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

The Holloway Quarterly - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:26

On Contemporary Education

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"School has to be bigger. It has to mean more than 'I teach my subject.' School has to be about teaching people to change the world for the better. If we believe that, then teaching will always be a political act. We can't be afraid of our students' power. Their power will help them make tomorrow...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:54

On Law and Justice

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If you were to find yourself in court accused of performing an action that you think is morally permissible--good, even--but against which there is a law, how would you react? Most likely, even if everyone in the room thought otherwise, you would think an injustice was being carried out.Imagine...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:19

Why Christians Use the Bible in Moral Arguments

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What is the point of citing Bible verses when making moral arguments? Since not everyone believes the Bible to be true or authoritative, surely we need to make arguments based on something else, something we have in common.To get at an answer, one has to consider a range of issues in ethics. Once...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 03:02

On Moral Relativism

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Cultural Relativism is the view that “Normality…is culturally defined” (Ruth Benedict). More precisely, cultural relativists hold to MR:

(MR) There is no moral principle which necessarily applies to everyone, everywhere, and at every time

For the cultural relativist, the...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 20:04

Hard Work Does Not Always Pay

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Though it is generally true that those who work hard will earn a living, the sweat of your brow has no necessary connection with the contents of your wallet. The valueof your labor does not determine its price.What determines the price of something is the amount someone is willing to pay for it....

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:56

Language Use and the Existence of God

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Natural human language-use entails moral obligations, specifically objective obligations between persons. All of these obligations are routinely broken (see Twitter). 
These obligations are both objective and social. They depend on being objective and not merely an expression of a particular...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:44

On Desire

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Dissatisfaction is a mental state induced by not getting what one wants. Desire is also a root of evil. As James puts it, "each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 22:20

On Tidying Up

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If I order my house and my country in just the right way, will I bring about spiritual order, peace, and harmony? In a word: No.The problem is that it gets things backwards. We don't fix a spiritual problem by manipulating physical things. It doesn't work that way. Even if we instituted a global...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:12

If Human, then Person

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This is my final post this week in honor of those who march today. I am a person. So are you. A person is the kind of thing that one ought not kill without a good reason. If the little being inside the womb is also a person, then it ought to be protected as much as is possible. If so, then the...

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[This week, my blog is dedicated to those out marching for the lives of the most vulnerable]Imagine you are placed into a time travel capsule and sent 100 years into the future. Before you are jetted off, you are allowed to make some changes to the activities of human beings in the present that may...

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I am glad that I exist. I hope you are too. To be glad about one's existence is to prefer it to be the case that one exits rather than one does not. If I am glad that I exist, then I don't want the history of the world up until my existence to be significantly altered. This is because my existence...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 22:36

Some More Refutations of Pro-Abort Arguments

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In honor of all those marching in the cold, this week my blog is devoted to polemical refutation of pro-abortion arguments.
Jennifer Wright argues that pro-lifers ignore facts. Six of them. Well I don't want to ignore facts. So, what are they? Are they true? Are they relevant to the moral status of...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 17:51

Life at Conception: A Reply to Jean Kazez

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According to Jean Kazez, it is implausible that life begins at conception. She suggests that an entity with life-status must be an entity that has continuity and can be individuated. To have continuity an entity must have identity conditions at t1 and t2. To be individuated an entity must have some...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:06

Discipline Defense

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Perhaps the best defense of the utility of philosophy for Christian ministry is found in Moreland and Craig's Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (16-19). The following is my summary of six benefits:Apologetics – when an objection is made against Christianity it...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 21:50

Life as a Determinist Ain't that Bad

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Apparently, a determinist can believe anything he wants, but he cannot live any way he wants:
"A determinist cannot live consistently as though everything he thinks and does is causally determined—especially his choice to believe that determinism is true! Thinking that you’re determined...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 20:49

Folk Psychology: Not a Theory

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Humans are said to be unique in virtue of our beliefs, desires, and language use. Or so we thought. That was until we envisaged the possibility of machines doing what we do and doing it better. A.I. paranoia has fed Hollywood and conspiracy theorists in equal measure, but Alex Rosenberg argues that...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 20:44

The Bible and 'Time with God'

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Last week, Bible teacher, Beth Moore, tweeted this:"Spending time with God and spending time with the Bible are not the same thing. The Bible is the Word of God, crucial to knowing Him, but it’s not God. We can study our Bibles till the 2nd coming and leave God completely out of it. We can...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 03:45

From Language to God: An Argument

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Children acquire natural languages. How they are capable of doing so is mysterious. A child appears to go from learning a few words and sentences to knowing how to construct infinite sentences in her learned language. Such a mystery provoked a long-lasting debate between empiricistsand nativists.&n...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 22:32

Capacities and Abilities

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A capacity is kind of power, but it is not the same kind as an ability. An ability is a power that an agent has to perform some action. In contrast, a capacity is “a causal power…an invariable disposition to react to certain determinate changes in the environment in certain...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 09:54

Good News Makes You Sad

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A couple of weeks ago, Pastor John MacArthur told Ben Shapiro that he intends to offend everyone with the gospel. That's because the good news about Jesus is offensive. It tells us that we are sinners in need of a savior. The gospel makes us sad, but there are two kinds of sadness, a...

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Martin Lloyd-Jones was against formal debates with unbelievers. Why? His first reason is that no one comes to faith through a debate. Thus, debates are not useful. However, though the debate opponent rarely comes to faith, Dr. William Lane Craig (who debates non-believers regularly) claims people...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:41

Feinberg on Natural Revelation

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"Natural revelation unveils to all humans, regardless of time and place in history, the truth that a supreme being, God, exists, and it demonstrates something of his divine attributes such as power, wisdom, and goodness. These truths are known through the use of reason applied to the created and...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 06:36

Alston on Truth

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"...the statement that gold is malleable is true if and only if gold is malleable. The 'content' of a statement--what it states to be the case--gives us everything we need to specify what it takes for the statement to be true. In practice this means the 'that' clause--the content specifying...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 22:26

Notes: George Bealer's The Incoherence of Empiricism

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According to George Bealer, empiricism is committed to three principles. First, an empiricist is committed to “the principle of empiricism” namely that “a person’s experiences and/or observations comprise the person’s prima facie evidence.” Second,...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 22:16

Feser Interview

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Here's an interview with Ed Feser, author of Five Proofs of the Existence of God: Feser's presentation of the 'Aristotelian' proof is well done.

Authors: Ben Holloway...

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