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, 12 October 2019 12:44

The spirit realm

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I have a few quibbles with some of what Jon Topping says, but this is a generally helpful presentation:https://www.facebook.com/p2c.students/videos/2404980893052016/

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 12:07

I married my best friend

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I cringe whenever I hear well-meaning Christians say something like that.http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2015/11/my-spouse-is-my-best-friend.php

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 05:58

Facial recognition systems

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Public service announcement:Facial recognition systems, combined with omnipresent security cameras, are a tool of the surveillance state. The solution is to become a vampire, since vampires don't cast reflections.   

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 05:46

The ethics of spanking

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This is the final installment. The first two were:
I'm going to quote and comment on some representative arguments against spanking in this article: A...

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 03:57

Through two doors at once

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Life is a series of invisible doors. Sets of two doors. Most folks go through one door at a time, whether the right-hand door or the left-hand door. But for some unexplained reason, Jasper went through both doors at once. He came out the other side as two copies of Jasper. But for some unexplained...

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Friday, 11 October 2019 23:00

Incorrupt saints

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Friday, 11 October 2019 10:11

Scientific studies on spanking

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I'm going to quote some representative excerpts of "scientific study" on spanking and corporal punishment:
However, this perspective began to change as studies found links between “normative” physical punishment and child aggression, delinquency and spousal assault in later...

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Friday, 11 October 2019 00:14

Child discipline

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1. I agree with Hsiao that spanking is morally justifiable, and I salute his courage in defending an unfashionable but biblical practice. 
2. I'm not a child psychologist, but I doubt that the effectiveness of spanking is primarily due to...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:57

Room with a view

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Dexter Horton IV was a self-made man, and he never let you forget it. The sun at the center of his solar system, around whom the satellites revolved. Starting a business from the bottom up, five wives and two estranged sons later, he was the CEO of Fortune 500 company. While many CEOs had...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:12

The goal of Bible translation

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There's a lot of unnecessary controversy, confusion, and complication about Bible translation philosophy. So let's clear that up once and for all: the goal of faithful Bible translation is to translate the Greek and Hebrew text back into the original King James Version! 

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 18:34

Enfield Events With None Of The Children Around

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Richard Wiseman commented in 1999 that most criticism of the Enfield case amounts to accusing the Hodgson girls of faking it. (To hear Wiseman's comments, go to 11:26 in the audio here.) And Enfield skepticism hasn't changed much since then. Some critics would accuse the Hodgson children in...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 13:48

Multiple fulfillments

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Some Christians, myself included, appeal to multiple fulfillments to explain certain prophecies. To outside observers, this probably smacks of special pleading. 
And there is the danger of fooling ourselves by becoming too creative in how we defend a belief-system in the teeth of prima facie...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:14

From temple and Transfiguration to Pentecost

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A. For secular readers, Ezk 40-48 is a classic example of a failed hope. This was Ezekiel's utopian ancipation for what awaited the post-exilic community. But it never happened. Before getting more specific, I have a few preliminary observations:
B. Strictly speaking, it's not a prophecy. It is...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:30

Yes, Virginia, there is a real devil

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Here's a personal anecdote (which I post with permission) by a long-time Tblog reader who was into the occult prior to his Christian conversion: 
Just before being saved, I was attending prayer meetings with this group of charismatic roman catholics (this isn't the weird part, believe it or...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:39

It's that time of year again

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Every time Halloween season rolls around, there's a perennial Christian debate about letting your kids celebrate Halloween. i) The history of a custom has no particular bearing on its contemporary significance. The past significance of a custom doesn't determine its contemporary...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 01:55

The ethics of bribery

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This is a follow-up to this post:
1. Bribery is morally complex. One complicating factor is that bribery involves two potential parties: the briber and the bribee. And what may be unethical for the bribee may not be unethical for the...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:22

All about the Biden/Trump Ukranian Scandals

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This is “impeachment made simple”. Really. Share this with everyone, everywhere. All your friends, all your social media. Even, especially your friends and relatives outside of the country. Blanket the world with this. The subject matter is a bit complex, but this will clarify...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:54

Life for life

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One of the most moving stories in Rosenbaum’s deeply moving Holocaust and the Halakhah tells of how one can be a great moral hero even when acting out of mistaken conscience. A man in a concentration camp comes to his rabbi with a problem. His son has been scheduled to be executed....

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:35

Beale on a Point Against Preterism

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"Some preterists believe that the great tribulation was to take place before and during the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. But they do not adequately explain how the churches of Asia Minor would be affected by a future tribulation limited to Jerusalem or even to Palestine." (Beale, Revelation, 435)

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 00:00

From Last Supper to Lord's Supper

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1. From what I've read, the fundamental objection to female priests is that a priest assumes the role of alter Christus at Mass. When celebrating the eucharist, the priest is a stand-in for Jesus. Therefore, a priest must be male.
Since I repudiate the whole sacerdotal paradigm, I reject...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 22:40

Hart failure

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I don't think he does himself any favors with this riposte:https://theopolisinstitute.com/leithart_post/good-god-a-response/A classic disconnect between the self-image someone is attempting to project and what he actually reveals about himself.

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Monday, 07 October 2019 13:32

Angel choir

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1. In folk theology, heaven has an angel choir. When you die and go to heaven, you hear the angels sing. You might even join the angel choir. Heaven has a mixed choir consisting of saints and angels. There's a vacant seat with your name on it, awaiting your arrival. 
I don't know the history of...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 10:57

Moreland–is there life after death?

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In this post I'll use "dualism" as shorthand for substance dualism. I subscribe to Cartesian interactionist dualism. I don't subscribe to Thomistic dualism (hylomorphism). 
A. This is a fairly useful exchange as far as it goes:
But it tries to cover far...

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