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

Daniel's Place - Apologetic Report
Monday, 15 April 2019 18:09

Whiteness and Christless

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Here is an article by Samuel Sey, and a podcast by Darrel Harrison, on the topic of "whiteness" in the Christian Church.

Authors: Daniel C...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:14

Revisiting the issue of the eternal Creator

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[previous post here] I just stumbled upon a blog post that states how God can be said to be an eternal Creator, through a scholastic distinction between what can be called "absolute necessity" and the "necessity of consequence." Put simply, there is no absolute necessity for God to be Creator, and...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 21:16

Peter Lillback and a statement on K Scott Oliphant

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In response to a suit being filed against K Scott Oliphant in the OPC, Dr. Peter Lillback has decided to give a statement by WTS on the matter.

Authors: Daniel C...

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When it comes to concepts such as "infinity," the simple understanding is that "infinity" is "infinity" and nothing can be greater than "infinity." That is the idea behind classical theism's idea of the infinity of God, where God is beyond and greater than finitude. Creaturely existence is finite,...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 14:02

Does Adam have natural theology ?

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Adam therefore possessed these principles uncorrupted, just as they belong to nature. At that time he was able by comparing these principles with his reality and with signs to assemble in order the works of reasoning, to take them apart, to draw conclusions, and to decide, also according to nature,...

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But the movement from ontological processions to divine missions is, as noted, a contingent act of the Trinity. This means that the Trinity deliberated regarding the divine missions. (John V. Fesko, The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption, 181) A better way forward, which preserves the...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 00:01

Fesko on the issue of 'merit'

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First, we must demythologize a term. As much as some might consider merit a theological slur, it simply denotes the concept of equity – the idea that if someone meets stated obligations of an agreement then he is entitled to the consequent goal or reward. A number of Reformed confessions...

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Third, the older tradition taught that creation is an external act of God that produces a temporal effect. God's act of creating is eternal. The thing created is temporal. ... The divine act of creation is nothing other than the eternal action of God's immutable will. Thus, there is no distinction...

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Worst of all, the whole scheme [of methodological naturalism –DHC] works only with deterministic “laws.” Consider the decay of a radioactive nucleus, which cannot be predicted by scientific laws as we know them. The individual event of decay, in contrast to statistical prediction...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 22:40

The misrepresentation of ESS

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Another way in which some recent Calvinist theologians advance the notion of a compositional unity of divine knowledge and will is through the teaching of eternal functional subordination. In short, this teaching claims that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father such that the Father has a...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:28

What actually is time?

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When we speak of time as a realm, ... we denote simply the created order which is populated by beings that are subject to and undergo change and thus are measured temporally. (James E. Dolezal, All that is in God, 79 footnote 2) Accordingly, the essential nature of time is ... that it encompasses a...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 21:26

Bad arguments on the simplicity of God

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Touching the question of God's simpliciity, whatever is perfectly infinite in being cannot be built up from that which is finite in being. But parts of a thing must necessarily be finite. (James E. Dolezal, All that is in God, 48) If God should be composed of parts, then these parts would be before...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 20:53

Theology Proper and Mutualism (of any kind)

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Previous post on this topic here. First, it is incoherent to say that God is ontologically immutable while denying that He is absolutely immutable, unless one believe there are change in God that are not alterations of actuality or being (which is de facto ontological). But then these changes would...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 19:57

Natural theology and the issue of being

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Classical Christian theism is deeply devoted to the absoluteness of God with respect to His existence, essence, and activity. Nothing about God's being is derived or caused to be. There is nothing beyond Him or outside Him that could increase, alter, or augment His infinite fullness of being and...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 22:29

The really woke person

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If the references in your pastor's sermons, the books used in small groups, the resources passed between the laity, the music sung in worship, & even the reflection quotes in your worship bulletins are predominantly by White men, your church is promoting a truncated Christianity.— Timothy...

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Unity is something that God desires in his church (c.f. Jn. 17:21), yet the Christian church seems to be growing more and more fragmented. How then ought we to seek and fight for Christian unity in a divided world? Luder G. Whitlock Jr. had this question in mind as he wrote his book promoting...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 00:23

Time travel and the issue of autoinfanticide

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In the first place, it is quite obvious that there are constraints on the timelike curves may act as loci for particular sorts of causal chain. The spatiotemporal interval between distinct events of a type of causal process if commonly determined by laws of physics. Second, any causal chain must be...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:39

McTaggart and Time

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1. Events are located in a B-series, only if time exists. In order to see that McTaggart's first premise is correct, one must remember that it is not time in the Newtonian sense—an array of thinglike instants—whose reality is in question. Rather, the consequent of (1)—time...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:18

Time and fatalism

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... By the same token, a thorough criticism of the 'moving now' conception must eventually deal with the tree model of reality. Let us therefore examine the reason that, following Aristotle, is most often cited as motivating this ontological asymmetry: the avoidance of fatalism. The case for...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 00:26

Conference: Remembering the Canons: After 400 Years

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2019 is the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt. Westminster Seminary California, my alma mater, had decided to commemorate the Synod of Dort in their annual conference on January 18-19, 2019. The sessions of this conference are as follows: Why Dort Happened, or Why Arminius Is Not the Hero of...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 21:25

Conference: Social Justice and the Gospel

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The pre-G3 conference, "Social Justice & The Gospel: The God-breathed Hierarchy and the Postmodern Crisis within the Church," has occurred and the sessions have now been uploaded here. The sessions are as follows: Introduction to the Social Justice and the Gospel Conference, by Michael O'Fallon...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 19:41

Time dilation, movement and eternity

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Relativistic time dilation formula: , where tS is Stationary Time, t' is relativistic time, v = subject's velocity, c = speed of light = 3 x 108 m/s The theory of special relativity states that time is not fixed but rather relative to the speed of light. As an object moves closer to the speed of...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 23:51

Time, and the idea of the Time Stone

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... he denies, like Leibniz does, that time is any sort of substantival entity over and above the phenomena that are located in time. [Paul Horwich, Asymmetries in Time: Problems in the Philosophy of Science (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), 47] In sci-fi/ fantasy movies, certain exotic scientific...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 23:00

Sermon: Do all for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:14-33)

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Here is the sermon I had preached a few weeks ago on 1 Corinthians 10:14-33.

Authors: Daniel C...

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Kuhn’s own emphasis on science as a puzzle-solving enterprise would lead one to interpret him in an instrumentalist manner. [Ernan McMullin, "Rationality and Paradigm Change in Science," in Paul Horwich, ed., World Changes: Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science (Pittsburg, PA: University of...

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