Because there is such interest in the public dialogue that we are engaged in regarding Islam and Christianity I was particularly interested in the recent dialogue between two Roman Catholics, Robert Spencer and Dr. Peter Kreeft. Spencer is a leading critic of Islam and a well-known author. Kreeft is awell-known philosopher and author.

This debate took place in New Hampshire at a very small Catholic liberal arts college. It is wonderful to see two men come at the same issue with different perspectives yet with Christian charity and dignity. Spencer is an actual target of radical Muslims. Even at this event he refers to the fact that he had a body guard. Kreeft is known for reason and faith. This debate lasts almost two hours. I rarely, if ever, watch such a clip on the Internet because it consumes too much time. I watched this video in its entirety over two days time. If this subject really interests you try some of it and see if you want to watch more. I found this immensely helpful.



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  1. Rick Schnetz November 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    note: Robert Spencer is a Melkite Greek Catholic

  2. Jeremy November 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    There was an interesting comment by the moderator that Kreeft agreed with about Calvinism. The moderator said that Calvinism and Islam close the mind because they prioritize reason over faith so that you can’t have a theology of God. I really think this is an inaccurate statement that can’t be defended.
    What did you make of that John?

  3. John H. Armstrong November 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I saw and heard the same comment Jeremy. As bright as Kreeft is he is reacting to his young experience of Calvinism not to facts. I learned, very early, that Calvin strongly differed from Islam re: fatalism and predestination. Indeed, Calvin’s view, in the main, was St. Augustine’s. It amazes that serious scholars do not, or can not, see this problem. B. B. Warfield as spot on when he put them together.

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