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, 06 March 2019 00:58

God in the gulag

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The Incarnation is one of the most appealing features of Christianity. The principle that God comes down to our level. That's something woefully lacking in unitarian traditions (e.g. Islam, Rabbinic Judaism, Socinianism, Arianism, Gnosticism). 
The notion of the Incarnation is often expressed...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 23:59

The Gospel According to Yoda

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Orthodox Lutheran
Maybe the real unelect were the reason-worshipping Calvinists we met along the way. 
#muhDoublePredestination
#muhClayQuestioningThePotterVerseMeansWeCanGetAwayWithMakingGodOutToBeEvil
Hays 
To my knowledge, classical Lutheranism affirms unconditional election. That entails...

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(1) If I desire that my child achieve shalom and God does not desire that my child achieve shalom, then God loves my child less than I do.
(2) I desire that my child achieve shalom.
(3) If Calvinism is true then possibly God does not desire that my child is elect.
(4) If God does not desire that my...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 22:54

Mothers and guns

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We should survey Christians around the world on this question: which is more basic to Christian discipleship?1. the protection of the unborn fetus2. the civilian access to firearmsGoing out on a limb here, but I'm going to say 1.
False...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 22:26

The Night Hag

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Concerns regarding sleep disorders in Hmong immigrants in the US emerged when an astonishingly high mortality rate of Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) was documented in Hmong men.
In 1981, an unusual new condition came to the attention of the medical community: based on mortality...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 12:14

Second Sight in the Hebrides

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We should have had little claim to the praise of curiosity, if we had not endeavoured with particular attention to examine the question of the Second Sight. Of an opinion received for centuries by a whole nation, and supposed to be confirmed through its whole descent, by a series of successive...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:07

Trans privilege

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I just don’t understand how anyone can say this is a level & fair playing field. 1000% increase in trans women taking part in sport recently. It’s a serious topic that has to be honestly dealt with for safety as much as integrity #fairplaypic.twitter.com/g2x4crSFdE
— Sharron...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 08:04

Switched at birth

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Suppose I have a 14-year-old son named Jeremy. And he's a really great kid. Then, one fine day, another 14-year-old boy by the name of Josh turns up at my doorstep, claiming to be my real son. He says he and Jeremy were switched at birth. Jeremy's mother found out that her baby had a genetic...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 02:46

Coed wrestling

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A few brief observations:
i) I'm no expert on intramural wrestling, but I imagine it would be very easy for a boy to seriously injure a girl. I'm not talking...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 11:50

The tail wagging the God

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On response to a question on Bavarian TV in 1997, Cardinal Ratzinger said:
“I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. . . . I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 10:39

Animal pain and penal substitution

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One of the (many) problems with penal substitution as a comprehensive theory of atonement is that it offers no explicit treatment of the restoration/healing of non-human creation.
Ironically, this is where the extremes of theistic evolution...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 07:51

The value of apologetics

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Christian apologetics serves different functions:
1. There's the oft-repeated slogan that no one is argued into the faith. But is there any polling data on that? Are there any studies by sociologists of religion that show apologetics is statistically insignificant to conversion? 
In general, men...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 19:26

How Important Is Apologetics?

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I recently wrote a post on Facebook about the usefulness of apologetics. I want to expand on some points I made there. I'll repeat part of what I said in that post, then expand on it.Apologetics makes Christianity a viable option to people. As William Lane Craig often notes, apologetic efforts...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 12:53

All-male women's sports

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Will the day come when women’s sport consists entirely of men, asks Rod Liddle https://t.co/Xffyq1dCuD

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 11:56

Source criticism

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20 years ago, Richard Gale and Alexander Pruss coauthored: (1999) "Book Review: Atheism And Theism," Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers: Vol. 16 : Iss. 1 , Article 10. Available at: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/faithandphilosophy/vol16/iss1/10
The review is,...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 09:31

Cardinal Pell

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I don't have a considered opinion about the Cardinal Pell conviction. From what I've read, I'm dubious about the process, and the charges seem fishy:

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 00:22

We're not Donatists!

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I recently read a comment thread about Andrew Sullivan's review of Martel's bombshell expose:
In fairness, Sullivan has his own ax to grind. He uses the book to push his own agenda. So does Martel....

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 12:59

What should apologists do?

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The participants in this debate are less intent to win the debate than to promote their own favored version of atheism or theism, for Haldane that being Thomistic Roman Catholicism and for Smart a scientistic species of atheism. The debate would have had more meaning for the students to whom it is...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 12:19

Judas and Jesus

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In my experience, Judas is a neglected evidence for the historical Jesus. He figures in all four Gospels as the betrayer of Jesus. But why would the Gospel writers invent such a character? Or why would primitive Christian tradition invent such a character, whom the Gospel writers then incorporate...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 11:52

Is Scripture evidentiary in its own right?

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Thus, Robinson Crusoe follows a similar pattern of thought in deciding that he is not alone: it is likely that anyone else on the island will leave some sign of being there, and this apparent footprint would certainly be such an indication if another's presence is possible; it is, therefore it is...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:01

Thin ice Catholicism

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A fixture of the Roman Catholic apologetic is the necessity of the Magisterium, in contrast to the (alleged) instability of sola Scripture. The need for a referee. The need for certainty. Avoiding the "30,000" denominations. 
But how committed are Catholic conservatives to the Magisterium?...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:20

Youthful martyrdom

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Christian parents, your child is at high school when a shooting breaks out. The gunman is asking kids if they "believe Jesus is Lord": if they say "yes," they get shot. The shooter walks up to your child and asks if they think Jesus is Lord. How would you want them to answer?
— Tentative...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 02:11

Can God lie?

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In my experience, Calvinists typically contend that while God can and sometimes does deceive certain people through secondary means (e.g.1 Kgs 20:23), God cannot lie directly. He can deceive through the instrumentality of others (e.g. Ezk 14:9-10) but he can't personally lie. 
On the face of...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:50

Is damnation a process crime?

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I'll comment on Craig:
The question of the extent of the atonement is one that I would rather avoid, as it seems so secondary an issue when it comes to the atonement. I want to focus on the really central questions raised by the...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:07

State of emergency

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Thus far I haven't said anything about Trump declaring a state of emergency to build the wall.

1. There's the question of whether that's illegal. Ironically, I've seen the legality of the action defended from unexpected quarters:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/01/trump-may-be-able-to...

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