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James D. Bales


James David Bales (1915-1995) was born in Tacoma, Washington, the fifth of eight children. In 1930 he enrolled in the Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy) in College Park, Georgia. He graduated from Harding College with a BA in 1937 and received a master’s degree at George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1938. Bales received his PhD in 1944 from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1944 to 1980, James David Bales was a professor of Bible and theology at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Both in public and in print, Bales earned a national reputation as a fearsome debater of theological issues and political ideologies, becoming especially well known for his anti-communism stance. Bales wrote and published more than seventy books and many more articles for religious periodicals. While Bales’ style was at times unabashedly confrontational, bold, aggressive, and often tinged with biting sarcasm when he felt he had the facts on his side, he was also committed to fair play and giving his opponent an honest hearing.
J. D. Bales served as moderator for Dr. Thomas B. Warren during his monumental 1976 debate on the existence of God with Dr. Antony G. N. Flew.

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If the Genesis account is true

 "If the Genesis account is true, there was never a time when nothing existed. The atheist and the theist both agree that we cannot begin with nothing. Out of nothing comes nothing. If at one time nothing existed, there would not be anything now. However, something now is, therefore something has always been. That which has existed eternally is either a thing (matter) or a Being (God). This eternal existent is the cause of all else. Genesis one and naturalistic evolution both predict that it is contrary to reason and science to assume that at one time nothing existed."

James D. Bales
"The Genesis Account and a Scientific Test" (pp. 3-4)