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
Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:58

In Defense of the Simulation

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In recent weeks, there has been a little bit of discussion about the universe as a simulation.  I wanted to toss a few pennies into the mix and give a defense of the idea.  This is not to argue that I believe the world is actually a computer simulation or part of the Matrix or anything...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 03:51

Should only one side play by the rules?

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The legal noose is tightening around Trump. A few observations:
1. I don't know what Trump opponents hope to accomplish. If the end-game is forcing him to resign, legal threats are counterproductive. To my knowledge, a sitting president can't be indicted. He can only be prosecuted after he leaves...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 13:04

Proto-papacy

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One objection that I've raised to Catholicism is the absence of an OT magisterium. Why is that necessary under the new covenant but unnecessary under the old covenant? 
I've seen some Catholic apologists counter that there was an OT magisterium in the person of the high priest. They quote Jn...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:29

Another Catholic bombshell

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Ross Douthat@DouthatNYTThis document is quite possibly a truly historic bombshell in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. Written by the former papal nuncio to the U.S., it does exactly what many have called for, and offers testimony concerning who in the hierarchy knew what, and when, about the...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:13

John McCain

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John McCain has died. It's hard to say anything that's both honest and tactful. We need to separate his death from brain cancer from the question of whether he was a good public official. For instance:https://twitter.com/DouthatNYT/status/1033530855396962306

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:11

Our reasoning capacities are highly unreliable

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"Adventures in Branch-Cutting" by Prof. James Anderson.

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 02:24

Philadelphia and eros

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Up until now I don't think I've said anything about the Revoice conference. That's in part because I don't care to watch the presentations. I thought Denny Burk's response was weak, for reasons I didn't understand. Now that I know he doesn't consider homosexual attraction to be a disqualification...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 09:51

Seminary saturnalia

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:58

The true temple

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Some Christians think there will be a third temple. The temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. The Millennial Temple. They base that on Ezk 40-48.
That's possible, but inconclusive. Let's take a comparison:
9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:29

Whoever

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This is strikingly confused:
i) John doesn't say God loves the world. John didn't write in English. We've been conditioned by a traditional rendering, but that's prejudicial.
ii) John says God loves the kosmos. So the question is...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:12

Life outside the prison walls

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Judaism has a unique relationship to Christianity insofar as  Judaism poses a potential threat to the validity of Christianity. Christianity can't be true unless OT Judaism is true. No other religion has that leverage over Christianity. Yet the NT is just as Jewish as the OT, so it poses a...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 01:17

The Disputation at Barcelona

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Recently I was reading The Disputation at Barcelona (BN Publishing 2012), Charles Chavel, ed. This is Nachmanides' account of his celebrated public debate with medieval Catholics. The official topics were whether Messiah had already come, whether the Messiah is God Incarnate, and whether...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:15

Is Jesus David's heir?

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A Jewish objection to the messiahship of Jesus is that he wasn't a genealogical heir of David. The stock Christian response is that he was a Davidic descendent via his mother and a legal heir via his stepfather. Jews have counterarguments. For a defense of the standard explanation, cf. M. Brown, Ans...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:55

Witnessing to Mormons

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I could do without the politically correct title of the podcast. That said:https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/latter-day-saints/

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:32

What's so bad about blind faith?

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"Blind faith" is a pejorative label. When atheists talk about Christian faith, they define it as believing something without evidence, on insufficient evidence, or contrary to evidence. 
Atheists don't usually begin with a theological or philosophical definition of faith. Rather, they begin...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:11

Tse on Harris

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Peter Ulrich Tse is a neuroscientist (PhD, Harvard) as well as an atheist (naturalism). Tse writes the following about Sam Harris:

Eddy, I just read your incisive review of Harris' book. I agree 100%. Please do not take Harris to be speaking for neuroscience or neuroscientists. As far as I can...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 05:43

Nuclear winter

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I'd like to expand on an illustration I sometimes use to compare and contrast Catholic and Protestant paradigms. Take those dystopian scenarios in which 99% of the human race is wiped out by some catastrophe. But a sample of the human race survives in subterranean cities. They may be there for...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 05:30

Poisonous fruit of poisonous tree

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Is it hypocritical for evangelicals to harp on Catholic scandals? Are we in these same boat? Are we shooting a hole in the bottom of our own boat?
1. It's vitally important that Christians not make what they oppose the standard of comparison. The fact that Catholicism is bad doesn't make me good....

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:38

The eyewitness pool

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1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 13:48

Should a junkie be a pharmacist?

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This is generally a good post:
However, it falls apart in the final paragraph:
So then what about people who have experienced same-sex attraction and yet aspire for pastoral ministry in an evangelical church? The...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 11:55

Apologist for pederasty

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Now the Catholic Church is trying to blame its own enablement of child rapists and child pornographers on "homosexual subculture". I guess after protecting predators for years, the natural thing is attempt to blame an outgroup like the gay community. https://t.co/1SV2HOeJMX
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Monday, 20 August 2018 06:13

Quisling for pederasts

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Because the LGBT "community" is so small, it has no direct political clout. Its power derives from heterosexuals who enable it. 
A case in point is Arminian theologian Randal Rauser. Rather that protecting underage boys from pederasts, his aim is protect pederasts by refusing to acknowledge the...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 01:22

Atheists in vestments

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At the heart of the scandals is infidelity–literally the lack of faith. There are priests, including bishops and even cardinals, who do not believe in God, or whose belief in God is merely notional (as definitively evidenced by their lack of fear of Him).https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusi...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 00:22

Infinite regress

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Is an infinite regress incoherent? This crops up in debates over the cosmological argument. But it depends on what the cosmological argument is used to prove. Did the universe begin to exist? Is the universe contingent? Even if (ex hypothesi) the universe is eternal, it may still be contingent.
That...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 08:50

The wheels are going to fall off

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The “Church Militant” website (conservative but not traditionalist) has set its sights on the resignation (or sacking) of Donald Wuerl, who was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006 before being moved to Washington DC as Archbishop in 2006 and Cardinal in 2010. On the other hand, Wuerl...

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