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

Apologetic Report - Triablogue
I posted an article last week that argues for a large amount of agreement among the resurrection accounts in the New Testament. What I want to do here is focus on 1 Corinthians 15, which receives a lot of attention for various reasons in discussions of the evidence for Jesus' resurrection. I want...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 07:51

Animadversions of a Synthetic Chemist

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From James Tour:

Life requires carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins. What is the chemistry behind their origin? Biologists seem to think that there are well-understood prebiotic molecular mechanisms for their synthesis. They have been grossly misinformed. And no wonder: few...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 23:37

When I survey the wondrous cross

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When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast - Save in the death of Christ my God. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 23:31

Fox spirits

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I attempt to read the Bible counterculturally. I was raised in a hitech civilization with strong secular and Christian crosscurrents. That's completely different from the world of the Pentateuch, where paganism and witchcraft were pervasive. So I like to ask myself how certain Biblical narratives...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 22:57

Predictive dreams

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I don't automatically believe reports like this, but by the same token, I don't automatically disbelieve reports like this. I'd add that the more often that's reported by credible people, the more likely that premonitory dreams actually happen. 

Dwimble Puritan Board Freshman

Speaki...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:22

Wheels within wheels

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10 And as for their appearance, the four had the same likeness, as if a wheel were within a wheel. 11 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went, but in whatever direction the front wheel faced, the others followed without turning as they went...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:40

The argument from ignorance

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Atheists often mock the Christian appeal to mystery or paradox. They think that's intellectually evasive. A cop-out.
Before getting to the main point, I'd note that mystery and paradox are not synonymous. A logical paradox is mysterious, but a mystery isn't necessarily paradoxical. 
On a related...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:18

Can we know the Bible?

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Typically, Scripturalists take the position that the Bible is the only source of knowledge. All other sources of information are relegated to opinion. But there's a basic problem with that: knowledge of the Bible depends on memory, and memory is fallible. So the logic of Scripturalism commits the...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:07

Animals of Eden

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10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 
19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man...

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One of the most common objections to the New Testament's resurrection accounts is that there are too many differences among them. There are a lot of ways to respond to that objection. For example, I wrote a series of posts earlier this year that's partly about how the gospels' differences are often...

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 imageDeposing a heretical pope

Is Pope Francis a heretical pope? 
There is certain to be more, not less controversy, over the “Pope Francis” “Apostolic Exhortation” entitled “Amoris Laetitia” in the coming weeks, as a group of Roman...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:05

Functional coherence

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I appreciate Jonathan McLatchie's ministry Apologetics Academy including his interviews with various guests on various topics. Starting around the 35 minute mark, Doug Axe explains what he thinks is a limitation with Michael Behe's irreducible complexity and instead argues for what Axe terms...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:25

Fantastic improbability

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From Doug Axe:

There's this general confusion over what probabilities mean, and that if...something has a probability and it's not zero, then that means it's not impossible.

Some people want to say, if the probability is not zero, then that means it can happen. What it really means is that if...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:09

Genre of the Gospels

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From Craig Blomberg (Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., pp 121-2):

What, then, is encoded in the texts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to help us know how to interpret them on the "macro-scale"? Are they unadorned works of history or biography? Are they extended myths?...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:12

Close call

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In assessing the problem of evil, one consideration is that there's nothing quite like the experience of deliverance from personal calamity or impending calamity. Situations where a person is at the end of his tether. He's run out of options. Threatened by circumstances that leave him in despair....

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 01:08

Music and morality

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Many people, maybe most people, are music lovers. This raises questions about the morality of music. What about music that has an immoral message? Is it morally compromising to enjoy such music? Is it morally compromising to perform such music? 
To take a few examples, Frank Sinatra...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:59

Bubbles

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Long ago in a galaxy far away was a religious sect known as the Lather sect. According to the Lather sect, humanoids were hellbound unless they received ritual cleansing. To avoid damnation, you had to stand still while a priest blew soap bubbles at you. 
For this to be a valid sacrament,...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:39

Common grace and paradox

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I recently linked toDavid Engelsma's review of a new biography about Gordon Clark:
While I agree with some of what Engelsma says, there are times when his bias clouds his judgment:
i) The CRC has been on...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 05:31

How Vatican II Changed the Roman Catholic Church

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image"The core of what Roman Catholicism stands for has never changed". Probably one of the main challenges is going to be The battle over words. Rome uses basic Protestant language, and tries to re-define it, in its own way. See also:

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:37

Engelsma reviews Clark bio

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Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:27

Miracles and risk assessment

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Larry Shapiro is a secular philosopher who's been attacking miracles in different venues. He published a book on the subject. And he recently debated Mike Licona. In that debate he recycled an illustration he uses in this article:

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Monday, 20 March 2017 23:29

Salamanders and miracles

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Let’s suppose that I’m lecturing somewhere and some terrorists interrupt the event, come up on stage, and behead me for saying Muhammad was a false prophet. While the commotion was occurring, some audience members dial 911. When sirens announce the approaching police, the terrorists...

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