On August 17, 2019, James White debated Graeme Codrington at Fountainebleau Community Church in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa on the thesis: The Bible Limits Marriage to a Natural Man and a Natural Woman. This was the natural continuation of the debate from three years ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnVRLsbNx0k)
I wish there was a way for me to easily make notation of all the topics when we do open phones, but alas, I have not mastered that skill. So we talked about Mormonism and textual criticism and inerrancy and even a call about the Christian view of medical intervention for someone who is truly (genetically) intersexed! Also had a long call about resources on church history. So, a little something for everyone on today’s program!
No, I wasn’t going for the perfect number, it just turned out that way. But we looked at a video of a BYU professor talking about the removal of homosexuality from the honor code, and how this is related to one’s “testimony of the Brethren.” Fascinating days in Utah! Then we talked about Doug Wilson’s comments on the Christianity Todayarticle about polyamory, and followed that up with a look at an ultra woke series of tweets from a writer at TheWitness, then had some comments on Bernie Sanders, communism, and the worldview implications of his presidential bid. Moved into a longer discussion of Christology in reference to Derek Thomas’ sermon that G3 chose not to post, specifically considering kenosis and kenotic theology, and related issues. Briefly mentioned the atrocities being committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria, was about to sign off and then remembered the issue of theonomy in light of a meme floating around featuring a few words from Toby Sumpter. Ended up going another 25 minutes on that challenging topic. So quite a range of topics on today’s program!
Started off with the D. Wade debacle and the influence of the world’s insanity on “transgenderism.” Then we started a movement to have Francis renamed “Francis the Marxist” (it has a ring do it, I think). Mentioned the ecumenical “Mass” being held in St. Pierre, Calvin’s old haunts, and then got to the real topic of the day. We played portions from a single very long (3 hour) discussion of textual issues (Part 1 found here, part 2 found here) discussion of textual critical issues by Dr. Peter Gurry, James Snapp Jr., and Dr. Jeffrey Riddle, from the Talking Christianity–Apologetics YT channel. This is a very important discussion as it truly exposes the circular nature of the TR Only position as it is being promoted today.
Started off with a new Reasonable Faith video featuring William Lane Craig and the question “Is the Trinity Essential?” Half an hour on that one. Then we looked at Bart Ehrman’s claims about Jesus, heaven and hell, another half hour. Then we picked up a few topics, including Pete Buttigieg, a guy named Dave Barnhart, rapper Flame’s conversion to Lutheranism, and Trent Horne’s question about the origin of sin in Calvinist thought. 90 minutes!
James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than twenty books, a professor and an accomplished debater.