Do we ever live in interesting times. We have two men walking around in the white cassock. One refers to himself as the Pope, the other as Pope Emeritus. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has recently published his last book entitled: Benedict XVI: Last Testament in his own words with Peter Seewald. The whole book is an interview with Peter Seewald. He’s published a few of these Peter Seewald interview books in the past, but this one will be his last book of any kind. The only thing that he will write going forward is his Sunday sermons which probably won’t be published. He states this in the first few pages of the book.
Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ve critiqued Rabbi Tovia Singer in the past. A search on this blog will bring up some posts about him. On Rabbi Singer’s website, he has an article called Why do Christians Become Enraged When Fellow Parishioners Choose to be Chosen? He brings up something interesting in this article. He writes:
On January 18, 2017, two top notch apologists debated the subject of “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?” The debaters were Catholic apologist Trent Horn and Calvinist apologist James White. James White has had numerous debates with Catholic apologists and rarely loses against them. With the exception of Robert Sungenis, I would say that no Catholic has won over half of their debates against him. He’s good, I’ll say that much.
Who are the Noahides? Over the last 30 years, there has been this movement among Jewish apologists. They claim that God does not want everyone to be Jewish, however God apparently wants Gentiles to follow seven laws that were given to Noah. A plain reading of the Bible shows that these laws weren’t given to Noah, however these laws exist throughout the Old Testament.
I’ve criticized James White on several occasions. The most recent criticism was for the modernist ecumenical dialogue where he discussed religious perspectives with Islamic apologist Dr. Yasir Qadhi in a Protestant Church. Looking beyond this, I actually admire the man for many of his writings. I’ve probably read a dozen books by the man and some of them are quite good. Here are the top three James White books that I would recommend to everyone.
I happen to watch quite a few UFC fights. If I were to go back to visit my parents in my hometown, and talk to my mom and she said: “How were the fights yesterday? Didn’t you think the main event was a good fight?” my jaw would simply drop. Obviously I talk with my mom often and I also discuss UFC with some friends. I happen to know that my mom isn’t a fan and if she wanted to discuss the fights, something would seem quite out of place.
We all remember times where we’ve had long faith discussions. It’s usually hours on end over a meal, coffee, or a glass of wine. I remember discussing religion over dinner with a Muslim friend of mine from Gaza. For the first time in his life, he probably doubted his faith that night. Regardless, we had hours to talk. We don’t always have that.
Those who read this blog know about Dr. James White. He is a Calvinist apologist and runs a Calvinist apologetics organization called Alpha and Omega Ministries. He has responded to this blog more than once. Though in the past I have disagreed with him, I actually found myself agreeing with him a lot on his Monday Webcast.
Muslims and Christians both like to look at each others sacred text. The two faiths share a lot in common. Both believe in one God, though the nature of God is disputed. Both believe that God sent many Prophets and revealed sacred texts. Whether these texts have been corrupted is a matter of dispute. Both believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and born of the Virgin Mary. That’s quite a lot in common. However, when Christians look at the Quran, they look at it very differently than how Muslims look at the Bible.
Emotion is a powerful thing. For the last 50 years, people growing up in the West have been taught not to think. They’ve been taught to go with what feels good. Sadly, this has spilled into the Church as well. I just want to say that emotion is not a bad thing, but only bad when it’s alone. It needs to be coupled with reason, spirituality and rational thought.