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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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:00

Ephemeral streams

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Professing Christians commit apostasy for a variety of reason, but here's one reason: I think that, in a nutshell, this is all a lot of Christians are taught: we are sinners, for God to forgive us, we must put our faith in Christ. That's the only way to avoid damnation.
Now, there's nothing wrong...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 03:58

How did God inspire the Bible?

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I'm going to comment on a post by Michael Bird:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2018/07/plenary-verbal-inspiration-and-its-problems/
  
It is common in evangelical theology to argue that the Holy Spirit’s influence extends to the very choice of words used, but falls short of...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 01:53

Letting Scripture speak for itself

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Because I was eager to submit to the Bible itself, whatever I found there, more than any presupposed theology about the way God should have inspired it, I simply adjusted my understanding of inspiration to fit what I found there. I want to submit to whatever God’s Word says, not impose a...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 01:41

Did Jesus die four times!

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I was converted from a non-Christian background, so I didn’t grow up hearing the Gospels. The first time I read through the Gospels as a new believer, I was shocked. Matthew was great, but then Jesus got crucified again at the end of Mark. “How often is this going to happen?” I...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 04:00

Comparative religious miracles

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i) An atheist trope is to neutralize the Christian argument from miracles by appealing to many purported miracles in other religions. In my experience, I've never seen an atheist actually document anything comparable in non-Christian religions. This is just a hypothetical counterexample they toss...

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I'd like to use another example to illustrate my argument in this post:
In consequentialism, given a choice between saving five lives and saving ten lives, you sacrifice five lives to save ten lives. And all things being equal, that's a...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 14:08

Does God only heal certain types of disorders?

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Atheists object that only certain kinds of healing miracles are reported. 
i) In my experience, atheists are rarely conversant with the best literature documenting miracles, so most of them are too uninformed to generalize about the types of healing miracles. 
ii) In addition, case-studies...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 06:44

Sometimes ignorance is bliss

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Apostates are a funny breed. So many people who deconvert from Christianity have the same zeal as converts to Christianity, even though apostates have nothing to offer up but the maggoty corpse of atheism. Yet they are spoiling for a fight. They start picking fights with Christian relatives. They...

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Gary wrote a post about his poor feels.  In the post, he attributes something I wrote to “James, conservative Christian.”  Then, he swings for the fences and says he thinks that I’m actually JP Holding.LULZ!First, what did Gary quote me as saying?  I’m glad...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 03:58

Sye-Clones

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I was asked to comment on a video by YouTube atheist "Ozymandias Ramses II" (or "Ozy" for short). I'm not going to watch hours of his videos. I think the popularity of podcasts and YouTube videos is intellectually lazy. A cumbersome way to expound and analyze complex issues. 
However, in...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:45

Into darkness

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It's striking how some movies and movie genres tap into biblical themes. Take the symbolism of light and darkness. Both the vampire and werewolf mythos trade on that motif. Both are creatures of the night. Unlike vampires, werewolves can function in daytime, but their true identity is manifested at...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:21

Stock numbers

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Some numbers in Scripture don't make sense to modern readers. Presumably, they made sense to the original audience (unless the number we read is a scribal error). These numbers may be puzzling in their own right, or be puzzling in relation to in parallel accounts where there's a numerical...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:16

Starting-points in apologetics

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1. What's the best starting-point in Christian apologetics? Is there one best starting-point?
For sometime now, a popular paradigm has been to take the resurrection of Jesus as the starting-point. Increasingly, this is paired with the claim that inerrancy is expendable. 
2. The choice of...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 08:35

Life begins at conception

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"Life begins at fertilization, science teaches":

  1. The aforementioned article cites several medical and scientific textbooks stating life begins at conception aka fertilization.
  2. It's a helpful list. There are others like it elsewhere (e.g. The Ethics of Abortion by Christopher Kaczor if I remember...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 04:25

Crossed wires

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I'm going to comment on an article by Christian apologist Frank Turek:
I'm going to comment on the article in its own right as well as in relation to something else. Turek is a graduate of SES. In addition, he's an SES...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 01:17

The formation of the OT canon

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A possible model for the formation of the Hebrew canon may be suggested here in broad outline. Deut 31:26 records that the "book of the law" (presumably Deuteronomy or a text similar to it) was to be placed in the most holy place of the tabernacle. As the Word of God was being written, it continued...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:37

Judaism and exceptions to abortion

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Ben Shapiro writes:

But for the sake of clarity, here is my position on the morality and law of abortion: (1) I believe abortion is murder because life begins at conception; (2) I believe that the government has an interest in stopping murder; (3) I believe that there should be exceptions for when...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:20

Operation Mincemeat

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On April 30th, 1943, the corpse of Major William Martin washed up on a beach in Spain. When the body was examined, the Nazi authorities discovered not only the typical wallet litter (license, receipts, bills, pictures, etc.) but a letter from a General to the now-deceased Major Martin alluding,...

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Earlier this year, I signed a contract with the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) to fund the digitizing of their collection of Maurice Grosse's Enfield tapes. The collection consists of 110 audio cassettes recorded over several years, mostly from September of 1977 to April of 1979. The tapes...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:52

Catholic converts

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There's a pecking order among Catholic converts/reverts. In some cases, the person may occupy more than one rung on the ladder:
1. Historical pivots
One of the most historically influential figures was Henri de Navarre. Raised Protestant, after assuming the French throne he sided with the Catholics....

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:07

When you lose inerrancy, that's not all you lose

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I recently had an exchange with chapter Director of the Reasonable Faith (W. L. Craig's outfit):
Tyson
Dr. Craig's "web of theology" analogy aptly illustrates this notion. For example, Bart Ehrman's failure to make the distinction led him to reject Christianity altogether based on his inability to...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:55

God has spoken

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
1. This is the locus classicus for the inspiration of Scripture, although that's misleading since the database for biblical inspiration is far broader than...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:37

TERF wars

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Steve sends along this article: "Lesbians Accused Of Hate Crimes For Objecting To Transgenderism At London Pride Festival".

The article was penned by a homosexual man.

If I understand correctly (the difference in "attraction" is less clear to me), here is how it plays out:

Homosexuals:...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:57

Merit offsets

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Once upon a time there was a monk named San José del Inmaculado Corazón de María. (To be precise, he wasn't technically a saint at the time. That's what he went by after canonization.) 
During his lifetime, San José was already renown for his supererogatory merit....

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:04

The hermeneutics of inerrancy

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1. Apologetic shortcuts
Atheists constantly attack the Bible. They allege that Scripture is riddled with errors and contradictions. They constantly recycle the same stock objections. 
Now, some of these passages require individualized treatment, but in many cases, atheists raise the same kin...

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