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
Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:35

A Reassessment Of The Warrens And Enfield

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Lorraine Warren's death last month has been getting a lot of media attention. The stories I've seen often mention the Conjuring series and the movies associated with it, including The Conjuring 2 in particular, and the Warrens' involvement in the Enfield Poltergeist. Given the success of the...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 14:21

Dr. McGrew on extraordinary claims

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:41

The modern-day imperial cult

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I've been getting some inquiries about Gene Bridges. I believe that's prompted by James White's 5/21 DL riposte. A few preliminaries before I talk specifics:
i) I don't have the original statement by Gene. A friend of mine transcribed what White read on the DL. So I'm going to be commenting on (most...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:56

Is protecting babies unchristian?

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand made the claim Thursday that the slew of anti-abortion laws passing multiple states are “against Christian faith.”
“If you are a person of the Christian faith, one of the tenants [sic] of our faith is free will,” Ms....

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:28

The Muslim Conundrum

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Wesley HuffRamadan is in full swing this month and with it continue my conversations with Muslims. Over the last month I have been communicating with a number of Muslims about various subjects relating to the interaction of Christianity and Islam. In the course of these correspondences we have...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:09

Is preaching an exercise of authority?

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i) One complementarian or patriarchal argument I sometimes run across is that women shouldn't preach in church because preaching is an exercise of authority, in which case female preachers are exercising authority over men. But that's a very strained argument. In what respect am I putting myself...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:14

A progressive supports Trump

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imageDude looks and sounds like a hipster Jesus, but he makes a reasonable case for Trump! Granted, he made this case in mid-2017, but at least from what I can tell he hasn't significantly changed his mind about Trump.

Authors: Hawk...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 17:44

We have a moral right to own guns

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Hsiao, Timothy. (Oct 31, 2018). "Natural Rights, Self-Defense, and the Right to Own Firearms". Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute.

Authors: Hawk...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 14:22

Not gay enough

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Evidently, presidential hopeful Pete Buttboy isn't gay enough:https://www.thecollegefix.com/yale-womens-studies-professor-gay-white-men-are-symbols-of-heterosexuality/Poor guy–there's no niche for gay white boys in identity politics.

Authors: steve...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 08:57

Babies are parasites

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Robert P. George comments:

Scholars of the history of genocides observe that people who want to kill other people invariably develop and deploy forms of rhetoric designed to dehumanize the victims. A well-known example is the Nazis referring to the Jews as "vermin." In the debate over abortion, a...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 05:12

Black, white, and other

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Mikel Del Rosario
Sure. Well, this is an area where I feel I could grow the most in terms of the things that we discuss at the Center because I was born in the United States but I grew up in the Philippines, so I’m Filipino American but grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid. My...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:41

The world to come

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In the world to come, the saints were free to live wherever they wanted, and they moved around for variety, although they might have one favorite place they came back to. One spot to call "home". 
Some saints preferred living in town while others preferred the countryside. Towns replicated...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:27

Suffering role models

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Many Christians undergo great suffering. Some of them are well-known within the Christian community (e.g. Joni Eareckson Tada). On top of the ordeal itself is the added burden of having to set an example. They're not at liberty to publicly express anger or despair over their situation. 
It's...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:06

The prophecies of John Knox

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I haven't researched the sources, but assuming the sources are reliable, this is very striking:http://churchofthekingmcallen.org/pastors-blog/prophecies-of-john-knox/
TheFulfilledPropheciesOfJohn KnoxBy Ron SmithChurchofthekingmcallen.org
John Knox was the great Reformer and...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 05:12

Hoping for the best

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There's a point of tension in Christian theology regarding the assurance of salvation. On the one hand, there are biblical promises about the certainty of salvation. On the other hand, there's the specter of apostasy–as well as the phenomenon of nominal belief, where someone might have false...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 14:39

The grandparent analogy

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I know of grandmothers and grandfathers who are entirely dependent on their families to care for them due to senility and dementia as well as physical frailty. In fact, sometimes one wonders if the lights are still on or if anybody's even home, because their dementia is so advanced. They don't seem...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 13:19

How is abortion performed?

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imageSome abortionists don't think the baby is literally torn apart, limb by limb, during an abortion. However, watch the following video from a physician (obstetric and gynecologist) named Dr. Anthony Levatino. Levatino used to perform abortions as a physician but today is opposed to them.

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Monday, 20 May 2019 12:00

The fetus

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In the debate over abortion, both sides have preferred language and labels. Prolifers prefer more personal, informal language like "mother" and "baby" while abortionists prefer more impersonal terminology like "woman" and "fetus". 
Now, there's nothing wrong with using medical terminology in...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 10:53

Forced birth

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Abortionists sometimes brand prolife legislation as "forced birth"–as though there's something inherently objectionable about that. Let's consider the permutations of that objection. What exactly is the objectionable principle?
i) Is the objection that no one should ever be forced to do...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 06:13

God the Father

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I descend from a line of addicts, dropouts, felons, & cultists.I grew up dirt poor above a bar.Prostitutes serviced their Johns outside my window.I got expelled from high school my freshmen year & arrested several times.I was following the path of family. But God...

— Michael Foster...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 04:27

What terminal cancer taught me about life

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“I’m sorry,” said the doctor, “you have large tumours in numerous places. We can’t operate or cure you. You have 18 months to live”. With those words, I burst into tears. In that mundane hospital room, my life changed. The job I love – I worked as boss of a...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 01:48

Evangelizing the imagination

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1. This is Bishop Barron doing what he does best. He presents a very winsome version of Catholicism, albeit a Catholicism that in key respects didn't exist until about the mid-20C or so. 
In his interpretation, fiction writers like Lewis were literary...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 14:10

Does God know the future?

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Peter van Inwagen is one of the most brilliant philosophical theologians of his generation. I'd say he's the equal of Alvin Plantinga. He's a freewill theist, and here he concedes that libertarian freedom is incompatible with knowing the future:

https://www.closertotruth.com/series/does-gods-knowle...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 07:26

Don't like abortions?

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1. Don't like murders? Just ignore them. Like you ignore aborted babies.

2. In general, I've read conservatives give more than liberals when it comes to charity or philanthropy. For example, even the New York Timesconcedes as much. I couldn't find information about adoption rates between...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 04:59

Spark of life

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I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may...

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