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

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Friday, 20 April 2018 23:54

Quantifying miracles

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i) The issue miracles is often framed in terms of mathematical odds. Like there's a presumption against having a license plate with that particular number, given tens of millions of license plates, but that presumption can be overcome by specific evidence to the contrary. By the same token,...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 12:45

Ontological arguments

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Friday, 20 April 2018 12:36

A god apart

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Have you ever noticed the enormous emphasis on social ethics in Islam and Rabbinical Judaism? Jewish philosophers are generally social commentators and existentialists. They don't focus on God the way Christian philosophers and theologians do. To the extent that they talk about God, it's God as the...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 11:35

So many Christians–so few lions!

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A standard objection to Christianity is whether inclusivism is fair. Is it fair that so many never had a chance to hear the Gospel? This is an issue in freewill theism as well as Calvinism.
There are familiar strategies in fielding this objection. But I'd like to remark on a neglected consideration....

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Friday, 20 April 2018 02:44

Accident of birth

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Stephen J. Graham
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Suppose God sent to Hell everyone who was born in South America before 10am. The rest of us go to heaven. Is there any reason on Calvinism to think there is anything wrong with God holding people morally accountable for being born in South America before 10am?
Secular...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 00:29

Woke church

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1. In addition to race-baiters like Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony Bradley, RAAN, Reformed Margins et al., we have a social contagion that's spreading to race-baiter enablers like Danny Akin, Matt Chandler, Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, John Piper, David Platt et al. And that in turn has...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:48

Infinity mirror

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Apostate Dale Tuggy labors to trip up Christians by generating contradictions in how the word "God" is used in verbal formulations of the Trinity. Two brief observations:
1. When I say the Trinity is "God", I'm using "God" in a categorical sense. When I say the Father is "God", the Son is "God", and...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 05:33

Is the Trinity tritheistic?

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Is the Trinity tritheistic? Compared to what? What's the point of contrast in biblical monotheism? Pagan polytheism. Physical humanoid gods with superhuman, but finite abilities. Gods who come into being, usually through sexual intercourse between a god and goddess. Gods who can pass out of...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:14

The Spirit says

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I'm going to comment on some related passages of Scripture, then consider their implications:
But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself within your house (Ezk 3:24; cf. 2:1-3).
Syntactically, the speaker seems to be the Spirit...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:17

Silly Putty Jesus

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At a 2000 meeting of the SBL, Dan Wallace read a paper ("Ipsissima Vox and the Seven Words from the Cross: A Test Case for John’s Use of the Tradition"). Wallace's 2000 address may well be building on his 1999 address, so they go together. Hence, this is a sequel to my previous post:

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:27

A Broad View Of Ipsissima Vox

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I'm going to comment on two papers by Dan Wallace. In this post I will comment on a 1999 paper he read at the ETS ("An Apologia for a Broad View Of Ipsissima Vox"). In another post I'll comment on a 2000 paper read at the SBL. Wallace never published these two papers. Due to rumors about their...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:53

Cosmic waterfall

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I'm going to briefly revisit an issue I often discuss. Did ancient people believe the world was flat? Did appearances indicate that the world was flat? Was prescientific observation inadequate to detect the falsity of a flat earth?
Consider a beach. The ocean extends from the shoreline to the...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:49

The progressive Christian dilemma

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I'll comment on a post by Arminian theologian Randal Rauser:
Egalitarianism is the view that all offices of church ministry and leadership should be open to both genders. By contrast, complementarianism insists that some offices of...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:44

The anointing

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Some professing Christians quote 1 Jn 2:20,27 to disprove the need for theologians and Bible scholars. That's not confined to charismatics. Some cessationists have a folk theology regarding spiritual illumination or divine guidance in decision-making and ethical discernment that's equivalent to...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 05:37

Does God take pleasure in the death of sinners?

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Here's a popular Arminian prooftext:
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? (Ezk 18:23; cf. 33:11).
But for some odd reason, this is not a popular Arminian prooftext: 
And as Yahweh took delight in doing you...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 02:52

The dictionary fallacy

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Apostate Dale Tuggy attempted a response to my (then) latest post:
No, there’s nothing “slanted” about the question. OT monotheism is as clear as can be – the one true God there, the only...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 12:41

Open communion

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I was recently asked if I thought baptism should be a precondition for communion. This goes to issues of open communion, closed communion, and fencing the table.
1. Scripture doesn't explicitly make baptism a prerequisite for communion. However, the reasoning is that baptism is logically and...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:50

Bilocation

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Stevie, you just need to devote some actual thought to epistemology, specifically Plantinga and Reid. If you think such appeals are facile, you just don't understand that approach to human knowledge and justification. You may disagree, which is fine, but taunting it all as facile - sorry, you're...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 02:19

The spirit of Elijah

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Apostate Dale Tuggy responded to my post:
Steve, simplicity a desideratum - of course, not the only one - of theory-making in science, and really, just in common life. All other things being equal, we all prefer a simple explanation to a...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:57

Compresence

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Many atheists take the position that the only evidence for something is empirical evidence. If something is empirically indetectable, then there's no reason to think it exists. Hence, there's no reason to think God exists, if he subsists outside the space-time continuum. 
Let's take a...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:06

Tim McGrew fielding atheists

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