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
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:19

Logic and Obligations

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Jason Lisle argues that we have a moral obligation to be logical: "Thinking rightly is not optional... It is something God requires of us." His argument is as follows:
To think logically is to think – in a sense – like God thinks. And, by definition, to be logical is to reason...

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Alexander Campbell was an influential pastor in 19th century. He came up with an interesting argument for the existence of God. I saw it nicely analyzed by Caleb Clanton. Campbell argues that human beings must have obtained the concept of God at some time in the past. But what best explains the...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:31

If You Don't Teach This, You Can't Teach That

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Whenever Christians cite the their faith in support of some unpopular moral view, objectors often turn to a well worn argument. I call it the 'if you don't teach this, you can't teach that' argument. The argument turns on a comparison between the objectionable view in question and some other...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 21:04

Sentence Conscience?

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In Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace,Williams and Bizup present several pairs of sentences and invite the reader to consider which of the two he prefers. Here is an example:A: Once upon a time, as a walk through the woods was taking place on the part of Little Red Riding Hood, the...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 01:06

Why Jesus?

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In Greek, Jesus is Ἰησοῦς (pronounced, ee-ay-sooce). In early Latin an i could be used either as a vowel (short or long) or as a consonant (as a y). Thus, the Latin, Iēsus, was pronounced yay-sus. In medievil Latin, the letter j was used to replace i's that...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 21:26

Is Creationism a Science?

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I recently got into a debate over young earth creationism. One objection to the view went as follows:
"A scientific theory is a concise set of statements which has broad explanatory and predictive power within its purview. In order to be considered scientific, a hypothesis must predict what must or...

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I once went to a Don Fransisco show. I am now old enough to admit that I enjoyed it and persuaded my mother to buy a copy of One Heart at a Time.Somehow a memory of the concert sprung to mind recently so I started following him on facebook. Apparently, Don has no time for facebook. His...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 05:34

Why Children Should Not Govern

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Possible Democrat presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, recently tweeted the following: "Children are our nation’s future. We must listen to them about what they care about and give them a voice in our government." I am sure Harris didn't mean that children's opinions should the the basis for...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:44

Pronounambulation

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My paper can no more make an argument than my computer can hope for a Cubs win. People write papers and in those papers people express propositions in sentences that constitute arguments. 'I' is the first person pronoun and I use it to refer to myself, the person writing the paper. If I want to...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 05:13

Katzching Platonism

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According to Chomskian nativism, the necessary condition for language acquisition is the possession of an innate knowledge of the rules of grammar. His reasoning for thinking that human beings have an innate knowledge of grammar is that human beings are able to learn vastly complex...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:48

Help? No Thanks

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I sometimes receive comments on my blog offering to help me with my writing. The funny thing is that all of them are poorly written.They all begin with flattery and conclude with an offer. This one is perhaps the best yet:
Actually wonderful publish, i am satisfied to be here. thanks for sharing...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:34

The Folly of Violence

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It only takes two people to start a bar brawl. Someone knocks over a beer, the guy hits him, and soon everyone is fighting. 
Violence always spreads and there is only one thing that you and I can do that stops it: We must not join in. 
No matter how angry one might feel about a...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 07:16

Education: It’s Not All About You

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The following is the manuscript of a speech I gave to my students at the start of term. Enjoy..."They built a school and placed you in the middle of it. Mom got up, made sure you got breakfast, asked you if you have done your homework, and drove you to school. Dad goes to work; he sweats and toils....

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:13

A Silly Pro-Abort Argument

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Having 'moral status' equates to being the kind of thing it is wrong to kill. According to Elizabeth Harman, if a woman decides to have an abortion, then the fetus does not have moral status. If the mother decides not to have an abortion, then, due to the future life of that fetus, the fetus has...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 09:57

Notes on Evil and Evidence

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Given the fact of evil in the world, is God's existence probable or not?Many Atheists believe that the existence of God is improbable given the presence of evil in the world.The nature of the problem they pose is inductive.In other words, they present positive evidence that reduces the probability...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 01:51

Theism: Plain or Necessary?

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Plain Theism is the view that ‘God exists’ is a logically contingent proposition. ‘God exists’ is neither necessarily true nor necessarily false. In contrast, necessitarian theism holds that the proposition, ‘God exists’ is necessarily true. In other words...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:35

Sugurity

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Everybody wants security. In the eighties, security meant having money. In the nineties, it meant owning a home. On the turn of the century, security meant winning a war on terror. Now, security is about having a political system that secures allour needs - healthcare, education, and even jobs....

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:45

Logic and Normativity

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As I argued the other day, there are some people who think reality is underwritten by various norms. I call them normativists. For example, a normativist will think that there are ethical principles that are objective, universally binding, and immutable. As I suggested, normativists will also...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:51

Fighting for Life

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"Bodily life, which we receive without any action on our own part, carries within itself the right to its own preservation. This is not a right that we have justly or unjustly appropriated to ourselves, but it is in the strictest sense an "innate" right, one which we have passively received and...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:41

Grammar and Normativity

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In Chapter 2 of Gwynne's Grammar,Nevile Gwynne claims that happiness is partly dependent upon good grammar:
  1. "If we don't use words rightly, we shall not think rightly"
  2. "If we do not think rightly, we cannot reliably decide rightly, because good decisions depend on accurate thinking"
  3. "If we do not...

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Ian Kennedy argues that we are wrong to criticize the court's decision to prevent the parents of Charlie Gard to travel to America to seek treatment not available in the UK. He cites a case in which parents of a sick child in Aukland, New Zealand had declined treatment for their sick child. The...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:05

What's Wrong With Mind-Reading Arguments

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Consider Fred. Fred hates cars. But Fred hates cars in 1946. We don't know why he hates cars and perhaps he might like modern cars. We can speculate all we like, but we can't say for sure that Fred would like modern cars. We can't say, "Well, when Fred hated cars in 1946, cars were very different....

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From the fall of 1997 to the following summer, I lived in a YMCA in London (the one in the picture). My band and I were given residency in part to help influence other residents. This YMCA was packed full of people struggling with life. My next door neighbor was a drug addict and an anorexic - she...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:59

How to Use 'That' and 'Which'

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Today, my family were discussing the difference between whichand that.I looked it up in Strictly Englishby Simon Heffer. We found it very helpful. This is what he says:
Perhaps the most common mistake of all with pronominal usages is the misuse of which and that as relative pronouns. It is...

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Abbot Tryphon argues that the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement isheresy. Tryphon calls the view "pagan" view in which "we are forced to view our God as some sort of angry deity needing to be appeased by a blood sacrifice." Tryphon's main argument is that if we accept the penal...

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