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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Thursday, 27 April 2017 23:31

Cemeteries of Eden

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According to Scripture, human life began in a garden. But as punishment for their disobedience, Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden. Their posterity is born in exile. And because they were banished, the lost access to the tree of life. They lost the opportunity for immortality. 
In...

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(Earlier posts in the series: part 1, part 2.)Whatever poltergeists actually are, they often behave like a lunatic with supernatural power. One moment, they'll be calm, rational, or even helpful or humorous. Another moment, they'll be destructive, irrational, vindictive, or disturbing. That may be...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:43

Was the ark a lark?

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19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:29

Methuselah died

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Apostate Dale Tuggy did another podcast:
in which he labored to selective respond to my post:
I listened to his lumbering analysis. 
1. He repeated his...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:55

SPQR

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I thought it might be helpful to share some of my (layman's) notes on the cursus honorum (primarily). How a Roman becomes a senator. Of course, the Senate was the body of men that ruled the Roman republic.

A few preliminaries:

  • The context for my notes is the Republican period.
  • Rome was a...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:32

Gaius Julius Paulus?

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Excerpted from Colin Hemer's paper "The Name of Paul" (1985):

It is generally recognised that Paul, as a Roman citizen, must have possessed a full Roman name, in fact the tria nomina (three names). 'Paulus' was his cognomen, but his praenomen and nomen are quite unknown to us. When a provincial...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 22:46

Narrative order

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A friend asked me to comment on this:
[The amillennial] approach does not fit the literary movement of Revelation. John pictures the period between Christ’s exaltation and return as the time of Satan’s banishment from heaven to earth, where he deceives the nations and persecutes the...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 22:31

Neo-Apollinarian Christology

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I'd like to comment in more detail on the neo-Apollinarian Christology of J. P. Moreland and W. L. Craig, which they present in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (IVP, 2003).
A few preliminary comments:
i) When I classify a position as "heretical," I'm not using ancient church...

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(You can read the first part of this series here.)On a May 28, 1999 BBC radio program, Richard Wiseman remarked that most criticism of the Enfield case boils down to saying that the girls in the home where the poltergeist activity occurred, Janet and Margaret Hodgson, were playing tricks. (Start...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:20

The Legitimacy of Miracles

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I. Exposition
I'm going to review Robert Larmer's The Legitimacy of Miracles (Lexington Books, 2014). Larmer is a Canadian Christian philosopher whose area of specialization includes the philosophy of miracles. He's published books and articles on the subject since...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 10:06

Papists or Thomists?

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I recently had an impromptu debate with a Catholic on Facebook. Here's the exchange (with minor editing):
Hays 
To support Jerry's claim from another angle, there's the phenomenon of conservative Catholics who disregard the pacifism of recent popes. They justify their support for capital...

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I'm reposting some comments I made on Facebook:
How is Craig's position different from Peter Enns? Is it just a difference of degree? What's the difference between evangelicalism and progressive Christianity, if any?
How is the comparison with Peter Enns a red herring? Peter Enns also jettisons OT...

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Near the end of a November 23, 1977 broadcast, a BBC reporter commented that the events he was covering could be "the best-documented ghost story of all time". He was referring to the Enfield Poltergeist.This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the case, so it's getting...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:40

The rightful heir

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Commentators and theologians struggle with a perceived tension in John's Christology. On the one hand, John has high Christology, stressing the full divinity of Christ. On the other hand, there's the apparent "subordination" in John. Recently, I was reading an article by Richard Bauckham. After...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:02

Apollinarianism

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A while back, William Lane Craig said:
It seems you’re not familiar with my proposed neo-Apollinarian Christology in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. It was crafted precisely because I think the usual model tends to Nestorianism for the reasons you mention. On the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 22:54

What's presuppositionalism?

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For years there's been controversy over the correct interpretation of Van Tilian apologetics. I don't comment on this very often because I think it's usually a blind alley. 
What accounts for persistent disagreement regarding the interpretation of Van Tilian apologetics? I'm reminded of what...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:45

Chucking the OT

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I'm going to comment on a recent response that Craig gave to a questioner:
When people ask me what unanswered questions I still have, I tell them, “I don’t know what to do with these Old Testament...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:30

When God the mighty Maker died

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Apostate Dale Tuggy attempted to respond to my analysis of his presentation:
Here's my original post:
Funny thing about Dale is that he imagines that he's really onto something. A...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 22:23

The Incarnation

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Consider an analogy. Take a video game designer. Suppose, for discussion purposes, that artificial intelligence is possible. Suppose the virtual characters he creates have minds of their own. 
What is more, suppose he writes himself into his own program. He creates a character that corresponds...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 00:07

Making a case for the Resurrection

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Over the years I've read a number of prominent Christian apologists make their case for the Resurrection. Notable examples include John Warwick Montgomery, William Lane Craig, Timothy and Lydia McGrew, Richard Swinburne, Gary Habermas, N. T. Wright, and Mike Licona. Craig in particular has been...

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As a side note:

Some may find it ironic no scientists are included. However, this should be weighed against the fact that scientists aren't experts when it comes to historical or philosophical matters.

Also, given how many people today laud science and/or belittle philosophy or history, it might...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:27

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!

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How can it be, the one who died, Has borne our sin through sacrifice To conquer every sting of death? Sing, sing hallelujah.

For joy awakes as dawning light When Christ's disciples lift their eyes. Alive he stands, their friend and king; Christ, Christ he is risen.

CHORUS Christ is risen,...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:23

See what a morning

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See, what a morning, gloriously bright, With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem; Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, As the angels announce, "Christ is risen!" See God's salvation plan, Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice, Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, For he lives:...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 10:20

Quantum gravity

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Ever since the development of quantum mechanics in the 20s,  there's often thought to be two conflicting pictures of the physical world: the subatomic domain is indeterministic while the macroscopic domain is deterministic. Put another way, Relativity is deterministic while quantum mechanics...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 23:29

Time, times, and half a time

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I'd like to make a brief observation about the experience of time. The nature of time crops up in some theological conversations. For instance, freewill theists are apt to espouse the A-theory of time rather than the B-theory of time. They say the future is open. Indeterminate. 
According to...

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