Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Yesterday on the Dividing Line: The Dumbest Thing Ever Said about Islam, and Calls
06/24/2011 - James WhiteI had not intended, at all, to discuss it, but I got into the following quotation:
First, as I wrote in my book, How to Win the War Against Radical Islam, the war against the Muslim Jihadists will be long and costly and will not be won until we bomb the Kabah in Mecca. Islam is based on a brick and mortar building that can be destroyed. They pray to that building five times a day, make a pilgrimage to it, run around it, kiss a black rock on the wall, then run between two hills and finally throw rocks at a pillar. What if that building, the Kabah, was destroyed? They could not pray to it or make a pilgrimage to it. The old pagan temple of the moon-god, al-ilah, is the Achilles' heel of Islam. Destroy it and you destroy Islam's soul. [ Reference ]
I discussed how I had been twice asked about this viewpoint while traveling and speaking, and how it had struck me as the single stupidest suggestion I had ever heard. I had shown it no mercy when asked, and honestly in the five minutes before the program started I happened across an article in my RSS feeds that identified its source: Robert Morey. Well, as little as I want conflict with Bob Morey, I could not help but point out the quote and express my ardent feelings about it. At least I'm consistent. So I gave a little background on the reasons why I have never read a Bob Morey book on Islam (I read his much older book on death and the afterlife, and parts of his book on atheism as well) and why I have never used him as a source. I discussed the "Moon God" theory a bit as well, and then took calls, the first of which was on what "moderate Islam" is, the second on Shai Linne's song on particular redemption:
Here's the program.
Don't Forget the New 24/7 Dividing Line Feed
Rich is working hard to set this up so that it will run unattended and provide those interested with a 24/7 feed of Dividing Lines. Evidently, I've done over a thousand of them, so, it takes a while to run through them all. So, at the regular Dividing Line live feed, you can catch the DL day or night. Seems lots of folks like having this available, especially overseas.
Yesterday on the Dividing Line...and Now, 24/7, Plus an Old Dividing Line Interview with My Kids (from 1998)
06/22/2011 - James WhiteCovered a fair amount of ground on the DL yesterday, including a lot of "in the news" items at the start (including the making of spanking of a two year old a felony in Texas---believe it or not), and then got back into responding, finally, to some of Abdullah Kunde's remarks from a recent debate with Samuel Green in Australia. Here's the program.
Now, should only two hours a week of the Dividing Line not be enough for you, Rich has hatched this odd idea to go...24/7 with the Dividing Line. No, I have not moved into the office, but hey, I have been doing the DL for many years now. Evidently, he will have the "Wayback Machine" running all night tonight, for example. So, if you would like to listen to Dividing Lines from as far back as 1998, you can click on the regular DL link and listen in. Eventually his goal is to have it running 24/7, but I am not sure when that will go live constantly.
By the way, one of the earliest half hour DL's we did back when we were live on a local radio station (ok, when we went back on the air on KXEG; we had been doing DL's way back in the mid to late 80s, actually) included an "interview" I did with my son and daughter, Josh and Summer. Josh was about 12 and Summer 9 when I did it. I had not heard it since it was aired, and thought that at least a few folks in our readership/audience would find it interesting. You can listen to it here. In light of my harping on the need to communicate a Christian worldview to our children, it is, I hope, still helpful after nearly a decade and a half.
Today on a Skype-Driven DL: A Partial Radio Free Geneva
06/17/2011 - James WhiteStarted off the program with commentary on the moral depravity of our Western culture in light of the Anthony Weiner scandal and the New York legislature looking at adopting the profanation of marriage. Then transitioned into Radio Free Geneva and managed to finish off the Ron Armstrong/Cornerstone Community Church "sermon" on predestination. I will be home, Lord willing, next week, though the Tuesday DL time may need to be in the afternoon slot. We will see. Here's the program.
Continuation of Radio Free Geneva from Santa Fe, NM
06/14/2011 - James WhiteContinued the Radio Free Geneva we began Thursday, examining Pastor Ron Armstrong's comments on predestination from the Cornerstone Community Church. Got much more into the "meat and potatoes" today. Had one technical glitch (never, ever trust hotel wi-fi!), but thanks to Barry and Rich the file has been edited and all should be well. We are going to try for a Friday morning DL from Boulder, tentatively at least. Here's today's program.
Today on Radio Free Geneva...
06/09/2011 - James WhiteWe began our review of Ron Armstrong's sermon on predestination, as promised (see previous entries for links). Only managed to get about ten minutes into it, so I will continue my review, Lord willing, next week as we do some Skype-based DL's as I travel to New Mexico and Colorado. Join us then! Here's today's program.
Tomorrow on the Dividing Line: Radio Free Geneva!
06/08/2011 - James WhiteYes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, it's time for a Radio Free Geneva. Yes, I know Gene Cook reviewed this sermon a while back, or so I've been told. That's OK, it is still worth it. If you know any of the young folks who were in the audience at Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar, California for this presentation, let them know about this program. We will not be able to go through the entire sermon tomorrow, but we will get started. I hope to be able to continue reviewing it even while I'm on the road the next two weeks, doing the DL via Skype at, well, odd times (keep an eye on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter, for announcements about when we will be able to sneak programs in). I announce things on Twitter fastest (@Droakley1689). In any case, for those who did not watch it before, here is the sermon. Join us tomorrow at 7pm EDT as we begin to expose this tradition-laden response to the light of the Scriptures!
Today on the Dividing Line: Jeremy Tate's Reformed to Rome Journey, Calls Including BioLogos
06/07/2011 - James WhiteAnnounced that we will be doing a Radio Free Geneva on Thursday, discussing this sermon, and then went through some thoughts prompted by Jeremy Tate's article here. Then took calls, including one from John on BioLogos and theistic evolution, and others. Another wide ranging program! Here's the program.
Today on the Dividing Line
06/02/2011 - James WhiteReported on my very interesting discussion with Mormon missionaries at a ward chapel in the Phoenix area Tuesday evening, then took a call from a brother in the West Indies on the subject of Revelation 5:9-10, then talked to the Open Air Atheist a bit, and finished off with two more calls. Another "eclectic" program! Here's the program.