Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A Debate: Frank Turk (centuri0n) versus Daniel Chew (puritanreformed)

Frank Turk (aka centuri0n) has issued a debate challenge with regards to my response to his open letter. It seems that his main concern with Horton is "pastoral" not "theological" (which is revealing), so we will leave it at that and go on to one of the main issues betwen us.

The thesis to be debated is:

It is necessary for Christians to separate from false churches that do not proclaim the Gospel and the essentials of the Faith.

Affirmative: Daniel Chew; Negative: Frank Turk

The format will be as follows:

  1. 1st statement by both parties (simultaneously)
  2. 2nd statement/rebuttal by both parties (simultaneously)
  3. Cross-ex by Frank (Max 10 questions)
  4. Cross-ex by Daniel (Max 10 questions)
  5. Final statement and conclusion (simultaneously)

The debate would be posted both here and on Turk's debate blog site here.

This should be an interesting debate.

8 comments:

Committed Christian said...

Now that thesis sounds self evident to me so it would be interesting to see how the debate goes!

PuritanReformed said...

Same here. I want to see what Frank can come up with, especially with his previous rhetoric

Frank Rollberg said...

very interesting ...

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

"It is necessary for Christians to separate from false churches that do not proclaim the Gospel and the essentials of the Faith."

On the assumption that terms are defined and agreed upon, ....

I guess it might be a matter of degree.

For example, Frank Turk is an ex-Catholic. It's reasonable to assume that Frank Turk believes that the Roman Catholic Church is a false church and that it proclaims a false gospel.

He himself separated out of the Roman Catholic Church. And I also believe that he encourages Protestants to evangelize Catholics and to convert them into 5-Sola Christians, and once they are 5-Sola Christians, he would encourage them to no longer remain in the Roman Catholic Church, a church that he deems false.

So I'm not really sure how Frank Turk can take the negative position on this topic.

PuritanReformed said...

@TUAD:

I guess Frank Turk will have a different take on the terms. We will see his first statement on that.

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

@TUAD:

I guess Frank Turk will have a different take on the terms. We will see his first statement on that.


Yes. Equivocation on terms is just silly.

That's why my first comment had

"On the assumption that terms are defined and agreed upon, .... "

Karla Tadler said...
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PuritanReformed said...

@Karla,

I wouldn't say that I am trained in debate; I just learn how to argue logically.

Our conduct is to be done according to God's Word. Read it, pray, and seek the counsel of your church leaders too. That would help.