James White’s Presuppositions Presentation [Video]

James White gave a 50 minute presentation on the presuppositions he takes into all his debates. When he originally blogged this in January 2011 he wrote:

I was asked to speak on the presuppositions of my debate with Robert Sungenis up in Newberg, Oregon, and here is the presentation I gave in response to the request. (The audio unsync’d for the first 2/3 of the presentation, then caught up…somehow).

Click here if you can’t see the above video.

In the video James White recommends reading Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B. B. Warfield

[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries Blog]

For more study on this topic know that there is much ink spilled… err… words typed on Presuppositional Apologetics at the AOMin.org blog.

Gene Cook Jr’s Presuppositional Apolgetic Series Based on Bahnsen’s “Always Ready” [Audio]


As we discussed on our last podcast, Gene Cook Jr. spent some time on his The Narrow Mind (TNM) podcast going through a Presuppositional Apolgetic series based on the book “Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith” by Greg Bahnsen.

Before dropping those, here is a single audio [2 hours] were he summed this topic up:

An Intro to Presupp. Apologetics

From March 29, 2003 – An Introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics by Pastor Gene Cook Jr.

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Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by Greg Bahnsen


Audio series from 2007:

Presuppositional Apologetics Series Part 1 – TNM Show #747

Gene compared this bike photo to the atheist mind set. Gene also explains why he uses the apologetic approach that you often hear on TNM.

Presuppostional Apologetics Series Part 2 – TNM Show #752

Gene talks about the restoration of a bicycle and how there are parallels with God`s restoration of the elect. He also continues his discussion on why he argues presuppositionally.

Presuppositional Apologetics Series Part 3 – TNM Show #759

Gene continues with his teaching on Presuppositional Apologetics. This is now the 3rd show on this topic.

Presuppositional Apologetics Series Part 4 – TNM Show #770

Gene continues with Part 4

Presuppositional Apologetics Series Part 5 – TNM Show #775

Gene does a review of the first 4 shows on this subject. He also takes two calls, John from NY and Dustin from NC.

Presuppsotional Apologetics Series Part 6 – TNM Show #785

Gene interviews Brant Bosserman who is pursuing his PhD at the University of Wales, Regents Theological College in Bangor. He came on the program to discuss the differences between a Van Tillian approach to apologetics and a Clarkian approach. Good stuff, very deep.

Presuppositional Apologetics Series Part 7 – TNM Show #790

Gene continues his teaching on the Presuppositional method of apologetics. This is #7 in the series of shows.

Presuppostioanl Apologetics Series Part 8 – TNM Show #795

Gene goes through Paul`s defense and presentation of the Christian Faith in Acts 17



The Narrow Mind #702

From November 22, 2006 – `Jesus loves me this I know because this bible tells me so!` Presuppositional apologetics and Doug Krueger. Mr. Krueger is the author of `What is Atheism` and teaches philosophy at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

The Narrow Mind #755

From March 2, 2007 – Callers include Larry Johnson with John 3:16, Eric scolds Gene for the use of the word #@$&, Arthur calls about the discovery of the tomb of Jesus, Yuri asks about presuppositional apologetics as it relates to the use of the law in evangelism, John has an eschatology question that Gene doesn`t answer and Armand talks about preaching in Africa.

The Narrow Mind #773

From March 23, 2007 – Gene takes calls from beginning to end on this edition of TNM. Callers asked about infant baptism, smoking and drinking, Goshen Village, Presuppositional Apologetics and finding fellowship in a spiritual wasteland.

Open Phones Friday TNM #877

Gene and Jonathan take calls about death and the afterlife, apologetical methods, Jesus and his body before the incarnation, Van Til and more.

Interview #11 – Gene Cook Jr. – The Narrow Mind + More


On episode 11 of our podcast, we interview Gene Cook Jr. on an array of topics including his podcast The Narrow Mind’s past, present, and future.

After that we talk about some Reformed Baptist headlines and give you a preview of next week’s episode on Reformed Baptist Seminary from their dean, Dr. Bob Gonzales.

Books & Sites Mentioned:

Headlines Mentioned:


Credopedia.org – A wiki dedicated to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, commonly called the 1689, and theology in accordance with the doctrines contained therein.

Post-Interview Music:

Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant

Thabiti Anyabwile’s Interview with James White about His New Book on the Qur’an

At his blog, Pure Church, Thabiti Anyabwile took some time to interview [written] James White on his newest book:

Sometimes there comes a book that changes the way we think and talk about a subject. That book generally pushes us into deeper fundamental understanding of a theme and helps us see from there the things we did not know or somehow missed. Such books stir fresh thought, fresh zeal, and renewed efforts to see and act in the world according to truth. We need a book to do that for us and to us because we’re so prone to settle into intellectual ruts and hand-me-down assumptions.


