3 and Tim Staples on Today's Dividing Line
01/28/2010 - James White
Don't hold your breath for the invitation for me to be on Catholic Answers Live to discuss, oh, "Does John 6 Teach the Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Eucharist," (I'd do it in a heartbeat), but today we had Tim Staples on the program for 90 minutes to debate 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 and the doctrine of purgatory. You are invited to take your Bible and listen carefully to our presentations and interaction, and ask yourself a simple question: who handled the text consistently, and who gave evidence of engaging in eisegesis? We took a number of calls in the last 20 minutes as well, with (mainly) good questions. I encourage Catholic Answers to make the debate mp3 available to their audience, I truly, truly do. Tim got enough "ra-ra" shots in at the end (Mr. White teaches silly myths, the constant teaching of the church for 2000 years, etc.) to keep their regular donors happy, but I am not concerned about them. I debate for those who will honestly consider the arguments carefully, not emotionally. Here's the program.
And I would like to reiterate my willingness to not only debate a topic such as the one suggested above (and truly, wouldn't the Catholic Answers audience enjoy such an exchange?), but any number of others. I would also invite Tim Staples to do what Michael Brown and I will do in the future: a full, formal, video taped debate. We have been attempting to get Mr. Staples to do that for many years now, but it seems that Catholic Answers has adopted a "no debating folks who know us that well" policy. Perhaps CA's supporters might bring some pressure to bear upon them to start doing real apologetics again? Let's hope so.
Yesterday's Dividing Line Program
01/27/2010 - Tur8infanYesterday, on the Dividing Line (DL), Dr. White interacted with Tim Staples' interesting assertions regarding Mary being the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. After that, Dr. White interacted further with Sir Anthony Buzzard's essentially Socinian teachings. (Here's the mp3)
Yesterday on the Dividing Line: Joseph Pipa, A Defense of the Deity of Christ
01/22/2010 - James WhiteStarted off the program with an interview with Dr. Joseph Pipa of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, and followed this with the beginning of an examination of the anti-Trinitarian claims of Anthony Buzzard. Here's the program.
Yesterday on the DL: Tim Staples on Calvinism
01/20/2010 - James White
TurretinFan joined me yesterday for an hour-long examination of Tim Staples' attempt to undermine Reformed objections to purgatory, specifically, his lengthy attack on Calvin's doctrine of God's sovereignty and providence found in his 5-CD series, published by Catholic Answers, on purgatory. Though we had much more material we could have covered, we managed to get to the key errors in Staples' understanding. Here's the program.
Sola Scriptura and the Mail Bag on the DL
01/07/2010 - James White
Today on the Dividing Line I spent the first half of the program responding to Bryan Cross and Frank Beckwith on the issue of sola scriptura. The fundamental attack upon the sufficiency of Scripture and hence its truly divine character and purpose in Roman Catholicism remains central to any discussion of the issues that separate us. Then I went to the "mailbag" and responded to a whole host of e-mails I have received. I may need to do this more often as it is simply impossible for me to type up responses to all the e-mails that make it past Rich's system to mine. Here's the program.
Yesterday on the Dividing Line
01/06/2010 - James WhiteStarted off playing the Brit Hume clip and discussing the hypocrisy of the secularists in demanding that Christians remain silent in the public square. Lesson here: free speech dies when secularists rule. Then we moved on to a half hour examination of the text of the Qur'an and the topic of "being subdued," i.e., humbled, humiliated, and such texts as Surah 9:29, 7:13, and 27:14-44, and how this relates to the moderate/radicalized discussion so prevalent in our society today. Finally, took a call on the subject of the ancient Jewish views on death and the afterlife. Another eclectic DL! Here's the program.
Way Back Last Year on the Dividing Line....
01/02/2010 - James WhiteWell, OK, it was just a few days ago. But I forgot to blog the program. When that happens, remember, the file name is always consistent! For example, this DL's URL is http://www.aomin.org/podcasts/20091231.mp3. Next Tuesday's DL will be http://www.aomin.org/podcasts/20100105.mp3, and so forth. In any case, I started off discussing a bit about Islam and the Christmas day disaster in Detroit that was narrowly avoided. Then we took calls on a wide variety of topics, finishing with a discussion with an atheist at the end of the hour. Here's the program