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Responding to the Critics| An Open Challenge for Formal Debate

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We are re-issuing our invitation for a qualified disputant for a formal debate.

Responding to the Critics| An Open Challenge For a Formal Debate

I am posting this invitation again after posting it a couple of months ago– with no response.

At Preterist Research Institute, we believe that Responding to the Critics of Covenant Eschatology is very important. Consequently, we are offering the following invitation.

The Theme of Preterist Pilgrim Weekend, July 2016 (Lord willing) will be an examination and refutation of the Amillennial view of eschatology. This year’s PPW was on “Dispensationalism: Dangerous or Divine?” and it was great! The DVDS and Mp3s of PPW-2015 are now available.

In 2017, we hope to do our PPW on the errors of Postmillennialism– it would be great if we can find a qualified representative Postmillennialist for a formal debate for that seminar.

This post serves as an invitation/ challenge for a representative of the Amillennial view to meet me in a two day, formal public debate during our 2016 Preterist Pilgrim Weekend. Here are the criteria:
1. The representative can be of the Reformed Amillennial or the non-Reformed Amillennial camp. The main requirement is that they be Amillennial in their eschatology.

2. A potential opponent must be Representative, Reputable and Respectful.

By Representative, I mean that they must be seen, within the circle of their fellowship to represent the generally held and accepted Amillennial views

By Reputable, I mean that they must be recognized and respected as a well read, well spoken, person that can formally present and defend the Amillennial paradigm.

By Respectful, I mean that the potential candidate must have a reputation for being a Christian gentleman, who presents their message with decorum, without rancor, caustic verbiage, bitterness or name calling.

I will be happy to affirm the following proposition:
Resolved: The Bible teaches that the resurrection of the dead, as foretold in 1 Corinthians 15 (and parallel, corollary texts), the resurrection to overcome the death introduced by Adam, occurred at the time of the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70

A potential opponent will affirm:
Resolved: The Bible teaches that the resurrection of the dead, as foretold in 1 Corinthians 15 (and parallel, corollary texts), the resurrection to overcome the death introduced by Adam, is yet future, and will occur at the end of the current Christian age.

The precise wording of the propositions is, naturally, open to negotiations, so that each man feels fully comfortable in their respective proposition.

Any potential opponent should also be willing to pledge and promise that a follow up, second formal debate, will be held within one year, at their “home venue” — at their home congregation.

There are lots of other logistical details that can be negotiated, and I am more than happy to work with any candidate that meets these criteria given above.

If you meet these criteria, and are willing to defend Amillennialism in formal public debate, please contact me asap so that we can begin serious negotiations about the “finer points.” Here is a great opportunity for the “right man” to come to “our house” and present your case. I can assure you that you will received kindly with great hospitality.

Anyone reading this, who thinks that their Amillennial preacher would be the right man for this invitation, please have them contact me.

I have some Amillennial representatives in mind, but, the ones I have in mind have rejected my invitations in the past, but, we will see. I am truly hoping that a good, scholarly man will step forward.

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Don K Preston