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

Apologetic Report - The Holloway Quarterly
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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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:25

Cause And Consequences in the Problem of Evil

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It has been suggested that to hold to a greater good defense (GGD) in response to the problem of evil, one must hold to a consequentialist theory of ethics. If the GGD proponent is not committed to consequentialism and is committed to an alternative ethical theory, a divine command theory, for...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 20:16

Apologetics and Arguments

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The core of apologetic studies is the consideration of arguments. I don’t mean fights, the kind that break out over lunch between siblings. I mean sets of statements one of which is the conclusion or main point. The other statements somehow support or lead to the conclusion. We use arguments...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 04:23

What Makes Art Valuable?

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What makes a work of art valuable? I don't just mean the pricethat is paid for a work of art but what makes a work of art goodand how good a work of art is. In order to answer the question, Christians often appeal to God's artistic works in nature. Francis Schaeffer writes:
“A work of...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 21:18

Lyric of the Day

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"Love: We crave it so badly. Makes you wanna laugh out loud when you receive it. And gobble it like candy" ("Love" by Paul Simon from his 2000 album, You're the One).

Authors: Ben Holloway...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 21:50

The Demise of Word

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This morning I wrote a string of sentences that use the plural of the noun 'text'. For example, I wrote: "Promise texts tell us that God guarantees to save those who persevere." Microsoft Word underlined 'tell' indicating some grammatical error. "What error?" I wondered. After wracking my brains...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 19:07

Kenosis: Why God Can't Choose to Lose His Powers

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According to some versions of the doctrine of kenosis, God, the Son, suspended the use of some of his divine powers while he walked the earth. The doctrine is generally taken to mean that Jesus voluntarily suspended the use of some of his powers while he walked the earth. His powers were not...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 18:49

Arguments and Eggs

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Compare these three writers and their use of the humble egg. First, there is C.S Lewis whose use of the egg is found in his famous liar, lunatic, Lordargument. If a man claims to be God but isn't, then he is either a lunatic or a liar. According to Lewis, a lunatic is the kind of person who says...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:18

If Materialism is True, Then Everything Stinks

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[DISCLAIMER: This argument is weak and made partly in jest. It is the kind of argument that has some power but mainly because of some subjective factor, in this case my personal preferences.You are free to dismiss it if your preferences are at odds with mine. However, such an argument can give...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 02:19

How to Prevent Facebook Becoming a Bar Brawl

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There is a rumor going around that it is not possible to have a civil debate on social media. While there is certainly some truthto this at this juncture in our history, it seems odd to think that one media is the kind of media that renders arguments and discourse powerless. Surely, an argument is...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:46

Faith: The Ultimate Underdog

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I was at mile twenty and pretty sure there was no way I could finish. Mile twenty has a name for marathoners: “the wall.” It’s when you think you can go no further. I was there. I was spent, all out of juice, dead in the water.
It is commonly said that faith is at mile twenty; it's...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 21:25

Presuppositions and Public Discourse

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When my students get a Latin test they make mistakes because they attempt to translate sentences according to what they think I would say. For instance, consider the following sentence:vīnum virōs cōservatThe English translation is:wine preserves menHowever, nearly everyone in the...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:35

How Tell What People Want

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In a free market with multiple businesses and good economic conditions most people can get what they want even if they don't get everything they want. If you like stainless steel appliances, it's easy (lots of people want them), but even if you want pink appliances you can get them. That's how a...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:42

On Meaningless Waffle

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Waffle is speech or writing that appears thoughtful at first glance, but has no discernible content. The New Civics Statement is waffle:
The New Civics initiative starts with the assumption that a central aim of civic education is to prepare young people to act with civic purpose and to do so...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:02

Tri-unity

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Christian theism is, at least in part, a set of statements or propositions believers take to be true. The study of the coherence of Christian theism is the consideration of the coherence of that set of statements. It is not a study of whether or not those statements are true but whether or not if...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:27

Why Correct Answers Do Not Entail Knowledge

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It is tempting to say the following:
S can answer a question correctly only if S knows the answer to the question. 
However, we should resist the temptation. Consider the following:When I was about 11years old I was sitting in a classroom, my gaze fixed firmly on the cricket pitch outside and...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 03:06

Does Speech Have Rules?

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Elizabeth Warren has been silenced in the Senate for impugning a fellow Senator. The rule tells Senators that criticizing the motives of a fellow Senator on the floor of the Senate is not allowed. Under Rule 19, Senators are not allowed to "directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:47

Notes: Does God Have a Nature?

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When we say that God is good or that he is all-powerful we are predicating something of a subject as we are when we say “Socrates is wise.” On a realist view, the predicate is a property that is instantiated by the particular. “Wise” is a property of Socrates and, as such,...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 03:27

Sermon: Psalm 44

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Have you ever had a winning streak? Squash player, Jahangir Khan, once had a 555 game winning streak. From 1981-1985 he never lost a single game! Once in 1982, he won the International Squash Players Association Championship without losing a single point.When you are on a winning...

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