Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on the Dividing Line: Hitchens vs. Dembski, Roger Olson on Arminianism, E-mail Questions
11/30/2010 - James WhiteListened to portions of the Hitchens/Dembski debate on the existence and goodness of God. We were left wondering what a shallow defense of Mother Theresa had to do with the topic, and mourned the opening it gave Hitchens to conclude the debate most memorably. Theology matters, again. Then we took e-mail questions on a variety of topics, commented briefly on Roger Olson's "Arminianism is just as God-centered as Calvinism" article, and took a call on Geisler's "boys in the farmer's pond" illustration (I provide that call below in the video clip). Here's the program.
Today on a Special Pre-Thanksgiving Dividing Line
11/24/2010 - James WhiteStarted off responding to an e-mail about yesterday's Radio Free Geneva, and then moved into a quick review of the Mexico City debate featuring William Lane Craig and Richard Dawkins. Then we started taking calls on that topic, and finished with a call on particular redemption. Here's the program.
Today on a Special Radio Free Geneva
11/23/2010 - James WhiteSo what prompted me to do a Radio Free Geneva? Well, first, the clips from the Ankerberg Show with Norman Geisler and his dismissal of the utter refutation of his horrific "farmer and the boys in the swimming pond" illustration (and the misquotation of Matthew 23:37 as well). But after spending the first half hour on that topic, I moved into the material posted by TurretinFan here on the blog (link). I cannot think of any clearer condemnation of the biblical gospel on the part of Rome than Clement XI's Unigenitus, and I explained that by reading major portions of it. The parallels between the condemnations of Rome and the arguments of Arminians like Geisler, Hunt, etc., are striking. You might want to listen to this one sitting down! Here's the program.
Tomorrow we will have another DL at the regular Thursday evening time (4pm MST). I will be reviewing portions of the debate that took place in Mexico City including William Lane Craig and Richard Dawkins.
Today...And Yesterday, on the Dividing Line
11/18/2010 - James WhiteSorry about being so slow in getting these linked! Those who use iTunes get them a lot faster (hint, hint). Anyway, yesterday in a special Wednesday DL we discussed Frank Beckwith at the ETS meetings (we decided "E" now stands for Ecumenical, not Evangelical), and then looked at Jackie Alnor's take on debates and debating from "Rapture Ready Radio." Then we took some calls. Here's the program.
Today was all caller driven, or I guess, net driven. I answered a Twitter question on Acts 16:31ff first, then Rich read a number of e-mail questions, and then we started taking lots of Skype and regular calls on...well, a wide variety of topics. This is about as close as I'll ever get to doing my impersonation of a Bible answer guy type stint. Lots of topics, lots of information! Here's the program.
Remember: DL Has Been Moved to Wednesday
11/16/2010 - James WhiteToday's normal DL has been moved to tomorrow. We will be discussing Frank Beckwith's presentations at ETS (esp. since one of his presentations is on justification), and Rapture Ready Radio's criticism of debates along with the promotion of Jack Chick instead! Should be interesting. Wednesday at 11am MST.
Today on the Dividing Line: Mark 1:41 and Hebrews 2:9 in the SBLGNT Plus Calls
11/11/2010 - James WhiteI felt it would be helpful to many to comment on the inclusion of very minority readings in the new SBLGNT that was released recently. Specifically, I addressed Bart Ehrman's two favorite texts, Mark 1:41 and the "angry Jesus," and Hebrews 2:9, "apart from God." The SBLGNT includes both barely supported variants in the main text, going against pretty much all previous printed editions. I discussed the growing disconnection between modern scholarship and the text itself, and then took calls on a variety of subjects. Here's the program.
Biologos and Doug Pagitt: an Interesting Comparison
11/09/2010 - James WhiteSo what do the folks at Biologos and Doug Pagitt have in common? A lot, it turns out, as we discovered on today's Dividing Line. Started off with a quick report from my teaching in Peru (and my fascinating observation that, as of this point in time on Tuesday afternoon, I have yet to hear a single car horn sounded in all of my time in traffic in Phoenix since I got home---something that would never happen in Lima Peru, where you cannot drive 15 seconds without hearing a horn), and then went into the Pagitt/Biologos discussion, based upon Al Mohler's article in response to the folks at Biologos. I played a number of clips from the Pagitt/Rosebrough debate as well, then we took two calls. Here's the program.
Don't Forget the DL at its NORMAL Time
11/09/2010 - James WhiteThe DL starts in less than fifteen minutes, and we can tell by the low number of listeners that you all have played with your clocks again. Remember, the DL is always at 11am MST. :-) Important stuff to discuss today!