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, 25 August 2015 01:12

Faith Alone In First Clement

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I recently came across the following rendering of chapter 32 of First Clement. This is Maxwell Staniforth's translation, edited by Andrew Louth. Notice that Staniforth expresses Clement of Rome's sentiments by adding the qualifier "alone" to faith:"Similarly we also, who by His will have been called in Christ Jesus, are not justified by ourselves
Monday, 24 August 2015 11:11

Personal identity and going bald

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While his response drew a healthy applause from the audience, I felt a little disappointed. I know those who just want us to get over race issues will use Carson’s remarks as ammunition  in the race relations discussion. I anticipate people responding like, “Look, one of your own just said we should move past it, so what’s

Monday, 24 August 2015 10:32

Has the Comforter come?

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This is a sequel to my previous post:

http://triablogue.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/chestnuts-roasting-on-open-fire.html

This blog recently received a reply which I would like to address specifically. It comes from a blogger called Triablogue. 

Actually, it comes from a blog called Triablogue. At the bottom it is states that it was posted by

Monday, 24 August 2015 04:47

The Evans/Singer Debate On Jesus' Messiahship

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Craig Evans (a New Testament scholar) and Tovia Singer (a rabbi) debated the topic "Is Jesus the Promised Jewish Messiah?" on November 8, 2014. I want to make several comments about Singer's portion of the debate. The time references in parentheses below are hour and minute markers taken from the video on the page linked above.Neither participant

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:23

When your Muslim coach prays

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I'm going to comment on an article by apostate atheist Hector Avalos:

http://amestrib.com/opinion/hector-avalos-when-your-muslim-coach-prays

Imagine yourself as the Christian parent of a student-athlete, and the new men’s basketball coach at your university announces that his Muslim faith will be an important part of his strategy. 

This,

Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:17

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

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There's a blogger who attacks Calvinism from time to time. That's hardly surprising coming from an Arminian blogger. However, he recently defected from the Christian faith. He's part of what he said: 

So why does God not speak to someone crying out, literally, in such pain and desperation? What is the value of God talking to all these people

Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:14

Proving first principles

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I'll make another comment on Beisner's case for Carkian apologetics:

http://ecalvinbeisner.com/freearticles/ClassPresup.pdf

Given the centrality of the Bible in Clarkian epistemology, how do Clarkians know and/or show that the Bible is, in fact, the word of God? How do they establish their axiom or first principle? 

1.The Bible claims to be

Saturday, 22 August 2015 22:20

Crosslinguistic influence

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Yet this is not the whole truth of the matter. We do assert that God, that is, the whole Godhead, is one person…. In other words, we are bound to maintain the identity of the attributes of God with the being of God in order to avoid the specter of brute fact.” 

…Over against all other beings, that is over against created

Saturday, 22 August 2015 11:50

Clark's hammer

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I'm going to comment on part of this:

http://ecalvinbeisner.com/freearticles/ClassPresup.pdf

Unlike Van Tilian presuppositionalism, classical presuppositionalism will not argue, “God exists, therefore God exists.” It will not argue, “The Bible is the Word of God, therefore the Bible is the Word of God.”

Can Beisner quote

Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:35

Frame's presuppositionalism

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I'm going to comment on part of this:

http://ecalvinbeisner.com/freearticles/ClassPresup.pdf

In general, Beisner's analysis suffers from the hermeneutic of suspicion. He is so hostile to Van Tilian apologetics that he always assumes the worst interpretation of Frame's statement.

One wonders why Frame capitulates to epistemological relativism with the

Friday, 21 August 2015 10:04

Christian tatts

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23 “When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten. 24 And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to

Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:10

Satyricon

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This is in response to Alan Kurschner's post about the myth that Trump is unelectable. It's unclear to me what kind of Trump opponent Alan is responding to.

i) My objection to Trump is not that he's unelectable. Now, one objection to Trump is that if he either ran as an independent or the GOP nominee, he'd make it more likely that Hillary would win.

