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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Sunday, 11 November 2018 08:26

The next gen: going where no apologist has gone before

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I follow some of the next generation Christian apologists. Nice to see new talent in the pipeline. A few general observations:
1. Because the UK is increasingly threatened by Islam (abetted by politicians who collaborate with Muslims immigrants), some Christian apologists in the UK include Islam as...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:59

Otherkin

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"The question is whether acceding to a *specific kind* of request ... reinforces a person's false self-perception."
One can have morally sufficient reasons for reinforcing a person's false self-perception. For example, if you're...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:31

Were they never saved in the first place?

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I brief exchange I had with a Roman Catholic on YouTube:
"But the Calvinist position on eternal security requires not just that this 'possibly' be the case. It requires that this ALWAYS be the case in such situations as when a person no longer fulfills the conditions by which a Calvinist regards...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:32

Distrusting God

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I'm going to comment on an essay by the late Richard Gale. He was one of the more competent philosophical atheist. In this essay his primary target is freewill theism: R. Gale, "Evil as Evidence Against God", J. P. Moreland, C. Meister, & K. Sweis eds. Debating Christian Theism (Oxford...

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After the mid-term elections last week, I’m sure we will now find ourselves being cast hot and heavy into the 2020 presidential election. The Democrats are going to have two key areas of focus.On the economic front, their focus is going to be “Democratic Socialism”. This is...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 00:40

Calvinism and Arminianism compared

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I'll comment on a post by Roger Olson:
What is Calvinism? A) Belief that God foreordains and renders certain everything that happens without any exceptions; everything that happens in creation is...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:13

Wingnut cessationism

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I'm going to comment on a post by Fred Butler:
David Platt gave a missions report to the IMB. The highlight, when the audience erupted in thunderous applause, is when he told of how Muslims are having spiritual...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 23:32

What would Jesus say to Caitlyn Jenner?

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I'll comment on two related posts by Arminian theologian Randal Rauser:
This leads me to the second point: as I said, framing our social...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 12:23

Hindu miracles

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The argument from miracles is a traditional line of evidence for Christianity. One way atheists try to deflect the argument from miracles it to cancel out reported Christian miracles by raising the specter of reported non-Christian miracles. In my experience, atheists rarely give any concrete...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:39

The Myth of an Afterlife

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I'm going to comment on two chapters from Michael Martin & Keith Augustine, eds. The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015). Much of the book consists of "scientific" arguments against Cartesian dualism, near-death...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 22:43

And the Word was God

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Here's a brief exchange I had on Facebook regarding Jn 1:1. 
Samuel Watkinson A Unitarian reading of John's prologue, I would argue, makes far much more sense and is more faithful to the original Jewish context than the simple, and indeed illogical and impossible in context, "Jesus is...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 18:37

The Choking Incidents In The Enfield Case

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Before I get to the main topic of this post, I want to provide an overview of where I am in my research on the Enfield Poltergeist. I'm a little more than halfway through Maurice Grosse's tapes. The digitization of Guy Playfair's tapes was recently completed, and I should have the digital version...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 06:56

Preservation of the saints

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The last point is called "the perseverance of the saints", and the emphasis is upon the truth that those who have been won by the grace of God will not lose out but will be preserved by God's grace to ultimate salvation. It means that it is not possible for one who is truly regenerate so to fall...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 01:01

Dark theology

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Many professing Christians reject Calvinism because it has some sharp edges. And I agree with them that that makes Calvinism somewhat disturbing. However, that mirrors the kind of world we live in. Reality is disturbing. If the world is harsh, then that is, in some measure, a reflection of the God...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 00:21

Why debate Calvinism?

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Since your salvation doesn't hinge on whether or not you believe in Calvinism, what's the point of debating Calvinism? What practical difference does it make whether you're a freewill theist or Calvinist?
As a matter of fact, it is possible to become obsessed with this debate to the exclusion of...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 12:59

God and good

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I watched a recent debate between Peter Singer and Andy Bannister. 
A few general observations:
1. The debate was somewhat frustrating inasmuch as the underlying issue is the difference between atheism and Christianity. The difference between Christian...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 09:52

What is the God-of-the-gaps?

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Atheists frequently accuse Christians of committing the God-of-the-gaps fallacy (hereafter GOG). But what is the God-of-the-gaps fallacy, and what makes it fallacious? From what I can tell, there are at least two different GOG allegations.
1. GOG short-circuits the search for natural mechanisms. For...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 02:50

Christian voter guide

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Political Repercussions of the LGBTQ Agenda – Robert A. J. Gagnon
ROBERT A. J. GAGNON·MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018
 
Every time Democrats are in political power, these are the kinds of things that Christians and others face with increasing intensity from a Party given over wholly to the...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:56

Does Calvinism commit the No True Scotsman fallacy?

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The question at issue is whether somebody can believe in Christianity even though they have no experience of God's saving grace in their lives. Put another way, is Calvinism guilty of the No True Scotsman fallacy by saying they were never saved in the first place? Is that a position you'd only take...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 00:22

If it's good to euthanize a dog, why not humans?

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One argument for euthanasia goes like this: why euthanize dogs but not humans? Why is it good to put a dog out of its misery but not a human being?
That's an a fortiori argument: If it's good to be merciful in the lesser case of suffering dogs, is it not good (or better) to be merciful in the...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 12:58

What is time?

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Ever since Einstein, we're used to referring to the space-time continuum. It's often said that Relativity spatialized time. 
On the face of it, space seems physical in a way that time does not. Take an enclosed space like a basketball. Not to mention that finite space has measurable dimensions....

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 11:40

Reflections on reincarnation

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1. I rarely write about Hinduism and Buddhism because it's fairly specialized. Reincarnation is neglected in Christian apologetics because most Christian apologetics is focussed on challenges to Christianity in the West. 
2. Before addressing the specifics, I'd like to make a general...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 11:17

Biblical hyperbole

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This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits (Gen 6:15).
i) I'd like to revisit two issues I've discussed before. One objection to the historicity of Noah's flood is the claim that a wooden ship that big wouldn't be seaworthy. It...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 10:12

Is God a postulate?

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Oppy is arguably the smartest philosophical atheist of his generation, so he's a useful foil:
Theoretical virtues:
Simplicity: If everything else is equal, we should prefer the theory that postulates fewer (and less complex) primitive entities.
It is clear that Naturalism is simpler than Theism: it...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 09:18

Literacies in the Roman World

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This is germane to Bart Ehrman's contention that the traditional authorship of the NT is false due to widespread illiteracy:https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/literacies-in-the-roman-world/

Authors: steve...

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