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

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 17:46

Fires At Enfield

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Poltergeist cases often involve fires that are paranormal in some way (fires that start, proceed, and/or stop paranormally). In her doctoral thesis (187), Anita Gregory mentions that at least one incident involving fire was reported at the Hodgsons' house as early as the night of August 31, going...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 02:24

Weak Christian Responses To Weak Christmas Objections

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A site affiliated with the BBC recently ran a story by Spencer Mizen on the historicity of a traditional Christian view of Jesus' childhood. It repeats a lot of claims that are frequently made. I'll point those who are interested to my collection of resources on Christmas issues. To Mizen's credit,...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 10:26

Tips on parenting

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Generally good advice, although, in the age of film and TV drama, we have to strike a balance. It can't all be literary fiction. Film is not an inferior art form to the novel. Also, he has a Catholic bias. 
Tony Esolen
Enchanting the world ...
Or rather, allowing the world, which is an...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 10:23

Do miracles have a higher burden of proof?

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This is something I frequently discuss because it's a mainstay of atheism. Atheists typically say there's an overwhelming presumption against miracles. In addition there are Christian Bayesian theorists who say miracles have a higher burden of proof, but it's not insurmountable. Let's take a couple...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 06:29

Near miss

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A stock objection to Christianity is that if God existed, he'd intervene to prevent evil. But as I've remarked on more than one occasion, that's circular in the sense that there's no trace evidence for nonevents. If something never happened, it leaves no record. 
To take a concrete example,...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 06:25

Prayer mojo

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I think it likely that some Christians have more prayer mojo than others. 1 Cor 12:9 refers to a gift of faith. In context, that can't mean garden-variety Christian faith, since every Christian has to have that kind of faith to be Christian in the first place. Moreover, the whole passage is about...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 01:17

BDD and amputees

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A recent popular atheist trope is the taunt, "Why won't God heal amputees?" Two assumptions or motivations lie behind the taunt:
i) Candidates for miracles are ambiguous. The test is an unambiguous example which rules out naturalistic explanations. 
ii) If God healed amputees, a spectacular...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 21:59

Killing body and soul

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Jesus also said the following:
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Emphasis added) (Matthew 10:28)
Hell is where God will destroy the soul! Some say that “destroy” doesn’t mean...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 13:40

He is not here

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"He is not here" (Paul Helm)

Authors: Hawk...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 08:33

End-of-life testimonies

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There's a genre of conversion testimonies. I believe this originated in the evangelical faith. After all, if you're a cradle Catholic, you were supposedly born again during infant baptism. 
There are variations on the formula. Most common is how individuals became Christian in their teens or...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 17:39

Jesus' Childhood In Isaiah's Servant Songs

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This past Easter season, I posted an article about Jesus' fulfillment of Isaiah's first three Servant Songs. And I've often written about his fulfillment of the fourth one. It's worth noting how much relevance the passages have to Christmas issues.Isaiah 49 opens with a reference to how the Servant...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 06:28

A Santa for everybody

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Mark Jones 
What does Santa give to children based on their denomination?
Woke Santa steals presents from some kids and gives them to others. 
Lutheran Santa gives children nothing because they possess all in justification.
Presbyterian Santa gives children gifts with a clear conscience...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 08:48

Two kinds of Christians

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One of the striking things about many apostates, at least militant apostates like Bart Ehrman, is how easily they make the adjustment to life as an atheist. They don't think they put much behind them when they put Christianity behind them.
This goes to a related issue. You can have two Christians...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 04:33

Walking on water

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A Facebook exchange I had with Lydia. There are some other participants as well. 
Lydia
I am inclined to think that when Jesus says, “It is I” in Mark 6:50 he is merely trying to calm the disciples’ fears, not to make an “I am” claim to deity.
Hays
While it's true...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 08:38

Jesus, John, and plagiarism

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In the recent past there were two plagiarism stories involving Peter T. O'Brien and Andreas Köstenberger. O'Brien was accused of plagiarizing F. F. Bruce while Köstenberger was accused of plagiarizing Don Carson. Specifically, O'Brien was accused of plagiarizing Bruce's commentaries on...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 06:49

Would you indoctrinate your child to save their soul?

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A typically malicious analysis on Rauser's part:
1. Christian parent aren't ultimately responsible for the eternal fate of their kids because they don't control the...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 03:53

Does Calvinism cancel out the Gospel?

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A brief exchange I had on Facebook
Everett
There is no one saved if calvinism were true. You have to be in danger of something to be saved. No one headed to heaven was ever in danger of not being in heaven. It literally cancels out the gospel.
Hays
It's easy to reframe the issue counterfactually....

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 17:32

Christmas Resources 2019

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The issues surrounding the childhood of Jesus are important, but often neglected. For over a decade now, I've been putting together a collection of resources for each Christmas season:20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018You can also click here for an archive of all of our posts with the...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:58

Charlatan faith-healers

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https://billdembski.com/theology-and-religion/faces-of-miracles-chapter-2/This is a good expose of some high-profile charlatans, and that's just a sample.However, the dilemma of this sort of expose is that those who are listening don't need to hear it while those who need to hear it aren't...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:21

Led by the nose of modernity

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@RandalRauser
Christians who defend the doctrine of hell as eternal conscious torment…
I don't defend hell as eternal conscious torment but eternal conscious punishment or misery. Some of the damned deserve to suffer torment, but damnation is fundamentally about re...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:30

Dracula on the move

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L'Osservatore Romano
Dracula has been leaving a trail of exsanguinated victims in Poland, Spain, France, Italy and Ireland. Police are stymied by the fact that Dracula is a shapeshifter. In addition, he's invisible to security cameras. All of which make him exceedingly elusive. 
Church...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 08:45

Impeach Trump!

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I've changed my mind. Trump has now committed an unambiguously impeachable act. I'm alluding to the abuse of pardons. In particular, he's pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey. That's a textbook example of witness tampering. Buying the silence of a potential accuser by pardoning them before they cop a...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 20:49

A manual for creating dumb atheists

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Suppose Christian parents scrimp and save to send their kid to college. In his freshman year, during Christmas break, he comes home and pounces on the faith he was raised in. Perhaps he read A Manual for Creating Atheists, and quizzes his hapless parents with Philosophy 101 objections:  
How do...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 10:56

There's a dragon at Christmas

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyC5RHKNBm4&t=6sYes, I know, it's not yet Thanksgiving. However, Christmas isn't an occasion that Christians only celebrate for one or two days a year; Christmas floats us through the journey of faith from beginning to end. Like Easter, the Christmas season is a...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 00:52

Pronoun hospitality

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https://jdgreear.com/askmeanything/when-talking-with-a-transgender-person-which-pronoun-should-you-use/i) Bracketing other issues, a basic problem with "pronoun hospitality" is that many trans feign gender dysphoria as a political wedge tactic. Consider drag queens at public libraries. They don't...

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