I think James White’s new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an, is a book that changes the Christian understanding of Islam and it’s holy book. You can read an excerpt of the book here. I had the privilege of reading James’ book in manuscript and offering the following endorsement:


James White has given the thoughtful Christian a game-changer for Muslim-Christian dialogues about the Qur’an, the Bible, and our claims to truth. For too long, Christians have remained largely ignorant and even reluctant toward one of the world’s largest faiths. We no longer have reason for either ignorance or reluctance thanks to White. I know of no other introduction to the Qur’an and Islam that is as technically competent and easy to read as James White’s What Every Christian Should Know About the Qur’an. This book is my new go-to source and recommendation for anyone wanting a thorough introduction to the thought world of the Qur’an and the Muslims who revere it. For irenic, honest, charitable and careful discussion of the Qur’an, this is the best resource I know.

They also address the “Insider Movement” and translation issue. Read the interview or listen to readout [14 min.]

Get James White’s book:

What every Christian needs to know qur'an

 What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an.

Also, note that Thabiti Anyabwile is a former Muslim who now serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and has himself written a book relevant to this topic:

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The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence

Is Evidential Apologetics Dishonest? Presuppositional Apologetics Resources, “Son of God” Translation Controversy + More – Dividing Line Podcast

James White’s podcast, The Dividing Line, from May 9, 2013 dealt with a wide range of cultural and theological issues. Here is the audio timeline:

Audio timeline:

Here’s the program.

James White on the Reliability of the New Testament Text [Video]

Drew Mery, at Reformed Baptist Daily, writes:

This topic is becoming an increasingly important one, as many liberal and atheistic scholars are attacking the reliability of the New Testament text (or manuscripts).  Unfortunately, this is an area that the mass majority of laymen are not educated in, and therefore are unable to provide a defense.  Many have already fallen prey to these attacks on the NT, and therefore live in doubt of the Bible they hold in their hands, or have outright left the Church.  In this video, James White supplies a scholarly, yet clear, defense of the NT Scriptures (i.e. the Greek manuscripts that underly your English translation).

Check out his post for the video.

James White’s book on this issue:

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Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible’s Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity

Islam by Michael Haykin [Audio]


There were Arabs at Pentecost

 There was evidence of Christianity in the Arabian Peninsula

 We know that Christianity went west, but forget it also went as far as India

 Muhammad’s source of Christianity was probably mostly from the Church Of Syria

–        Two Tier Christianity ‘monks’ and ‘nuns’ and common people.

–        He also encountered a Christianity from Axum, the Kingdom of Axum crossed over to Yemen and planted Christianity there.

–        He knew both versions of Christianity.

–         Syriac Christianity exalted celibacy, and was divided on the incarnation.

–        Axumite Kingdom was regarded as an alien religion.

 Arabs generally remained polytheistic

 Muhammad would engage in conversation with Syriac monks.

 610 Muhammad has a vision where The Angel Gabriel visited him calling him to be The Last Prophet

–        There is one true God

–        Main attributes are omnipotence, omniscience and stresses his transcendence

–        It’s a monotrous religion

–        There is no idea of God suffering in Islam

Muslims believe Muhammad is the seal of the prophets.

 Muslims believe Christianity has been abrogated by Islam.

The New Testament came about in a world that deeply valued literacy, the Quran comes in a world that is by and large illiterate. There is no evidence of pre-Islamic Arabic writing. The Quran would transform that, it would turn Arabs into a people passionate about literacy.

 Early Muslims conquests were religiously motivated.

 The power of religion, and religious convictions are a very deep motivator – we should recognize this even as Christians.

 The Quran does urge Muslims to be gentle in the presentation of Muhammad’s teachings; there is however, no doubt that violence is also present.

 The successor of Muhammad is Abu Bakr followed by a series of Caliphs, political leaders for the Muslim community.

 Byzantine was Christian, Sassanian Empire was Zoroastrian –

Muslims were drawn into conflict with both of the empires. Would obliterate the Sassanian Empire, and take large chunks of the Byzantine.

 Islam fractures after the death of the last caliph; Shia, and Sunni…

 Alexandria, Damascus, Antioch, all fell to Islamic hands – all  were Christian theological centers.

Leaving Rome alone to make the claims that they were the mother church.

 Islam had an appeal – its simplicity – there is One God and Muhammad is his prophet.

 The Trinity is a great area of complexity; and our great prophet is God & Man

Molinism Refuted By James White [1 Hour Video]

Molinism has been coming up in various areas more and more. Ligonier Ministries posted a blog entitled “Molinism 101″ found here, where Paul Helm outlines the basics of Molinism.

