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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Thursday, 11 April 2019 10:14

John Newton on providence

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When we have done our planning, his plan in our favor gradually opens, and he does more and better for us than we could either ask or imagine. I can hardly recollect a single plan of mine, of which I have not since seen reason to be satisfied, that had it taken place in season and circumstance just...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:45

Dereliction of duty

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Benedict XVI has released what amounts to an informal encyclical: 
He confirms the sodomite establishment in Catholic clerical circles. More damning evidence from an insider who occupied the highest echelons of the...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 23:25

Is the Second Coming obsolete?

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The other day in class I was explaining why some theologians find the personal second coming of Christ to be an awkward fit with the modern world. For example, will Israeli Air Defense scramble two F-15s when they pick up a UFO incoming on radar?Like I said, awkward.
— Tentative Apologist...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:01

The Bible is a dangerous book

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A stock objection to the Protestant faith is the rote claim that Scripture is a blueprint for anarchy without an infallible interpreter. It's dangerous to put the Bible in the hands of the laity. 
There's a gain of truth to that. There are readers who lack a responsible hermeneutic. Making the...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 10:49

The art of the autobiography

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The canonical Gospels are often classified as Greco-Roman bio. How the Gospels are classified goes to the question of their historicity. And that can go either way. If you classify them as historical by literary genre, then by definition they're historical. Or you might classify them as historical...

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You can view the video here. It centers around the Athens/Jerusalem distinction made by Tertullian. I haven't read Shapiro's book, though I did look up his citation of Tertullian there and read the surrounding context. I can't evaluate his book as a whole, but the video is misleading, as is the...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 13:10

The appeal of Catholicism

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I think the appeal of Catholicism for some cradle Catholics and converts to Catholicism is that you can lose yourself in Catholicism because it's so all-encompassing. There are Catholic philosophers, novelists, poets, painters, playwrights, composers, sculptors, filmmakers, mystics, architects,...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 09:34

The dispute over evolution and theology is asymmetric

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I think the dispute over evolution and theology is not a symmetric one, as my friend Paul Garner would say.  My own efforts to understand God's creation from a creationist perspective could very well be wrong.  But if I am wrong, I have made mistakes about science because of my adherence...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 06:02

My intellectual development

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Having been a Christian blogger and apologist, this might be a good time to say something about my intellectual development and basic commitments:
• I never pursued an academic career because that requires a field of specialization, and my interests are too varied to sacrifice. Moreover, I...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 11:33

Reframing the problem of evil

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In standard philosophical discussions regarding the problem of evil, the nature and occurrence of evil is typically held to be prima facie evidence against God's existence, although that can be offset by other kinds of evidence for God's existence. 
Put another way, God's benevolence and...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 10:26

Do men talk about their feelings?

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Women complain that men don't talk about their feelings. At least that's a cliche I've heard for as long as I can remember. However, in my admittedly anecdotal experience, many men do talk about their feelings. The reason more women aren't aware of that is because men generally share their feelings...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 01:27

Hand shadows

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I've made this point before, but I'm going to use a different illustration to make the same point. The Nicene paradigm is based on an asymmetrical relation between the Father, Son, and Spirit, where the Father is the source of the Son and Spirit. The exegetical basis for that is dubious (for...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 23:49

God and gender

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"Progressive Christians" object to using masculine pronouns for God. They resort to awkward neologisms like "Godself". The justification is that God isn't male. God is a discarnate spirit. 
Ironically, this debate has been overtaken by transgenderism. "Progressive Christians" champion the cause...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 05:19

Dogs and babies

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/04/03/tiny-baby-did-not-have-any-hospital-visitors-five-months-so-nurse-adopted-her/Compare this to women who "rescue" dogs from animal shelters, then have "dog mom" bumper stickers.

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 05:13

War on reality

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http://whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2019/04/the_denial_of_reality_must_be.htmlPart of the reason for this is that once you deny God, then reality ceases to be normative. In naturalism, reality is arbitrary. A blind surd. So why not rebel against reality?

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 04:59

Naturalism and unitarianism

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There's a striking parallel between naturalism and unitarianism. Naturalism is reductionistic. Naturalism prioritizes parsimony. So, for instance, naturalism prefers monism over dualism because monism is metaphysically simpler. Everything is reducible to a single substance. Matter and energy are...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 10:10

Is Heb 1 about the new creation?

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A while back I asked a renown Bible scholar to comment on Dale Tuggy's idiosyncratic, "new creation" reinterpretation of Heb 1. Here's how the scholar responded: 
The point of the catena [in Heb 1] is to demonstrate Jesus's superiority to the angels - or....

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 02:01

The Song of Songs

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The couple in Song of Songs was not married. Or engaged. The most literal reading of the Bible is that they were sneaking around having wild and enthusiastic premarital sex. I’m sorry people have been telling you lies about this.
i) Apparently,...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:42

No crying he makes

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"Away in a Manger" is a favorite Christmas carol. (I prefer the Kirkpatrick tune.) The line "no crying he makes" is often chided as Gnostic or Docetic. It's true that the sentiment may be unrealistic, although babies don't cry all the time. 
However, I think the criticism is overly censorious....

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:34

Josephus, Synoptics, and the argument from silence

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Outside NT, Josephus is the main historian for Palestine during Jesus' life.His Antiquities Bk 18 covers 32 yrs ca. AD 6-38.At ca. 15,764 words it's shorter than Matt (18,347)/Luke (19,463)He has <500 words/yr.It's absurd to think he should mention everything significant.
— Peter J....

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 11:16

Memoirs and memories

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1. One objection to the historicity of the Gospels is the argument from silence. Here's an example:
The argument from silence can be a legitimate and powerful argument. It all depends on whether there's a reasonable...

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It's often suggested that the New Testament accounts of Jesus' resurrection or the sources they're based upon faked some of their details to make the resurrection seem more credible. Matthew or his source fabricated the account of the guard at the tomb to prevent people from thinking that Jesus'...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 01:46

Broflake

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This is a rhetorical riposte to "snowflakes". A way to put younger men who chafe at political correctness on the defensive. 
i) The snowflake category isn't just a rightwing perception. Increasingly, there are liberal outlets that express...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 00:51

The lynching of Jesse Washington

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It is sometimes claimed that Christians who reject hell as eternal conscious torment do so out of "sentimentalism". As if moral horror at the prospect of human beings suffering torture forever is being "too sentimental"? What a grotesque assertion!

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