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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Friday, 27 April 2018 05:34

Christianity for Doubters

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Christianity for Doubters by Granville Sewell is currently available to read for free here (pdf).

BTW, I’d say the scientific chapters are better than the theological ones.

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 01:15

Double agent for the dark side

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I recently read What is the Trinity? by apostate Dale Tuggy, a self-published propaganda piece in defense of unitarianism, written in a duly serpentine style ("Come on–jump off the cliff. It won't hurt a bit. Promise!"). 
1. In the Bart Ehrmanesque intro, narrating his deconversion, Tuggy...

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From an article about Janelle Monáe:
While Monáe, 32, initially identified as bisexual -- being attracted to both males and females -- she eventually settled on the seemingly more inclusive pansexual, which encompasses an attraction towards someone regardless of their sex or gender...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:41

Atheist Philosophers Ignoring Their Opposition

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This is from a recent edition of William Lane Craig's podcast. He's addressing the field of philosophy, but we see similar negligence in other fields as well:
I have had people who are Reasonable Faith listeners say that they just couldn't believe their ears when she trotted out the old Euthyphro...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:23

Soccer, atheism, and the problem of evil

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Although Graham is an unreliable guide, this particular post nicely illustrates an important principle in Christian theodicy:https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/football-atheism-the-problem-of-evil/

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 02:49

Herd animals

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The case of Alfie Evans is rightly getting a lot of attention. Here's a backgrounder:
This case reflects two competing social philosophies: individualism and collectivism. It illustrates the dark side of universal...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:09

Born under the law

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Does vicarious atonement require an Incarnate Deity? Apostate Dale Tuggy denies that, although he fails to explain how the death of a merely human messiah can have any vicarious significance. What makes his death different than the death of any Christian martyr? Evidently, unitarians resort to...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:07

Though dead they still speak

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And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead (Heb 11:4).

There's a sense in which dying words aren't necessarily your last words. Have you ever noticed how many rich folks are buried? Some of them have ostentatious private family crypts or mausoleums. Even in death they are still striving...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 06:00

Medical and state tyranny

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I recently wrote about Alfie Evans here.

Ben Shapiro has an article "Who Controls Your Kids' Lives?" that's gold.

Over 100 U.K. physicians have signed the following:

Press release, regarding Alfie Evans: Medical and State TyrannyFrom the Medical Ethics Alliance 14.00pm 24th April 2018

We are...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 02:19

Fried earthworms

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As I enjoy a break from my writing projects to watch the World Cup I’ve taken to spending my evenings after my son goes to bed lying on the sofa watching 22 grown men running around after a piece of inflated leather. My wife thinks it’s really rather pointless, lacking any important...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 01:16

Medically inexplicable healing

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I'll comment on this:
I’m currently wading through Craig Keener’s massive two volume work “Miracles.” The book relays healing anecdote after healing anecdote. Frankly it is...

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I just posted this on Facebook. Anybody who wants to add comments here can do so, or you can post on my Facebook page.
Here's something I recently wrote to a Christian struggling with pornography and assurance of salvation. I'm posting it with his permission, and I hope it will be helpful to other...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 12:36

Quest for the historical Licona

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Over at veracityhill.com, Kurt Jaros is initiating a series in which he attempts to rebut the alleged misrepresentations of Michael Licona by the McGrew clan. Unfortunately, Kurt is operating with a woodenly literal ipsissima verba paradigm of the historical Licona. But what if the McGrews actually...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:32

From Spider-Man to God-Man

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According to humanitarian unitarianism, Jesus was just a man. That, however, generates an acute dilemma, because the NT ascribes distinctively divine powers and prerogatives to Jesus. A "human" Jesus who created the universe, created angels, created life on earth, can process millions of prayers a...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:09

Highly exalted

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6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to exploit 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 07:27

Death panel

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A working definition from Wikipedia:

"Death panel" is a political term that originated during the 2009 debate about federal health care legislation to cover the uninsured in the United States. Sarah Palin, former Republican Governor of Alaska, coined the term when she charged that proposed...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:38

Is Calvinism tautologous?

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I'd like to make a few brief comments on Brian Abasciano's post:
1. My own position, which is documented by Greek lexicographers, is that, especially in Johannine usage, kosmos has an ethical...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

Humanitarian Christology

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Historically, some unitarians regarded Jesus as the first creature and highest creature. However, apostate Dale Tuggy subscribes to a "humanitarian Christology". On that view, Jesus is just a human being. 
In a sense, that's a simpler, more consistent version of unitarianism. But it faces...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 10:21

Collusion?

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Today I saw Timothy McGrew's presentation on the Gospels at the Stand Firm conference:
He did that last month (March 24). I did two posts on the same subject this month (4/18 & 4/19):

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Monday, 23 April 2018 10:12

Modern historiography

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I am glad to see that in one major way Mike and I agree about the Gospels. We agree that we cannot hold the Gospels to modern standards of accuracy, because if we do, the Gospels are not accurate. In Mike’s words, the Gospels are “flexible with details” and they are comparable to...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 10:10

Healing touch

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31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 10:08

Mary, don't you weep!

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20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:24

Unitarian apostates

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Apostate unitarians and apostate atheists share something fundamental in common. As I've often noted, there's frequently a difference between atheists in general and apostates in particular. Typically, someone who deconverts from Christianity still uses Christianity as a frame of reference. There's...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 13:51

Ares redivivus

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Apostate Dale Tuggy's philosophical objection to the Trinity is that it (allegedly) violates the law of identity. One issue this raises is how to define identity. For instance, I've argued that if A and B can be put into point-by-point correspondence, then that's a rigorous definition of identity....

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Friday, 20 April 2018 23:54

Quantifying miracles

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i) The issue miracles is often framed in terms of mathematical odds. Like there's a presumption against having a license plate with that particular number, given tens of millions of license plates, but that presumption can be overcome by specific evidence to the contrary. By the same token,...

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