Dr. James White taught for Apologia Church’s Biblical Apologetics class. This is the video footage of Dr. White taking our church through a discussion on how to reach Muslims. We learn of the 3-barriers that exist in Muslim and Christian dialogue. Dr. White’s presentation is very helpful and includes portions of his debates with Muslim apologists.
Rich finished getting the video of the Enyart debate put together and got it uploaded this morning. Thanks for your patience. Here it is:
Sept. 16, 2014 update: Here is another debate follow-up [mp3].
Re-posted as the last post was causing some errors.
“We continue to pray, brother, the Lord will use you for the defense of the gospel, in various parts of the world.”
– Pastor Robert Briggs
On episode 56 of our interview podcast we have the interview that Pastor Roberts Briggs conducted with James White. This recording is from May 25, 2014 when James White was at Immanuel Baptist Church giving his “Can I Trust the Bible” presentation.
- Old-school “The Dividing Line” Webcast intro
Debate: Can God become man?
Dr. James White vs Bashir Vania
In South Africa on October 2, 2013
— James White (@DrOakley1689) May 19, 2014
In [MAY 19,] 2013 Thabiti Anyabwile went to Dubai to debate a Muslim apologist [Shabir Ally]. The complete video is available here:
Dubai’s 5th Biennial Muslim-Christian Dialogue on May 19, 2013 welcomed over 700 participants in person and hundreds more from at least eight different countries via live stream. This 3 hour event landmark event included persuasive presentations, engrossing dialogue, and unscripted questions and answers with the audience. It’s sure to encourage deeper reflection by individuals of any religious background and prompt bridge-building discussions between Muslims and Christians engaged in conversation about their faith.
The speakers were Shabir Ally and Thabiti Anyabwile.
For more information and to order the entire dialogue on DVD, visit muslimchristiandialogue.org.
Part 1 of 8: Intro – Dialogue in the Middle East – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 2 of 8: Thabiti’s Opening Address – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 3 of 8: Shabir’s Opening Address – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 4 of 8: Speaker’s Responses – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 5 of 8: Speakers’ Q & A Together – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 6 of 8: Audience Q & A – Pt 1 – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 7 of 8: Audience Q & A – Pt 2 – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 8 of 8: Summations & Parting Words – 2013 Dialogue:
Leon Brown at Reformation 21 points us to some resources from Dr. James White in response to a recent NPR interview:
If you have difficulty answering an objection like this, or similar ones, about Christianity, you can find many resources on the Alpha and Omega ministries webpage that can help you. You can also click here and here to listen to a debate and commentary about similar topics with Dr. Ehrman and Dr. James White. Also, do not forget to ask your elders. They can help you significantly in this area (i.e., apologetics) if you are struggling.
The two videos above are:
Bart Ehrman vs James White – Did The Bible Misquote Jesus – 2009 [alt]
On yesterday’s Dividing Line, James White:
Reviewed the heart of the discussion between Bart Ehrman and Simon Gathercole [on “How Jesus Became God”] from last weekend’s Unbelievable program (the second of the two part series) focusing upon the key issues inherent in Ehrman’s system… in particular, we focused on the Christ Hymn, the Carmen Christi, of Philippians 2. I surely hope the teaching will be helpful to many.
Update April 16, 2014: At the beginning James White finishes the Ehrman/Gathercole exchange:
Lots of talk about the Noah movie, but that isn’t the only “Christian movie” that has come out recently. Jon Speed gives his review of “God’s Not Dead” and concludes:
Perhaps it is time for us as Christians to stop thinking that we can use movies to evangelize the lost. Jesus did not command us to go into all the world and show movies. He did command us to evangelize. Perhaps it is time for us to start making movies that have the goal of pure entertainment that presuppose a Biblical worldview simply for the sake of making art that glorifies God. Leave the evangelism to average everyday Christians and leave the art to real artists. After all, God is the consummate artist and His tapestry does not include sermon clips from someone surnamed Graham. At least I didn’t see that sermon clip in the sunset last night. God uses both general revelation through nature (His masterpiece) and special revelation through the Word of God. They are not diametrically opposed. Trying to mix them up may be doing more harm than good.
From James White’s book The Forgotten Trinity:
“I have found two particular passages to carry the most weight in communicating this truth to those who believe that Yahweh is God, believe the Bible is true, but reject the deity of Christ: Hebrews 1:10–12 in comparison with Psalm 102:25–27, and John 12:37–41 in comparison with Isaiah 6:1–10.”
