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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Saturday, 28 July 2018 01:00

The argument from scale

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I'd like to consider a couple of objections to God's existence. In terms of how they are conventionally expressed, it's not clear if these are two separate objections or one overall objection:
1. The argument from scale
The vast size and vast antiquity of the universe renders human existence...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 12:39

Debt-free virgins

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Recently, a Christian blogger named Lori Alexander did a click-baity post that went viral:
It's actually a running commentary on what another woman said, much of which she agrees with. 
On a positive note, I appreciate...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 02:22

Outbreak

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28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later raise ethical issues. Although it's a variation on the zombie genre, it resembles a rabies outbreak. Of course, this is science fiction, yet there's the question of whether something like that might be realistic: 

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Friday, 27 July 2018 00:27

Are we primates?

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i) A prima facie evidence for human evolution is the fact that some apes/monkeys have a humanoid appearance. So it may seem like special pleading for Christians to deny the connection. 
ii) The comparison suffers from sample selection bias. For instance, baboons and mandrils look decidedly...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 06:01

Josh Rasmussen on prayer studies

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In this post I'm going to quote a paper by Christian philosopher Josh Rasmussen on the limitations of prayer studies, and how skeptics draw fallacious inferences from prayer studies:
Proof #2 -...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 03:28

Agency detection

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Atheists dismiss reports of answered prayer and miracles as, at best, coincidence. Sometimes they invoke the law of large numbers. 
But do atheists have any principled way to distinguish a coincidence from a noncoincidence? If they don't, then it's arbitrary for an atheist to automatically...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:57

Random determinism

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1. One of the dividing lines in historical theology is the difference between freewill theism (e.g. open theism, simple foreknowledge Arminianism) and predestinarian traditions (e.g. Calvinism, classical Thomism, Augustinianism, Jansenism). Molinism tries to split the difference, combining elements...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:46

Daniel and the Sibylline oracles

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Unbelievers discount the oracles of Daniel as prophecy after the fact. Let's test that by using a standard of comparison. The Sibylline oracles were originally pagan oracles. These were taken quite seriously by Romans. Subsequently, Jewish writers and later Christian writers imitated the pagan...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 02:21

Countdown to judgment

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24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:55

Extreme sports

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I was watching a video of young men playing parkour on high-rise buildings. This is similar to other extreme sports, viz. Motocross, mountainboarding, rock-climbing.
i) The foolhardy hubris is arresting. A daredevil has to get lucky every time while gravity only has to get lucky once. What factors...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:18

Vampire hunters

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Alan asked me to comment on Mealy's statement:
1. In traditional Augustinian amillennialism, the Millennium spans the entire church age or interadventual age. It is, however, illicit to take a single...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 00:50

Jewish objections to Jesus

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In this post I will field some Jewish objections to Christianity. For purposes of this post, I'm using "Jew/Jewish" in contrast to Christian. I think the NT writers were Jewish. I think Messianic Jews are Jewish. But in this post I'm going to reserve "Jew/Jewish" to denote Jewish critics of Jesus...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:10

Why Study The Paranormal?

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On Facebook, in a thread about my recent post on the Enfield Poltergeist, Steve Hays made a comment about how discussing the paranormal is useful in responding to naturalism. Here's something I wrote in response:
There are a lot of reasons to study the paranormal. Responding to naturalism is part of...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 06:43

Dragged Out Of Bed By A Poltergeist

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One of the most memorable incidents described in Guy Playfair's book on the Enfield Poltergeist is an occasion when the poltergeist pulled Janet Hodgson out of bed and dragged her out of the room, around a few bends, and partway down the steps. Less than ten minutes later, she was dragged out of...

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Saturday, 21 July 2018 11:44

Christianity is a relationship, not a religion

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I don't know who first came up with that slogan. It's well-intentioned, and may occasionally be useful in some situations, but as a general adage it's a bad slogan. 
It's a rather feminine view of Christianity, which is not without merit if you're a woman. Up to a point it's okay for men...

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Saturday, 21 July 2018 03:58

The canon question

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I've been asked to comment on this post:
1. Before delving into the details, I'll make some general observations. Brown chooses a few foils. Primarily Luther, Calvin, R. C. Sproul, Laird Harris, Herman Ridderbos, and F. F. Bruce. But there...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 04:40

Searching hearts and minds

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The middle knowledge solution is not, however, a good one, for the simple reason that a person cannot be condemned for something he has never done. For example, had I been born in Nazi Germany, maybe I would have become a member of the Hitlerjugend and committed atrocities.  But...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 04:16

Diabolical Trinity

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This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666 (Rev 13:18).
I'd like to suggest another possible interpretation. The number of the Beast (i.e. Antichrist) may well be a diabolical parody of the Trinity....

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Friday, 20 July 2018 01:35

The number of the Beast

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This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666 (Rev 13:18).
I'm going to consider three interpretations of this famous verse.
1. A cryptogram for Nero or Nero redivivus. 
Many scholars and...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:03

The Debt Secularists Owe to Christianity

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 02:30

Church and canon

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It is not that the Church and her Magisterium actually create the canon: even less do they endow Scripture with its authority, as mistakenly rather than intentionally certain Catholic apologists have sometimes maintained. With this dogma, as with the others, Church and Magisterium simply recognize...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 02:19

Maccabean martyrs

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Heb 11:35 describes a group of people in the OT period who "were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they may rise again to a better life". The only record of this is found in 2 Mac 7, which describes brothers who accept torture at the hands of the Seleucides instead of eating pork and...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:49

The False Prophet

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Who is the false prophet in Rev 13:11-18? Preterists identify the referent as the Roman imperial cult, and that's certainly germane to 1C Christian. However, I'm inclined to think Revelation uses flexible imagery that has multiple referents throughout the course of church history. Sometimes the...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:56

Hypergamy

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Steve sends along this article: "Hypergamy and Singleness in the Church" by Michael Scott Foster. Well worth reading. I hope it's widely circulated among Christians.

Several people make valuable comments in Foster's Facebook post too (especially the ever incisive Bnonn).

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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