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, 17 August 2017 02:42

Effacing the past

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Predictably, SJWs lobby to tear down offensive monuments. A few observations:I'm not an absolutist about this. I don't think it's intrinsically wrong to tear down some monuments. But in general I'm opposed to it:i) If and when we're going to tear down monuments, that should enjoy broad-based public...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:49

Kinists and libertarians

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There's an intriguing relationship between libertarianism and white racism, viz. Kinists, neo-Confederates. By that I mean, these groups overlap. So what's the nature of the relationship?
The relationship is asymmetrical. Libertarianism doesn't logically entail white racism (or racism generally)....

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:55

Don't like Confederate statues? Don't make one

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Remember the "Don't like abortion, don't have one" line? Why do SJWs apply the same logic to Confederate statues? Or statues of Washington, Jefferson et al. Don't like it? Don't make it! Don't look at it!

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:51

Is corporate confession vicarious repentance?

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We've seen a recent fad in which evangelical "leaders" think white Christians have a duty to exercise vicarious repentance for the sins of their racist forebears. This is defended on the grounds that Scripture contains corporate confessions (e.g. Dan 9, Ezra 9, Neh 9; 2 Chron 34). Is that analogous?...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:46

Does the Quran promote peace?

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Debate: Does the Quran Promote Peace?

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:09

The Alt-Reich

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I don't know if this is even worth remarking on, but I'll comment on a few statements by two alt-right spokesmen, just to sample alt-right ideology:
We don't hate conservative Christians, we simply reject them as potential allies because they are useless failures inclined to do more harm than good...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 23:27

Blood and soil

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I'll make a few more comments on the rally in Charlottesville:
i) The "news" media has a habit of arbitrarily singling out particular incidents as if they have special significance. This feeds on itself, because other people treat the incident as significant because the media did. So there's a...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 03:33

Parsing Ezekiel's temple

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Readers will find themselves embarrassed by these chapters [i.e. Ezk 40-48]. To some extent at least they were presumably presented as normative for the future. Yet the postexilic community, even when adoption of their rulings was within its power, found other models of worship, while the different...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:28

Neo-nazis to my right, Antifa to my left

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Some comments I made on social media regarding the Charlottesville spectacle: 
It was a staged event with predicable consequences. Too many people are easily manipulated by conditioned responses. That's true on both sides. Wave a red flag and watch the bull come charging.
Sure, we should condemn...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:48

Paul and James on justification

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Substantively, I don't have anything revolutionary to say about the relationship of James and Paul on justification. I subscribe to the traditional Reformed position on sola fide. However, as I read NT scholars on the subject, even when they are right on the substance, I think there's a lack of...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:19

Doing well and doing good

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Peter Abelard draws some distinctions that are germane to theodicy in general and Calvinism in particular:
When the Father handed over the Son and the Son handed himself over, as the Apostle mentions, and Judas handed over his master, certainly the handing over of the Son was done by God the Father;...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 23:18

Kafkaesque feminism

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According to Princeton philosophy prof. Elizabeth Harman:
But, what I think is actually among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings. So, James, when you were an early fetus, and Eliot, when you were an early fetus, all of us I think we already did have moral status then. But we...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:19

Sonny Corleone

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Recently, Timothy McGrew produced a recommended reading list on Christian apologetics:
Atheist Jeff Lowder objected: 
I want to make a distinction between genuine inquiry, on the one hand, and partisan advocacy, on the...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:03

He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel

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Many Christians interpret Gen 3 as follows:
They think the Tempter was originally a bipedal reptile which underwent metamorphosis when God cursed it. They attribute the snake's intelligence, malevolence, and speaking ability to Satanic possession. 
In addition, they think Gen 3:15 is the first...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:31

Put out the light

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I'd like to briefly discuss a potential confusion in debates over the real presence. Opponents of the real presence sometimes say that "This [bread] is my body" means "This [bread] represents my body". 
In a sense I think that's an unobjectionable interpretation. However, it can be...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:17

The prayer of faith will save the sick

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6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (Jas 1:6-8).
13 Is anyone among...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 10:10

Greek as a second language

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A standard objection to the traditional authorship of some NT books is that 1C Palestinian Jews would be unable to write "literary" Greek. One of the ironies of that objection is that NT scholars who raise that objection learned Greek as a second language. They're assessing the literary quality of...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:33

Floating axeheads

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My final exchange with the sacramentalist on Facebook: 
when is the last time you met a human body that…appeared at will in locked doors? Oh, I forgot, you think Jesus must have had a key.
1. Actually, Jesus has a universal key (Rev 1:18) :-)
2. I happen to think Jn 20:19,26 indicates that...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 23:21

God tempts no one

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 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:25

Is Jesus a grape vine?

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An impromptu debate I had on Facebook with a sacramentalist:
Josh
I guess the church had it wrong for 1,500 years.
Hays
i) Do you have polling data on what most Christians, especially the laity, believed from, say, the 2C-16C? 
Who all are the spokesmen for "the church"? Do you really mean some...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 23:08

Gnostic resurrection

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A brief exchange I had on Facebook with a sacramentalist:
It's amusing to see someone who calls a wafer a man's body claim he's taking "body" at "face-value". Is a man's body the size and shape of a wafer? Is that what is meant by a human body? A quarter-sized wheat wafer?
To downgrade God's simple...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 00:07

From dust

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I got into a brief debate on Facebook regarding theistic evolution:
If you resort to a makeshift position like the ensoulment of an animal. That's not properly scientific or properly Biblical. Just sticking two things together that don't go together. 
Oh, please. His position is no more...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 00:03

Pretenders and the Parousia

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23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:38

Two-stage prophecies

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It appears to me that in Scripture we sometimes encounter the phenomenon of two-stage prophecies. A short-term prophecy followed by a long-term prophecy. Examples include Isa 7-12, Dan 11, and Mt 24. To "skeptics," that explanation looks like special pleading. However, there's a logic to the...

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