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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Saturday, 18 November 2017 11:47

You almost never see disabled people in China

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5km2Cb3nwQ
I think this reflects the difference between a traditionally Christian culture and a traditionally non-Christian culture. In non-Christian cultures, disability is shameful. The disabled aren't valued. 

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 11:09

The mirage of 30,000 denominations

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A stock objection to the Protestant faith is "30,000 denominations". That's a figure that Catholic apologists pull out of thin air. I've discussed this before, as have others. But I'd like to revisit the issue. 
1. To begin with, doing a headcount of denominations is a dumb way to analyze the...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:20

Visions of Jesus

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https://epistleofdude.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/visions-of-jesus/BTW, I think Acts 2:17-18 indicates that this is to be expected, although it's unpredictable in terms of when and where it will happen.

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:53

I need some drug

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I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief. Do these notes merely aggravate that side of it? Merely confirm the monotonous, tread-mill march of the mind round one subject? But what am I to do? I must have some drug, and reading isn’t a...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 23:30

Personent hodie

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Classical music was ubiquitous in my childhood. I first heard this hymn as a young boy:
At the time I found it too modern and dissonant to my youthful ear, but nowadays I like the vigorous, angular melody. A modern musical setting of a Latin Christmas...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 22:41

Simplicity and necessity

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Recently I asked some Reformed Thomists a couple of questions:
I've read a number of sympathetic expositions of the Thomistic understanding of divine simplicity, which I'll dub Thomistic simplicity for short. I've also read some criticisms. I have a couple of interpretive questions for the group:
One...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 22:30

Mind-games

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A recent exchange I had with an atheist:
There are a few issues here, first a pedantic one, calling the apparent evils "mysterious" somewhat begs the question, as on many hypotheses said evils are not mysterious at all, but instead exactly what one would expect, e.g. an evil god hypothesis, or an...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 07:26

Boys and their toys

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One of the stock objections to the local flood interpretation is that if Noah's flood was merely regional in scale, the ark was unnecessary. Humans and animals could survive outside the flood zone. 
That's a reasonable question. I've addressed that from various angles. 
Now I'd like to...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 07:01

There can only be one

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http://www.proginosko.com/2017/11/why-one/#more-3176As Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeon was wont to say.

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:08

Passover and Last Supper

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Here's how one scholar resolves the apparent contradiction between John and the Synoptics on dating the crucifixion:
We must begin with what is (emphatically) clear in the narrative before moving to what is unclear. The biggest and most traditional "constant" in the exegetical equation is the...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:45

Age gap

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I recently ran across the following observation:
In Jesus' day, 30-something men pursuing high-school aged girls was fairly normal. Where does the Bible condemn it? It must be a pretty clear passage given the bold statements of people like Russell Moore about Roy Moore.
That's a worthy question.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:12

Composite revelation

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Beginning around the 42 min. mark, Matt Chandler has an interesting anecdote: 
He describes a vision he had. Seeing a man with black pants and a blue shirt at a local burger joint. In addition, he sees pigtails in his vision.
He says Bob Hamp was with...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:31

Turning-points

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An important consideration in theodicy is the sense in which what ultimately matters is not the past, but the present and the future. That is, to reach a turning-point where you can say the worst is behind you, nothing worse can happen to you, nothing but good from here on out, as far as the eye...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:05

Secular deontology

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Consequentialism is a popular theory in secular ethics. Its popularity is due in part to the fact that it has a grain of truth. There are many situations in which the foreseeable impact of our actions should factor in our decisions. 
However, consequentialism is deficient as a stand-alone...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:40

Departing in Peace

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Christian philosopher and bioethicist Bill Davis has written a book on end-of-life decision-making: Departing in Peace.
A few observations: 
1. Good discussion of miracles and prayer. The way many Christians responded to Nabeel Qureshi's losing battle with cancer illustrates the need for...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 08:23

Problem of Evil: Assessing Probability

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:24

Word and Spirit

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A while back a Catholic apologist tried to PM me this:
The only Authority on Christian doctrine is Christ, as I'm sure you'll agree. You'll also agree that the Church and Christ are one. The only question is, how to identify the One True Church among all the candidates. There are marks and...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:18

In the world but not of the world

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A perennial issue is the relationship between the church and the world. That ranges a long a continuum. At one end is the Amish paradigm of separation. Literal, physical separation. A quarantine model. It treats the world like a pathogen, and the church like an island. 
There are, however,...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:46

Empty suits

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Christian apologist and biologist Jonathan McLatchie recently dueled with a Street Epistemologist: 
Street Epistmology is a wedge tactic devised by militant atheist and hack philosopher Peter Boghossian. His elvish little helpers...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:18

Our moral witness

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Controversies like the Roy Moore affair raise two kinds of issues: topical issues specific to that particular choice or situation; in addition, they illustrate general issues and principles in ethics and decision-making. I think the Alabama Senate race is probably a lost cause at this juncture...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:04

Does God want the best and the brightest?

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This may well be a helpful miniseries on the problem of evil:
Watching part 1 made me think of this scenario:
Take two high school football teams. Suppose the coach for team A is able to recruit all the most athletically talented players...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:02

Did John redate the crucifixion?

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i) For modern readers, there's an apparent discrepancy between Synoptic chronology (Mk 14:12) and Johannine chronology (Jn 19:14) regarding the date of the crucifixion. I say modern readers, because we need to distinguish between modem readers and ancient readers. Inevitably, Scripture sometimes...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 10:04

Moore postmortem

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A few parting observations on the Roy Moore fiasco:
i) I thought it was a premature for conservative/evangelical pundits and Republican leaders to throw Moore to the wolves on the very same day the story broke in a liberal rag (WaPo). But we now have more information.
ii) Some...

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