Film Clips & Links

 



These clips are taken from one of the two lectures and a filmed interview at the University of California at Santa Barbara on the occasion of Professor Montgomery's visit to that campus. The interviewer is Craig Parton, Esq., Dr Montgomery's friend and colleague. Click on a clip to watch it. (You may also drag any or all of these clips to your desktop to retain them permanently.) To see the entire interview and both lectures--each of which ranges from 45 to 50 minutes in length--go to the following web page: http://www.veritas-ucsb.org/video/RELIGION/MONTGOMERY/montgomery.html

(Important note: To play the following clips on either a Mac or a PC, you will need to have Quicktime installed on your computer. If you do not have Quicktime, you can download it free of charge at the following web address: www.apple.com



The missing body [ 2.1 Mb; 31 seconds ]

Fish-eating ghost [ 2.2 Mb; 40 seconds ]

Pascal's sobering word [ 1.9 Mb; 31 seconds ]

Criticising Bible criticism [ 2.3 Mb; 35 seconds ]

Bananas in Tanganyika [ 2.7 Mb; 43 seconds ]

Narrow-minded Christians [ 1.3 Mb; 24 seconds ]




Other sites relating to Professor Montgomery's work are:

www.ciltpp.com


http://www.spr-consilio.com

[In the upper right-hand corner of this page, click on the audio headphone. When the second page comes up, scroll down to the bottom, where you will be able to click on a number of Professor Montgomery's popular law lectures.]


www.marquiswhoswho.net

[To consult the Marquis site, you must be a subscriber so as to enter your "VIP number" and "Password"; you then type in "Montgomery" as the "Last Name" and "John" as the "First Name"; finally, you must choose "Montgomery, John Warwick" from the available selections. If you are not a subscriber to the Marquis web site, you can consult the various Marquis Who's Who physical publications without charge at your local public or university library.]


For the Global Journal of Classical Theology, the on-line theological journal which Professor Montgomery edits, go to:

http://www.phc.edu/gj_journalmain.php


Note especially the following site, where you can find details of the two-week annual summer programme in France where you can study with Dr Montgomery and other distinguished apologists for historic Christian faith:

www.apologeticsacademy.eu

 

TWO INTERACTIVE AND FUN APOLOGETICS PROGRAMMES

 

Professor Montgomery has created the following two programs using the classic Pascal programming language.



For those sophisticates using Mac OS X.x, Java conversions of these Pascal programmes have been prepared by Dr Montgomery's student Aaron Laatsch; they are standalone applications and can thus be copied directly to your desktop and run without the need of a compiler. Just download, click on them, and follow the instructions! Here they are:

Programme One: What's Your Religion Like?



Programme Two:
Test Religious Claims



If you are employing a (necessarily more primitive!) PC, you can try the Java versions on it. If difficulties arise, you may use the following standalone, executable PC applications by downloading them to your desktop and unzipping them.

Programme One: What's Your Religion Like?

To work this programme, the following numbers in parentheses should be employed (we suggest that you print off this list so as to have the key numbers identified as you run the programme):

FIRST QUESTION: (1) If the religion is based on primary source historical documents concerning its founder;
(2) If it is based on late, non-primary source records;
(3) If it is based on personal, existential experience;
(4) If it is based on mystical, occult claims.

SECOND QUESTION: (1) If there is solid testimonial evidence of the founder's life and work;
(2) If later traditions are the source of the essential information;
(3) If data on the founder are of no essential importance to the religion's claims;
(4) If objective evidence is regarded as inimical to true religiosity.

THIRD QUESTION: (1) If miraculous activity on the part of the founder is attested by sound eyewitnesses;
(2) If miracles are claimed only in later, non-primary source documents;
(3) If no miracles were performed or alleged to be performed by the founder;
(4) If miracles are considered irrelevant to the religion's truth claims.

FOURTH QUESTION: (1) If the founder died;
(2) If the founder conquered death;
(3) If the very idea of the conquest of death is considered trivial to true religious truth claims.


Programme Two:
Test Religious Claims


(To run these two programmes using the above executable applications, click on the programme, then, in the title bar, click on "Run," and in the dropdown menu, "Run" again. Follow the instructions in the programme itself. To terminate the programme, click "Return" and "OK." Then click on "File" in the title bar, and in the dropdown menu, "Exit.")

