Monday, November 21, 2011

Theopologetics Debate: Deity of Christ

Announcing what will be the fourth Theopologetics Debate, this time on whether or not the deity of Christ is taught in five specific texts or families of texts, between Dr. James White, Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries and author of The Forgotten Trinity, and Patrick Navas, author of Divine Truth or Human Tradition?: A Reconsideration of the Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity in Light of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures..

Date: Friday, November 25th, to be published in the podcast feed shortly thereafter.

Resolution: The deity of Christ is taught in the following texts or families of texts: 1 Cor. 8:5-6, Col. 1:15-17, Heb. 1, John 12:41 (cf. Isa. 6 and 53) and the "I am" statements of Jesus (John 8:24/58, 13:19, 18:5-6).

Participants: Dr. James White affirms. Patrick Navas denies.

Debate format:
  • 10 minutes opening negative
  • 10 minutes opening affirmative
  • 28 minutes per each of the five texts/subjects, as follows:
    • 7-minute opening presentations (x2)
    • 3-minute rebuttals (x2)
    • 3-minute cross-examinations (x2)
    • 1-minute closing statements (x2)
  • (For a grand total of 2 hours 40 minutes.)


  1. Wow, this is a short one! Very much looking forward to it though!

  2. TAF, it's 28 minutes per text.

  3. Ronnie:

    Thanks for clarifying that. I had the same assumption as Mike, thought it was only going to be like a 50 minute debate

  4. It was my fault. I worded it poorly.

  5. Short "debate".

    What time will it be recorded and then posted?

  6. The 2.5+ hour "short" debate will be recorded in about 9 hours, and published shortly after it's over.

  7. 2.5+hour? The Debate format info above has like 50mins.

  8. No, I just worded it poorly. It's 20 minutes of opening, followed by 28 minutes of interaction per each of 5 texts/subjects.

  9. Sorry, anonymous, I accidentally deleted your latest comment. It's as the OP says: 20 minutes of opening (10 minutes each, affirmative and negative), followed by 28 minutes of interaction per each of the five texts/subjects in the proposition, for a total of a little over 2.5 hours.

  10. OK, I've updated the OP. Hopefully it makes a little more sense now.