Two respectful and peaceful discussions about the Bible and the Qur’an

Apologetics and Agape

Dr. James White and Imam Muhammad Musri discuss 2 topics:  the Bible and the Qur’an.  The world needs more of this kind of honest and open and respectful discussion!  We can disagree strongly without anger, insults, ad hominem arguments, and without violence.

  1.  “Is the Bible the Word of God?”

2.  “Is the Qur’an the Word of God?”

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On Surah 2:79

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On Self-Control

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Great Book on Canon

Green Baggins

This book is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and that for a number of reasons. I tire quite easily and quickly of theologians who, being experts in one discipline (say, Old Testament), look down on the other theological disciplines (like, say, systematic theology). Kruger will have none of that. He mixes in exegetical, systematic, historical, apologetic, and practical disciplines in one happy feast. Of course, that might be grist for criticism from some reviewers, but this reviewer found it quite refreshing. We need more generalist theologians rather desperately.

A second reason I really like this book is the wealth of scholarship on offer. Kruger has really done his homework, and there is no doubt that he is one of the world’s experts on canon. And yet, this scholarship never overwhelms the prose, which is compact, pithy, and accessible.

A third reason (and the reason…

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Dr. White responds to Adnan Rashid and Hamza Tzortzis

Beginning around the 27 minute mark, Dr. White begins a series of interacting with Adnan Rashid and Hamza Tzortzis.

Part 1 – beginning around 27 minute mark:

Part 2

Part 3



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Defense of Matthew 2:16 by historian Paul Maier

Matthew 2:16 – “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.”  ESV

The passage is certainly consistent with the character of Herod of Great, as is demonstrated by historian Paul Maier.



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Good questions by Timothy Kauffman

See here in the comboxes.  A very good article on the early history of relics in the early church.
    1. Sure do: “a continuity in doctrinal teaching from the time of the apostles to the present.” That’s why I refuse to join Roman Catholicism in her protest against the apostolicity of the Church that Jesus built upon the Rock.



        1. Yep. Sure can. Just like Rome can name all the ex cathedra statements the “continuous” line of popes have ever made. And just like Rome can name the continuous line of successors of Peter. Was Clement the successor to Peter in Rome? (Tertullian, Prescription Against Heretics, chapter 32). Or Was Linus? (Irenæus, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter 3, paragraph 3). Was Ignatius Peter’s successor in Antioch? (John of Chrysostom, Homily on St. Ignatius, chapter IV). Or was it Evodius (Eusebius, Church History, Book III, chapter 22). Was Annanias the first to preside over the church of Alexandria? (Eusebius, Church History, Book III, chapter 21). Or was it Peter’s disciple, Mark? (Council of Rome, III.3).

          There you have it: a succession so “continuous” from Peter that the church lost track of it within one generation. It must have been very important to them. Could it be that apostolic succession had to do with the purity of apostolic doctrines rather than the personalities of men?

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