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January 28, 2017

Should Protestants Give More Attention to Mary?

Should Protestants Give More Attention to Mary?  Or if they do, do they risk going too far, and succumbing to some of the abuses in the Catholic Church?  This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss the issue with author and theologian, Timothy George, who advocates embracing Mary – an​​d author and pastor Chris Castaldo who cautions against it.  Listen and join the discussion, this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up For Debate! 

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Chris Castaldo
Chris Castaldo

Chris Castaldo

Chris Castaldo was raised on Long Island, New York. For the last sixteen years, he has served in the Chicagoland area, at College Church in Wheaton and then at Wheaton College where he directed the Ministry of Gospel Renewal, a ministry devoted to equipping evangelicals for constructive interaction with Catholic friends and loves ones. Chris has served as Lead Pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville since November of 2014. Chris has authored and contributed to several books including: The Reformation: Is It Over?, Reformation Theology: 500 Years Later, Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, and Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic. He has written articles for publications such as Christianity Today, Touchstone Journal, Credo Magazine, Themelios, and First Things.

Timothy George
Timothy George

Timothy George

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. As founding dean, he has been instrumental in shaping its character and mission. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, George teaches church history and doctrine. He is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic Church dialogue, and has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He serves as senior theological advisor for Christianity Today, and is on the editorial advisory boards of First Things and Books & Culture. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

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Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”