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

Analogical Thoughts - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 00:27

Scripture’s Self-Attestation

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“Great Doctrines of the Reformed Faith” is the title of the 2018 Thornwell Lectures hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

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I was honored to be invited to contribute to this year’s lecture series and I spoke on the topic of Scripture’s Self-Attestation.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:57

Exploring Islam Teaching Series

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image Last year Ligonier Ministries invited me to work with them to produce a new teaching series on Islam. The final product, Exploring Islam, is now available for preorder.

Here’s the description from the DVD cover:

Speaking the Truth in Love

What do Muslims believe? With so much diversity in the...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 04:41

Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)?

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I’m delighted to report that the third volume in the Christian Focus series, The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered, is now available: Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)? by series co-editor Greg Welty.

image Having been closely involved in the editing process, I’m thrilled...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:09

Bertrand Russell on Pragmatism

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Pragmatism is the view that a belief or claim is ‘true’ not because it accurately represents the way things are, but because it has beneficial effects. Truth is what’s useful, what works, what gets results. Correspondingly, religious pragmatism is the view that religious beliefs...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 03:23

Brian Abasciano on John 3:16

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Dr. Brian Abasciano recently posted an article on the Society of Evangelical Arminians website in response to an “untenable grammatical argument” offered by (so he claims) James White, Guillaume Bignon, James A. Gibson, and yours truly. Dr. Abasciano generously describes me as a...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 00:33

John 3:16 Teaches Limited Atonement

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Yes, it really does. Hear me out.

John 3:16 is commonly cited against the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement (LA).1 The argument is simple: LA teaches that Christ made atonement only for the elect, but this best-known verse in the Bible says that God so loved the world that he sent his Son....

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:37

Is There Only One Way of Salvation? (Tabletalk)

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I see that my short article for Tabletalk magazine with the above title is now available online. The theme of the August 2017 issue was apologetics (“Giving an Answer”). The other articles from that issue are also available. Some good material here that could be used with a youth group...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:46

What Is Normal? What Is Natural?

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imageIs homosexuality normal?

Is polyamory normal?

Is transgenderism normal?

Is left-handedness normal?

Is belief in God normal?

Is death normal?

 How one answers such questions will hang on how one understands the term normal. The word ‘normal’ is etymologically related to ‘norm’ and...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:37

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 6)

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[This is the last in an n-part series, where n turned out to be 6.]

In a highly irregular series of posts, I’ve been considering the question, How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? As I explained in the first installment:

Molinism is a theory that purports to reconcile a robust doctrine...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 03:31

No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

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image My review of Nabeel Qureshi’s book No God but One: Allah or Jesus? appeared in the September 2017 issueReformed Faith & Practice. The review was written some time before Nabeel’s death, and, by unfortunate coincidence, it was published online on the day of his funeral. For that...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 04:51

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 5)

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[This is the fifth in an n-part series, where n>1 and very probably n=6.]

A long time ago, in a galaxy remarkably like this one, I began a series addressing the question, How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? It’s high time I started to wrap things up. So, to recap:

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 23:01

Absolutely Subjective Moral Values

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In a previous post I drew a distinction between Objective Moral Values and Subjective Moral Values before giving a couple of illustrations of the importance of the distinction in Christian apologetics. In this follow-up I want to take matters few steps further by deploying the distinction in a...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:15

The Inescapability of God

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A (very) abridged version of chapter 4 of Why Should I Believe Christianity? was recently published in the Christian Research Journal 40:5 (2017). It’s reproduced here with permission.

Authors: James...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:46

Moral Values and Christian Apologetics

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The topic of moral values comes up often in Christian apologetics. For example, Christians will argue that atheists cannot account for moral values or that the moral relativism associated with postmodernism is somehow self-defeating. I’ve noticed that in such discussions there’s often...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 23:41

Some Challenges for Libertarian Calvinism

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Since we’re talking Calvinism and compatibilism, let me mention that Paul Manata and I just had an article on those issues published in the Journal of Reformed Theology: “Determined to Come Most Freely: Some Challenges for Libertarian Calvinism” (details here).

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 23:01

Excusing Sinners and Blaming God

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What are the most common philosophical objections to Calvinism? Arguably these:

  1. Calvinism makes the problem of evil even more intractable.
  2. Calvinism implies that God is culpable for the sins of his creatures (the “author of sin” objection).
  3. Calvinism undermines human moral responsibility...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:20

God-Bearers and Christ-Bearers

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image I’ve been revisiting the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, particularly the letters of Ignatius. Ignatius was the bishop of Antioch at the turn of the second century who wrote seven letters to various churches only a matter of weeks before his martyrdom in Rome.

In those letters, Ignatius...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 05:15

Why One?

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Earlier this year I received the following thoughtful question from DG (as I will refer to him) about the argument for God from logic, which I quote in full:

In his essay [in Beyond the Control of God?] Professor Welty points out that in TCR [Theistic Conceptual Realism] “objectivity is...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:10

Christians Not Welcome?

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“Oxford college bans ‘harmful’ Christian Union from freshers’ fair” is the headline for the following Telegraph report:

An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 02:10

Warfield Lectures: Anthropology Transgenderism

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Last October I had the great privilege of delivering the Fifth Annual B. B. Warfield Lectures at the invitation of Erskine Seminary and First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. Edited versions of those two lectures have now been published in RTS’s online journal, Reformed Faith & Practice:...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:58

A Quick Argument Against Libertarian Calvinism

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One of the current debates among Reformed scholars concerns whether Reformed theology commits one to a compatibilist view of free will. Is there room in the Reformed tradition for a ‘libertarian Calvinism’ which affirms Calvinist distinctives (such as a strong view of divine providence...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 05:46

When Harry Wants To Be Called ‘Sally’

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image The Nashville Statement was published this week, and the (over)reaction to it has been entirely predictable. It’s a fine summary of the biblical Christian position on human sexuality, and (while I might quibble with the wording here and there) I agree with all of its affirmations and...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:19

Edgar on Van Til

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You might know that P&R have been publishing new editions of Cornelius Van Til’s major works. You might also know that those new editions have introductions and explanatory notes by WTS professors William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint.

You might not know, however, that a couple of...

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