Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Arguments of Shabir Ally Examined: Commentary by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic (Part 2)



Here is part 2 of the video commentary I am doing with my friend Vladimir Šušić, examining the arguments of Muslim scholar Dr. Shabir Ally, whom I am debating in a couple of weeks. Here, we review Shabir's first rebuttal in his debate with me from last August when we debated the Trinity vs. Tawhid. Enjoy! :)

"Tawhid or Trinity?" Jonathan McLatchie Opening Statement in Debate with Shabir Ally



In just a couple of weeks time, I will be facing Dr. Shabir Ally, regarded by many to be the world's most formidable Muslim debater. Here is my 25 minute opening statement from my debate with Shabir last year, in which we discussed the concept of God in Islam and Christianity. Enjoy!

France Sacrifices Priest on the Altar of False Tolerance

On Tuesday morning, two jihadis stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, with knives and a fake bomb. They forced a Catholic priest to his knees and filmed themselves slashing his throat at the altar. They later shouted “Allahu Akbar” while police shot them to death.

Prior to the attack, French police had caught one of the jihadis repeatedly attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Nevertheless, he was free to roam the streets of France, as long as he wore an electronic bracelet.

Even worse, French authorities knew that the church was being targeted by ISIS, since an ISIS hit list found in 2015 named the church as a target.

Given the circumstances, do French authorities bear some of the blame for the outcome of the attack?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Arguments of Shabir Ally Examined: Commentary by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic (Part 1)



My good friend Vladimir Susic and I are doing a video commentary on my debate from last year with Dr. Shabir Ally on the nature of God (Tawhid vs. Trinity). Here is part 1, in which we review Shabir's opening statement. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Keeping Up with the Jihadis

Terrorist attacks have been so frequent lately that I simply can't make videos quickly enough to keep up with the jihadis. So, I put together some template videos that I can use again and again as terrorists slaughter their victims. Since there was a terrorist attack in Kabul yesterday, I decided to use one of my templates.

Paul Williams Exposed: Commentary and Analysis by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic



Here is a video commentary that I did jointly with my good friend Vladimir Susic regarding an encounter between Muslim polemicist Paul Williams and an Irish Christian gentleman at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, London. Enjoy!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

President Obama and the Munich Mall Massacre

President Obama once again downplays the escalating terrorist attacks right before a terrorist attack.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Samuel Green & Shabir Ally Debates

I have a few big debates coming up soon. Please pray for continuing progress in Christian-Muslim dialogue, open hearts, my preparation and clarity. Live Streaming of the debates can be viewed at
Live Streaming

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jonathan McLatchie Speaks on Line of Fire Radio About the Apologetics Academy



Here is the recording of a short 18 minute interview I did yesterday on Line of Fire radio. Dr. Michael Brown talked to me about the Apologetics Academy webinar series that I run every Saturday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Afghan Refugee Muhammad Riyad Goes on Slashing Spree on German Train

Germany took in more than one million refugees in 2015. One of these refugees was an Afghan teenager named Muhammad Riyad. Two weeks ago, Riyad left the refugee center and was welcomed into the home of a German foster family. He responded to the kindness and generosity of the German people by boarding a train and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” while hacking and slashing Germans with an axe and a knife. After fleeing the scene, he was surrounded by German police. He charged the police with his axe, and they shot him dead. Police searched the young man’s room and discovered a homemade ISIS flag. ISIS later released a video of Riyad pledging allegiance to the terrorist group and proclaiming that he was going to die in a suicide attack.

Does this have anything to do with Islam?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dawah Man Exposed: Commentary and Analysis by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic (Part 2)



Here is part 2 of the video series that I am doing with my good friend Vladimir Šušić exposing the ignorance of "Dawah Man" (Imran ibn Mansur) on Scripture, theology and Christian history. Enjoy! 

Click here for part 1.

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Dawah Man Exposed: Commentary and Analysis by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic (Part 1)



Here is part 1 of a video series that I am doing with my good friend Vladimir Šušić exposing the ignorance of "Dawah Man" (Imran ibn Mansur) on Scripture, theology and Christian history. More to come -- enjoy! 

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Dealing with Islamic Death Threats

Anyone who criticizes Muhammad and the Quran is bound to receive death threats. In this video, I show how I dealt with a recent threat.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Sheepgate Conspiracy: How Muhammad’s Wives Changed the Quran

Muslims are typically taught that the Qur'an has been perfectly preserved, right down to the letter, from the time it was revealed to Muhammad. Yet Islam's most trusted sources are filled with examples of changes to the text of the Qur'an. For instance, Muslim sources claim that Allah revealed two verses of the Qur'an about breastfeeding adults (the Islamic practice of women breastfeeding men in order to make the men their foster sons). Neither of these verses are in the Qur'an today. According to Muslim sources, Aisha's sheep ate the verses. But since history shows that Muhammad's wives despised the practice of breastfeeding adults, can we consider it a coincidence that the verses came up missing shortly after Muhammad died? Is there evidence of conspiracy here?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Who is this Son of Man? Jesus of Nazareth and His Claim to Deity (with Dr. Justin Bass)



Here is the recording of the webinar I hosted with Dr. Justin Bass of Dallas Theological Seminary this past Saturday. We looked at the historicity of Jesus' claim to be the Son of Man from the book of Daniel and its significance. See here and here for articles I have written on this subject.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Complete Hyde Park Encounter, with Commentary by Jonathan McLatchie and Vladimir Susic



My good friend Vladimir Susic and I had much fun making this commentary on my recent discussion at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park with Paul Williams and Mansoor Ahmed. The video commentary exposes in detail the numerous mistakes and blunders of those Muslim polemicists. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Doctrine of the Hypostatic Union: A Logical Contradiction?

