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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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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Today is the birthday of B.F. Westcott!  Celebrate with FREE SHIPPING (limited time) on Westcott’s “Gospel of the Resurrection” with introduction by Dr. Timothy McGrew! Includes translation of all of the foreign language quotations within the editorial footnotes for the...

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 17:15

Andrews Norton: He came to teach us not by words alone

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imageThus is the delegate of God, he who was entitled to be called the Son of God, brought before our eyes in the Gospels. Were we to form a previous conception of the coming of a messenger from God to men, we might imagine him an angel descending in glory from the visible heavens, or a Messiah coming...

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Sunday, 25 December 2016 13:35

Campbell, George

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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

George Campbell (1719-1796) was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and professor and principal at Marischall College and a member of the...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 00:06

We have no fear from inquiry.

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unknown artist; Ralph Wardlaw (1779-1853); The Congregational Memorial Hall Trust (1978) Limited; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/ralph-wardlaw-17791853-46177

“We have no fear from inquiry. All such fear we hold to be a dishonour to truth, and an indication of the weakness of faith. All truth is...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:15

George Park Fisher: The objection from alleged discrepancies

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image“What shall be said of the objection to the credibility of the Gospels from alleged discrepancies? The first thing to be said is that the objection is irrelevant. Discrepancies and inaccuracies belong to almost all testimony. On the principle that a witness or an author is to be discredited...

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imageHidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts revives an argument for the historical reliability of the New Testament that has been largely neglected for more than a hundred years. An undesigned coincidence is an apparently casual, yet puzzle-like “fit” between...

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unknown artist; Ralph Wardlaw (1779-1853); The Congregational Memorial Hall Trust (1978) Limited; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/ralph-wardlaw-17791853-46177

“There is a way which some persons have of distinguishing between reason and faith, in which, as it seems to us, there is neither faith...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 17:56

Dr. Timothy McGrew Interviewed on Trinities Podcast

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:22

George Rawlinson on Authorship of Biblical Texts

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      The sacred records oimagef the first period have come down to us in the shape of five Books, the first of which is introductory, while the remaining four present us with the history of an individual, Moses, and of the Jewish people under his guidance. Critically speaking,...

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