James White and Reformation History

It’s that time of year again.  It’s nearing October 31 and Dr. White is talking about the reformation.  Ironically, he’s making it less glorious than he’s made it out to be in the past.  A bit odd in my opinion.  He covered several topics a while back.  I want to comment on some of them.  The times are for the video above.

Two Saints talk about Sola Scriptura

Arius of Alexandria

On October 31, 2017, Protestants will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the “reformation”.  Truth be told, it’s only the anniversary of Martin Luther posting his complaints of the door of the Castle Church.  This event happened on October 31, 1517.  It should be fair to point out that when the citizens of Germany woke up on the morning of November 1, 1517, they weren’t debating whether they should go to a Protestant Church since they didn’t exist at the time.  Regardless, the reformation is erroneously fixed to this date in 1517 AD just like the Catholic/Greek Schism is erroneously dated to 1054 AD.

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

Rabbi Tovia Singer who will be doing a Yom Kippur Service tonight and tomorrow

Starting at sundown today and ending at sundown tomorrow millions of Jews around the worlds will go to the Synagogue for Yom Kippur, known in English as the Day of Atonement.  The prescription for this is in the book of Leviticus, specifically in Chapter 16.  After describing the procedure in the chapter, verse 34 sums everything up beautifully:

Bart Ehrman: Prophet of Islam

Dr. Bart Ehrman

Christianity and Islam have a very different history when it comes to apologetics.  Christianity needed to engage in apologetics immediately whereas Islam didn’t need to.  Islam had an empire and held the sword over Christians.  Even if the Christians could refute Islam, it didn’t matter because they were ruled by the Islamic Caliphate.

Western Converts to Islam

Hamza Tzortis – A Western Convert to Islam

Historically the West has always been firmly opposed to Islam.  This is because of the strong Christian Tradition of the West.  Unfortunately, the strength of the faith in the West is a mere shadow of its former self.  I’ve never met a Western convert to Islam before but there are Western converts.  Having reflected on the arguments for Islam and Christianity, I find the arguments for Islam to be overall very weak.  The Islamic sources show a very poor understanding of the two religions that it’s trying to usurp.

How Muslims Read and View the Bible.

Sacred Scripture

I had two experiences recently.  The first experience was on a Muslim apologetics blog and looking at the comments.  There was this really anti-Christian Muslim commenting on Christianity.  He essentially said that Christianity doesn’t care about Law and good works.  After challenging him, he started to misquote the Bible and naturally blamed this on Paul.

Zakir Hussain Commits Shirk

I’ve been watching a lot of Zakir Hussain debates lately as he seems to be the new superstar apologist over in England.  He has debated James White twice.  The second time was recent and I’ve done a few posts on that debate.  The first time was back in 2012 where he debated Dr. White on whether or not Muhammad is foretold in the Bible.  I should point out that I don’t think that Zakir Hussain has been in a debate with cross examination.  That would be interested to see him defend his theories under firm questioning.

Muhammad isn’t “altogether lovely” in Song of Solomon

The supposed name of Muhammad in Song of Solomon 5:16

Recently a Muslim apologist named Faiz tried to refute a blog post that I made about Muhammad in Song of Solomon 5:16.  He didn’t even try to refute my points in my post but tried to make Muhammad into a type of Solomon.  Here is his article:

James White vs. Zakir Hussain on the Crucifixion

So here is what happened.  Dr. James White recently debated British Muslim apologist Zakir Hussain on whether or not Jesus was crucified.  Zakir Hussain clearly won this debate.  He didn’t win because his arguments were good, in fact, they were the exact opposite.  They were arguments that were on par with Matthew Vines arguments for the Biblical blessing of homosexual relationships.  They were that bad.