It is often claimed by Muslim polemicists that the doctrine of the hypostatic union (i.e. Christ being fully God and man) is a logical contradiction. It is, we are told, like positing a square circle or a married bachelor. After all, how can the infinite God enter into a finite body? The argument seems to crop up in nearly every conversation with a Muslim. It is for this reason that Christians need to be prepared and equipped to defuse it. The objection is misguided on several levels, and I hope to here provide some explanation as to why.

What Does It Mean For God to be Infinite?

When a Muslim raises this question, the Christian should return it with another question: "Why can't an infinite God be united with the finite?" Think about the assumptions that are lying behind the question: The question assumes that God is infinite in terms of size, mass, etc (therefore it is impossible to take an infinite amount of something and put it in a finite object). When one says that God is infinite, one is referring to a metaphysical reality, not a physical one -- i.e. to an immaterial, incorporeal, non-spatial understanding of the infinite. In any case, the infinite does not exist in the material universe as a concrete object. God's essence may therefore be described as qualitatively infinite. Why, then, can't an incorporeal, immaterial, non-spatial Being unite to his Person a physical body? Indeed, even in the Old Testament Scriptures we find that the fullness of the divine essence was to be found in the Holy of Holies, in the Ark of the Covenant, and in the Angel of the Lord figure (which I wrote about here).

The Omnipresence of Christ

The Muslim might come back at this point and argue that God cannot be omnipresent and not omnipresent at the same time -- this would present a logical contradiction. When dealing with this objection, it is of utmost importance that we are careful to define our terminology. What does it mean to be omnipresent? Does omnipresence mean to be present everywhere in a material, substantial sense? Of course not. If God is not a material, spatial being then he cannot be materially, spatially present anywhere. What, then, does it mean to be omnipresent? Omnipresence refers to the fact that the creation is present before God since there is no part of creation that he does not oversee, sustain and superintend. All of creation is under his control and providential guidance. Therefore, why can't God unite to himself a temporal, physical body and still oversee the entire creation?

Indeed, on many occasions throughout the gospels, Jesus appears to be able to perform miracles from afar, without his body being physically present. For instance, in Mark 7:24-30, Jesus casts out the demon from a girl without being physically present. In John 1:45-49, Jesus says that he saw Nathaniel sitting under the fig tree even though He was not Himself present physically. In John 4:43-54, a man's son was healed by Jesus without Jesus being physically present. In Matthew 8:5-13, a centurion's son is healed -- again, without Jesus being physically present. In all of those examples, it is Jesus who is healing and seeing people from great distances. That being the case, what is the problem with Christ taking on a spatial, physical body and still overseeing the entire creation? It thus presents no contradiction to posit that Christ be "omnipresent" while still being spatially located at the same time.

The Omniscience of Christ

But surely, the Muslim might respond, Jesus was ignorant of certain things such as the date of His return (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32). How, then, can Jesus have been omniscient and non-omniscient at the same time? I actually do not think that this is quite as paradoxical as it might at first appear, since it is possible that Christ may have known certain things in his waking, conscious knowledge while possessing exhaustive knowledge in his subconscious knowledge. At the point of the incarnation, Jesus submitted Himself to the Father as a servant (see my previous article here for more on this). Jesus self-identifies as God's servant, for instance, in Matthew 12:18. In John 15:15, Jesus says, "the servant does not know what his master is doing." If Jesus was the servant of the Father, then it stands to reason that the Father may well have veiled from the Son certain truths during His earthly ministry. In John 21:17, Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus does not correct Peter on this point. This suggests that Jesus, in His glorified state, post-resurrection, does once again know all things.

My argument draws further support from John 16:25-31, in which we read,
"“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?”"
It is the same Greek used in 16:30 that is used in 21:17. So, this means that Jesus' omniscience was still in his possession, even though it was veiled from him having full access to it.

Conclusion

In conclusion, when dealing with the question of whether the infinite God could become joined to a physical body in the man Christ Jesus, one has to be careful as to one's use of terminology. We do not believe that God is infinite in the sense of possessing infinite mass or that God is infinite in a spatial, material sense. Rather, God is qualitatively infinite, and there is no logical reason why the infinite God cannot join Himself to a physical body.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Rudolph Boshoff Comments On the Encounter Between Jonathan McLatchie and Mansoor Ahmed in Hyde Park



Pastor Rudolph Boshoff, from South Africa, has released a short 12-minute video weighing in on the encounter between myself and Mansoor Ahmed in Hyde Park, with particular comment on my explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity. He also mentions Ijaz Ahmed's deceptive misrepresentation of his comments on Skype which I alluded to in a blog post earlier today.

Ijaz is still claiming to have accurately represented the contents of his conversation with Rudolph on Skype yesterday. In order to prove both Rudolph and myself wrong, all Ijaz has to do is make the recording available. Simple. I am not holding my breath.