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, 26 April 2017 18:22

Atonement and Punishment: A Defense of Retribution

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This paper will defend the penal substitutionary view of the atonement against the following objection: The penal substitutionary view of the atonement entails a retributive view of punishment, but retribution is insufficient moral justification for punishment. Therefore, the penal substitutionary...

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I remember taking part in a massive protest at my boarding school. Almost all of us refused to eat in the school canteen. It worked - we won. Our cause? To change the catering company of the school. That was it. We did not defeat communism, institute civil rights, or remove a dictator. We merely...

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In honor of earth day, here are three fallacious earth day arguments:The first one suggests that scientific research strongly entails some particular government policy. It is used to suggest that any disagreement over government policy is directly related to one's attitude toward science. Here is a...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:43

Atonement: Knowledge of His Wrath

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And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:43

Atonement: Affliction for Affliction

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Paul commences his second letter to the church at Thessalonica with an encouragement for those experiencing affliction. Paul tells his readers that it is just for God to repay in kind those who afflict them.[1] He tells the Thessalonians that God will “repay with affliction” those who...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 20:22

Atonement: Punishment and Blood

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"Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man" (Genesis 9:6) 
Genesis 9:6 is a standard text used to support the principle of lextalionis (a life for a life). In this case, those who murder shall be killed. Although there is some...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:13

Lewis on Justice and Punishment

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In "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment" C.S. Lewis argues that if one accepts that punishment is justified, then one must have some moral reason for it. However, there appear to be only three options: retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Lewis argues that neither deterrent nor...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 09:58

AiG vs. BioLogos pt.2: Dr Jeanson (AiG)

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There is a clock in DNA. Does it show how old the species is or not?We have less than 5% of DNA's function. This is small fruit and does not conclusively tell us that ancestry is common or not.So, what do the number of DNA differences show?DNA resides in the nucleus and mitochondrial DNA resides in...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 09:04

AiG vs. BioLogos pt2: Dr Venema (BioLogos)

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Dennis Venema

I am sitting waiting for part 2. Some comments on what I've heard so far: So far the talks have not focused on Adam. Instead, we have heard arguments for the thesis that the similarities of traits across species do not show common ancestry and that they do. Neither argument is...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 07:09

AiG vs. BioLogos: Dr Venema (BioLogos)

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Dr Venema from BioLogos is professor of Biology at Trinity Western University in BC, Canada. Dr Venema is a theistic evolutionist (or evolutionary creationist,as he calls it).Here are my notes:Three assumptions:
  1. If every square inch of creation is under the Lordship of Christ, then science is an...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 06:17

AiG vs. BioLogos: Dr Jeanson (AiG)

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[DISCLAIMER: I'm 'live-blogging' so there will be errors, maybe many]I'm at the Evolution, Genetics, and the Historical Adam Conferenceat Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The question for the conference is: Did Adam exist?The debate has achieved critical mass and now has its own Four...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:05

God-of-the-Gaps: No Such Thing

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Mathematician, Pierre-Simon LaPlace was once asked by the emperor of France where God was to feature in LaPlace's mathematical system. LaPlace replied, "I have no need of that hypothesis."The idea behind the quip is that if you can find a good explanations for something without God, then you don't...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:19

Design?

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At school I was taught to anneal copper. This process entailed heating the copper to an exact temperature before working on it. There were no temperature gauges involved - one could tell what temperature the copper had reached by its color - cherry red. The color of the copper changed as the...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 19:56

Identity and Ideology are not Identical

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S is not identical to her beliefs. S may have belief, b, that gives her reasons to perform some action, a. But she performsa and has b - she is neither identical to a nor b. If X is identical to Z, then X cannot exist if Z does not exist. If S did not have b and had not performed a, then S...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:42

Language, Mind(s) and Propositions in the Trinity

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God speaks. The Bible records the first speech and God makes it. If the chronology of scripture is to be believed, God could speak prior to creation and, therefore, God can speak sans creation. He could use a language in eternity past. This seems clear: he is the first to utter a word (Gen 1); he...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 22:17

Have Faith Like a Limpet

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When I was 13 I went to an adventure island off the coast of Scotland. We climbed mountains, fished, and were taught survival techniques. The big challenge of the trip was to be abandoned on a small island for a night with nothing but a pair of billy cans, a lighter, a plastic sheet, and some...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 21:26

Planned Parthood

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My house has parts--walls, foundations, windows, etc--and there are things that are inside my house--children, saucepans, guitars, etc. Being inside my house does not entail being part of my house. But there are boundary cases: Are my curtains or appliances part of the house or merely contained...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 08:32

Is the Ordo Salutis Intelligible?

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The ordo salutis(order of salvation) is supposed to tell us about the logical order of God's decree to save some people and not other people. There are differing versions of the order and this fact has led to some of the deepest divisions in the church. Some think God determined whom to save...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 20:54

Beliefs and Choice

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I have a whole lot of beliefs rummaging around my mind. I believe, for example, that I am here at this moment writing this blog while listening to some funk artist called Kyle Hollingsworth on Spotify. I believe I grew up in England and was married in Minnesota in 2003 on a day when it was twenty...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:30

Why Taxes Aren't Gifts

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An obligation is an action one owes one or more other people. When one fulfills an obligation one does something good but not all good actions are obligations. Some actions are supererogatory, they go above and beyond obligation. I am obliged to pay taxes but I am not obliged to donate money to...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:45

Naming God: Determining a Divine Referent

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In this paper I will argue that the apparently commonplace activity of referring to God depends on what we take to be the relationship between a given entity and the name of that entity. It is commonly held that reference depends on some definite description of the entity in question. I will argue...

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Thomas Schreiner and Ardel Caneday are both New Testament scholars who are deeply committed to pastoral ministry. Schreiner was a pastor for fourteen years and now serves as Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Caneday serves as a pastor and is Professor of New...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:15

The Apologetic Task

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The task of apologetics is not mainly the task of trained lawyers, theologians or philosophers. It is the task of ordinary Christians living an ordinary Christian life.The clearest reference in the Bible to apologetics is in the first letter of Peter to Christians who were attempting to live in...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 20:33

Sin Cerity

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"Sincerity and reality... don't make it the better. That which is real and hearty is often called sincere; whether it be in virtue or vice. Some persons are sincerely bad; others are sincerely good... But a being sincere, hearty and in good earnest, is no virtue, unless it be in a thing that is...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:56

Why You Can't Have Any Pudding

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  1. If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding 
  2. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat? 
  3. Therefore, you can't have any pudding 

Authors: Ben Holloway...

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