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
Friday, 19 April 2019 00:20

Why Christianity Won't Go Away

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Supposedly, Christianity will go away. We will evolve and move on. Infuriatingly for some, it's not going away that easily. 
Today, we remember a day when Jesus was supposed to go away. But, things did not go as planned. 
Crucifixions were supposed to be smooth and orderly. Everyone played...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 05:12

Why Human Progress Never Supplies Meaning

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We all have an interest in human progress. Whether it be the accumulation of knowledge, removal of disease, increase in prosperity, decline in murder, or a wealth of other worthy aims, we want to see human life get better over time. However, for some people, being 'part of history' or devoting...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 21:39

The Reason for the Love of Human Life

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Those opposed to the pro-life movement think that their opponents have a nefarious motive for their activism: "they don't really care about babies. They just want power or control, or they just want to win."In the following debate, the Hitch makes this explicit. Watch Bill Craig's response. Starts...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 21:43

On Evangelism

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Why evangelize? Finding an answer to this question has become an urgent task since the Barna Group published findings that suggest that "almost half of practicing Christian millennials say evangelism is wrong."It seems odd that those who have been saved by Jesus would think it wrongto tell others...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 20:38

On Merit: A Reply to Clifton Mark

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You do something great, I clap. The child is naughty, he gets no ice cream. The athlete wins the race, she gets a medal. All of these actions and reactions seem built into the universe. It's just the way it is. According to Clifton Mark, this is false - this is not the way the world works. Oh, and...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 21:19

Nativism and Theistic Beliefs

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Did we learn the concept of God and infer his existence from some other more basic belief, or did we have the concept of God or a belief in his existence 'already in the mind'? Such is the issue of nativism: whether there is something in the mind prior to experience. Some theologians and...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 23:09

In with the Old

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Amber Petrovich argues that too many old people are in charge and that they should stand aside to make way for the young. The point is simple: Older people know less about what life is like now than younger people. Since government is about the present, younger people are better equipped to be in...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:50

What Can We Do?

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“we had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and national community” (Martin Luther King)
Is it okay for a Christian to break the law? On the one hand, the Bible tells...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:59

Truth and History

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"The philosophers of the past did not write in order to reflect their times or to provide future historians with something to do. Their work was intended to point beyond itself to something else - to the truthabout things - and what matters ultimately is whether they succeeded" (Ed Feser, Aquinas,...

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Friday, 22 February 2019 20:58

Governing and Human Nature

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Consider the present state of political discourse. Isn't it, at least in part, a discussion about evil and what to do about it? Of course, it also involves thinking about some things as evil and other things as good. But once a political group has decided what they think is evil, the debate is all...

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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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