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, 02 September 2018 03:04

Pomp and circumstance

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For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 Jn 2:16).
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces (Lk 11:43).
For those who plan ahead,...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 14:07

The snakebite test

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For mainstream evangelicals, the canonical status of the long ending of Mark is a matter to be settled by textual criticism, and the long ending is generally regarded as a scribal interpolation. There are a few reputable holdouts like Maurice Robinson. 
But according to another perspective, the...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 13:10

The Vatican brothel

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Although this article is five years old, it provides some useful background to the current situation:https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/12/gay-clergy-catholic-church-vatican

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:25

Debate With A Mormon

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:13

The miracle of seed-faith

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Catholic loyalists remind me of gullible sheep who are suckered into dipping into their life savings, Social Security, pension, or welfare check to pad the wallet of prosperity preachers. Remember "the miracle of seed faith? 
Sharks can manipulate softheaded dupes with an idealistic sales...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:44

Apollo and Daphne

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Suppose you discovered Bernini's Apollo and Daphne on a desert island. The island has no human inhabitants. And there's no other evidence that it ever had human inhabitants. Still, you conclude that the statue is an artifact. It didn't pop into existence uncaused. It did not and could not have a...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 15:19

Secular bromides on death

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There's a sense in which Christians should take atheism seriously, not because it's true, but because it provides an instructive point of contrast to Christianity. Often we can't truly appreciate something unless and until we lose it or consider the dire alternatives. What would life be like...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 04:13

Why remain Catholic?

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A few comments on this:
i) Of course he's a bishop, so he's going to stick up for his denomination. If he wasn't committed to his sect, he wouldn't be a Catholic priest, apologist, and bishop in the first place. It's just a partisan pep...

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The Scandal of the NeverTrump Evangelical MindThis is an excellent analysis by Thomas Bradstreet, who examines some recent articles on why “NeverTrump” should be the default position for Christians, and shows clearly why this kind of thinking is so vacuous.One of the things about...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 03:22

The Magician's Nephew

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How could evil originate in a good world? Or did it? In The Magician's Nephew, Lewis solves that theological conundrum by making the source of evil a malevolent invader from another world. Lewis has a comparable device in Perelandra
I remember a Bible scholar who said the Tempter in Gen 3...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:48

Waiting for Aslan

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I ran across this recently:
I'm not a regular reader of First Things. I'm only became aware of this article because Victor Reppert plugged it. A few observations:
1. Many Trump critics are obsessed with the fact that many...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:55

Advice for the next papal conclave

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Qualifications for the new Pope that would bear most fruit. He should believe thatjustification is by faith alone,baptism is a sign not a cause of regeneration,Christ is at the Lord’s Supper by memory and faith not physically,the Bible alone has final authority not the pope.
— John Piper...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:04

Paradigm shift

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I. Paradigm shift
Converting from the Protestant faith to the Catholic faith, or vice versa, involves a paradigm-shift. I'm defining a theological paradigm as a comprehensive interpretive grid. A way of viewing, integrating, and simplifying a mass of issues by reference to a particular conceptual...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:43

Mask of Satan

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Conservative Catholics are divided on how to respond to Pope Francis and the latest scandals. Here's one reaction:
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 It is extremely sad: each and every act of apostasy is very sad.
But it is our experience, and this article makes the same point, that a convert who leaves...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:00

Burning railcar

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Jason Engwer already made some comment on this post:
I'll add a few of my own:
It’s helpful for understanding the way many Protestants view the larger body of Christ, the “Holy Catholic...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:54

As I walk through the wilderness of this world

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This is nothing more than a bleat from a sheep about life in the wilderness:

1. It's intellectual suicide to become an apostate. No worldview makes so much sense as the Biblical one: the God of the Bible, the story of redemption, the sent Messiah, the God-man who made peace between God and man,...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 02:42

Basinger on miracles

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Recently I was reading David Basinger's new monograph on Miracles (Cambridge 2018). He draws a number of useful distinctions in the course of the book. That said:
However, since I am in that camp of philosophers who maintain that God’s existence cannot be conclusively disproved......

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:00

Blindsided by evil

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Recently I watched Catholic convert Brandon Vogt interview his boss, Robert Barron, on the Catholic scandals. Brandon and I have had several exchanges over the years. He runs away very soon once I enter the discussion.  As I recall, he used to jump into the combox on posts by Justin Taylor....

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:44

When hell prevails

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I've discussed whether there's a tipping-point for Catholics. Is there anything representatives of their denomination can do to falsify Catholicism? 
Catholic apologists like to say the gates of hell can't prevail against "the Church". but we could turn that around: if the gates of hell do...

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imageSource: Statistica 2018
In recent days, we’ve heard a lot about the “liberal bias” of many social media platforms, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of these seemingly have “the power to restrict free speech”, because they are private companies where...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 02:48

IQ meritocracy

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Based on my admittedly cursory knowledge of the alt-right, they classify Jews and Asians as the smartest races, Caucasians as the next smartest race, while blacks and Latinos fall below that. They also believe the bell curve should figure in our immigration policy. 
I think those comparisons...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:54

Siren song

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There's a parallel between Marxism and Catholicism. Some people are smitten by the idea of Marxism. They fall in love with Marxism. French intellectuals and Jewish-American intellectuals used to wave away the atrocities of Stalinism. It's a love-is-blind attitude. They have unshakable faith in the...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:30

Divine deception

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in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began (Tit 1:2).
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us (Heb 6:18).
And if the prophet...

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