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

imageHere is a phenomenon that we will want to watch. It’s becoming more and more evident that there is a difference between mere “liberals” and “the Left”. It is “the Left” that has created and espouses a thing that I’ll call “cultural...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 06:20

Songbird John

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John McCain is often treated as sacrosanct by civilian pundits. Here's the opinion of a retired top general:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTlym9gn3w

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 03:52

Illeism

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According to traditional attribution, at least two (Matthew, John) and arguably three (plus Mark) of the four Gospels were written by eyewitnesses. (I'd say Mark was probably a partial eyewitness.) Yet all four Gospels were written in the third-person, which is often taken to be evidence that they...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 00:27

Twin paradox

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According to time dilation, as I understand it, stationary clocks run faster than clocks moving near the speed of light. That's illustrated by the clock paradox and the twin paradox. If an astronaut rides a rocket to a distant planet, traveling near the speed of light, then returns, he will be...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:16

Why you can't use logic to prove God

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I'm going to comment on this post:
There is much talk about logic today. It is obviously used significantly in discussions with philosophers and mathematicians. It has also been a tool of some...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:16

Annotated Pentateuch

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Recently I got into an impromptu debate with a Muslim apologist. I've reformatted the exchange to improve the flow of argument:
Yusuf
Would you be keen on discussing the reliability and authenticity of the OT? 
Hays
Kenneth Kitchen's On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Eerdmans...

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Friday, 11 May 2018 02:48

Christianity unhitched

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I watched the whole sermon by Andy Stanley:
He means well, but well-meaning people can do kinds of damage that wicked people can't. 
Andy Stanley was raised and trained in Dispensationalism. Internecine fights over Dispensationalism (classical,...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 03:03

Modesty

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i) On Facebook I read a comment thread about swimwear. Some Christians think beachgoers should revert to Victorian swimwear. That raises some tricky issues regarding modesty. 
ii) Hopefully it's possible to strike a balance in-between nude beaches and burkas. Some of the Christian commenters...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 01:15

Should battered wives divorce their husbands?

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Many evangelicals believe there are only two grounds for divorce: adultery and desertion. That creates a dilemma in cases like domestic abuse, which those two categories don't cover. Some evangelicals try to create an opening for divorce in that situation by stretching the categories. But that...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:48

Self-murder

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Let's combine two traditional arguments:
i) Premeditated unjustifiable homicide is murder
ii) Murder ought to be a capital offense
i) Suicide is premeditated unjustifiable self-homicide
ii) Suicide is self-murder
iii) Suicide ought to be a capital offense
The penalty for attempted suicide or conspiracy...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:46

Emergency inspiration

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16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:47

Like a dove

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The accounts of Christ's baptism, reported in all four Gospels (Mt 3:13–17; Mk 1:9–11; Lk 3:21–23; Jn 1:29-33), record how the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove. If you were there, what would you see?
Perhaps that's the Shekinah. In Scripture, the Shekinah seems to be...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:44

The bright morning star

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28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29 and come out — those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment (Jn 5:28-29).
As I've said on other occasions, when...

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Greg Welty's popularly aimed book on the problem of evil is available for preorder on Amazon.

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:50

Dawn of the dead

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51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy...

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http://whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2018/05/response_to_dr_craigs_podcast.htmlThere's a striking contrast here between Craig's engagement and Licona hiding under his bed.

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:13

The Ehrmanization of evangelical scholarship

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Fundamentalist scholars have no trouble with the question.  Since they are convinced that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God, then anything Jesus is said to have said in the Gospels is something that he really said.  Viola!  Jesus preached the Christian faith that his...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:06

Grave robbers!

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One thing we can say with relative certainty (even though most people – including lots of scholars!) have never thought about this or realized it, is that no one came to think Jesus was raised from the dead because three days later they went to the tomb and found it was empty.   It...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 11:22

So much for consenting adults

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During the debate over homosexual marriage, Christians asked, "Where do you draw the line? What about pedophelia?"
Indignant secular progressives responded by appealing to consenting adults. But secular progressives can't be trusted. Their position is unstable. For instance:

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Monday, 07 May 2018 04:31

Queen bee

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Beth Moore's open letter is getting a fair amount of buzz:

https://blog.lproof.org/2018/05/a-letter-to-my-brothers.html

For me, Beth Moore is just a name. I certainly don't read her stuff. But apparently she has a huge female following. A few observations:

i) The tone of her letter is like the...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 03:09

Inspiration in eclipse

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i) There are theologically moderate Bible scholars and Christian apologists who regard inerrancy as dispensable. However, to deny inerrancy is to deny the verbal plenary inspiration of Scripture. 
When people demote or dismiss inerrancy, I always wonder what they believe about inspiration. Do...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 00:17

Monogamy, polygamy, and divorce

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But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery (Mt 5:32). 
3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 03:19

Fireflies

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I'd like to consider some stock objections to the historicity of the Gospels, using the Victorian art critic John Ruskin as a comparative reference frame. 
1. Argument from Silence
A stock objection is that if something is only mentioned in one Gospel, or if something is mentioned in the Gospels...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:35

Skin for skin

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9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:52

The boy in the barbershop

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1. I'm noncommittal on the antiquity of the universe. I'm open to old-earth creationism and new-earth creationism in that regard. A stock objection to mature creation is that it's deceptive. For instance, if the universe is only about 6-10K years old, then when we see a supernova, we're witnessing...

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