James White spent an hour explaining and refuting Molinism (Middle Knowledge) during  a session from the Bible Conference at the Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, California, October 23, 2009:

Ancient Near Eastern Religion & The Old Testament By Dr. Bob Gonzales

Dr. Bob Gonzales, on his blog  It Is Written, wrote Ancient Near Eastern Religion and the Old Testament. It is a post that deals with the accusation that the biblical writers were literary dependent upon their ancient Near Eastern neighbors. It begins:

Sumerians-175x150The discovery and publication of ancient Near Eastern literature has shed much light upon the religious beliefs and practices of earliest civilization. It has also generated much discussion about the relationship of Mesopotamian and Egyptian religion to that of the Old Testament. Indeed, many scholars view the similarities in cosmogonies, flood accounts, cultic ritual, legal texts, wisdom literature, and belief in the afterlife as proof that the Old Testament writers borrowed from or adapted the literary corpus of Israel’s Near Eastern neighbors. As a result, Old Testament religion is treated as essentially one more primitive religion among many, although slightly more advanced in the evolutionary stage of development.

But there are also substantial and significant differences between Israel’s religion and that of her neighbors. Furthermore, the genuine similarities do not require literary dependence or borrowing. This article will summarize the primary features of ancient Near East religion, contrast them with the Old Testament, and offer another explanation for the similarities between the biblical and non-biblical religions…

Read the rest.

Dr. Bob Gonzales has served as a pastor of three Baptist congregations and have been the Academic Dean and a professor of Reformed Baptist Seminary since 2005. He also serves as an adjunct Professor of Old Testament Studies for Midwest Center of Theological Studies

Radio Free Geneva Podcast From April 4, 2013

James White’s podcast, Radio Free Geneva (A Dividing Line podcast dealing specifically with Reformed issues), from April 4, 2013 dealt with the following three topics:

Audio timeline:

08:40-27:15 The John 3:16 Conference from a few weeks ago (here is the article he referenced)

27:16-52:19 Greg Boyd’s attack upon penal substitutionary atonement (lots of parallels to the arguments Muslims use) (from the Unbelievable Podcast: What happened on the cross? Penal Substitution debate – Unbelievable?)

52:20-1:29:30 Full review of Peter Lumpkin’s booklet on Calvinism, entitled, “What Is Calvinism”

Listen (right-click to download).

[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]

“What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” by James White [New Book + Audio Interview]

This week’s ReformedCast features Dr. James R. White on his new book What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an [pre-order on Amazon].

Listen (or right-click and download the 47 minute mp3)

Here is some more info on the book:

What every Christian needs to know qur'an


A Look Inside the Sacred Book of One of the World’s Fastest-Growing Religions

What used to be an exotic religion of people halfway around the world is now the belief system of people living across the street. Through fair, contextual use of the Qur’an as the primary source text, apologist James R. White presents Islamic beliefs about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the afterlife, and other important topics. White shows how the sacred text of Islam differs from the teachings of the Bible in order to help Christians engage in open, honest discussions with Muslims.


Table of Contents:

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Back Cover:

Learn What Islam Really Teaches, Straight From Its Sacred Text

Relying on the media and politicians to tell us what Muslims believe isn’t going to cut it. Christians need to be better informed, whether the goal is to understand global politics or to talk to a Muslim neighbor across the street.

Through fair and accurate use of the Qur’an and other documents, scholar and accomplished debater Dr. James White examines what Muslim sacred texts teach about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the afterlife, and other crucial topics. This book provides the answers you’ve been looking for to engage in open, honest discussions about Islam with Muslims and others.

About the Author
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. The director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, he is an accomplished and respected debater and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. James also blogs at the Alpha and Omega Ministries site www.aomin.org. He and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jason Stellman, Supreme Court + More From James White

James White’s podcast, The Dividing Line, from March 26, 2013 deals with a wide range of cultural and theological issues.

Audio timeline:

02:05-14:50 Supreme Court decisions on gay-marriage

15:33-29:00 30 years of Alpha and Omega Ministries

29:05-45:55 Jason Stellman’s recent “conversion” testimony to Roman Catholocism

46:00-54:55  A call from 17 year old Austin on the challenges young believers have in this secular world

54:56-60:30 A call asking about someone who believes same-sex marriage is wrong but shouldn’t be opposed by the government

Listen (right-click to download).

[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]

Gay Christianity, The Pope, Candida Moss Issues Discussed By James White

On James White’s podcast, The Dividing Line, from March 21, 2013 he deals with a wide range of cultural and theological issues.


Audio timeline:

01:15-09:45 Matthew Vines Launches ‘Reformation Project’ to Make Churches  LGBT-friendly/affirming (listen to James White’s five hour response to Matthew Vines’ YouTube video, with over half-a-million views, “The Gay Debate: The Bible & Homosexuality”)

15:45-21:00 Joe Biden meeting the new Pope &  Candida Moss’ new book “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom”

21:35-26:45 Textual Criticism

27:30-47:50 Response to Michael Patton’s secondary issues post

47:50-60:00 Severel calls on textual criticism and regeneration

[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]