 

Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:07

Atheism has no brakes Featured

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The 7th Planned Parenthood sting video has been released. Here's a summary:https://stream.org/new-planned-parenthood-video-aborted-babys-heart-still-beating/

https://stream.org/7th-planned-parenthood-video-shows-baby-born-alive-no-defense-left/

Thus far I haven't posted much about the PP scandal. That's in part because it's a developing story,

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 13:12

Intersex kids

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One issue in bioethics and pastoral ministry is what, if anything, to do about intersex kids. I'm going to repost some comments I recently made, which started out as a Facebook discussion. I'm combining some comments from Facebook and email. 

The wrongness of routine pediatric sex reassignment surgery is one of those areas on which the left

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 02:52

Christians Evangelizing For Secularism

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There's a growing list of contexts in which many people think we should say little or nothing about God. Think of the radical redefining of separation of church and state and religious liberty in recent decades and the reaction to the intelligent design movement, for example. It's often considered too divisive, embarrassing, or whatever to bring

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:29

Unitarian Truthers

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Dale Tuggy has been leaving belated comments on an archived post of mine. Since readers may be unaware of that exchange, I'm going to repost my responses here:

"When we add in the claim, which I'm sure you'll agree to, that the Bible teaches monotheism, we get a perfectly clear apparent contradiction."

No, not a clear contradiction. Not even a prima

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:20

Bullheaded unitarian

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One of Dale Tuggy's dilemmas is his unsuccessful attempt to compartmentalize numerical identity. He makes allowances for personal identity which he disallows in the case of numerical identity. He's too bullheaded to appreciate that personal identity is just a special case of numerical identity. Numerical identity is the general principle, of which

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:02

Swapping used cars

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You have people who convert from Christianity to atheism, or (what often amounts to the same thing) from creationism to evolution, or Calvinism to freewill theism, or Evangelicalism to Catholicism, or inerrancy to "progressive Christianity."  Supposedly they do this because they discover difficulties in their original position.

However, the

A stock argument for Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox is that it's arrogant and naive to think you can read the Bible directly. An ancient book like Scripture is so far removed from the modern reader in space and time that we need the church fathers to interpret Scripture for us. 
The irony of this claim is that the same objection can be
From “A Severe Mercy”, by Sheldon Vanauken
“Then her breathing slowed. My face was close to hers. Then each of three breaths was lighter than the one before. There were no more. I knew on the instant of her dying that she was dead ... Then I kissed her lightly and stood up. As I stood there in that suddenly empty room, I was
Monday, 17 August 2015 20:53

I'm a changed man!

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The conundrum of personal identity is one of the perennial issues in philosophy. Even though you change over the course of a lifetime, changing in a multitude of little ways and big ways, are you the same person throughout it all?

It's difficult to give a clearcut answer to this question because it boils down to degrees of continuity, similarity,

Monday, 17 August 2015 20:07

Spadework

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There's an argument for atheism that goes something like this: some animals have nonfunctional parts, proteins, DNA, &c. That's what we'd expect if naturalistic evolution is true. Although that doesn't falsify God's existence, it makes theism less probable than atheism. 

There are different ways of responding to this argument. I'd like to

Monday, 17 August 2015 09:40

Quote-mining the church fathers

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A popular tactic in Catholic apologetics is to quote-mine the church fathers for statements that coincide with Roman Catholic dogma. There are potential problems with this appeal even on its own grounds. There's the danger of reading later developments and later interpretations back into these early statements. The risk of recontextualizing the

Sunday, 16 August 2015 11:54

God's Love Scene

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I just listened to Frank Turek interviewing J. Warner Wallace on his book, God's Crime Scene (Colorado Springs, Colorado: David C. Cook, 2015). Near the end of the program, Wallace made a comment about how Christian romantic fiction books outsell books on apologetics, apparently by a wide margin. Turek suggested that Wallace change the name of his

Sunday, 16 August 2015 10:45

Gluttony

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Over at Cripplegate, Clint Archer kicked a beehive with a post on "Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony." I appreciate the fact that he was prepared to touch the third rail of evangelicalism. That said, it's the kind of post that only a thin guy would write.

So what about gluttony? Is it a sin? Is gluttony equivalent to obesity? How should we