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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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:37

Fowl play

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In case anyone had any remaining doubts, Trump is demonstrably guilty of obstructing justice. Trump just pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey. 
Presidential pardons can be abused to buy the silence of potential accusers. The turkey was a potential witness in the Russian collusion investigation....

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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:52

From mere Christianity to mere mythology

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I find it crucial to distinguish between Young Earth Creationism (YEC) as a hermeneutical hypothesis and as a scientific hypothesis.  The hermeneutical hypothesis concerns the...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 11:30

The Dark Tower

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Critical Bible scholars claim that several NT documents (as well as OT documents) are forgeries. Bart Ehrman wrote a book on the subject. There's nothing original about Ehrman's allegation, but he's an influential popularizer for the gullible masses. In the computer age, it's tempting to develop...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 13:40

Peeling a bag of onions

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I avoid debating Thomists, whether Catholic Thomists or Reformed Thomists. In my experience, Thomists are fanatics. It's all about Thomism all the time. That's their filter for everything. They buy expensive technical monographs on Thomistic metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. They don't invest...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 13:08

Eating God

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Alexander Pruss recently gave a talk at the Thomistic Institute defending transubstantiation:
Pruss is probably the most brilliant Catholic philosopher of his generation, so this is the best defense of the real presence that you're likely...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 22:41

Eschatological earthquakes

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 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 07:48

What about Quetzalcoatl?

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A village atheist trope makes the following challenge to Christians: have you disproven the existence of Allah, Manitou, Quetzalcoatl, Ra, Shiva, Thor, Zeus, &c.? 
There are lots of problems with that objection:
i) It cuts both ways. Why is that supposed to be a problem for the Christian but...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 07:26

The evolution of the nose

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At the 12th World Congress on Evolutionary Biology, held in Stockholm, an acrimonious debate broke out between Prof. Obstkuchen and Prof. Knödel on the evolution of the nose. Prof. Obstkuchen said the function of the nose isn't for breathing. Rather, the nose was an adaptation to keep the...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 22:54

Discipline

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I think Tim Hsiao makes some good general points in this article:
However, I disagree with using retribution as the primary paradigm for child discipline. 
i) Why not deploy a remedial theory of punishment in the case...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 23:38

Affirmative claims

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It's common for the average atheist to say the burden of proof is on the Christian, because the Christian is affirming something to be the case whereas the atheist simply lacks belief in deities. 
The implication is that an existential claim or affirmation has an initial presumption against it,...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:51

Jewish evangelism

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One of the sore points in Jewish evangelism is the position that Jews are damned unless they believe in Jesus (i.e. the messianship, deity, and Incarnation of Jesus). Of course, that's not unique to Judaism. That's standard exclusivism, which applies to non-Christians generally. And there wouldn't...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:08

Does life matter?

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Does life matter? Surely there's no more important question in ethics. 
1. According to nihilism, including antinatalism (which is a paradigm version of nihilism), it's better not to exist in the first place. And that's not just a hypothetical position to fill out the logical continuum of...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:28

Misgendering

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On Twitter, atheist Jeff Lowder directed the following comments at Christians:
Sincere question for conservative Christians: what is the Biblical case against allowing transgendered persons from transitioning to the gender identity they identify with? What reason(s) do you have which would...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:05

Witch lights

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You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
(Ps 91:5)
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
(Ps 121:6)
These are rather obscure allusions. Ross offers a naturalistic interpretation. He thinks they refer to surprise attacks...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 08:00

How to read Genesis

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I recently read/skimmed Reading Genesis Well: Navigating History, Poetry, Science, and the Truth in Genesis 1-11 (Zondervan 2018) by John Collins. 
1. It's a seasoned and erudite exegetical defense of old-earth creationism. Collins has a sophisticated hermeneutic that he applies to...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:14

Gunshot victims

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Two additional observations about the contretemps between the ACP and NRA:
i) No doubt ER physicians see lots of gunshot victims. But to extrapolate from that to an epidemic of gun violence suffers from selection bias. For instance, suppose an oncologist discovers an ominous pattern: all his...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:05

Hospital security

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There's currently a row between the NRA and the American College of Physicians. The ACP is lobbying for more gun control. I'd like to draw attention to an obviously irony in this debate. Ever heard of hospital security? Increasingly, hospitals have armed guards on the premises. So doctors demanding...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:59

I vow to thee, my country

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Last Sunday, to commemorate Veterans Day, the church choir sang "I vow to thee, my country". It has inspirational lyrics set to a classy tune. Here's the text:

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love; The love that asks no question,...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:00

“Life After Google” (Introduction)

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imageLife After Google
My blogger profile says that I work in “marketing automation”. As a young writer, with a then-young family, I gravitated toward advertising copywriting as a career, and later into other forms of marketing and marketing communications. Marketing and advertising have been...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:16

Medieval bestiary

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A common argument against the inerrancy of Scripture is to compare Scripture to alleged parallels in pagan sources, then infer that Bible writers shared the prescientific outlook of their pagan neighbors. In that regard I'd like to expand on a comparison offered by John Collins in Reading Genesis...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 09:22

What's a rainbow?

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8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:39

Studied inaccuracy

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Here's a neglected consideration in debates over inerrancy. Consider artwork. It's sometimes amusing to see Medieval depictions of exotic animals (e.g. African animals), because it's clear that the artist never saw a real animal like that. Likewise, before the advent of linear perspective, artistic...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:01

I'm a schismatic!

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In light of Catholic ecumenism, it's worth recalling that all Protestants are still officially classified as schismatics: 
schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff (1983 CIC 751). 

Authors: steve...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 23:44

Pining for the ethnostate

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This is interesting because it presents a true alternative, "minority" viewpoint, in contrast to the ersatz perspective of Reformed Margins and the like. The perspective of a genuine "outsider" (in...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 07:22

Cut your nose to spite your race

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Arminian theologian Randal Rauser has posted a response to my own:
Since Rauser and I occupy opposite ends of the theological spectrum, he may disagree with some of my illustrations. 
All it would mean is that one should carefully...

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