Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
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Monday, November 04, 2019
A Challenge to James White on Apologetics and Text Criticism
friend sent me a copy of comments apparently posted today to FB by popular internet
apologist James White (JW) responding to the recent Text and Canon Conference (find audio here),
in which he began with the following (bold and underlined added):
I have gotten through 4+ hours of the Text and Canon conference from last weekend. A great deal to talk about as time permits, but two things right now:
First, to my fellow apologists who do not buy into TROnlyism and who seek to give a defense of the NT against atheists, Muslims, etc., in the public square (something that to my knowledge the TR Only position has yet to attempt in any major way), you will need to tune into the arguments being put forward by the TR Only guys, because *they will be taken up and used against you by the atheists and Muslims.* ....So, you will have atheists and Muslims, in particular, quoting these guys in their favor against you. ....
So, JW believes that content from our conference will be used
by atheists and Muslims to disprove the Christian faith and the Christian Scriptures?
In light of his statement, I want to issue a challenge to JW.
I am going to provide embeds below to five videos posted from just one Muslim
apologetics youtube.com channel (Muslim by Choice), which feature clips from James White’s
teaching on text criticism. These videos are posted by Muslim by Choice in
order to support the Muslim contention that the NT is hopelessly corrupted. One will also
note that Muslim by Choice sometimes tandems clips of JW’s teaching with similar
teaching by Bart Erhman and others.
My challenge to JW is to post at least five similar videos in
which Muslim apologists have posted teaching from advocates of the Traditional
or Confessional Text to support their attacks on the integrity of the Christian
If he is able to find five such videos (which, admittedly, I
am doubtful he will be able to locate), I will then match them with five more
videos in which Muslims apologists have posted clips from his teaching, and then (if he can find them) he can post
five more videos, and so forth, until we see who runs out of material first.
This should allow us, in a fair and open manner, to see whose views
on Scripture are actually more prone to being used by atheists and Muslim apologists in order to promote
their cause. This, then, will help us evaluate which approach to the text of Scripture,
in fact, provides the strongest defense of the faith (apologetic) in the “public square.”
Here are my first five videos:
On Mark 16:9-20:
On 1 John 5:7, Mark 16:9-20, and John 7:53-8:11:
On Mark 16:9-20:
On 1 Timothy 3:16:
On Luke 23:34:
Update (11.5.19): After I posted this someone also shared with me the following video which essentially makes the same point of this blogpost "challenge" in a perhaps more entertaining and less time consuming manner: