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

Triablogue - Apologetic Report
Friday, 19 January 2018 03:18

What makes a miracle?

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I'm going to comment on this: Yujin Nagasawa, Miracles: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2017):
For an event to qualify as a miracle, an intentional agent must bring it about (13).
That seems like a useful criterion.
Any probabilistically impossible event with more than 0 per cent...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:42

Grace under fire

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Jordan Peterson's recent interview is getting a lot of buzz:
It's a master class in how to respond to a hostile interviewer who oversimplifies the issue. He did a fantastic job. However, he could have fielded one question differently. Does the right to give...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:41

Rigging the outsider test

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It's been many years since I've debated John Loftus, but I recently tangled with him on Facebook:
Loftus
"A historian wants to know what happened. The apologist doesn't care what happened. He only wants to defend the Holy Book at all costs, even if it means he must sacrifice his intellect to do so."
Ha...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 08:08

Cat fight in heaven

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It's common for Catholic apologists to cast Mary in the role of the Queen Mother of Heaven. The unstated inference seems to be that if Jesus is the king, and Mary is his mother, that makes her the Queen Mother of Heaven. 
Some Catholic apologists take this a step further and infer that Mary is...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:12

The Blue Nun

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One of the traditional arguments for Catholicism is the argument from miracles. Catholic miracles. 
A problem with that argument is that reported miracles are hardly confined to Catholicism. There are well-documented Protestant miracles (see case studies by Craig Keener and Robert Larmer). ...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 23:17

Between the devil's advocate and the deep blue computer

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1. In chapter 4 of Where the Conflict Really Lies, Alvin Plantinga discusses quantum mechanics. Plantinga's aim is twofold: to show that quantum mechanics is compatible with miracles/special providence–as well as human/divine agents who enjoy libertarian freedom. 
Calvinists...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:24

The Inklings and the Synoptic problem

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The two source hypothesis goes basically like this: Matthew and Luke made use of Mark, which they supplemented with additional sources. 
There's certainly some truth to that, but it can be misleading. It's frequently presented as a vertical model of literary or conceptual information-sharing,...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:47

Shooting a werewolf

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I recently watched a dialogue between Bishop Barron and W. L. Craig. It was moderated by two philosophers. It was all very chummy. Nowadays, most Catholic apologists are laymen, usually evangelical converts to Rome, so Barron is quite exceptional in that regard. 
1. I don't object to Catholics...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:54

Trumpian axis mundi

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I don't know what the end-game will be, but as it stands, when Trump's enemies freak out over everything he says and does, when "news" coverage is all about Trump all the time, they unwittingly empower him by making him set the agenda. He acts, they react. 
Now, perhaps the negative coverage of...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 22:26

NOMA

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The lack of conflict between science and religion arises from a lack of overlap between their respective domains of professional expertise—science in the empirical constitution of the universe, and religion in the search for proper ethical values and the spiritual meaning of our lives. The...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:50

Catholic tropes

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I was reading a critic of a recent book on Roman Catholicism. He recycled standard Catholic tropes. 
I think the problem mostly exists and subsists in the more individualist...forms of Protestantism to be frank.
i) Individualism is neutral. Individualism isn't inherently good or bad. Depends on...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 08:57

Umbilicus terrae

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From what I've read, the basic contention of Christian Zionism is that OT promises ostensibly made to and for Israelites are just what they appear to be. They are, in fact, about the stated referent rather than a cipher for the church (i.e. Jewish and gentile Christians). On that view, Israel...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:20

Moral objections to the OT

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:15

The OT and Jesus

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 08:05

Majestic in simplicity

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William Cunningham was a great theologian. Always worth reading. So it's useful to examine his case for the regulative principle of worship (RPW). 
With regard to the Scripture evidence of the truth of the principle, we do not...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 10:22

Biblical fallibilists

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A stock objection to biblical inerrancy is that inerrantists supposedly operate with a deductive, a priori theory of inspiration rather than an inductive approach that takes its cue from the phenomena.
Although that's a straw man, I'd point out that in many cases the situation is just the reverse....

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Friday, 12 January 2018 10:20

Is open theism fibbing?

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Can the God of open theism sincerely promise to save anyone? Since he doesn't know what free agents will do, a Christian could go to heaven, then lose his salvation. Eternity is a long time. If the saints have libertarian freedom, what's to prevent them from committing apostasy in heaven? According...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 08:25

Supersessionism

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I think there's some confusion on what is meant by "supersessionism", so I'm going to quote an exposition. Although the scholar in question clearly has a theological bias, my point in quoting him is not to take a position but to define the concept(s). Like other theological paradigms (e.g....

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Friday, 12 January 2018 00:04

Demythologizing angels and demons

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1. Here's a cautionary tale of what happens when inerrancy is denied, then taken to a logical conclusion:
It's like tugging on a loose thread of a knitted garment. The entire garment begins to unravel. 
2. I've...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:52

Perspectives on inspiration

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How we model inspiration depends on other aspects of our theology. Let's consider a Reformed paradigm:
Calvinism affirms predestination and meticulous providence. Everything happens because God planned it to happen that way. But there are different ways in which God can implement his plan. God...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:25

Projecting contradictions

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An exchange I had on Facebook:
An example of this is the case of Jesus' anointing at Bethany. John clearly intends to communicate that it took place 6 days before Passover (John 12), whereas Mark clearly intends to communicate that it took place 2 days before the Passover (Mark 14). It is obviously...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:12

Walking in twilight

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Waiting is an essential feature of Christian faith. But there are different kinds of waiting. There's waiting in despair. That's epitomized by Ps 88. Despite the sense of utter abandonment, he reaches out to God, not because he has any expectation that God will respond, but because God is the only...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:06

The Jewish question

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28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God (Rom 2:28-29).
This is a prooftext for supercessionism....

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