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
Monday, 28 May 2018 00:53

Flags in church

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Should churches have the American flag in the sanctuary? I don't think that's a hill to die on. If, say, a minister takes a pastorate in a preexisting church which has the custom of displaying Old Glory in the sanctuary, even if he personally disapproves, it would be a mistake to remove the flag....

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 11:06

Tripping over his shoelaces

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Of all the things I've read by Dale Tuggy, this is the worst: 
It seems almost unfair to critique it. 
He's just out of answers on the Trinity.
Actually, it was Dale who ran away.
1. In the person of the Son, God assumed a rational human soul...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 00:01

Sedevacantism and atheism

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Paradoxically, one way to expose inconsistencies in a belief-system is to try to be consistent within that paradigm. Occasionally you have atheists who try to take naturalism to a logical extreme. Their effort to be ruthlessly consistent with the implications of naturalism exposes strains and...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:39

Puzzles of identity

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Unitarian propagandists like Dale Tuggy act as though numerical identity presents a challenge unique to the Trinity. However, the relationship between personal identity and numerical identity is a source of ancient and perennial philosophical dispute. In that regard, the Trinity at best belongs to...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 01:09

Concrete beings

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Once again, apostate Dale Tuggy saddles up Rocinante, in a jousting match with windmills:
As I (and many) use the term, “abstract” beings are by definition causally inert – they can’t be causes. Hays holds that each of these intentionally act, purposefully cause, so they must...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:55

The incredible shrinking One True Church®

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I’m sorry to inform you that my talks on “Clearing Up the Confusion and Controversy Concerning the Current Catholic Crisis” scheduled to take place Thursday night (May 24) at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and Friday night (May 25) at the Hampton Inn & Suites...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:38

Reading Genesis Well

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This should be the best exegetical defense of old-earth creationism:https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Genesis-Well-Navigating-History/dp/0310598575/

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:16

Wasting seed

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Gen 38:8-10 is a traditional prooftext against "artificial" contraception (and masturbation). But what exactly is Onan's sin? According to one interpretation, "wasting seed" is a grave or mortal sin. To put this in Thomistic natural law terms, "wasting seed" thwarts the natural telos of seminal...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 12:38

The next world

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9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 02:01

Golden parachute

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Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler collaborated to reclaim the SBC from liberal drift. That's been more successful at the level of SBC seminaries than colleges. 
Unfortunately, there's a historical pattern of insurgents who become (or always were) as corrupt as those they supplant. Turning parts...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:56

Trinity undefeated

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Apostate Dale Tuggy attempted to critique my position:
I have often pointed out how, in his heresy hunting adventures, he nearly always skates by without actually taking a stand for any Trinity theory. Happily, he has decided to pony up, saying just what the thinks “the doctrine of the...

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There's been a lot of discussion lately about the fragment of Mark that some people had dated to the first century. It's important to keep in mind how much evidence we have for the New Testament text even without any first-century manuscripts. That includes a lot of evidence that's seldom discussed...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:04

The invisible security guard

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Imagine you are a woman who is told your apartment [is] protected by an invisible security guard. An intruder breaks into your apartment and rapes you. The guard is nowhere to be found. You ask the landlord, "Where as your security guard? Either he doesn't exist or is weak or evil or incompetent."...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:12

Gag rule

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The debacle about the "1C fragment of Mark" raises questions about the wisdom and ethics of nondisclosure agreements in scholarship. How widespread is this practice? Is there a danger that scholars will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements to function in the guild? What if a scholar signs a...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:05

Murder mystery

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Some folks love reading murder mysteries. Swiss-Reformed theologian Roger Nicole was a big fan of murder mysteries. I don't read murder mysteries, although I've seen my share of movies and TV dramas based on the genre.
In general, the challenge of a murder mystery is to make the real killer a...

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Daniel Wallace and Elijah Hixson (and Brill Publishing – which was always said to have the definitive word on the subject) have confirmed that the papyrus fragment that has at various times in the past been reported as “the First Century Gospel of Mark” (by Wallace himself and...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:34

MS-13 animals

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i) Last week, Trump generated a keruffle by calling MS-13 gang members "animals". The media waxed indignant. This plays into Trump's hands. He says things normal people think, the media freaks out, which reinforces popular impression that the media is hopelessly out of touch with normal...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:20

Clustered miracles

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Accounts of the virgin birth occur in two of the four Gospels. That's not surprising, considering the fact that only two of the four Gospels even have nativity accounts. 
The virgin birth has a litmus test of orthodoxy. Unbelievers regard the virgin birth has a transparent cover story for a...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:15

“Pope Francis” Names 14 New Cardinals

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“Pope Francis” has named 14 new Cardinals, 11 of whom are of voting age, and may vote for his “successor” in the event of the death of this current pope. For whom will they vote? It is said that the Roman Catholic Church thinks in terms of centuries, not in years. So, we...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:38

Don't look back!

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Here's a parody of Catholic natural law reasoning on artificial contraception:
Don't look back
By MICHAEL FRAYN
It is with a close and warmly sympathetic interest that all men of good will, whatever their creed, are following the vigorous debate now going on within the Carthaginian Monolithic...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 13:55

Sola traditio

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At the bottom of this post I'm going to quote two Catholic bloggers. The Francis pontificate is becoming a clarifying event for doctrinally-minded Catholics. There are, of course, many Catholics who remain blissfully oblivious to the civil war currently raging in the hierarchy and Catholic...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 00:30

Finding the church

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We believe in one holy catholic, and apostolic church.
That's a traditional definition of the church, from the Nicene creed. Catholic, Anglo-Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox use that as a frame of reference. The terms are ambiguous, and become ciphers in the hands of high-church partisans. They don't...

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To learn more about the significance of this, go to my article here and do a Ctrl F search for "thesis". Read, especially, from the second use of the term onward.To get Gregory's thesis, go here and register with the site, which doesn't take long and is free. I haven't yet found anybody discussing...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 04:37

Defining the Trinity

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Historically, there are different models of the Trinity and Incarnation. Since I so often defend the Trinity and the Incarnation, I'll outline my own position. This is what I think Scripture teaches, with a few philosophical elucidations to clarify what I mean. 
I'm not going to defend my...

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