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, 22 August 2018 13:55

Witnessing to Mormons

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I could do without the politically correct title of the podcast. That said:https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/latter-day-saints/

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:32

What's so bad about blind faith?

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"Blind faith" is a pejorative label. When atheists talk about Christian faith, they define it as believing something without evidence, on insufficient evidence, or contrary to evidence. 
Atheists don't usually begin with a theological or philosophical definition of faith. Rather, they begin...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:11

Tse on Harris

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Peter Ulrich Tse is a neuroscientist (PhD, Harvard) as well as an atheist (naturalism). Tse writes the following about Sam Harris:

Eddy, I just read your incisive review of Harris' book. I agree 100%. Please do not take Harris to be speaking for neuroscience or neuroscientists. As far as I can...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 05:43

Nuclear winter

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I'd like to expand on an illustration I sometimes use to compare and contrast Catholic and Protestant paradigms. Take those dystopian scenarios in which 99% of the human race is wiped out by some catastrophe. But a sample of the human race survives in subterranean cities. They may be there for...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 05:30

Poisonous fruit of poisonous tree

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Is it hypocritical for evangelicals to harp on Catholic scandals? Are we in these same boat? Are we shooting a hole in the bottom of our own boat?
1. It's vitally important that Christians not make what they oppose the standard of comparison. The fact that Catholicism is bad doesn't make me good....

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:38

The eyewitness pool

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1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 13:48

Should a junkie be a pharmacist?

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This is generally a good post:
However, it falls apart in the final paragraph:
So then what about people who have experienced same-sex attraction and yet aspire for pastoral ministry in an evangelical church? The...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 11:55

Apologist for pederasty

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Now the Catholic Church is trying to blame its own enablement of child rapists and child pornographers on "homosexual subculture". I guess after protecting predators for years, the natural thing is attempt to blame an outgroup like the gay community. https://t.co/1SV2HOeJMX
— Tentative...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 06:13

Quisling for pederasts

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Because the LGBT "community" is so small, it has no direct political clout. Its power derives from heterosexuals who enable it. 
A case in point is Arminian theologian Randal Rauser. Rather that protecting underage boys from pederasts, his aim is protect pederasts by refusing to acknowledge the...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 01:22

Atheists in vestments

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At the heart of the scandals is infidelity–literally the lack of faith. There are priests, including bishops and even cardinals, who do not believe in God, or whose belief in God is merely notional (as definitively evidenced by their lack of fear of Him).https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusi...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 00:22

Infinite regress

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Is an infinite regress incoherent? This crops up in debates over the cosmological argument. But it depends on what the cosmological argument is used to prove. Did the universe begin to exist? Is the universe contingent? Even if (ex hypothesi) the universe is eternal, it may still be contingent.
That...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 08:50

The wheels are going to fall off

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The “Church Militant” website (conservative but not traditionalist) has set its sights on the resignation (or sacking) of Donald Wuerl, who was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006 before being moved to Washington DC as Archbishop in 2006 and Cardinal in 2010. On the other hand, Wuerl...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 14:01

Hexed

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I find it striking that some peoples' lives seem to be marked by difficulty, chaos, or disaster–one apparent nuisance or tragedy after another. Wherever they go, whatever they do, they seem to have trouble, whether it's problems with their cars, computers, pets, or gardens, or with the postal...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:35

Shakedown

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At the risk of beating a dead horse, I'll take a few more whacks with the meat pounder: It's my impression that many Catholics are Catholic because they think their sect is the repository of salvation. Given that outlook, I think many Catholic parents have a cynical, calculated attitude. Child...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 10:32

Sex abuse ring

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As Fr. Thomas Berg recently explained, the issue is sexually active priests and bishops. In the main, the persistent problem is with homosexually active priests.  Fr. Roger Landry argues—rightly, I think—that most priests who persist in infidelity with women eventually...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:33

Cosmic simulation

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I was asked a follow-up question on this post:
What you would say if an atheist said for the sake of argument that he accepted that the transcendental argument is valid and reason and logic do need a transcendent source, but that...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:05

Udderly transgender

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The boy wipes his forehead and takes a chair at the breakfast table. "'Morning, Dad," he says, while he heaps up his plate with pancakes. "Elsie calved last night."
"Is she all right?""She seems so." The boy is fairly gulping down hunks of pancake...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:01

The One True Gay Bathhouse

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The first reason is that men with homosexual tendencies find it particularly difficult to live out the demands of chastity. The vast majority of scandals in the Church since 2002 involve homosexual priests profoundly failing in chastity. This is no surprise to me. Chastity, I’m convinced (and...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 10:57

The Song of Songs

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The Song of Songs has always been controversial in some circles. To some degree it retained its canonical status through the auspices of the allegorical interpretation. The motivation for the allegorical interpretation is the dubious that it would be unfitting for Scripture to celebrate erotic love...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 02:26

The Mormon multiverse

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This is related to a recent post I did, but I'd like to narrow the focus. It's my impression that some Mormon apologists invoke the multiverse to sidestep monotheistic passages in the Bible. The argument is that passages about idolatry pertain to the god of our universe. Yahweh is the god in charge...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 01:24

Is a foundation unrepeatable?

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[God's household is] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20). 
1. This may be the central prooftext for cessationism. Here's how a leading cessationist put it:
Ephesians 2:20, then, indicates that the apostles had a...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:32

Football blues

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Some boys live for football. Intramural football is the highpoint of their life. They know it's not risk-free, but they only get once chance to be teenagers, so they make the most of it. 
It's a big letdown after they graduate from high school. The rest of their life is an anticlimax. They...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:11

Black Mass

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In 2023, the Devil Incarnate became a priest. Then, using his unique powers of persuasion, he rose through the ranks at a meteoric rate until he was elected pope. Day and night he sacrificed babies on the high altar at St. Peter's basilica. He poured their blood into a chalice....

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:27

Fiery angel

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On this occasion [Exod 3:2-3] however, the "angel/messenger" does not appear in human form, but as a flame of fire...The "Angel of YHWH" appears in the form of "self-sustaining fire"...The use of fire to represent the presence of God in accounts of theophanies may be due to its nonmaterial,...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:10

Papyrus ark

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Papyrus was suitable for weaving into basket-like containers, and because its stems were highly buoyant it was also used to make small boats. It was an ideal material for the manufacture of a waterproof chest that would float safely among the reeds bordering the riverbank T. D. Alexander, Exodu...

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