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Here are some Windows Media files of a set of debates between Fr. Daniel Callum and Protestant David Brown. I'm not expecting much, considering they're being hosted by a Protestant site, but often it's in the worse debates that you identify your own apologetics weaknesses -- "He should have said X" vs. "Gosh, I don't really know what the answer is...". If you give the second answer to just about anything, please visit www.catholic.com and figure it out. In either case, here are the debates:

In the first set of speeches, Monday and Tuesday nights, the following proposition was discussed:

"The New Testament is the exclusive authority in the Christian religion."

David Brown affirmed this proposition; Dr, Daniel Callam denied.

Monday Night Speeches Tuesday Night Speeches
First Affirmative by David Brown First Affirmative by David Brown
First Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam First Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam
Second Affirmative by David Brown Second Affirmative by David Brown
Second Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam Second Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam
Third Affirmative by David Brown Third Affirmative by David Brown
Third Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam Third Negative by Dr. Daniel Callam

On Thursday and Friday evenings the proposition changed to this:

"The Bible and tradition, as defined by the Roman Catholic Church, constitute the authority of the Christian religion."

Dr. Daniel Callam affirmed this proposition, and David Brown was in the negative.

Thursday Night Speeches Friday Night Speeches
First Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam First Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam
First Negative by David Brown First Negative by David Brown
Second Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam Second Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam
Second Negative by David Brown Second Negative by David Brown
Third Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam Third Affirmative by Dr. Daniel Callam
Third Negative by David Brown Third Negative by David Brown

Information about the publication of the debate in book, audio, and video formats is available by calling the Spring Bible Institute office at (281) 353-2707 or by e-mail at springbibleinstitute@swbell.net.

9 comments so far:
    Erik December 9, 2007 at 10:13 PM , said...

    Oh my word! I'm so glad you posted this! I posted this on my blog a few months ago. Callam did such a good job, and the other "Church of Christ" preacher was just yelling ignorance.

     
    Anonymous January 1, 2008 at 3:05 AM , said...

    Man what a nutcase that preacher was! It'as depressing that there are people like that still, who don't really understand much at all about Catholisism, yet will critisize it. The Father was very gracious in presenting the catholic view.

     
    Anonymous January 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM , said...

    Fr. Callam is so gracious and humble in this debate that his manner alone points to the Christian truth in a way this protestant preacher completely misses. I was blessed to attend the chapel Fr. Callam was the chaplain of for my first two years of college (before his order asked him to move to Canada) and he truly is an incredible priest! Thank you for sharing this!

     
    Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 9:28 PM , said...

    Mr Brown was way out of his depth and worse still he didn't even know it. He never did get the point about logic and truth despite Fr Callam's many examples. The funny thing about it all is that Mr Brown mocked Fr Callam on logic yet Fr Callam has a masters in Mathematics. :)

    I could only listen to Mr Brown for one round. Fr Callam was excellent in his intellectual way.

    One was a mental giant and the other a roaring buffoon.

     
    Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 9:29 PM , said...

    Sorry, I forgot to thank you for posting these and all the other wonderful tapes. :)

    That last post was mine.

    God Bless,

    Anne

     
    Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 9:39 PM , said...

    Anon, You were truly fortunate to have had this wonderful priest. I'll be listening to him more than once.

    God Bless,

    Anne

     
    Anonymous May 16, 2011 at 11:39 PM , said...

    I found the Church of Christ site that hosted this debate. They have a much higher quality audio. http://www.churchesofchrist.com/Catholic_Debate.html
    I attended RCIA taught by Fr. Callam. He changed my life. I could literally listen to him speak for hours.

     
    CL September 3, 2011 at 8:32 AM , said...

    I attended RCIA taught by Fr. Callam. He changed my life. I could literally listen to him speak for hours.

    Me too! I didn't even know if I believed anything when I started. He's been away from my parish for the summer and I'm really looking forward to seeing him again.

     
    Anonymous January 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM , said...

    I too attended this debate. Mr Browm made some great points that Mr. Callam could not/would not address. Mr Brown did not mock Mr. Callam. He just called to his attention some of the contradictions that Mr. Callam had made during his speechs during the debate. Mr. Brown did a great job of addressing the proposition(s)that they both agreed to address. Mr. Callam did a poor job of doing the same.

     

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