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
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:41

Feinberg on Natural Revelation

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"Natural revelation unveils to all humans, regardless of time and place in history, the truth that a supreme being, God, exists, and it demonstrates something of his divine attributes such as power, wisdom, and goodness. These truths are known through the use of reason applied to the created and...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 06:36

Alston on Truth

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"...the statement that gold is malleable is true if and only if gold is malleable. The 'content' of a statement--what it states to be the case--gives us everything we need to specify what it takes for the statement to be true. In practice this means the 'that' clause--the content specifying...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 22:26

Notes: George Bealer's The Incoherence of Empiricism

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According to George Bealer, empiricism is committed to three principles. First, an empiricist is committed to “the principle of empiricism” namely that “a person’s experiences and/or observations comprise the person’s prima facie evidence.” Second,...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 22:16

Feser Interview

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Here's an interview with Ed Feser, author of Five Proofs of the Existence of God: Feser's presentation of the 'Aristotelian' proof is well done.

Authors: Ben Holloway...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 21:21

Feser on Scientism

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Feser on scientism
Scientism is simply not a coherent position. You cannot avoid having distinctively philosophical and extra-scientific theoretical commitments, because the very attempt to do so entails having distinctively philosophical and extra-scientific theoretical commitments. And if...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:47

If Equality, then God.

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Louis Pojman makes a convincing case for the conclusion that if there is any case for the equal dignity of human beings, then God exists:
“The doctrine that all people are of equal worth, and this endowed with inalienable rights, is rooted in our religious heritage…The originators of...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:57

A Gauntlet Thrown

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The Maverick explains:
It is often said that a human fetus is a potential human life. Not so! A human fetus is an actual human life. Consider a third-trimester human fetus, alive and well, developing in the normal way in the mother. It is potentially many things: a neonate, a two-year-old, a...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 01:01

If Rights, Then God.

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Victor Reppert's reconstruction of the Roe v. Wade argument is illuminating:
1. There is a constitutionally guaranteed right of privacy, of which we can be certain.2. In the case of abortion, the right of privacy must prevail unless there is a countervailing right of which we can be certain, such as...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:45

Reply To Alexander Pruss

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Alexander Pruss argues for the following: "given soft determinism, it is in principle possible to avoid culpability while still getting the exact same results whenever you don’t know prior to deliberation how you will choose. This seems absurd, and the absurdity gives us a reason to reject...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:49

PragNag

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"...pragmatism is perhaps the worst idea that philosophy ever had" says recently deceased philosopher, Jerry Fodor. Not only is it bad, but according to Fodor it is false, and necessarily so.Pragmatism suggests that rationalists have got it all the wrong way round. Instead of having thoughts about...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 20:01

Pride

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"A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor" (Proverbs 29:23).
Pride is a pre-occupation with oneself. It is evident in both the arrogant and the self-pitying. Its only cure is a replacement of the object of one's attention. This is both simple and difficult. "What...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 19:52

Normativity and Motivation

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According to Christine Korsgaard, there is a distinction between explanatory and normative adequacy for a moral theory. In a really interesting passage, Korsgaard asks us to think from two points of view - a third person point of view and a first-person point of view. She then takes a standard...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 22:45

Notes: Divine Necessity by Robert Adams

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Adams writes "to refute two...objections to the doctrine of divine necessity" (742). In doing so, he provides a refutation for evolutionary naturalism and an argument for the existence of God.Obj #1: The proposition, 'God exists', cannot be a necessary truth because only analytic truths can be...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:07

Combatting AI Hype

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In "The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions" Rodney Brooks argues that we ought to push back against mistaken predictions about artificial intelligence. Optimism about A.I. has simultaneously led to utopian visions of a workless future and fears of an AI that might destroy us. His main point is...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 23:01

CERN: The Universe Should Not Exist

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Physicists puzzle over how the universe got going. The most plausible answer that does not rely on the existence of God is that the universe emerged from a 'big bang'. However, it is not clear that the theory stands up to scrutiny. Apparently, the theory seems to entail that there would be no...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:09

Legal Nativism?

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Over at Law and Liberty, John McGinnis favorably quotes legal scholar Harold Berman. Berman apparently told The Fulton County Daily Report(although, I can't for the life of me find the quotation in its original context):
A child says, ‘It’s my toy.’ That’s...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 23:05

The Value of Hard Work

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"Labor not to be rich"(Prov 23:4)
"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want"(Prov 21:5)
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
Hard work has a non-monetry value priorto its...

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Relationships only work when we generally impute good motives to the speakers of sentences. Due to the nature of natural human languages, vagueness and ambiguity are inevitable in speech. Every-day talk is not supposed to be precise. But it works well because we assume the best of other people.At...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 20:24

Free Will: More Than One Game in Town

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I have spent many an hour in the company of friends who hold to a form of libertarian free will. Most conversations on the matter are gracious and good spirited. Some people are slightly mystified by my Calvinism, but they earnestly seek to know what it is and why anyone would hold to such a thing.O...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:15

Original Sin: Disposition or Ability.

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Since the fall, human beings are said to be born with original or inherited sin. By whatever means we inherit this problem, we have it innately. We do not acquire it sometime in our lives. Paul tells us that Adam's sin affects the whole human species (Rom 5:12). Luther wrote, "all men are...

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