LDS-(traditional) Christian YouTube Discussions and Debates

A healthy conversation, not debate.  Civil discourse.  Understanding.

Dr. Brad Wilcox from BYU.  Dr. Steven Crane, a minister who grew up in SLC.

We need to do more of this and fewer debates.  However, it is helpful to watch debates from the past to learn where the differences are.

Latter-day Saint Robert Vukich does a wonderful job debating Matt Slick.  Slick has a radio show and usually debates LDS people who haven’t a clue.  Not this time.

Bob used well-recognized and authoritative traditional Christian scholars for his arguments. Whereas Matt utilized his personal interpretation of scripture.

Review Robert Vukich’s presentation here:  “Rejecting the False Doctrine of the Trinity.

 

Dan Peterson debated James White:

Martin Tanner debated Jason Wallace.  Martin has long been on the radio in SLC, defending the Church.  You can still hear Martin very frequently on the Interpreter Radio Show every Sunday from 7-9 PM.

Martin Tanner again.  This time with James White.

Gilbert Scharffs wrote the book, “The Truth about the God Makers.”  This was in response to the anti-Mormon, Ed Decker, who sold videos and books entitled, “The God Makers.”

Van Hale still has a radio show on KSL in SLC, Utah.  He’s defended the LDS Church for decades.

Richard Hopkins, author of “How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God”, debated a creedal Christian:

The Family and the Protection of Children

Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, (Ph.D from Princeton University, research fellowships at Yale University and the Brookings Institution) presents new international research from the World Family Map 2014 showing how family characteristics may affect child development and well-being including health outcomes and child mortality rates.

Recent trends:  retreat from marriage, parenting, and fertility

All these data were controlled for parents’ age, education, income, and background:

  • 1/2 of the worlds’ countries are below replacement
  • more kids are born without 2 parents and outside of marriage (parents much more likely to break up before 15 years old)

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  • males in 1-parent homes:  much more commonly incarcerated
  • females in 1-parent homes:  much more teenage pregnancy
  • kids in poverty with 2 parents: much better economic success than kids in poverty with 1 parent

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  • drug use, suicide rates, and repeating grades in school were much higher with 1 parent
  • literacy, health indicators, and mortaily are all lower in homes with 1 parent

2 parents:  more time, $, more affection, kinship support, and stable family context

Brad Wilcox: When Marriage Disappears

This isn’t the LDS EFY speaker, Brad Wilcox. This is a non-member who teaches at the U of Virginia. This guy is a sharp sociologist.

Marriage and family facilitates faith, among so much else that is good.

Watch a few of his videos:

Short video by Prager University:

The Good Dad: The Transformative Power of Fatherhood for Men and Children.

W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of Sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, remarks on marriage, economics, and poverty during a plenary panel at the World Congress of Families IX, October 29, 2015.