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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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:58

Trust is earned

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Readers have noticed that Abraham seems to be a bit distrustful regarding God's protection and promises. He tells half-truths about his relationship to Sarah to protect himself (thereby putting her at risk!), and he tries to fulfill the promise on his own by fathering a child by her handmaid. This...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:02

Obey your leaders

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17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you (Heb 13:17).
V17 is often quoted without regard to the literary and historical...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:21

Robert Spencer on the “Islamicize Me” controversy

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https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/06/the-islamicize-me-controversy-is-it-wrong-to-mock-islamI don't agree with everything he says here, but it's useful to hear his side of the argument since White fingered him in one of the DL's about the “Islamicize Me”. In addition, Spencer is a...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:49

An Unanswered Question

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In the comments on my initial post, I posed a question that has not been answered yet.  It’s not overly surprising given that really none of my posts have been answered yet at all by those who made the charges against Wood, Malone, and McCray (although I’m grateful for the readers...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:32

Craig on the unreached

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Freewill theists typically believe in universal atonement and universal sufficient/prevenient grace. However, exposure to the Gospel isn't universal in this life. Freewill theists have different strategies for finessing that tension. 
William Lane Craig resorts to the creative conjecture that...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:02

The Westboro cult and Acts17

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James White's outfit has a new contributor by the name of Ryan. I'll make a few comments about his post, attacking Acts17:
1. Ryan says:
I also think Acts17Apologetics knows that lines were crossed. Regarding a church in...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 23:34

More than meets the eye

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i) A trope we find in some scifi and horror flicks is vampires, werewolves, and extraterrestrials who can pass for humans. Except when they transform on a full moon, werewolves are indistinguishable from humans. Vampires have no vital signs, but they look human on the outside, even if they work the...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 12:14

Proleptic forgiveness

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i) Is suicide ipso facto damnable? One argument for that contention is that if suicide is forgivable, then that implies postmortem forgiveness. To be forgiven, God must forgive him after the fact. After he died. 
However, that inference only follows if you think God is a timebound agent who...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 11:59

Suicide and burial

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Here's another example of how the One True Church® has reversed itself on a fundamental issue:
A canonical sign of this pastoral approach is the universal understanding of 1983 CIC 1184 § 3 to allow ecclesiastical funerals to be accorded those committing suicide, a change from 1917 CIC 1240...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 14:23

Excusing Muhammad

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James White posted a rejoinder to Wood et al. 
1. I'll begin with a few general observations. White accused them of misrepresenting his position. I'll revisit that allegation, but for now I'd like to make a technical observation. There are two ways to...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:12

Simplicity and aseity

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He is necessary, self-existent. This means, for example, that God is not composed of elements that are more ultimate, in a logical or metaphysical sense, than he is. 
[Simplicity] denies that God is physically, logically, or metaphysically composite. Non-composition, it is argued, must...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 12:13

My Take on White v. Wood

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I’ve been discussing the White/Wood Controversy on Facebook, and one of my friends mentioned he thought it would be a good idea to write something more in depth about it.  Before beginning, I want to give a little bit of background.In the early part of the 2000s, I was a channel regular...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 01:35

Islamicize Me!

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This is a sequel to my post on the "Islamicize Me":
http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2018/06/muslim-mockumentaries.html
I've now watched White's two responses to that series. I also watched the long ramshackle response by Wood, Vocab Malone, and Jon McCray.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQPPljv4hO4
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Friday, 08 June 2018 03:02

Apparent to whom?

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1. Traditionally, young-earth creationists espouse apparent age, although nowadays I think "mature creation" is the preferred appellation, and Jonathan Sarfati, for one, repudiates the concept of apparent age. 
2. By definition, "apparent" is relative. Apparent to whom? Is there an appearance...

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1. What does it mean to have a "personal relationship" with Jesus? Traditionally, I think that stands in contrast to dead formalism and liturgical churches. In contrast to the notion that salvation is mediated through priesthood and sacraments. You don't experience God directly but indirectly via...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 23:20

Robert George on Masterpiece Cake ruling

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I'd note that so-called civil rights commissions should be abolished. These are despotic organizations that subvert representative democracy. They function as an autonomous fourth branch of gov't, unanswerable to...

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AbbreviationsJSPR = Journal of the Society for Psychical ResearchSPR = Society for Psychical ResearchTHIH = Guy Playfair, This House Is Haunted (United States: White Crow Books, 2011)For the background to this post and an explanation of why her thesis is important, see here. You can download the...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 02:14

Muslim mockumentaries

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James White recently criticized David Wood's mockumentary series on Islam:
i) I've watched some of Wood's videos on Islam, but not this particular series ("Islamicize me"), and I don't plan to.
ii) Both Wood and White have...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 23:42

3D chess

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But wait… the Trinity just is the one true God – that’s what it is for a theology to be trinitarian. To be numerically identical to the one God, that entails being divine, surely. So the Trinity is a divine being, and the Son (given that “Jesus is God”) is a divine...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 13:36

Memory wipe

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Proponents of purgatory often view purgatory as postmortem sanctification, which completes what was incomplete in this life. They view sanctification as a process that can't be accelerated. 
Let's take a comparison. A hypothetical example of instantaneous psychological transformation. Consider...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:52

Fork in the road

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i) A popular theodicy is the greater-good defense. While that has an element of truth, I don't think there needs to be a greatergood to justify the existence of evil. 
ii) Suppose a man gets married, fathers two sons by his wife, then she has an affair and leaves him for the other man. In...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 01:30

Museum piece

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One reason I'm not a Thomist is because Thomism is a museum piece. Aquinas was an apologist for medieval Catholic theology. What else would he be?
But no one believes in medieval Catholic theology anymore, (apart from sedevacantists). That theological paradigm is defunct. 
That doesn't mean one...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 00:44

Frankenstein

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I read the novel Frankenstein years ago when I was in high school or perhaps in junior high school. I recall enjoying it. However, it's been years since then, I've certainly forgotten quite a lot, and I don't know if the story would hold up today. My caveats for this post.

1. The book was written...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:19

The Gospels and the Gettysburg Address

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Bart Ehrman harps on how we should read the Gospels horizontally as well as vertically. We should compare parallel accounts. When we do, we notice differences. Of course, that's hardly a novel observation.
Redaction criticism typically attributes variations to theologically motivated editorial...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 00:46

Supernatural dreams

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1. One of my objectives is to expand the evidential base for Christian apologetics. Christian apologists imitate each other. As a result, Christian apologetics can get mired in a rut, recycling the same types of arguments and evidence. These may be fine as far as they go, but it neglects other...

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