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

Epistle of Dude - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 06:56

Rugged Americans

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The following is mere speculation on my part. Granted, what I write below may be too vague to support my contention. If so, that’s fair enough. I’m not committed to it.

It seems American culture helps foster an environment where charismatic men can be elevated to leadership, for good or...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:49

Blood and soil

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Introduction

A major premise of the alt-right is that culture is inseparable from race. In particular, Western culture is inseparable from the white race.

By Western culture, the alt-right mean Western civilization. The alt-right seem to use culture and civilization interchangeably.

By the white...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:00

Sodom and Gomorrah

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Bruce Waltke writes in Genesis: A Commentary (p 274):

Once again Lot is compared and contrasted with Abraham. In Scene 3 the angels arrived in the heat of the day, and Abraham the pilgrim was at his tent’s entrance. In Scene 4 they arrive at Sodom in the evening, and Lot, possibly one of the...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 09:59

The psychology of an atheist

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An atheist writes:

[John Smith] again I was asking you a question. But let me be clear, I DO have a position. And I say this because I think you’ll maybe respect me for it. I don’t believe the gospels are historically reliable. I believe that you were indoctrinated, fell away, felt...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 03:25

Security detail

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A friend sends this along:

Trilemma I don’t see any significant difference between having a gun to protect you against someone attacking you or having someone with a gun next to you to protect you against someone attacking you. In Acts 23, when Paul found out about the plot to kill him, he...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 03:15

“Thoughts and prayers”

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Kirsten Powers writes:

There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve, renowned Christian theologian Miroslav Volf pointed out to me.

“It’s analogous to what is going on in the book of James 2:16: If a person says to those who are cold and...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 23:40

The Lolita effect

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Many secularists have ridiculed the supposed slippery slope idea that gay rights advocacy would lead to advocacy for transgenders, advocacy for pedophilia, and the like. However, isn’t that precisely what’s happening in our society and culture today? For example, see here.

Authors:...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 23:21

Do conscious desires confer personhood?

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Pro-life philosopher and ethicist Christopher Kaczor responds in The Ethics of Abortion (pp 57-67):

The interest view of personhood holds that: “if nothing at all can possibly matter to a being, then that being has no interests. Its interests, therefore, cannot be considered, and so the being...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 01:30

Comfort

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Paul the apostle writes in his second letter to the church in Corinth (2 Cor 1:3-5):

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 00:05

Jesus and the psychiatrists

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A pre-publication version of “Jesus and the psychiatrists” by David Instone Brewer. The PDF version is available here, while the Microsoft Word (.doc) version is available here.

Steve Hays makes a few brief comments about an episode in the above paper here.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:27

A philosopher’s way back to the faith

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“A Philosopher’s Way Back to the Faith” by William Alston, in Thomas V. Morris’s God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason:

I must begin by confessing that I am quite unaccustomed to testifying, which is what I have let myself in for by agreeing to...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:05

Visions of Jesus

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Here are some cases taken from Phillip Wiebe’s book Visions of Jesus (1997), which, of course, involves people claiming they’ve seen Jesus:

Case 2: Robin Wheeler

Robin had very little contact with the church or with Christians for the first thirty-eight years of his life. He occasionally...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 10:49

Nicholas Wolterstorff autobiography

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The Grace That Shaped My Life

I think this autobiography by Wolterstorff is the same or perhaps a prior draft of his autobiography in the book Philosophers Who Believe by Kelly James Clark.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 10:47

Alvin Plantinga autobiography

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A Christian Life Partly Lived

I think this autobiography by Plantinga is the same or perhaps an earlier draft of his autobiography in the book Philosophers Who Believe by Kelly James Clark.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 08:10

Steven Pinker on violence

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Steven Pinker:

I think guns themselves probably aren’t the main place to look for an answer; although of course there are many common-sense gun control measures that any sane person would agree should be implemented. But the U.S.-Europe difference is not just a difference in the availability...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 05:05

John Lennox and David Gooding eBooks

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See here.

All these books are freely available to download on PDF.

It’s the same John Lennox as the John Lennox who wrote God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists Are Missing the Target, among other books, and who has debated Richard Dawkins,...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 01:43

LAMPs

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A friend sends this along:

I know a missionary who was home on furlough raising ministry support and had come up short $300 a month. Just when he was about to give up, having exhausted every possible avenue of support, he received a call from somebody who felt God laying on his heart the need to...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 17:29

Stephen Willeford

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The left often demonizes conservative Christians. In particular, gun-owning conservative Christians from flyover country. And that’s precisely who and what Stephen Willeford is.

However, keep in mind it was Willeford who was the one (along with Johnnie Langendorff) who helped stop or at least...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 01:43

The foundations of science and medicine

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An approximately half hour lecture by Vern Poythress:

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Monday, 06 November 2017 01:39

For you and your children

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Here is a free publication from Westminster Theological Seminary on infant baptism (PDF). It appears to be a collection of papers by John Murray, Meredith Kline, and Vern Poythress.

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 23:01

Ideas have consequences

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The Daily Mail in the UK (which isn’t the most reliable publication) reports the shooter in the Sutherland Springs massacres purportedly “preached his atheism” online. This is based on what people who allegedly knew him have said about him on social media (e.g. Facebook):

“He...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 22:33

Feelings about gun control

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It’s understandable for many people – especially those with a close connection – to feel a plethora of emotions after a tragedy like yesterday’s. Sadness, grief, despair, anger, hatred, vengeance, and so on.

In some cases, these emotions rise like a humongous wave about to...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 21:44

All hail the Godbot

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In Silicon Valley artificial intelligence isn’t just king, it’s literally a new religion“.

I think that’s in part because people – including people who have given up on the idea of God – have in them a desire for the transcendental. For God “has put...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 11:57

Initial thoughts on the church massacre

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I had a handful of scattered thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the horrible mass shooting at the church in Texas. In no particular order:

  1. Doubtless the liberal mainstream media will call for increased gun restrictions or a ban. That’s their unthinking, knee-jerk reaction whenever...

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