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

Triablogue - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 12:04

Winning yesterday, losing tomorrow

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There's some concern that the SBC and PCA are drifting to the left. A quick observation: there's a sense in which there are no closed questions in theology. Nothing is ever settled for all time. That's because the younger generation is a blank slate. It wasn't born knowing the answers and the...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 10:11

Why philosophy ruins everything!

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A recipe for perpetual misery: become a philosopher!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1HVTNxwt7w

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:23

Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology

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The reviewer has more of a "Confessional Calvinist" mindset than I do. However, the reviewer makes some useful points:http://www.meetthepuritans.com/blog/book-review-cambridge-companion-to-reformed-theology

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:12

This is not a difficult concept

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This seems to be a popular meme. A few basic issues:
i) If you remove the yoke and white from the shell, you interrupt the process of gestation. 
ii) Turning silk into a dress is not a natural process or natural continuum. 
iii) Why is an acorn not a tree? Is the difference that some acorns...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 23:40

Show me a miracle!

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A popular atheist trope is that if God performed a custom-made miracle for the atheist, he'd believe in God. To put this in reverse, they feel justified in not believing in God unless they see a miracle. There are a couple of problems with this trope:

i) It doesn't occur to them that it might not...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 22:53

Sing hallelujah to the Lord

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More information here: "How a worship song is fueling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong".

This is inspiring to see and hear. A defiant little light in all the darkness. Hong Kong denizens, which of course includes Christians, are encircled by the tendrils of a totalitarian state. They're staring...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 06:03

Reading as seeing

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Here's a quick follow-up to my post on eloquence:
Here's a concrete example of what I mean. This is from Mark Twain's autobiography, reminiscing about his old stomping grounds. An example of artlessly expressive, evocative prose. 
Imagine of...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 00:40

John Frame's apologetic

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In the past, Van Tilian apologists made sketchy, grandiose claims about the inadequacy of non-Christian alternatives. Oftentimes, these programmatic claims never got beyond the level of slogans. In addition, progress was often stalled by insular, repetitious debates over methodology. However, there...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 01:01

Eloquence

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1. It's useful for Christian writers who have the latent talent to cultivate an eloquent prose style. If you have a worthwhile message, and you want the reader (or listener) to pay attention, eloquence is a way to make them take notice. Eloquence makes the message memorable. People are more likely...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:33

Ceremonial holiness

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A stock objection which Catholic apologists raise to classic Protestant theology is that justification by faith is a "legal fiction". Among other things, that's a highly ironic allegation given the Catholic alternative. For the Catholic alternative is ceremonial holiness. They imagine that...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 12:20

What's the goal of the prolife movement?

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1. I'm on what's conventionally labeled the "incrementalist" side of the prolife movement (in contrast to abolitionists). However, I don't think casting the issue in terms of incrementalism v. immediatism is the best way to frame the issue. 
As I understand it, the usual claim is that...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 14:35

Veggie tales

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1. I'm not against vegetarianism or veganism per se, but I'm not against meat-eating either. However, humans are omnivorous. Ideally we should have a varied diet (e.g. lean meats, green leafy vegetables, Butterfinger cookie dough cheesecake bars fried in a vat of lard).

2. That said, some strict...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 11:54

Which side has the most to lose?

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1. There's a perennial dispute between Christians and atheists, where each side thinks the other side has fundamentally mistaken priorities. Both sides think the other side suffers from an irredeemable lost opportunity. Atheists think Christians fritter away the only life they're going to get in...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 05:53

Pacifism and abolitionism

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It's been a while since I've commented on AHA, but as I noted in a recent Facebook discussion,  AHA has conflicting principles. The ultimate priority for abolitionists isn't to save babies but to preserve their imagined sense of moral purity. They regard incrementalism as ethically...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 01:58

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

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i) One objection to a timeless Creator is that causes precede effects. But is that necessarily the case? For instance, when I stand in front of a mirror, I cause my reflection to move. But is there a temporal delay between my action and the corresponding image in the mirror? It appears to be...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 00:39

Codex and canon

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i) On occasion I've discussed how ancient Greek MSS are a neglected evidence for the NT canon. Here's some documentation in that regard:
ii) Catholic apologists try to...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:58

The great dictator

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In The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin used two x's instead of a swastika to avoid getting demonetized on YouTube:

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Authors: Hawk...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:57

The Meg formula

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I watched the movie The Meg on Netflix. I thought it was supposed to be campy, which might have made it fun, but it was mostly serious, which made it boring. Then it got worse. Midway through the film I started rooting for the megalodon shark to eat everyone. It was a bad movie, but not bad so it's...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:54

Thinkspot

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Per the Joe Rogan podcast this week, I'm backing a new platform called thinkspot, currently in Beta. Get on the waitlist here, exciting announcements coming very soon. https://t.co/3xQ78Iqc0h

1. Amanda Prestigiacomo writes:

Thinkspot.com,...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:31

Democracy

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When conservatives complain about liberal tolerance giving way to the illiberal imposition of liberal hegemony, they're often just elliptically saying that democracy is unacceptable in liberalizing, minority-conservative societies.
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Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:01

I was a teenage fundamentalist

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There's a stereotypical kind of person who frequents the internet. They're like stock character in fiction (e.g. the wicked stepmother), only they really exist. I recently said to one of them: As I recall, you're one of those dime-a-dozen "I used to be a teenage fundamentalist" who then goes...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 02:42

The quaternity argument

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Call it the Quaternity Argument:
1. If something intentionally communicates using a human language, it is a self.
2. According to the Bible, God intentionally communicates using various human languages.
3. Therefore according to the Bible, God is a self. (1,2)
4. According to the Bible, God is the...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 01:10

The demon-puppet objection

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i) It's hard to make sense of Dale's analogy. Unless you're a physicalist, a body without a soul is a corpse. If a demon takes possession of a fresh corpse, then it's merely piloting a human body. The combination...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:29

Who is your favorite philosopher?

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Cameron Bertuzzi at Capturing Christianity asks: who is your favorite philosopher?

Of course, one could name famous philosophers across the ages like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Peter Abelard, Leibniz, Descartes, Kant, Hume,...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:18

China's long march to world hegemony

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Hugh Hewitt interviews Victor Davis Hanson on China. The entire interview is interesting, but what follows below is an excerpt from sections I found to be informative. I don't necessarily agree with everything.

HEWITT: Well, you came to mind because of an extraordinary speech that was given on May...

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