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
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:51

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017)

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:10

Darwinism: science or philosophy?

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Darwinism: Scientific Inference or Philosophical Preference?

An old symposium (1992). However it contains papers and presentations from several intelligent scientists and philosophers. Such as Michael Behe, William Dembski, Stephen Meyer, and Peter van Inwagen.

For example, here is van...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:32

Mere apologetics

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Avery Cardinal Dulles evaluates C.S. Lewis:

C.S. Lewis was a man of many parts. His novels, allegories, and children’s books achieved enormous popularity. He excelled as a spiritual writer and had some standing as a poet. In the academic field he was competent in philosophy, a master of the...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:12

Jack Warnie

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(Jack and Warnie, August 1908)

C.S. “Jack” Lewis (1898-1963) and Warren “Warnie” Lewis (1895-1973) were brothers. Warnie was about three and a half years Jack’s senior, and Warnie outlived Jack by nearly a decade. They had no other siblings.

Jack and Warnie always had a...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 05:28

The great debate

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A series of lectures from Tim McGrew:

This course is a survey of the discussion and debate over special divine action from the work of the French philosophes and Thomas Paine in the late 18th century through the popularization of the Tübingen school’s sceptical views in the late 19th...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 10:19

True social justice warriors

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Tim Keller writes in The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (chapter 4):

In an important history of the [Civil Rights] movement, David L. Chappell demonstrates that it was not a political but primarily a religious and spiritual movement. White Northern liberals who were the allies of the...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:49

How I became a Christian

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Here’s my “testimony” about how I became a Christian. It will focus on the personal and experiential rather than intellectual.

I became a Christian in college at about age 20. It was near the end of my sophomore year.

Approximately a week before I became a Christian, I was walking...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:56

Asia Harvest testimonies

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Several interesting testimonies from Asia.

Assuming these are true accounts, some could have been taken straight from the pages of the Bible. For example, the demon-possessed man in Laos is reminiscent of the demon-possessed in the New Testament:

In a remote area of Laos (a Communist country...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 23:42

Songs in the night

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An edifying sermon by Charles Spurgeon.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:09

Obsessed with sex

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On the one hand, it’s true there are both liberal as well as conservative sex offenders.

On the other hand, I think a difference between conservatives and liberals in the context of the recent sex scandals ever since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, not only in our culture (e.g. Hollywood)...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:35

Liberals and sex scandals

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Liberals are now admitting they were wrong to defend Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky. Liberals are now saying they can’t change the past, but they can change the present and future, and as such they pledge to defend any and all who have been sexually harassed and abused (especially focusing...

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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.

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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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