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
Saturday, 05 January 2019 07:09

Kids in the world to come

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Here I'm going to approach the question of whether most humans will be damned from a different angle. Over the years I've sometimes questioned the traditional interpretation of Mk 12:25 (par. Mt 22:30; Lk 20:35-36):

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Friday, 04 January 2019 07:43

What if evolution bred reality out of us?

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From a brief exchange I had with atheist philosopher Stephen Law on Facebook:
Law
This doesn't sound like your vision of apologetics, Jonathan - which is to follow reason wherever it leads: be it towards or away from faith.
Hays
Speaking for myself, I don't subscribe to following reason wherever it...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 05:40

Damnation in the multiverse

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1. An issue in Christian theodicy is whether a majority of the human race will be damned. An argument for that proposition combines inclusivism with the demographics of church history up to the present. Perhaps future church history demographics will offset the current tally.
2. A more specific...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:43

Maurice Grosse's Interview Of John Rainbow

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I recently listened to an interview Maurice Grosse conducted with John Rainbow on April 9, 1978. Rainbow was a witness of what happened on December 15, 1977, one of the most eventful days in the Enfield Poltergeist. The interview is highly significant and includes some material I haven't seen...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:02

Prophetic blanks

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Conservatives have often argued that the critical position rests on a dogmatic, rationalistic denial of the possibility of predictive prophecy. For the critical scholar, however the issue is one or probability. That Daniel’s predictions have particular relevance to the time of Antiochus...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 10:58

Is the Archangel Michael the Son of Man?

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Some commentators think the Son of Man in Dan 7 is the Archangel Michael. Here are some problems with that identification: 
i) Dan 7 depicts the Son of Man as the cloud-rider. That has its background in Baal, who was the cloud-rider. That was appropriated by OT writers, who reapply it to...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 11:13

Playing the lottery

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This post will be on a similar theme as my dark horse post:
The main difference is that I'm using different examples to illustrate the same basic principle. In Christian apologetics we usually stress how much evidence there is for the...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:33

A case for Christ

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What's the best evidence for Jesus? Many Christian apologists and Jesus scholars make a case for the historical Jesus. Having read so much material over the years, this is how I approach the issue. To a great extent I'm summarizing the best arguments, as I see them. But I also have some...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 03:14

Take it or leave it

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Edwin CurleyWhat started me on this path was reading the prayer book my mother gave me when I was 16. At the back were printed the Articles of Religion members of my church, the Episcopal Church, were expected to accept. I had not read them carefully when I was preparing for confirmation. Then I...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 23:54

Begging the question

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Andrew Loke replied to my post:
In his rejoinder, Loke repeats the allegation that presuppositionalists, or Frame in particular, are guilty of "circularity". I'll have more to say about that later on, but for the moment I'd...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 03:14

Ultimate questions

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In his book, Confessions of a Philosopher (1997), which is a history of Western philosophy told through his own intellectual journey, Magee offers what could be a partial answer to these questions when he describes how in his late thirties, despite having a passionate attachment to life, he was...

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Saturday, 29 December 2018 12:25

The wall

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We're in a game of chicken on the wall. When will the "partial" gov't shutdown end? Trump has threatened to close the border.
Most Republican leaders would blink, but he's not a conventional politician. The political risk for Republicans is that gov't shutdowns are generally unpopular. However, with...

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Saturday, 29 December 2018 11:43

Composting human bodies

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There's a one-upmanship among secular progressives. New York and California are the leaders of the progressive wing in the culture wars, so Washington and Oregon sometimes take the initiative...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 11:42

The atheist bubble

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RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON NYTIMES INTERVIEW
https://www.nytimes.com/…/su…/christmas-christian-craig.htmlI am delighted that our all-too-brief interview evoked such a vociferous reaction! I’ll take hostility over apathy any...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 06:52

Is Christianity dying in England?

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Just to be clear what we’re seeing here: - British atheism —> declining (-2-3% p.a. for 3 yrs)- British church attendance —> growing- British people who pray —> growing. pic.twitter.com/p9Zvyzvjlh

Authors: steve...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:15

Taking a break from church

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In this article, Maxwell makes some good points. That said:
i) Losing confidence in Christianity ought to erode confidence in values generally. Indeed, the logical link between faith and value is a reason to maintain commitment to Christianity. 
ii) Especially...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 07:51

Translation policy

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A while back a Korean scholar asked me of he could translate my MA thesis into Korean. Naturally I gave him permission.
I say that to say this: the primary reason I'm a blogger is so that my stuff will hopefully be helpful to Christians or seekers. So the more widely disseminated the better. I don't...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:46

More Enfield Audio Digitized

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Earlier this year, I wrote about funding a project with the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) to digitize Maurice Grosse's collection of audio cassettes from the Enfield Poltergeist case. Guy Playfair's tapes have now been digitized as well. I'd like to thank the SPR again, especially Melvyn...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:00

Prayer shawls

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On Facebook I got into a discussion about whether 1 Cor 11 requires all Christian women to don a prayer shawl in church. 
1. Church history is not the context of Paul's statement. Many Christians who insist that Christian women are obligated to wear a prayer shawl in church are cessationists,...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:36

A response to Frame's presuppositionalism

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A friend drew my attention to Andrew Loke's article, ‘A response to John Frame’s Presuppositional approach to faith and reason.’ 

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Monday, 24 December 2018 18:36

The Grandest Light Of History

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"The birth of Jesus is the grandest light of history, the sun in the seasons of all time. It is the pole-star of human destiny, the hinge of chronology, the meeting-place of the waters of the past and the future. Why happened it just at that moment? Assuredly it was so predicted. There were...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 12:15

The nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke

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There is something akin to an undesigned coincidence in this connection between Matthew and Luke. Luke tells us that Mary, a virgin espoused to Joseph, was found with child before they came together. In Chapter 2 we find Joseph traveling with his pregnant espoused wife, and it is clear that he took...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 08:52

Will few be saved?

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13 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Mt 7:13-14).
22 He went on his way through towns and villages,...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 05:35

Correcting a Common Platitude. . .

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We are often told "we should live as if Jesus could return today."“Perhaps today!” This is a slogan that is commonly heard in various Christian circles. A version of this is found in the popular hymn:
Jesus may come todayGlad day, glad day!And I would see my friend;Dangers and troubles...

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