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, 21 February 2019 10:26

Gay piety

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There are some intriguing facets to Marian piety. Take the specter of sexless priests venerating the sexless Madonna. In traditional Marian iconography, Mary is frequently or usually depicted as a beautiful woman. That's not surprising. Most Catholic artists are straight males. There may be the...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:08

Compartmentalized theology

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Before I do another post critical of Roman Catholicism, it's important to note that we can't use what's wrong as a basis of comparison. There's a danger in taking satisfaction from the fact that I'm not like that! But I could still be bad in a different way. 
i) One way Catholics rationalize...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 02:53

Fake news

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I didn't follow the Jussie Smollett story closely. My awareness of the story was confined to evolving headlines and Twitter. 
Why does the "news" media keep falling for stories like this?
i) The liberal media are bigots, and bigotry is self-reinforcing. They associate with like-minded people....

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:43

Catholic rentboy

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From what I can tell, Brandon seems to be a genuinely likable guy, which I wouldn't say about some other Catholic apologists. Mind you, it's easier to dupe nice guys with an idealistic sales pitch. Natural SOBs like me aren't so...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:45

Why be good?

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1 In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:33

Lost Found

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The son of middle-class parents, Ralph became a business magnate through a wining combination of mendacious charm and ruthless cunning. His first wife divorced him because of his philandering, but he paid her off to have custody of their son Justin. Outwardly, Justin had everything, yet there was...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:43

An elite disconnect

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There's a disconnect between Catholic ecclesiastical policymakers and lay Catholic conservatives on the issue of homosexuality among the clergy. The policymakers don't think homosexuality is a problem, but for a different reason than outsiders might suppose. For instance, you might suppose they...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:50

Naturalized miracles

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I was asked me how to respond to the counter that purported events like the Resurrection might happen, yet not be miraculous, but be due to some as of yet undiscovered natural cause or process.One problem with that explanation is that there are so many different kinds of well-documented miracles....

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:27

Rules of the closet

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Rules of the Closet
  • For a long time the priesthood was the ideal escape-route for young homosexuals. Homosexuality is one of the keys to their vocation. (8)
  • Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies; there are more and more homosexuals as one rises through the Catholic...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:25

Hijacking reality

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"Transgenderism is an experiment to test how far reality can be hijacked. If you can make people agree that men are women, you can make them agree to anything." https://t.co/el8FpACQQW

Authors: steve...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:52

Dialogue with a Buddhist philosopher

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How should a Christian apologist argue with a Buddhist philosopher? Folk Buddhists retain many common sense beliefs, so they are easier to witness to, but Buddhist epistemology and metaphysics are quite radical, presenting less traction. 
In some cases, an individual can put themselves out of...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:26

Is God an evildoer?

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In theory, there are different ways in which God might relate to evil:
i) Allows 
ii) Determines 
iii) Causes 
iv) Commands 
v) Commits 
Freewill theists grant that God allows evil. And they say Calvinism makes God "causally determine" evil, which they set in contrast to their...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:07

Making a map

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Catholic apologists generally frame everything in terms of authority. What's your authority for the canon of Scripture? What's your interpretive authority?
Now, there are situations in which that's a legitimate question, but it can't be universal. Is it a general principle that we can't know...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 10:49

The question of sola Scriptura

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I like to keep up with the competition. Brand Pitre is one of the best younger generation Catholic apologists. I recent read his book The Case for Jesus, which was pretty good.
So I decided to look at the outlines posted at his website. One thing I notice is that his view of Scripture is very...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:49

An inspired table of contents

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1. A stock objection to sola Scriptura is that Scripture, or the NT in particular, lacks an inspired table of contents. That's trivially true. However, that's the framing fallacy, where a disputant tries to frame an issue in artificially narrow terms. If you can't meet the objection on his terms,...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:45

If I could do it over again

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Randal Rauser 
I don't think that's true. I explicitly identified a type of morally sufficient reasons, i.e. those that produce greater goods. And there are countless examples where suffering produces greater goods. For example, I recently heard a paraplegic athlete say that if he could do it...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:29

Comparative abuse scandals

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I don't think SBC leaders can be let off the hook quite that easily. Given that SBC leaders have so many contacts within the SBC, I find it hard to believe that they had no idea what was going...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 08:20

My body, my rights

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A popular abortion slogan goes like this: "a man has no right telling a woman what to do with her body". There are verbal variations on that slogan, but that's the basic idea.
But what does it actually mean? I doubt most women who say it have given it much thought. On the face of it this slogan...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:32

The apologetic mask

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Again, a map of an apologetic argument (and its structure) is not the same thing as a position on what the documents actually are. Recommending a "map," in this case, is simply recommending not question begging...There is a certain structure to one's overall set of propositional beliefs, and...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:33

The a priori argument against sola Scriptura

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It is proved finally by reason. God was not ignorant of the fact that many difficulties would arise in the Church concerning the Faith. Therefore he had to provide a judge for the Church. But that judge cannot be Scripture…It is clear that Scripture is not the judge, because it is subject to...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:13

Problems with the real presence

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Usually, arguments about whether Jn 6 and 1 Cor 11 teach the real presence revolve around exegetical considerations. However, that's not the only pertinent consideration:
i) Sometimes reality can serve a hermeneutical role. If the bread or wine just is Jesus, then why doesn't it look like Jesus? The...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 10:27

Two kinds of Christian apologists

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At the risk of oversimplification, there are roughly two kinds of Christian apologists:i) The first kind calibrates the evidence to the plausibility structure of the "sincere truth-seeker" (an ideal abstraction). He seeks common ground with the unbeliever. He leads with a weaker position than his...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:21

A little lost

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1. I've seen Protestant apologists and theologians struggle with sola scriptura. Is that a damaging admission? No. For one thing, I see Catholic apologists and theologians struggle with their own position. Both sides have struggles.
2. Suppose someone raises an objection to your position, and you...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 10:11

Dichotomized faith

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Lydia
Philosophers of science are well aware that a theory does not need to have answers to all anomalies in order to be well-supported and rationally accepted. We have ample, to my mind overwhelming, evidence, quite independent of our response to the question of the Canaanite slaughters, that God...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:44

The Lord of logic

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If, on the one hand you think that God is (necessarily?) logical, while, on the other hand, you think the source of logic is not God, but is independent of God, then that makes divine rationality contingent on something that's not God, that's independent of God, and more ultimate than God. If God...

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