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
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:59

Anti-Catholic myths

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Catholic poloist Trent Horn responded to something John MacArthur said in a recent interview with Ben Shapiro:

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 07:58

The apostolic fathers

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Catholic apologists appeal to the apostolic fathers. The inference is that since the apostolic fathers were disciples of the apostles, their theology replicates the theology of the apostles. I'm not a patrologist, so I could be mistaken in what I'm about to say, but most Catholic apologists have no...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:09

Bring home the bagels

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Some people (and groups) are never funnier than when they're deadly serious:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/peta-anti-animal-language-tweet_us_5c071400e4b0a6e4ebd97522

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 08:27

Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short

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One of the copycat objections to John Chau's abortive effort to evangelize the Sentinelese is that his very presence endangered their existence. However, one problem with that objection is that, to my knowledge, you can't infect someone unless you're a carrier, and he'd been vaccinated for multiple...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:35

Missionary methods

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Was he right or was he wrong? This is where thinking Christians need to step back for a moment and recognize that there is a distinction we have to make between motivation and method. That's not an accidental distinction. It's an important distinction.
But we also come to understand that Protestant...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 12:47

Shake the dust from your feet!

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1. I've seen a couple of critics raise a biblical objection to John Chau's ill-fated missionary encounter: he disobeyed the command to shake the dust from your feet when you are unwelcome (Mt 10:14; Mk 6:11; Lk 9:5; 10:11; Acts 13:51). That's an issue we have to seriously consider.
2. This is not a...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 10:30

Thunderstorm

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Recently I dreamt about a thunderstorm. In my dream I was in a strange house at night. I could hear the thunder and see flashes of lightning through the windows. Then I woke up, and there was a thunderstorm outside!
Now, there's nothing extraordinary about that kind of dream. When we're asleep we...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 09:49

Revisiting the genealogies of Jesus

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Are the "genealogies" of Jesus in Matthew and Luke irreconcilable? Are they fictional? 
1. A Jewish objection to the messianship of Jesus is that he lacks impeccable Davidic pedigree. Related to this is the objection that a virginal conception disqualifies his claim to be a Davidic heir.
If,...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 00:14

Spooky hospitals

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Assuming this is reliable, it's interesting due to the strain it puts on naturalism. It's much easier for a Christian worldview to account for paranormal phenomena, including paranormal phenomena in and around death, than the standard naturalist paradigm–with its commitment to physicalism and...

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On the one hand, critics often claim that something like the virgin birth or the Bethlehem birthplace is found in too few early sources. On the other hand, critics often claim that the New Testament documents should be attributed to a much larger number of authors than traditionally thought, even...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 10:28

Ethics is not enough

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Freewill theists raise two major objections to Calvinism: exegetical objections and moral objections. However, the moral objection cuts both ways.
Moral realism is not enough. You must live in the kind of world where it's possible to do the right thing. You must live in the kind of world where...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 09:27

John MacArthur and Ben Shapiro

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imageI've watched most of this; it's not a bad discussion. I thought some of you would be interested to see this:

Authors: John Bugay...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 20:45

The perfect wisdom of our God

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The perfect wisdom of our God, Revealed in all the universe: All things created by his hand, And held together at his command. He knows the mysteries of the seas, The secrets of the stars are his; He guides the planets on their way, And turns the earth through another day.

The matchless...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 10:51

Fool for Christ

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John Stackhouse 
I read a piece issued by a prominent American medium (Religion News Service) that was really badly written, a hodge-podge of fact, stereotype, and outright falsehood that almost certainly was published only because the author identified herself as both a former evangelical...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 08:26

Benevolence and reciprocity

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The divine hiddenness argument is a newer argument in the atheist arsenal. Atheists don't have many new arguments. John Schellenberg put this on the map in 1993. Other atheists have tweaked the argument, and his argument has undergone various permutations at his own hands. But his core argument...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 13:31

The mechanics of the virgin birth

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Jason Engwer has a new post on the virgin birth: 
Jason has been defending the virgin birth for years. I daresay few Christian apologists have written as much or more than he in defense of the virgin birth. 
1. There...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 07:32

In the long run we're all dead

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This is generally good advice:
That said, I don't think the fundamental problem is lack of skill at the art of argumentation. Mind you, many people would benefit from a course in informal logic, standards of evidence, &c.
T...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Krishna, Christ, and Manitou

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Recently, J. P. Moreland did a whirlwind presentation on near-death experiences:
https://www.facebook.com/BiolaApologetics/videos/504055120062148/
Unfortunately, the video froze up near the end. But it was an interesting overview.
A common Christian objection to NDEs is the oft-repeated claim that...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:28

Publicity-seeker?

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Arminian NT scholar and blogger Scot McKnight has a guest post by Ruth Tucker impugning John Chau as a publicity-seeker:
Unless I'm misremembering, I believe Ruth Tucker is an apostate. She wrote a...

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A virgin birth doesn't require that there was no physical relationship between Joseph and Jesus. The mechanism by which God accomplished the virgin birth could have involved the transference of material from Joseph to Mary. If somebody is going to object to the virgin birth, Jesus' Davidic...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:53

Seasons of faith

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Some professing Christians have faith-shattering experiences. It leaves their faith in pieces. And in this life they can't repair it. Some pieces are missing. This causes some professing Christians to lose their faith. Sweep away the remainders. 
But others cling to the shards of glass. Even a...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:06

The ethics of evangelism

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1. For unbelievers, the death of missionary John Chau is a reductio ad absurdum of Christian theology. Many atheists have no firsthand knowledge of the Bible. Lack a rudimentary grasp of systematic theology. Would be shocked to discover there are intelligent arguments for Christianity. 
2. Chau...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:52

What to tell a dying child

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Here's a follow up to my previous post:
A longtime reader of Triablogue ran my query by CA. On Twitter, he responded as follows:
@CounterApologis
In fact, if my child did have a terminal illness, depending on the age you wouldn't want to...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:13

Calendar narratives

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Flood stories were widespread in the ancient world. One distinctive of the biblical flood account is its use of dates. There are five dates in the Genesis flood narrative. This is remarkable, since those are the only dates in the entire book of Genesis. 
Typically in ancient literature, an...

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