But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 23 June 2017 12:37

Announcing the Deeper Roots Conference

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 12:41

Blunt, John James

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imageAn undesigned coincidence occurs when one account of an event leaves out a bit of information that doesn’t affect the overall picture, but a different account indirectly supplies the missing detail, usually answering some natural question raised by the first. Forgers do not want to leave...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 10:45

Butler: All of the evidence taken together

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image[T]he truth of our religion, like the truth of common matters, is to be judged of by all the evidence taken together. And unless the whole series of things which may be alleged in this argument, and every particular thing in it, can reasonably be supposed to have been by accident (for here the...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:39

Chesterton on Miracles

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imageSomehow or other an extraordinary idea has arisen that the disbelievers in miracles consider them coldly and fairly, while believers in miracles accept them only in connection with some dogma. The fact is quite the other way. The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 13:35

Nathaniel Lardner on the Argument from Silence

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imageTWO OBJECTIONS TAKEN FROM THE SILENCE OF JOSEPHUS.

I. He has not mentioned the slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem:

II. Nor of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

ST. MATTHEW says, chap. ii. 16, “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was...

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imageIf it be allowed that there was such a person as Jesus Christ, that he was virtuous and amiable, that he preached the most excellent morality and practiced the virtues which he taught, from what source is the knowledge of this derived? How do we know that there was such a person, and that his...

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Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco; St John and St Peter at the Empty Tomb of Christ; The Fitzwilliam Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/st-john-and-st-peter-at-the-empty-tomb-of-christ-5556

If the fact of the Resurrection be in itself, as it confessedly is, absolutely unique in all human experience,...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 12:05

Grotius on Alleged Contradictions in the Gospels

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imageIt is objected by some, that the sense of these books is sometimes very different: but whoever fairly examines this matter will find, that, on the contrary, this is an addition to the other arguments for the authority of these books; that in those places which contain any thing of moment, whether...

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Reid, George; Principal George Campbell (1719-1796), DD; University of Aberdeen; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/principal-george-campbell-17191796-dd-105031

Now I insist, that as far as regards the author’s argument, a fact perfectly unusual, or not conformable to our experience, such a fact...

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Sinclair, Louisa; Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847); University of Edinburgh; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/thomas-chalmers-17801847-94370

We do not condemn the exercise of reason in matters of theology. It is the part of reason to form its conclusions, when it has data and evidences before it. But it is...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:18

We cannot fail to recognise Him…

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imageWoman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?’ The hope, that she might now learn what she sought, gave wings to her words–intensity and pathos. If the supposed gardener had borne to another place the Sacred Body, she would take It away, if only she knew where It was laid. This...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 07:43

New Book Release: Hidden in Plain View by Lydia McGrew

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imageThe new book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts by Dr. Lydia McGrew was released on March 1st!

Supported by careful research and accessibly written, Hidden in Plain View revives an argument pioneered by William Paley and developed by J.J. Blunt for the...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:06

Do we meet him prepared as we should be for the battle?

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In a well-disciplined army, the officers are not only trained to handle arms and resist an attack from the enemy, but are instructed in the most efficient find successful modes of laying siege to fortresses, defending important stations, from assailants, and, in short, are prepared in every way to...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:41

God never requires us to believe without evidence.

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image“But I give no credit to miracles,” says a deist. This may be an act of reason, or it may not. God never requires us to believe without evidence: but where sufficient evidence is given, he is highly and justly displeased at men’s unbelief. Miracles are capable of proof, just as...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 16:45

William Adams: For men to act without motives is unnatural

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Rushton, Josiah; William Adams (1706-1789); Pembroke College, University of Oxford; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/william-adams-17061789-223053

It cannot be denied, that the Gospel is an adequate provision for the wants, a remedy for all the infirmities of mankind. There is nothing, that can be...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 19:39

Peter Bayne on David Hume

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There is not, to my knowledge, in the whole range of literature an evasion like that in Hume’s Essay on Miracles. I can find no word, no figure of speech, no parallel case, by which adequately to represent its enormity. If we suppose a man of the highest character put on trial for his life,...

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imageIt is chiefly in such foggy forms that the metaphysics and theology of Germany, for instance, are exercising a greater influence every day on popular literature. It has been zealously instilled into the minds of many, that Germany has something far more profound to supply than anything hitherto...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 18:25

If Nothing is Forbidden, Then Anything Is Possible

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imageOn the one hand, the idea that mankind is only a collection of genes which make up the DNA patterns has naturally led to the concept of remaking all of humanity with the use of genetic engineering. On the other hand, it has led to the crime and cruelty that now disturb the very people whose...

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Sunday, 29 January 2017 15:00

Olinthus Gregory: He will boast of this single objection

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imageWe do not deny that the scheme of revelation has its difficulties: for if the things of nature are often difficult to comprehend, it would be strange indeed if supernatural matters were so simple, and obvious, and suited to finite capacities, as never to startle or puzzle us at all. Origen...

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When the degree of evidence, necessary to establish the truth of any matter of fact traditionally received, has once been laid down according to the principles of right reason; it does not appear that we are bound to admit any religion is true, unless its tokens of credibility correspond with such...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 14:12

The uninterrupted testimony of ages

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imageWe receive the books of the New Testament as the genuine works of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and Jude, for the same reason that we receive the writings of Xenophon, of Polybius, of Caesar, Tacitus, and Quintus Curtius; namely, because we have the uninterrupted testimony of ages...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 11:20

George Horne: Pertness and ignorance

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Olive, Thomas; Dr George Horne (1730-1792), President of Magdalen College (1768-1790), Bishop of Norwich (1790-1792); University College, University of Oxford; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/dr-george-horne-17301792-president-of-magdalen-college-17681790-bishop-of-norwich-17901792-223879

Let not the...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:55

McIlvaine, Charles Pettit

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imageCharles Pettit McIlvaine (1799-1873), Episcopal Bishop of Ohio and president of Kenyon College, explains that he composed these lectures on the occasion of being invited to give lectures on apologetics in New York. Like Paley and Chalmers, McIlvaine openly acknowledges his debt to Lardner; the...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:35

The Old Man and the Sea

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Sketch of James Smith by Kiersten Sundberg

James Smith, The Voyage and Shipwreck of St. Paul, 4th ed. (London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1880).

At first glance, a Victorian sailor might seem an unlikely candidate to make a contribution to the study of the New Testament. And James Smith of...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 19:00

Leland, John

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image(Read volume 1 and volume 2 at the Internet Archive)

John Leland (1696-1766), an English dissenting (Presbyterian) minister who settled in Dublin, well deserves Hunt’s description as “the indefatigable opponent of the whole generation of the deists.” Near the end of his life he...

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