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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Monday, 08 October 2018 04:35

Dark night of the soul

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It's sometimes said that failure to experience the presence of God is normal because even saints and mystics like Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Mother Theresa sometimes (or oftentimes) suffered from the same sense of divine absence or abandonment. 
However, that's an artificial...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 09:03

Greek in Palestine

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Pertinent to Ehrman's claim about the rarity of Greek-speaking Palestinian Jews:
Scroll down to p110. 

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 03:07

Unemployable

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So the next time there is an unresolved charge of sexual assault against an applicant to teach kindergarten, remember #SusanCollins' advice: when applicants for a job face a charge of misconduct, they are owed the presumption of innocence.
Al...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:26

Symmetrical or monarchical Trinitarianism?

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According to Orthodox analytic theologian Dr. Beau Branson the right way to understand the Trinity is that the one true God is none other than the Father, although there are three divine persons. There is no triune God, no tripersonal God. In his view, this is the Eastern Orthodox understanding of...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:04

Punishment for abortion

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As of Saturday night, just hours after the confirmation vote, Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court. It's not clear yet that he would vote to overturn Roe vs Wade (and turn the decision about abortion laws over to the states), but we can be certain that there will be...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 04:41

The Magus

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The bastard son of a magus, Logan MacGaraidh was born in Aberdeenshire in the seventeenth century. He never knew his actual birthdate. The Old Religion maintained an underground presence despite the Christian overlay.

Logan was raised Catholic, which sublimated the witchcraft of his Pictish...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 23:51

Hotbed of sodomy

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The Kavanaugh controversy has shed light on the infiltration of the gay mafia into elite Catholic educational institutions. Not surprisingly, the media downplayed that dimension of the controversy. Once again, we're witnessing the absolute collapse of Catholic institutions. Not through lack of...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 12:54

Synchronicity

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Recently, I happened to be thinking about the sound track of a movie I saw years ago. Then, when I was at a pizzeria a few days later, I heard the same sound track in the background. 
Now, it was probably a coincidence, although this isn't a recent or famous film, so it's rather unlikely that...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 10:31

The metaphysics of original sin

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I'm going to revisit the issue of whether original sin is fair. It's a topic I've discussed from various angles. For instance. 
1. In the Genesis narrative (Gen 2-3), as I construe it, humans are naturally mortal but with a...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 01:54

Must we earn the right to be heard?

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In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Tim Keller said:
Because the church has got so many of its own skeletons and so much coverup of sexual abuse and so on, I don't know how we can adjudicate…right now we don't have any kind of credibility for a lot of reasons…As the church...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:27

The argument from numbers

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However, if it’s a divine idea, then we could all be talking about the same idea, God’s idea. Divine ideas would have to be relevantly different from our own. They’re at least different in that they can secure the infinity and necessity of numbers. 
It could be that God would...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:59

Calvinism meets Street Epistemology

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Recently, Leighton Flowers linked to an exchange between apostate/Street Epistemologist Douglas Letkeman and lay Calvinist Chris Williams:
Flowers prefaced the link with the following claim:
Soteriology 101
This video demonstrates how...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:12

Creationism and idealism

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http://bylogos.blogspot.com/2018/09/does-physics-lead-to-god.html#moreHere's a striking example of a philosopher of science who rejects young-earth creationism but subscribes to theistic idealism to explain quantum mechanics. That's quite ironic since idealism is far more antirealist than mature...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 01:30

The Boltzmann brain paradox

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Last Thursdayism is a famous thought-experiment by Bertrand Russell:
There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 23:47

Plantinga on the life of faith

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Outside my study window at home there is a kind of ravine with lots of beautiful trees in it and birds flying around and the like. Those things I think are used by God to sort of help us see his presence, and the like. God sometimes also comes to people–for example Jonathan Edwards, seems...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 12:55

On the interpretation of dreams

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I'd like to revisit this issue:
This post is really about the hermeneutics of Revelation, but I'll back into it. Dreams have always fascinated humans. And that includes the interpretation of dreams. Traditionally, that's because dreams...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 00:22

Freewill theism and induction

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A natural law theodicy is a standard theodicy in freewill theism. According to that theodicy, moral agents require a stable environment for their deliberations and choices to have predictable consequences. Absent that, they can't be held responsible for their actions. 
I'd mention in passing...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 12:06

Reverse image

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Anyone who's seen me has seen the Father! (Jn 14:9).
Every so often you see a photograph in which the image has been reversed. It shifts from a left-handed perspective to a right-handed perspective, or vice versa. You've seen the photo before. But this time you're viewing the mirror image. 
That...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 11:19

So you think you’re smarter than the church fathers?

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One Catholic objection to the Protestant faith goes like this: "So you think you’re smarter than the church fathers?" 
Rhetorically it's meant to be a no-win question. If you answer, yes, then that just goes to show how conceited and arrogant you must be. 
But not all the church...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 11:09

I stopped believing in God after pastoring a megachurch

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I don't know if this is worth commenting on, but it's getting lots of buzz:
A bit more background:
I didn't know anything about her or her husband until I saw the video. I don't...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 23:41

Glazed

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A brief exchange I had with Robert Gagnon on Facebook:
Hays 
I agree with you that Kavanaugh may well be lowballing his party boy activities in high school and college. But I'm puzzled by why you (and some others) expect him to load a revolver and hand it to his enemies. It's one thing to evade...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 12:58

Reformed exclusivism

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Critics of Calvinism regard Calvinism as an especially harsh version of exclusivism. They castigate unconditional election and they criticize the Reformed position that regeneration is causally prior to faith. The point of this post is not to defend those tenets directly, but to consider a...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 04:23

Why take the risk?

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Sorry to keep posting on Kavanaugh, but the controversy opens up a range of ethical issues over and above Kavanaugh. 
One objection I've run across goes something like this: Kavanaugh isn't the only fish in the sea. Trump could withdraw Kavanaugh (a damaged candidate) and nominate another...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 01:57

Classical apologetics

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A few observations about classical apologetics:
In my anecdotal experience, Calvinists who oppose Van Tilian presuppositionalism often take R. C. Sproul as the standard-bearer of classical apologetics. But there are some basic problems with that:
1. Sproul isn't the most competent exponent of...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 10:29

Entrapment

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I've see a few Christians object to Kavanaugh's confirmation, not because they think his youthful indiscretions are disqualifying, but because he lied about them. I'm discussing this because it raises some general ethical issues over and above the Kavanaugh psychodrama. 
A terminological...

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