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, 10 August 2018 04:34

The Overlooked Science of Genealogical Ancestry

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Although he's a theistic evolutionist, he concedes the scientific possibility of a first human breeding pair by special creation.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 02:22

Bet you can't eat just one!

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Watch first episode free:https://www.ligonier.org/store/exploring-islam-dvd/But is it like potato chips where you can't eat just one?

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:39

The old boy network

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Perry Robinson has a final "substantive" (in his words) post on the Hank Hanegraaff scandal:
Topically, it's basically two posts in one, linked by the Dividing Line episode. Perry's view of...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 01:22

The development of doctrine

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I'd like to make one comment on this:
So the new position is classified as a development of doctrine. And that's justified by appeal to the teaching of John-Paul II and Benedict XVI. A couple of...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 14:23

Rebooting the argument from miracles

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1. On the face of it, the biblical argument from miracles is circular. By that I mean, if you're using biblical miracles to prove the bible, that appears to be circular inasmuch as that presumes the veracity of the biblical accounts. But there are some mitigating factors:
2. The argument from...

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It seems to me that there are certain parallels between the Marxists of yore (I’m thinking late 20th century) and the “Cultural Marxists” of today. (Many of these “Cultural Marxists” of today are profiled and documented at the DiscoverTheNetworks.org site that I...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 04:34

Why doesn't God prevent evil?

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I believe Rauser was raised in a conservative charismatic church, but he's been a "progressive Christian" for many years, so his testimony can't be dismissed as the confirmation bias by a "fundamentalist".
This example is interesting from a theodical standpoint. Why doesn't God prevent evil? Why...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 02:34

The Incarnation of the Son

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One objection to the Incarnation is how it's possible for just one person of the Trinity can become Incarnate, if the Trinity is indivisible. Let's consider a few comparisons. In some standard accounts of personal identity, my identity as an individual is indivisible. Yet in another sense, my...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 02:29

Is penal substitution possible?

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A stock objection to penal substitution and vicarious atonement is that it's just not possible for one individual to assume the guilt of another individual. I've discussed this on various occasions, but now I'd like to approach it from a different angle:
i) Keep in mind that both sides have a burden...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 16:54

The Bridge of Reason

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The Epistle of Dude reviewsThe Bridge of Reason: Ten Steps to See God by Joshua Rasmussen.

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 16:52

Quick rebuttals to Carrier's claims

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 13:54

Fire from heaven

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38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench (1 Kgs 18:38). 
i) What kind of "fire" fell from heaven? An obvious candidate is lightning. If so, this might well be a case of polemical...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:44

Will all Israel be saved?

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And in this way all Israel will be saved (Rom 11:26).
What Paul meant by that is hotly-contested. Any interpretation is probably inconclusive.
i) Some think it refers to the "new Israel": the community of messianic Jews and Gentiles Christians (e.g. Stanley Porter, O. Palmer Robertson). That's a...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:22

The Authenticity Of The Enfield Levitation Photos

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People's memories of and impressions about the Enfield Poltergeist are often connected to the iconic photographs of Janet Hodgson wearing red pajamas and going through the air in her bedroom, allegedly in the process of levitating. Watch here until 34:15 for more information about those levitation...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 05:31

Medieval Jewish polemics

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Recently I was reading Daniel Lasker's Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against Christianity in the Middle Ages.  
1. The Jewish polemic suffers from a couple of basic limitations:
i) As the author notes, their knowledge of Christian theology seems to derive from Catholic missionaries....

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Monday, 06 August 2018 11:46

Can you be sure?

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From what I've read, in the history of philosophy the quest for certainty extends back at least as far as Plato. For Plato, as I understand him, the physical world is not an object of knowledge because the physical world undergoes constant change, which means the object of knowledge is in a state...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 02:17

Les Fleurs du mal

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I'm not a regular reader of Leighton Flowers. I try to be fair to freewill theism by taking the most capable exponents as my foil. However, I got a Facebook notification about this post, so I will bite: 
Soteriology 101
A QUESTION FOR MY CALVINISTIC FRIENDS
When we object to the concept of divine...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 00:37

Inculturating Christian faith

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A common objection to the Protestant faith is that we don't find Protestantism in early church history. We don't find it in the church fathers or ancient liturgies. That objection has never had any resonance with me, for a couple of reasons:
i) We can read the Bible for ourselves. We can compare the...

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A reader named “Top Quark” commented:
In other words, he failed to show the careful attention to facts, logic, argument, and theology that you usually demonstrate, in an effort to take a cheap shot at "the left" (whoever he envisions that to be). Obviously it's his blog [article] to do...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 13:01

Grudem on ethics

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Wayne Grudem has published a new book on Christian ethics. I haven't read it, and I don't intend to, although I've read two of the entries which were originally written for festschrifts. Grudem is an exemplary Christian gentleman and helpful popularizer of Reformed theology. I'm sure his new book...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 07:35

“Tell the truth and pay the price”

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This is a pretty good speech about the power of narrative to shape culture, and how “the left” has pretty much got a lock on untrue narrative. The title is “Tell the truth and pay the price” — I’m not able to embed it here, because it’s not on YouTube...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 06:22

Rome's clouded crystal ball

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Introduction
After the introduction, I'm going to provide extensive documentation for major reversals in Catholic theology. But I'll anticipate a few objections:
1. A Catholic might object that I'm burning a straw man. Sure, Catholic doctrine changes. No one disputes that. Some changes represent a...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 00:53

Catholicism under the dome

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1. Infallibility is a principle in Catholic and Protestant theology alike, although the locus of authority is different. 
2. Catholic apologists object that having an infallible Bible is pointless without an infallible interpreter. Likewise, Protestants are stuck with a fallible canon. How can...

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