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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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:48

The Jewish roots of Catholicism

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I've been watching some Brant Pitre videos to see if he does a better job of making an exegetical case for Catholicism than other Catholic apologists. Here's a sampler. 
The second thing to notice is that Jesus is emphasizing the realism of his presence under the form of food and drink... 
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:12

The 50 cent army

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"Twitter shuts down 200,000 Chinese accounts for spreading disinformation about Hong Kong protests"

  1. I wonder how many people are aware of China's 50 cent army: "The 50 Cent Party, or 50 Cent Army (Chinese: 五毛党), is the colloquial term for internet commentators (Chinese:...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:01

Ministering spirits

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From approximately 31 to 40 minutes, Corrie ten Boom tells four stories about angels. The second story is reminiscent of 2 Kgs 6:17. Admittedly I'm more skeptical about her third story. Her fourth story is intriguing.

Authors: Hawk...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:01

Marian typology

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1. I've been watching some Brant Pitre videos. He's a Catholic apologist with an emphasis on the (alleged) biblical evidence for Catholicism. He's popular and prolific, with a number of books and video series. As I said in another post, he's probably the best Bible scholar among Catholic...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 01:02

An ostensive definition of inerrancy

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Definitions of inerrancy typically take the form of abstract definitions. While there's a necessary place for abstract definitions of inerrancy, their generality makes them fact-free vacuities. But traditional inerrantists have specific examples in mind, so it's useful to supplement or complement...

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If a poltergeist talks, there's potential to get more information from it. But the value of the information you get is going to depend, in part, on the poltergeist's personality.One of the most controversial aspects of the Enfield case, an aspect that often gets more attention than is warranted, is...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 02:56

Is Purgatory in the Bible?

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42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:08

Diet Eman

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imageLike Corrie ten Boom, Diet Eman is a Dutch Christian who helped Jews and resisted the Nazis during World War II. She's also honored as a "righteous gentile" by Israel. Her testimony about her time in the war is edifying to listen to and it likewise holds lessons for us today. In the end, in life or...
 

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:54

Death be not proud

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Bill Mounce reflects on the death of his father.

I am going to interrupt my normal Greek blogs to share some thoughts about my dad, funerals, and death.

Dad passed away due to complications from two surgeries, broken hip, shoulder, and elbow, all from falling. He was 97. His obituary is on his...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:50

Nobel laureates vs. evolution

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This looks like a useful compilation, though it's from Vincent Torley:

"Seven Nobel Laureates in science who either supported Intelligent Design or attacked Darwinian evolution"

Authors: Hawk...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 03:25

Blood on my hands

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In theodicy, freewill theists lean on the notion that God merely permits evil to happen. The intuition is that if an agent directly causes or determines an event, then that makes him morally complicit in a way that just allowing, or not preventing, an event caused by another agent does not. A...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 23:32

Résumé stuffer

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Democrat presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttboy touts his military record. I'd just point out that there's a difference between serving in the military and using the military to use yourself. It's clear from how he brags about his military record on the campaign trail that his military service was...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 13:56

Family ten Boom

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image(The ten Boom family in 1895. Top row: Cor (mother), Casper (father), family friend. Middle row: Aunt Jans, Aunt Bep, Aunt Anna. Bottom row: Willem, Corrie, Nollie, and Betsie. Betsie was the eldest child, Willem second, Nollie third, and Corrie the youngest.)

1. It seems to me the ten Boom family...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:18

Two doors

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I've discussed this before, but I'd like to use a different example to illustrate the point. Freewill theism touts the necessity of having freedom of opportunity. To have "real" freedom or a "real" choice means having alternate courses of action available to you. 
But here's the problem. Say...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:02

Is Calvinism Manichean?

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A popular Arminian trope is to say that Calvinism is based on Augustinian theology, and Augustinian theology is colored by Augustine's residual Manichaeism. 
i) It's absurd to claim that all Calvinists are getting their theology mediated by Augustine. Even if Augustine was a major stimulus for...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 14:32

Vicarious martyrdom

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a revered figure for many professed Christians all across the theological spectrum. And that's merited. There is, though, the danger of self-deception in the veneration of figures like Bonhoeffer. It's chic to admire Bonhoeffer. It can become an exercise in self-flattery. If...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 14:31

The Davitamon bottle

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image(Left to right: Betsie ten Boom, Nollie ten Boom, Corrie ten Boom c. 1905.)

Here is an excerpt from Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place. The book is in part about her time in a concentration camp during World War II. Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch Reformed Christian who helped hide Jews during the...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 13:10

The God of Peter

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The following is an excerpt from The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Paul Hattaway. Brother Yun recounted his testimony and ministry in China to Hattaway which Hattaway turned into the book.

Hattaway is the founder of Asia Harvest. The most recent...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 04:57

Erasing Catholic teaching

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The teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (here after CCC) has undergone substantive since its initial publication. I wonder how many Catholics compare different editions to register the changes. In addition, there's a distinction between print editions and electronic revisions. Nowadays...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:34

Do not love the world

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An excerpt from Karen Jobes' 1, 2, and 3 John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series):

2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them (Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:08

Feser on simplicity redux

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I commented on Ed Feser's reply to Ryan Mullins one before:
In his reply, Feser says he defends Thomistic simplicity at greater length in his book on Five Proofs of the Existence of God. So I'll turn to that. What he says on...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:45

Protestantism is not a church

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I'm going to comment on something by an Eastern Orthodox apologist:
The EO/evangelical debate is underdeveloped on both sides compared to traditional debates like the Catholic/Protestant...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:57

That's a hard question to answer

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Today, I had an extended back and forth with atheist video blogger (and actor) Scott Clifton. I wanted to post one bit of the exchange here because I address a very common type of question about the problem of evil.
Clifton: Can you name a good—any good—that can’t be brought about...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:21

Family restaurant

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A young couple sitting at a table across from you at a family restaurant has been kissing and snuggling for several minutes. Would you be more offended if the couple is of the same sex?
i) Since I wouldn't be offended by the straight couple a...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:09

God's audible voice

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Having done a general commentary on Craig's treatment of Gen 1-3, I'd like to zoom in on one detail:
The anthropomorphic nature of God, which is merely hinted at in chap. 2, becomes inescapable in chap 3, where God is described as walking in the garden in the cool of the day, calling audibly to...

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