Dr. Jeff Riddle’s Commentary on the Van Kleeck vs. White Debate

In this episode of Word Magazine Dr. Riddle makes seven observations/critiques regarding the recent Peter Van Kleeck vs. James White debate. A synopsis of his seven observations are as follows:

1.) I felt there were many aspects of the debate that were not handled in a fair or evenhanded manner.
2.) PVK began his opening statement with a very generous and charitable overture toward JW and those who hold to the modern text.
3.) Simply on technical, forensic grounds, PVK clearly won this debate, as he rightly pointed out in his closing statement.
4.) Even though PVK was not attempting to make an empirical defense of the TR but a more philosophical and theological defense of it, he did offer some meaningful rejoinders to JW’s evidential-based arguments.
5.) One of the highlights of the debate was in PVK’s cross-examination of JW, where he effectively showed (again) that, in the end, JW cannot point to a single verse in the Bible that might not be subject to change based on new manuscripts discoveries or the development of new manuscript discoveries.
6.) It was striking how JW in his cross-examination of PVK mocked the distinct spiritual aspects of the Protestant approach to Scripture (even comparing it to Mormonism).
7.) Finally, PVK took his own unique approach to this debate and chose to argue on more philosophical grounds than evidential grounds. I think he could have pushed back with some evidential arguments at points.

One thought on “Dr. Jeff Riddle’s Commentary on the Van Kleeck vs. White Debate

  1. Riddle also provided a solid answer to White’s question of whether the Reformers (in particular, Calvin) ever advocated the role of prayer in Christian scholarship that you set forward. Despite White’s bravado, in which he implied they did not, Riddle demonstrated that they clearly did. White should be embarrassed at his mocking of prayer, he needs to repent of that sinful behavior.

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