– Matthew 1:21; Psalm 130:8; Isaiah 35:4 [God will save His people]
– Matthew 3:12; Revelation 6:16; Psalm 2:12; Psalm 76:7 [Fear God]
– Matthew 5:18; Mark 13:31 [God’s Word is eternal; Jesus’ Word is eternal]
– Matthew 25:31–46; Psalm 50:6; 59:11; 96:13 [God is Judge, Jesus is Judge]
– John 1:3; Isaiah 44:24 [Yahweh alone created all things]
– John 1:7–9; Isaiah 60:9 [God is light]
– John 7:37–38; Jeremiah 2:13 [Yahweh the fountain of living water]
– John 10:11; Psalm 23:1; 100:3 [The Good Shepherd]
– John 12:41; Isaiah 6:1 [The vision of Isaiah— Yahweh’s glory]
– John 14:6; Psalm 31:5 [God is truth]
– John 14:14; 1 Corinthians 1:2 [Prayer to Jesus]
– John 14:26; 16:27; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11; Nehemiah 9:20; 2 Samuel 23:2–3 [Spirit of YHWH/ God/ Christ]
– John 17:5; Isaiah 48:11 [Will not give His glory to another]
– Acts 1:8; Isaiah 43:10 [Witnesses of Whom?]
– Acts 4:24; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 4 [Who is our Master?]
– Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32 [Call on the name of . . .]
– Ephesians 4:8–9; Psalm 68:18 [God leads the captives . . .]
– Philippians 2:10–11; Isaiah 45:23 [Every knee will bow . . .]
– Colossians 1:16, Ephesians 5:25, 27; Romans 11:36 [All things are to God . . .]
– Colossians 1:17; Acts 17:28 [We exist in God]
– Colossians 2:3; 1 Timothy 1:17 [Only wise God . . . treasure of wisdom]
– 2 Timothy 1:12; Jeremiah 17:5 [Trust in Yahweh— believe in Jesus]
– Hebrews 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:15 [Jesus’ power— God is only sovereign]
– Hebrews 1:10; Psalm 102:25 [Jesus is Yahweh]
– Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6 [God changes not]
– James 2:1; Zechariah 2:5 [Lord of glory]
– 1 Peter 2:3; Psalm 34:8 [Taste that Yahweh is good]
– 1 Peter 3: 15; Isaiah 8: 13 [Sanctify Yahweh]
– Revelation 1: 5– 6; Exodus 34: 14 [Glorify Jesus]
– Revelation 1: 13– 16; Ezekiel 43: 2 [God’s voice is the voice of Jesus]
– Revelation 2: 23; 1 Kings 8: 39 [Jesus searches the hearts]
– Revelation 3: 7; Revelation 15: 4 [God alone is holy]
[HT: Truth War Today]
Update April, 28, 2014: PDF version of the above:
The Trinity & Tawid Debate – White vs Bux
[Oct. 4, 2013] James White debates Islamic apologist Yusuf Bux at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Is the New Testament a Reliable Record of Jesus’ Teachings? White vs Ismail
James White debates Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail on the reliability of the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. This debate was part 1 of a 2 part debate held on October 1, 2013 in Potchefstroom South Africa.
Is the Quran a Reliable Record of the Teachings of Muhammad White vs Ismail
James White debates Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail on the reliability of the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad. This debate was part 2 of a 2 part debate held on October 1, 2013 in Potchefstroom South Africa.
Is the Bible the Word of God? White vs Awal
[June 21, 2010]
I laid out the necessary parameters for a fair, truthful, honest, and scholarly discussion, insisting that we must differentiate between questions of textual corruption, translational issue, historical issues, and theological issues. I went through the testimony to the text of the NT, its breadth and antiquity, and pointed out that the Qur’an likewise has a textual history, and contains textual variants (a fact Sheikh Awal never even tried to refute).
As soon as Sheikh Awal stood up—he began the process of confusing all of those categories. His basic presentation was that the Bible says things about prophets that should not be said (David and Bathsheba, for example), and therefore, this just can’t be the Word of God. He repeated many of his standard errors, claiming that the canon was determined by the Council of Nicea, for example (a common myth that has no historical foundation).
I was able to refute each and every one of his opening arguments in my twelve minute rebuttal, and even had time to give him a gift (an NET/NA27 diglot). I almost got through all the points he raised in his own rebuttal in the five minute rebuttal that followed that.
