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, 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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Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:18

What is 'Fake News'? Clearing Up an Ambiguity

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What exactly do we mean by 'fake news'? There are two definitions being used at the moment and I think knowing what they are will clear up some confusion, a confusion that leads to unnecessary arguments.According to some, 'fake news' refers to a claim that turns out to be false. The term 'news' is...

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According to a fairly standard realist view of scientific explanation, a given set of phenomena is explained by postulating some unseen entity or causal process. The entity or process in question is not directly observable, but is explained by an analogy with something with which we are more...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:07

A Defense of Dispensers

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I recently heard a talk about teaching in which a teacher was characterized as someone who pours out information into the minds of students. According to the speaker, this is not a good model for education.
In recent years, the idea of a teacher as a dispenser of knowledge to students has become a...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:48

Without Distinction

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The problem with the Pharasees was not that they were a bunch of goody-two-shoes. They weren't merely legalists, obsessed with minutiae. Rather, they were desperate people-pleasers. John tells us that the Pharisees "loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God" (John 12:43). What they...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:31

Why I Teach Logic to Children

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I teach formal logic to middle schoolers. This comes as a surprise to many people since formal logic is usually first encountered at college (if it is encountered at all). However, the more I teach logic, the more convinced I am that we should be teaching formal logic to our children especially...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 21:27

Atonement: A Balance of Punishment?

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The theory of penal substitutionary atonement states that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, took the punishment that we deserve. Some suggest that if Christ takes the punishment we deserve, then he must take the same (or identical) punishment we deserve. This thought generates an...

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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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