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, 18 September 2018 05:27

Should your past make you a pariah?

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The Kavanaugh controversy is ephemeral. One way or another, it will probably be over with by next week. I'm discussing it because it raises some perennial ethical issues. 
But what if he is guilty? Should the Senate Judiciary Committee vote against his nomination?
Let’s put our past sins...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 04:41

To deify the church

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Robert Price is an apostate. But he does make a number of trenchant observations in this post:
The Roman Catholic Church reached the point of crisis some years ago. The ever-expanding scandal of priestly sexual abuse and, just as bad, the intricate and systematic cover-up by the highest authorities,...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:49

too broke to be woke

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:06

The young and dumb defense

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Law-and-order conservatives have long advocating trying older teens as adults if the crime is serious enough. It's a serious position, worth considering. Yet now I'm seeing law-and-order types all over Twitter using a version of the "young and stupid" defense they often hate. /2
— David French...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:19

Judicial poker

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What purpose is served by confirmation hearings? Until the 20C, we didn't even have public hearings for Supreme Court nominees. Ever since Bork, they've degenerated into a cat-and-mouse game where nominees giving evasive answers to tripwire questions. An opportunity for senators to indulge in...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 13:16

Is memory unreliable?

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I'm afraid this is too much like Bart Ehrman. I don't regard memory as generally unreliable. I don't regard eyewitness testimony as generally unreliable. Indeed, French often illustrates his...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 12:41

A theology of suffering

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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 10:16

The old duffer code

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Denny Burke has conveniently posted a time-stamped edition of Mohler's position regarding The Statement on Justice and the Gospel:
I draw attention to this because Mohler is one of the grand muftis in the SBC. His position...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 10:58

Religious Trump voters

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https://www.voterstudygroup.org/publications/2018-voter-survey/religious-trump-votersFascinating demographic breakdown which puts the lie to the stereotype about "white evangelical Trump voters".

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 04:29

Does regeneration precede faith?

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Soteriology 101
ORDO SALUTIS: Does Regeneration Precede Faith?
After quoting Tit 3:5, Leighton Flowers says:
regeneration is the washing or cleansing of our hearts from sin. It is not some supernatural, inner working that irresistibly causes people to believe truth.
1. Flowers seems to have a penchant...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 14:31

The noble lie

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In this post I'll outline how I approach the global warming controversy. 
1. Appeal is made to "scientific consensus". That's an argument from authority. The argument from authority can be valid or invalid depending on the assumptions. Appeal to scientific consensus in general is fallacious...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:58

Wilted Flowers

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I don't normally read Leighton Flowers because he's a hack. Ironically, I think it's unfair to assess freewill theism by spokesmen like Flowers. However, a Facebook notification directed me to a post of his. He begins by quoting Rom 5:2 as follows:
Christ through whom we have gained access by fa...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:04

Science, faith, and God

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Some comments on a recent dialogue between John Lennox and Michael Ruse:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrnXdzQRISM
1. Both Lennox and Ruse are in their 70s. Lennox has something to look forward to when he dies–Ruse has nothing to look forward to.
2. Ruse illustrates the implausibility of the...

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Chess is an informal IQ test. A goal of AI was to design a computer that could outperform the best chess-players. That was a way of proving AI. Mind you, calling what computers do "intelligent"...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 05:46

Fatal overdose

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https://anchorednorth.org/the-overdose-that-didnt-kill-me/
Assuming this is true, seems like a case of instantaneous miraculous restoration (from a fatal overdose). 

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:01

Hunger stones

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 14:35

imposing hegemonic gender roles onto polar bears

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The next frontier in social justice: transgender rights for polar bears:https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/cog/tcc/2018/00000018/00000001/art00005

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:42

Is unanswered prayer a waste of time?

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I don't know if there are any reliable stats on this topic, but it wouldn't surprise me if most Christian prayers go unanswered. (By "unanswered prayer," I mean not getting what you ask for.) That raises an interesting and important question: answered prayer has obvious value, but does unanswered...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:49

Pope Milo

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L'Osservatore Romano
20/7/2020
Three weeks after Pope Francis passed way, the conclave elected Milo Yiannopoulos to be the next pope. As Cardinal Cupich explained:
He has all the necessary qualifications to be pope. He's gay, Catholic, and a cross-dresser. Popes have been all dolled up like drag...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 03:08

Seeing freaky things in mirrors

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I'll begin by assessing some comments by Hume, then apply that to a specific case:
Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of witches, or hobgoblins, or fairies, and canvas particularly the evidence? 
Suppose supernatural or occult entities really exist. Suppose hobgoblins and fairies are...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:31

Evangelical elites

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Having just posted an unfortunate piece by Michael Horton expressing views favored by the bigwigs at CT, I now post an outlandish interview with Rev. Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Dallas, that is so much worse than Horton's article that...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:53

Battle of the sexes

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This article supplies useful background info for my post:
In social relations, it's natural for an individual to use himself or herself as the frame of...

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