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

Alastair's Adversaria - Apologetic Report

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I have written a post over on the Davenant blog, in which I discuss some of the dangers in certain uses of the term ‘biblical’ in some conservative Reformed and evangelical circles.

The term ‘biblical’ has come to function as a sort of trademark, performing many of a...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:00

Transcriptions

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Things have been fairly quiet around here lately, unfortunately. However, I have been producing regular videos/podcasts over on my other blog. One of the things that I have been hoping to do is to produce transcriptions of all of my videos, so that people without the time to watch a video or listen...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 19:35

Learning Wisdom from the Serpents

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I’ve written a post over on the Theopolis blog, in response to a piece by Dr David Field, in which he discusses some of the issues he will be exploring in his forthcoming Theopolis intensive course. Within it, I consider how we should approach the task of learning wisdom from non-Christians.

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:33

New Theopolis Curious Cat Account!

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Leave your questions here, and Peter Leithart and I will try to answer them in forthcoming podcast episodes!

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The delayed third instalment of my series on justice in the Internet Age has been posted over on the Davenant Institute’s blog (see the first two parts here and here).

Abstraction affords us a way of relating our particular contexts, experiences, and identities to something that transcends...

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Over the last few days in Monroe, Louisiana, I’ve enjoyed a discussion on the subject of classical theism with Peter Leithart and Jeff Meyers, hosted by Church of the Redeemer. We’ve had some great and challenging debate. You can see the whole series over on YouTube. Here are my talks...

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I’ve been enjoying a stimulating engagement with the classical theist understanding of God in conversation and dispute with Peter Leithart and Jeff Meyers at Church of the Redeemer in Monroe, Louisiana. You can listen in here. You can get a flavour of some of our disagreements, shared...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 10:06

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos

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Over the Christmas period, I made a series of videos/podcasts on the subject of echoes and symmetries in the narratives of the nativity and infancy of Christ. You can watch them all here.

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 02:37

2018 Retrospective

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The Roaches in the Peak District

In keeping with the traditionof thisblog, the following is a retrospective and round-up of my work from the past year. 2018 was a full but also a tough year for me in various respects. I have not had anywhere near the same time to devote to my blog, or to the sort of...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:40

Homeless at Christmas

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The following is a guest post, sharing the work of the Church Urban Fund.

For most of us in the UK the cold days and colder nights of winter are a chance to don our woollen hats and scarves and hurry from place to place without much risk of getting seriously cold.  For some of us though, indeed...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:16

Boat Stories

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I have just had an article published over on the Theopolis site. Within it, I discuss the significance of the boat as a metaphor for the Church and other things.

As a conceptual metaphor and model, the boat and its attendant stories can helpfully frame many different phenomena. As it frames these...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:41

Theopolis Podcast: Second Sunday in Advent

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If you want to continue seeing my posts about Theopolis podcasts, you can now follow them on my new video and podcast blog.

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the second Sunday of Advent: Malachi 3:1-7; Luke 3:1-20; Philippians 1:2-11.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 19:29

Transcripts of Videos/Podcasts

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Although I have moved my videos and podcasts over to my new blog, one of my goals is to have transcripts for all of my videos or podcasts in the future, making that material (more easily) accessible to a broader audience. This is a huge and very time-consuming project, but is something that many...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:42

New Booklet: How Did We Get Here?

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The Davenant Institute has just published a new Davenant Digest by me, on the subject of the causes for our current sexual landscape. You can get a free online copy by subscribing to the Davenant email list or you can buy a print copy here.

The romantic tradition of the West has been widely...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 07:16

Podcast Blog

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I’ve created a new blog, which will be dedicated to my videos and podcasts, leaving this blog for articles and links to articles elsewhere.

It is still under construction, but when it is finished, I hope for there to be features that will make my videos and...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:04

Theopolis Podcast: First Sunday in Advent

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the first Sunday of Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 19:28-40 and 21:25-36.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read show...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 02:56

Podcast: Felix Culpa

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image On the latest Mere Fidelity episode, Derek, Matt, and I put on our theology nerd hats and discuss the concept of the felix culpa.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

If you...

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I am one of the speakers responding to Iain Provan (who has just written this book) in this Davenant Institute event on Protestant hermeneutics.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 10:19

Video: Sexuality in Zero Gravity

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Friday, 16 November 2018 08:43

The Whole Bible in Its Own Voice

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Support the Theopolis Institute here.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:43

Why Are Christians so Hung Up About Sex?

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I recently spoke on this subject for the Davenant Institute. You can listen to the lecture here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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On the latest episode of the Theopolis podcast, Peter Leithart and I are joined by the Jewish biblical and political scholar, Yoram Hazony, for a long and stimulating conversation about his recent book, The Virtue of Nationalism. I summarized and explored the thesis of that book a few weeks ago.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 17:40

Crossing Borders

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The Davenant Institute has a new podcast, with Samantha Cohoe and Mike Plato, called Crossing Borders. The first couple of episodes are here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 06:24

Yoram Hazony and the Deception of Isaac

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A post of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis blog. Within it, I engage with part of Yoram Hazony’s superb The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, bringing him into conversation with James Jordan’s Primeval Saints on the question of the ethics of Jacob’s deception of...

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Today’s question:

A number of years ago there was a lot of debate in certain circles in the UK revolving around these topics: the degree to which Christ/the Trinity is explicitly present in the OT; the nature of the Angel of the Lord; relatedly the object of believers’ faith in the OT...

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