Should you still not be able to run the programmes on a PC, download a Pascal compiler specifically for the PC. Our suggestion is to use Virtual Pascal 2.1, doubtless choosing version "win32" for Windows 95/ 98/Me/XP/2000. This compiler may be downloaded free at www.vpascal.com/download.html

To try these programmes on a Mac using an operating system earlier than OS X.x, you will need a Pascal compiler for the Mac and some elementary understanding of how to use Pascal. The following website will give you the opportunity to download as freeware the most recent Pascal compiler for Mac ((THINK Pascal 4.5d4)--which can be used with Mac OS 9x---and instructions as to how to use it: www.lysator.liu.se/~ingemar/tp45d4/think.html  (Note that this involves 3 downloads, not just one; be sure to follow Ingemar's detailed, but very clear, instructions as to installation.)

Here is a detailed, but simple procedure for running our Pascal programmes in apologetics on a Mac with operating system 9x (or earlier OS):

1) Download the compiler (Think Pascal 4.5d4) to your desktopˇsee above.

2) Copy either or both of the Pascal programmes below to your desktop; click on the icon for the programme you wish to play.

Programme One: What's Your Religion Like?

Important note: We strongly suggest that you first print off this programme so as to be able to refer to it whilst running the programme itself. Then you can conveniently key in the correct numbers (1, 2, 3, or 4) which describe your particular religious position. (There is no need to do a printout if you are using the Java version of this programme given earlier.)

Programme Two: Test Religious Claims

3) Highlight the entire text of the programme and copy it . (In the title bar, click on "Edit," then "Copy" in the pull-down menu).

4) Open Think Pascal. In its title bar click on "File" and in the drop-down menu click on "New." Another screen will appear. Place your cursor at the top left of this screen and click on "Edit" in the title bar, then on "Paste" in the drop-down menu. The text of the programme will be copied to this new screen. You may now remove the original programme folder from your desktop by dragging it to your hard drive for future use (for example, should you later wish to transfer it to another computer).

5) In the title bar, click on "Project," then "New Project." A small window will appear. Make sure "Desktop" is seen at the top. Type in "JWM" or "JWM-1" (or your own designation for the programme) in the box at the bottom. Click "Create." Another small window will appear; don't concern yourself with it.

6) Click anywhere on the large window containing the programme (it will be named "Untitled").

7) In the title bar, click on "Project," then, in the drop-down menu, click on "Add ŰUntitled'." Another small window will appear. Make sure desktop is seen at the top of that window. Type in "JWM.1" or JWM-1.1" (or your own designation, followed by ".1" to distinguish it from what you typed above, in step 5). Click "Save."

8) Click anywhere on your large project screen (now named "JWM.1"ˇor whatever you designated it).

9) In the main title bar, click on "Run," and in the drop-down menu, "Run" again.

10) A small window named "Text" will appear. Expand it to full screen size by clicking on the tiny box next-to-the right in that window's title bar. Now you can go through the project, answering the series of questions which appear in the Text window. Try the project with a variety of answers. Remember that a given project must be fully completed before it will allow you to exit the programme or repeat it.

11) When you have finished and wish to exit the programme, simply close the "Text" window, then go to the title bar and click "Project," followed by "Close Project"; next, hit "Cancel" in the smaller window that then appears. Finally, close Think Pascal.

12) Observe that two icons for your project will remain on your desktop with the labels "JWM" and "JWM.1" (or whatever you have chosen as labels). These can now be used to run the project on subsequent occasions without going through the entire procedure described above: just click on the ".1" desktop icon (Think Pascal will automatically open); then click on "Project" and "Open Project" in the title bar; choose "JWM" from the desktop list, and click "Open." Now (as before) go to the Think Pascal title bar and click "Run," followed by "Run"ˇagainˇin the drop-down menu. Expand the Text windowˇand you are on your way to running the programme as often as you wish!


Important note: Religious decisions are the most important ones in any person's life. After running the above programmes, why not make the best of all religious decisions - the only one that can literally change your life now and in eternity? Jesus Christ declares: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hear my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and sup with him and he with me" (Rev. 3:20); and "I am the resurrection and the life: he who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die" (John 11:25-26).