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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Friday, 28 September 2018 02:23

Kafka now

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I appreciate how Democrats keep proving that they can't be trusted with power. Their Kafkaesque standard that the accused has a duty to invite a gov't agency to investigate him. I keep reading the witless claim that an innocent person has nothing to fear from a criminal investigation. Are these...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 01:17

Stop Being So Deferential To Christine Ford

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Republicans and other supporters of Brett Kavanaugh need to stop being so deferential to Christine Ford. The evidence still suggests that she's been lying about Kavanaugh's alleged assault on her and other, related matters. The verisimilitude of her facial expressions, tone of voice, and such at...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 00:17

Indignation

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Is Kavanaugh's indignation at the character assassination at odds with judicial temperament? Take a couple of cliche counterexamples:
It's routinely said that a lawyer shouldn't represent himself if the lawyer is accused. That's because a lawyer will lack the same detachment when he's a defendant....

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:15

Tainted!

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1. One argument (if you can call it that) for not confirming Kavanaugh is that he's been "tainted" by the coverage. To the contrary, that's a reason he ought to be confirmed.
Here's what I mean: Democrats/secular progressives rely on intimidation rather than truth, reason, and evidence. They dare...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:52

A pig satisfied

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Yes you say, but what is the alternative? What about the troubles with atheism? Probably the biggest worry about atheism–leaving aside now truth or falsity issues–is that it seems such a cold and unfriendly sort of business. You may eke out a life, but given atheism, you can hardly have...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:27

Engaging Islam

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:26

Mortal combat

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As if uncorroborated allegations are self-validating. Behold the beauty of circular justification: an allegation taints him by virtue of the allegation itself, and not whether it's true, not whether there's any solid evidence. Notice the strategy: if one uncorroborated allegation doesn't sink...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:58

The elusive God

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A more recent argument for atheism, the divine hiddenness problem, contends that if God existed, he'd make his existence more manifest. Consider the problem of unanswered prayer. Likewise, why doesn't God perform more miracles? 
i) As I recently noted, there are tradeoffs between divine...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 11:43

The altar

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Catholic apologist Erick responded to my post:
In addition, some Catholics on Facebook also had feedback. This post is a rejoinder to both. 
This is a strange bifurcation created between “Christianity” and...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 12:21

Swelling reverberations

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On his blog, Vincent Torley has posted a massive attack on the Resurrection accounts. This summarizes an even larger, self-published book by autodidact Michael Alter. 
I don't know much about Torley. He is (or was) a contributor to Uncommon Descent. He's a convert to Catholicism (from what, I...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 10:41

Flashing

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A scurrilous allegation against Kavanaugh: 
But suppose for argument's sake that as a Yale student, Kavanaugh exposed himself to a female student. Why do secular progressives act like that's a big deal? For instance, Dianne...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 06:30

Turmoil in Chicago

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Roman Catholic Priest “Off the Grid and On the Run” to escape official retribution from Cardinal Blaise Cupich

I apologize to those of you who tire of the Roman Catholic scandals. I follow them fairly closely, and the tangle of names of all the different Cardinals and Bishops from all...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 00:24

The sacrifice of the Mass

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A friend asked me to comment on this post by a Catholic apologist:
I'll confine my observations to what I take to be the meat of his argument. 
Christians throughout...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:30

The presumption of innocence

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There's currently a debate about whether Kavanaugh ought to enjoy the presumption of innocence.
1. The presumption of innocence is an artificial legal standard. In our system of justice, it's better for a guilty man to go free than for an innocent man to be convicted. That's a good legal standard....

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 11:50

Lustful monkeys with big brains

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As I've probably said on more than one occasion, conservative candidates are at a disadvantage in public debates. Democrats and/or secular progressives are uninhibited in saying whatever they think. They express the most outlandish views with impunity. By contrast, conservative candidates have to...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 13:55

Suppose he did it?

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In different ways, Michael Brown, Dennis Prager, and Robert Gagnon have all argued that even if the allegation against Kavanaugh is true, he should still be confirmed:

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Friday, 21 September 2018 05:33

The dogs of war

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From a recent Facebook exchange: 
TJ is with Joe Carter and Alan Noble.
Evangelical leaders are upset with the GOP, because the GOP isn't damning the proverbial torpedoes and rushing through the confirmation of a judge who's been credibly accused of sexual assault. This is where we find...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:26

Pick on somebody your own size!

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A quick observation on the Cartesian demon: Why would a being so vastly our intellectual superior find it interesting or entertaining to delude other beings so much simpler than itself? Consider teenagers or adults who outgrow toys, movies, stories, and games for little kids. According to the...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:41

The Good God

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Steve just wrote about how unanswered prayer can sometimes cause us to doubt God’s benevolence.  Indeed, I’ve run into many atheists who have used just that argument, and during struggles in my own life it likewise becomes tempting to question whether or not God is good. ...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:41

It's party time!

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For what it's worth, a few more thoughts on the Kavanaugh imbroglio:
1. I think Ford's story is generically credible in the sense that things like that happen at drinking parties with teenagers or college students. It falls right in line a painfully familiar narrative.
Of course, that doesn't make it...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:56

When tomorrow never comes

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Although I don't think unanswered prayer casts doubt on God's existence (too much evidence for that), it does cast prima facie doubt on God's benevolence. Ironically, Deists think the problem isn't with unanswered prayer but answered prayer! They think a God who intervenes is a God who lacks...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:36

God in the coma

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Classical theists believe God subsists outside of time and space. So how does God interface with embodied, timebound agents? Take a comparison: suppose a young man suffers severe brain damage from a traffic accident. He's in a coma. 
His mind is still intact. He can dream, remember, imagine,...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:44

God and checkers

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One version of the argument from natural evil that I sometimes run across goes like this: since the laws of nature are contingent rather than necessary, God could dispense with natural evils by making a universe with different laws. 
There's a grain of truth to that, but the reality is a good...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:13

What makes something or someone blameworthy?

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The political illustration notwithstanding, this is a philosophical analysis that's relevant to debates over freewill theism and Calvinism. What makes a person or action blameworthy?https://arcdigital.media/blaming-trump-5ed516a56e53?sk=da255c69876c9e200d0dc50a0dd1afe8

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:21

Supernatural-lite

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CR: I think we need a lot more research on atheists and am glad that we are starting to see more. Even if you look at the pretty basic questions asked by organizations like Pew you can see that there is diversity in the spiritual inclinations of atheists. There are neurological and...

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