Friday, October 17, 2008

James White's Response to Ergun Caner

No doubt many of you are familiar with the story of the attempt of James White and Tom Ascol to debate Ergun and Emir Caner on Calvinism back in 2006. You will notice that the video, which was originally an episode of the Dividing Line's "Radio Free Geneva" broadcast from April 2006, references the debate as upcoming, although it never actually took place. If you want to know more about why the debate never occurred, you can read Tom Ascol's explanation on the Founders Ministries blog from that time.

The reason I am posting this video now, however, is that, after watching it today, I was struck by how many of Ergun Caner's attacks on Calvinism represent the same misconceptions that I often hear from its detractors. I was also impressed with how clearly James White dealt with these objections.

The video is just over an hour and a half long, but I encourage the blog's readers to listen to all of it. If you are already a Calvinist, it will help you to know how best to respond to common objections to the Doctrines of Grace. And if you are not a Calvinist, I hope it will help you understand more clearly why we believe as we do and will discourage the same kind of straw man attacks so consistently employed by Caner.

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