-I think it was a combination of things -- most of it was, i think, format -- with the personality involved, it needed to be more structured -- White seems to look more for victory than truth, I'm afraid, and the only way to keep it edifying in such a situation is to keep close rules -- if he had been more interested in understanding Steve and looking to identify holes (if any) in his own positions, I think even a casual conversation over the week would have been outstanding and useful.
-But that's exactly why Steve won the debate! James' one liners and such where diffused, and Steve clearly demonstrated a more consistent argument.
James' attempt to isolate John 6 from the rest of scripture, even words written by the same author, in the same book(!)was priceless! But Steve knew how to handle it, and did a good job.
The above are a few comments at Steve Gregg's forum from the thread I linked to a few days ago.
Did these people listen to the same debate between Dr White and Mr Gregg?
The mind truly boggles as to how some people can comment upon the very same debate and come to the complete opposite views as other people.
The debate was a very good example of just how much the Arminian uses human reason and philosophy rather than the Word of God as our authority.
Mr Gregg at no point in the debate was even close to exegeting the text of scripture to support his assertions, whereas James White did nothing but exegete scripture. White not only defended the reformed/Calvinistic view but thoroughly refuted and exposed the philosophical and irrational Arminian view espoused by Gregg.
Not only that, but the behaviour of the individuals spoke volumes as to who was acting in an honorable way throughout the debate.
It was Dr White who helped get the whole debate more focussed on the issues and it was he who suggested all the changes that made for a better exchange after the tension that was experienced between the two men around day 3 and 4 of the debate.
I would challenge those who found Gregg's efforts to be of good, to simply come here and show me where and how and when that happened.
After all, we did listen to the same debate, right?
Where was James refuted biblically for anything? Come and share here.
Here are links again to the five days. You judge who best served the audience with biblical answers, exegesis, refutation and honored God and His Word.