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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Sunday, 17 March 2019 00:23

Dumb atheist alert

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Tonight I stood on guard outside a local mosque for 90 minutes. These are my friends and neighbors. I disagree with Islam as I do with any other religion but I will fight until my last breath for anyone’s right to worship peacefully.
This was...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 23:55

Confused comparisons

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Any Southern Baptist congregation members care to comment on this? pic.twitter.com/M3Ia4iNWYU
— Dean Murphy (@DeanModified) February 10, 2019
Normally I wouldn't comment on anything this stupid. Atheists say so many dumb things that there's not enough time to comment on even a fraction of their...

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I haven’t commented much about Roman Catholicism lately, although that has always been the primary thing that I have written about. There is a saying attributed to Napoleon that I find useful at times like these: “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”. The...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 11:06

Global warming in the cosmic simulation

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Isn't this the same guy who thinks the universe is a cosmic simulation? How do we combat global warming in a cosmic video game? If humans are just artificially intelligent virtual...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 09:50

Moral Responsibility and the Wrongness of Abortion

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Bernstein, C & Manata, P. "Moral Responsibility and the Wrongness of Abortion" in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine, Volume 44, Issue 2, 16 March 2019, pp 243–262.

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:23

Debating the sacraments

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On the question of the sacraments, Baptists are at a tactical disadvantage. There will always be people who are drawn to sacramental realism because they like the idea that infant baptism creates the presumption that their child is now heavenbound. Or that weekly communion is a quick fix. Spiritual...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 23:54

Paradigm shift

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The doctrine of creation runs deeply through Scripture and Christian theology. It may not be the gospel itself, but creation is entangled with the gospel through Paul’s teaching on Adam. How we understand creation is also intertwined with how we understand the rest of Scripture, from which we...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 11:56

Censorship provokes vigilantism

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If you don't give citizens a peaceful outlet for political grievances, the alternative is vigilantism:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pawij9XrZjQ

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 02:22

Responding to domestic terrorism

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Predictably, progressives are exploiting the NZ mosque massacre as a pretext to score political points about "Islamophobia", "racism", "hate," and gun control. For instance: 
@liamyoung
I see the mass murder of 49 innocent people at their place of worship is not being called a terrorist attack...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:56

Microcosmic judgments

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Christ states that John is to write ἃ εἶδες καὶ ἃ εἰσὶν καὶ ἃ μέλλει |γενέσθαι|...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:36

The police can't protect you

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Reports of the NZ mosque massacre are still preliminary, but there seems to be one perennial lesson: the police can't protect you. Snipers target gun-free zones. A bit of background:https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/new-zealands-gun-laws-last-updated-in-1992

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:22

Boys will be boys

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Sequel to this post:https://triablogue.blogspot.com/2019/03/biblical-warfare.html
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So my wife invited another stay-at-home mom and her 4 year old boy over today while I was at work.
The women are drinking coffee, the boys are dressed up to play fight (the neighbour as a ninja, my...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 14:03

Freddoso on open theism

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On the risk-taking account of providence, God lacks exact and infallible knowledge of the contingent future. Yet given His thorough familiarity with present causal tendencies and His clear grasp of His own providential designs, He is almost sure about how the future will tum out. In fact, He is...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:42

The ethics of having kids in a warming world

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Just a reminder that every human being alive today exists because their ancestors had children under conditions -- pestilence, famine, war -- that would beggar the modern imagination.https://t.co/pjGyVgGqtD

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:33

Prima Donna

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A friend drew my attention to the DL today. White spent a few minutes near the start attempting to refute my "hit piece": 
He's reacting to this post:

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:10

Worshiping a Bronze Age sky fairy

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1. I'd like to comment on two contradictory objections to Christianity. Before I do that, a preliminary observation: There's a certain dilemma in Christian apologetics. Do we respond to the sophisticated atheists or the village atheists? Normally, you want to take on the toughest opponents of your...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:24

Two brothers

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Logan's younger brother Nolan was a really nice kid, but he struggled with depression. Despite psychological counseling, nothing helped. He could never put his finger on why he felt that-he just did. He couldn't control it. He couldn't make it go away. Like trying to shake his own shadow. Much of...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:42

A question about evolution

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According to the theory, as I understand it, humans evolved from critters like tarsiers. Is there an upper limit on the degree to which an organism can be scaled up given the original information base? For instance, would any amount of selective breeding produce mice the size of horses?...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:35

Is there no evidence for God's existence?

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Recently, there was a dialogue between Christian philosopher Josh Rasmussen and atheist Tom Jump:
It's a long slog. For the philosophically-inclined. It illustrates the ultimately presuppositional nature of debate between naturalism and Christian theism:
1....

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:34

A Christian argument for antinatalism

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To begin with, this isn't an original argument. Antinatalists have been using variations on that argument as a pressure point against Christians. 
Let's consider the first premise:
(1) The belief that there is a reasonable...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:00

Sneak attack

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As a progressive theologian, Randal Rauser is in a bit of a bind. That's because there's not much of a constituency for his brand of theology. It's still too religious for atheists but too secular for Christians. Christians don't take it seriously and atheists don't take it seriously. Both sides...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:09

Posthumous punishment

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Historically, the most widely held theory of posthumous punishment within Christianity has been eternal conscious torment (ECT), the doctrine that people will be resurrected to face a punishment of unimaginable anguish that will never end. When assessing this idea, we must be accurate...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 05:52

Switching sides

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In my experience, when evangelicals convert to Catholicism, or Calvinists convert to Arminianism (or Lutheranism), or professing Christians convert to a heresy like unitarianism, or deconvert to atheism, the converts/deconverts act like our side loses every time that happens while their side wins...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:50

Mere symbolism

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To my knowledge, the standard Baptist position takes a Zwinglian view of the Lord's Supper. This is often characterized as "mere" symbolism. 
"Mere" is an interesting adjective because, depending on context, it can either have a neutral or pejorative connotation. On the one hand, it can simply...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:23

Yucarist

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Another potential rumpus in Catholicism: 
Because Catholic piety centers on externals (rites and rituals), this is all-important. (According to the latest news, that proposal has been shelved.)
I...

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