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
Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:13

Hard cases

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i) Not surprisingly, proponents of abortion and infanticide like Peter Singer lead with the hard cases because that's a wedge issue. Is it wrong to bring a child into the world at high risk of a short, painful life?
From a Christian standpoint, this life is not all there is, so the fact that you get...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:11

What is worship?

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A striking feature of public corporate worship is the performative emphasis. In a traditional worship service (e.g. Anglican), worship is predominantly something you do. Acts of worship, viz., reciting scripture, confession, profession (reciting a creed), praise (singing), prayer, preaching,...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:11

The disconnect problem

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There is a certain well-known problem facing libertarians–the so-called "luck problem." If an event is undetermined, then it is random, and random events are not within anyone's control. A tad more carefully, if an event is undetermined then it is not determined by the agent's reasons, and...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:57

Disposing of the dead

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How a culture disposes of the dead is a cultural interpretation of what human lives mean. It's said that contemporary American culture is post-Christian, but that's simplistic. There's a vibrant, influential Christian presence. But America is highly polarized on the religious question. Many...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:32

Mutiny in Rome

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I've watched some YouTube clips of The Young Pope, a fictional drama about a youthful pope who's a throwback to antimodernist popes (e.g. Pius IX; Leo XIII) or even medieval popes (e.g. Innocent III; Boniface VIII). He's the dream pope of RadTrad Catholics 
It seems likely that the successor to...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:26

Trinity of the gaps?

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Recently I listened to the tail-end of a podcast by apostate Dale Tuggy critiquing Fred Sanders for allegedly concealing a trade secret from lay Christians that he concedes when writing to fellow scholars. Tuggy casts the issue as if the Trinity is like the God-of-the-gaps. Due to the steady march...

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RR: You say that the attempt to relativize a subset of doctrinal disagreements has a fatal flaw as regards the challenge of identifying which doctrines can be properly relativized. You then suggest that the way to neutralize that flaw is by appealing to an authoritative magisterium which...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 07:18

Questions in search of answers

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Despite the dismal state of our culture, or perhaps because of its dismal state, there are people with serious questions seeking serious answers. That's why, more than ever, Christian apologetics is so important. If they can't get good answers from Christians, they'll get bad answers from the world:...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:21

Disgruntled VIP customers

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I see lots of stuff by disgruntled Catholic apologists. I can't say I'm sympathetic. It's the schizophrenic spectacle of fiercely, slavishly loyal disgruntled customers. 
Seems contradictory, don't cha think? Like customers who patronize the same supermarket. Every time they go there, they...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 23:54

The duty of readers

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Finally, if you just read this book because you're looking for an argument, and you only want to assess the argument, then you have missed the point and you are the main person who needs to read the book.  The point is that this isn't just some argument.  There are real people...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 23:09

Misplaced zeal

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It's revealing to see atheists passionately defend atheism, as if that's a wonderful cause. Even if they think we live in a godless universe, why act like that's something to celebrate rather than lament? 
Many people need a cause to live for, and that can be a good thing. But lots people...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 22:57

Jerry Coyne on infanticide

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Jerry Coyne is a leading atheist popularizer. Without religious restraint, there are no moral boundaries. It comes down to who has more power. This reveals the dark side of atheism, when you strip away the hortatory rhetoric about emancipation: 
After all, newborn babies aren’t aware of...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 22:47

Infanticide and bodily autonomy

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The most popular argument for abortion is bodily autonomy. Perhaps because you can fit "hands off my body" on a placard. But now that the Democrat party is rapidly moving towards infanticide, where does that leave the bodily autonomy argument? A newborn is no longer in the mother's body. This...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 12:21

They don't care

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I took an abortionist out to lunch once, prepared to give him ten reasons why the unborn are human beings. He stopped me, and said, “I know that. We are killing children.” I was stunned. He said, “It’s simply a matter of justice for women. It would be a greater evil to deny...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 12:03

The SBC scandal

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Conservative Catholic pundit Matt Walsh made a poorly worded comparison:
A new report finds that over 300 Southern Baptist church leaders have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998. To put that in perspective, the Catholic sex scandal in Pennsylvania implicated 300 Catholic clergy -- over a...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:14

The dark island

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In Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the narrator describes the dark island. Although it wasn't Lewis's intention, I think this is a good model of hell. What makes it hellish is the lurid imagination of the stranded inhabitants. The dark island is a projection of their minds. Their imagination...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 09:52

From Christmas to Easter

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Historically, Christmas has captured the Christian imagination, and even the popular imagination, in a way that Easter never caught on. Although there's some nice Easter music, Easter hasn't inspired composers and hymnodists nearly as much as Christmas. Why is that?
i) Probably a variety of reasons....

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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:46

Why is postmortem salvation false?

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Why doesn't God save anyone after they die? Isn't death an arbitrary cuff-off point? No second chance just because you're dead?
The answer depends on unspoken assumptions behind the question. In the case of Calvinism, the traditional position isn't based, in the first instance, on starting with a...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 11:08

The Fakers

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1. I recently read The Fakers: Exploding the Myths of the Supernatural (Fleming Revell 1980), by Dan Korem and Paul Meier. 
It's similar to secular debunking books except that it was written by two Christians. At the time, Korem was a magician while Meier is a big name in Christian counseling....

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 20:25

Defining “Social Justice”

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I’ve watched most of the videos from the recent G3 conference, but this one, “Defining Social Justice” by Dr. Voddie Baucham was clearly the best. “I do not think [that phrase, ‘social justice’] means what you think it means”, he says. “The biggest...

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 12:44

What is faith?

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In Christian theology, faith is normally considered to be a necessary condition of salvation. I've discussed how, in Reformed theology, regeneration is more fundamental than faith. Regeneration is the source of faith (although faith also requires a mental object). 
One component of faith is...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 22:40

Overwhelming evidence for evolution

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In this post I'll interact with Darrel Falk's chapter on "Overwhelming Evidence" for evolution in The Fool and the Heretic (Zondervan 2019). Falk is a leading propagandist for theistic evolution. 
It's now time to return to the question of just how solid the evidence for evolution is....

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:44

Is the appeal to consequences a fallacy?

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For many Christian apologists, a stock argument in their gallery of arguments is the claim that consistent atheism commits the atheist to moral and/or existential nihilism. I myself deploy that argument. Some atheists respond by claiming that's a fallacious appeal to consequences. 
1. Sometimes...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 12:23

Secular neutrality

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On Twitter, Jeff Lowder attempted to respond to my post (unless his tweets are sheer coincidence):
Did you know that “I (the speaker) exist” and “It’s hot on the surface of the sun” are both consistent with nihilism? No one worries about that, so why do some apologists...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:38

Iconoclastic science

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1. Recently I read The Fool and the Heretic (Zondervan 2019). It's a dialogue between young-earth creationist Todd Wood and theistic evolutionist Darrel Falk. I haven't read the sections by Falk. I bought the book for Wood's contributions. I think the book would be better without the patronizing,...

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