The cross-examination was very difficult. My opponent refused to engage the topic meaningfully, often answering a question other than the one I asked, for completely failing to provide any meaningful response at all. It was a clear illustration of the maxim, “Inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument.” If anything was proven clearly, it was that Sheikh Awal uses one standard for Christianity, and a completely different standard for Islam. By the end of the evening, everyone in the audience could see that very, very clearly.
“Can the New Testament Be Inspired in Light of Textual Variation?”
Dr. James White vs. Dr. Bart Ehrman
January 21, 2009
Can We Trust the New Testament?
Attacks on the Christian faith by atheists and skeptics always include a strong concentration on the central document of the faith, the Bible. Recent attacks have repeated this pattern, with the most visible and popular expression of the anti-Bible campaign coming from Dr. Bart Ehrman.
Opposing Ehrman’s liberal and unbelieving view of Scripture, Dr. James White confronts him in this detailed debate over the issues involved: the abundance of manuscript evidence, the transmission of the text, God’s providence in preserving His message, the impact of textual variants, the implication for the inspiration of Scripture, and much more. White succeeds in exposing the radical skepticism of Ehrman’s methods, and thus the unbelieving presuppositions degrading his view of Scripture.
Today Alpha & Omega Ministries uploaded this (2hrs 58mins) debate on YouTube:
43 page transcript of the debate in PDF here.
Is the Bible reliable? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Why are we here? These are the types of questions that Christians are often confronted with in conversations with unbelievers. However, many believers feel unprepared to offer compelling arguments in support of the truth of Scripture. In this book, Voddie Baucham helps Bible teachers learn how to confidently answer the questions of skeptics, encouraging them to look to Scripture as a model for apologetic engagement. Combining practical teaching with examples aimed at illustrating what an apologetic conversation actually sounds like, this book will equip Christians to offer convincing, Bible-based answers to non-believers.
About the Author
Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Author ofFamily Driven Faith, The Ever-Loving Truth, and Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors, Baucham is also a sought-after preacher and conference speaker.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (
October 31, 2014May 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433533790
- ISBN-13: 978-1433533792
Available for Pre-Order
Predestination debate: For whom did Christ die?
from Jan. 24, 2013:
Healing: Has the gift of healing ceased for today?
from Jan. 25, 2013:
[source: Revelation TV]
Update Jan. 28, 2014: Reflections on Two Dialogues in Spain [James White]
Update Jan. 29, 2014: Spain Trip Review on Today’s Dividing Line [Audio/Video]
1689 | Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures
1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in divers manners to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
( 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Ephesians 2:20; Romans 1:19-21; Romans 2:14,15; Psalms 19:1-3; Hebrews 1:1; Proverbs 22:19-21; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19,20 )
2. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are these:
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomen, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations,Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, To Titus, To Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, Epistle of James, The first and second Epistles of Peter, The first, second, and third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation
All of which are given by the inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.
( 2 Timothy 3:16)
3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, therefore, are of no authority to the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved or made use of than other human writings.
( Luke 24:27, 44; Romans 3:2 )
Today I was joined by Dr. Michael Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Kruger has written numerous books that are high on our “you must read this book” list, such as Canon Revisited and The Question of Canon; he likewise contributed to and edited The Heresy of Orthodoxy and The Early Text of the New Testament. Our visit was prompted by a phone call made by a Lutheran to Catholic Answers Live back on 10/31/13. We played the entire call before the program started, and we played the heart of the call, where the Roman Catholic priest made the key assertions about canon and scriptural authority, during the interview with Dr. Kruger. We covered a wide variety of topics relevant to the canon issue. Truly one of the most useful programs we’ve ever done! Enjoy and learn!
Here were the two blog series they made reference to:
- The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
- Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
- The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
- New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
- Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon
- In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were as Popular as the Canonical Books
- Christians Had No Basis to Distinguish Heresy from Orthodoxy Until the Fourth Century
- Early Christianity was an Oral Religion and Therefore Would Have Resisted Writing Things Down
- The Canonical Gospels Were Certainly Not Written by the Individuals Named in Their Titles
- Athanasius’ Festal Letter (367 A.D.) is the First Complete List of New Testament Books
- “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess”
- “Apocryphal Writings are All Written in the Second Century or Later”
- “The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books”
- “Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture”
- “The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century”
- “At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of our 27 NT books”
- “Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings”
- “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council”
- “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books”
- “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books were Self-Authenticating.”