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
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In clear-cut cases of crime, terror, and other instances of wicked human behavior, you'd think we'd all be on the same page. But we're not. We argue over it, especially if we talk politics.It seems we can all call something bad, but when we talk about what we or the government should do about it,...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 23:28

What is the Meaning of the Cry of Dereliction?

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On the cross, the Messiah cries, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46b). His words are a quotation of David's prophetic psalm, psalm 22. But what can Jesus possibly mean? How could the Son be forsaken by the...

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Bob Sidensticker argues that Psalm 22 is not a prophetic psalm depicting the suffering of the Messiah.First, Sidensticker argues that the opening phrase, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” could not be the words of the Messiah. Instead, those words are a gnostic application...

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For some writers, "the author suggests..." "It is argued...", and "so and so says..." are all a waste of writer's ink and reader's time. Why not cut the padding and just write as if you are the person whose work you are writing about? Cornelius Van Til, King David, and the president all do it. The...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:05

Blunting the Fallacy Fork

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Marrten Boudry claims that there are far fewer fallacies out there than we think. His reason involves a 'fallacy fork.' The fallacy fork is a dilemma the conclusion of which is supposed to show us that fallacies are not usually fallacies. Here is the fork:Either the fallacy is hardly ever used, or...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:36

Why Latin?

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To the surprise of anyone who sat next to me in Latin class when we were ten years old, I am now a Latin teacher. My Latin teachers would be especially surprised. One teacher threw a piece  of chalk at me when I was paying no attention (actually, this may have been my French teacher, but my...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 21:03

Cultural Appropriation: Problem?

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I am a Brit living in America. My favorite restaurant is Cracker Barrel, I display a large star spangled banner in my study, and occasionally practice my 'mercan accent (much to the embarrassment of my wife). I am constantly appropriating a culture not of my own. But then I've been doing it for...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 08:11

Snowflakes and the Origin of Language

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According to Chomsky, nothing has happened to language in about 50,000 years. Take any child from any place from any time within the last 50,000 years and put him in a family in Boston in 2017 and he will grow up speaking like a Bostonian.Prior to 50,000 years ago, there was no such thing as...

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Imagine you are faced with a Christian mother in search of the right educational choice for her child. You are sure you have the answer – a Christian classical education. However, you are soon made acutely aware that this mother is not going to send her child to your school on your say so....

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:11

The Tragedy of a Worshipless Life

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The tragedy of a lifeless body is only matched by the tragedy of a worshipless life. A worshipless life is a life lived without worshiping the King, the Messiah, Jesus. In the gospels, this tragedy brings the Lord to tears and anguish over his people. In every other encounter with human misery, the...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 06:41

Disturbing Reasoning

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Today I came across two examples of disturbing reasoning. I am distinguishing disturbingfrom merely fallacious. Disturbing reasoning deserves its own box, brand, and--ever hopefully--banishment. To reason disturbingly is to make an argument that implicitly accepts a disturbing...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:01

Dogish?

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To varying degrees, I have learned Greek, Latin, German, French, and English, but dogish lies out of my reach. My grandmother spoke to her dog, but the snuffly little pug's responses never sounded anything like what my grandmother said to him. She said things like, "I do before to be a hudra hud,"...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 07:37

The Humiliation of the King

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When most people get close to people of power and influence, they feel something. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but the best answer I can come up with is that powerful people are compelling because their power promotes our status. The closer we are to them, the higher our status is.
This morning...

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Heineken's new ad couples up three pairs of strangers who disagree over feminism, climate change, and transgenderism. After the pairs construct a bar together they are given a dilemma: leave or stay for a drink to discuss their differences. So far, the ad tells us something trivially true: getting...

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Logical thinking is crucial and we in the West could do with some more of it. So, I teach it to 5th-8th graders at Commission Leadership Academy in Raleigh, NC. It is hard work and I have to get creative especially with 5th graders. Some of the concepts lie just beyond reach of the younger mind and...

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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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