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

Parker's Pensées - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 26 May 2018 02:34

A Clarkian and A Van Tillian discuss TAG

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I recently had a short dialogue with Doug Douma, author of The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, concerning Van Til’s Transcendental Argument for God. Doug is a “Clarkian” and I am a “Vantillian” yet we were able to have a friendly...

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image“According to the principle of Protestantism, man’s consciousness of self and of objects presupposes for their intelligibility the consciousness of God. In asserting this we are not thinking of psychological and temporal priority. We are thinking only of the question as to what is the...

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imageMy nephew Lukas is one of the sweetest little boys you could ever meet. He cares for people way more than I do, and in that sense I have a lot to learn from him. There are so many stories I could share about this little dude but the one that comes right to my mind is the Father’s Day song....

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 03:09

A Christian Apologist Manifesto

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imageThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; knowledge of the Holy One is insight. In Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, so we honor Christ the Lord as holy in our hearts, always being prepared to give a reason for our hope in him. Yet we...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 05:24

Making Sense of Reason

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“It has been intimated that fallen man is both irrationalist and rationalist, and at the same time. His irrationalism rests upon his metaphysical assumption that reality is controlled by or is an expression of pure chance. His rationalism is based upon the assumption that reality is wholly...

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image“The master heresy is subjectivism. It is the parent of all the others, for only after the objective truth is denied are we “free” to recreate new “truths” in the image of our own desires. Only when we fall asleep to the real world are we “free” to dream...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:50

Silly Philology| Awesome vs. Awful

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This question has been a perennial rock in my shoe. It crops up in the old noggin, I chew it over for a while and freak out a little bit, then some how I let it go for a couple months. As with all of my Silly Philology posts, this...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 14:16

Reason, Chess, and the Existence of God

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There’s an obvious connection between Logic and chess, this is evident from the numerous logic and debate books out there with pictures of chess boards on their covers. If you think of a chess player, you’ll think of a very logical, analytic person. When you think of a Logic professor,...

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Friday, 26 January 2018 23:04

Missing My Chance: A Poem on Apologetics

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“Why do you believe in God?” He asked me, earlier today. To which argument would he give nod? The answer was not so plain to say.

Should I bring him to the plausible? To the cosmological, either moderate or full throttle? Should I bring up the cause that makes the causable? To that prime...

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Willy: “… well, so rather than deal with indigestion the whole trip, I made myself yak over by Nineveh.”

Bob: “Woah, that’s quite a story, Willy. I guess that’s why us whale sharks ought to just stick to plankton, huh?”

Willy: “Yeah, Bob, obviously I...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:37

Silly Philology| That’s So Trivial!

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“That’s so trivial!” We hear that all the time, but what does it mean? Well, I asked the same question as I was working on my last installment of Silly Philology, I Could Care Less. In that post I brought up the distinction between semantics and triviality or banality, which then...

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“For man self-consciousness presupposes God-consciousness.” -Van Til, Defense of the Faith, pg. 113

There are a couple different facets to Van Til’s Transcendental Argument for God, or “TAG”. Some people would even say that there are 3 perspectives on TAG- a normative...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:05

Silly Philology | “I Could Care Less”

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I mean, I guess I know what they’re trying to say, they’re trying convey their disinterest in whatever they’re interlocutor has said or asked. But in actuality, the phrase “I could care less” doesn’t...

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“Unless I believe in God, I can’t believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.” -C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, pg. 32

C.S. Lewis is one of the most popular Christian apologists of the 20th century, and arguably, one of the most read apologists of...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 07:44

Wisdom 

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I will guide your steps So your way is not hampered. But I’m not with the sluggard, Nor with the pampered.

Come to my house Ye simple and clever. I’ll help to establish Your every endeavor.

Share in my fruits, I’m offered to all. But humble yourself Or you surely will fall.

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The Euthyphro Dilemma is interesting enough on it’s own, but recently it became even more interesting for me when I stumbled upon somewhat of a debate between C.S. Lewis and Cornelius Van Til, two of my favorite Christian apologists. While I find a lot of similarity in the thought of these...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 04:34

Will Dogs Be In Heaven? 

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Will dogs be in Heaven? More importantly, will my dog be in Heaven? Will Scruffy be waiting for me at the pearly gates, ready to lick my face and beg for “people food”? 

Let me preface this post by expounding a bit on my love for these wonderful creatures. Some of you had to beg...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:26

Is The Christian Faith Rational? 

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Moderator: Ok gents take your seats. I want to start by thanking you for coming to our round table discussion today. As you all know from your invites, we have a fun topic today: “Is the Christian faith rational?” Our structure will be fairly informal but I will be guiding our...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 06:06

The Goal of Christian Apologetics 

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imageApologetics, Christian Apologetics, should be just that- Christian. Like I’ve said in my other posts on the subject, apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia and is most readily associated with “the defense of the faith”. But the biblical depiction is much more than mere...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:26

Spurgeon On Philosophy 

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon was quite a character. A bearded, boisterous Brit who loved a good cigar and preached his lunges out to the glory of God. Preaching in the mid to late 1800s, Spurge become known as a staunch Particular Baptist (read Calvinist), and a bold figure in general. Today, he is...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:32

The Potter and The Clay

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God is the Potter And I am the clay. A constant reminder,  That I need today.    He pieced me together, In His image I’m formed.  He continually shapes me, From dust I’ve been born. 

But, over the Potter, What right has the clay? Should the pot ask it’s...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 01:19

I Just Wanna Know Everything. 

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I just wanna know everything, my Lord, I just wanna know it all.  Birds and fish and creeping things, Knowing is my call.

I just wanna know everything my Lord, Reality in all it’s parts, Science, reason, law, and language, History, and all the arts. 

Teach me how to know, my Lord, Teac...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:23

Fighting Fallacies | Equivocation 

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We continue our series with another informal fallacy: equivocation. Equivocation is a fallacy of language, it’s informal because it isn’t a mistake in the logical form of an argument, rather it has to do with the language used in the argument. Unlike some of the other fallacies...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:50

Should We Believe That Roses Are Real?

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Roses are red, Violets are blue, Subjectivism means you can’t know what is true. 

“Roses are Red”, we hear it all the time. It’s the most cliche way to begin a poem, but is it true? Are roses really red? Do roses really exist? Can we know that roses are really red? How...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:25

Logic and Lily Pads 

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For the past couple of years I’ve been studying logic in order to sharpen my mind, appraise arguments, and help me develop arguments of my own. I’ve also been slowly marching through the works of C.S. Lewis. While these two topics were formerly unrelated, they both converged last year...

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