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
Perhaps the major Catholic objection to the Protestant faith is that sola Scriptura "fails" to secure unanimity. It spawns "30,000" denominations. It's a "blueprint for anarchy". An infallible book is pointless without an infallible interpreter. 
Here's one way to formulate the objection:...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 01:17

Conversion continuum

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I'd like to make a general observation about conversions to Catholicism. Conversions range along a continuum. Theological identities are packages. Some packages have far more in common than others. 
Some conversions involve a minor adjustment in the convert's theology. Suppose a paedobaptist...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:40

Egypt and the flood

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Every serious student of the Bible knows that there are other flood stories from the ancient Near East, particularly from ancient Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria. One brief account from Ugarit, but interestingly, none from Egypt. T. Longman & J. Walton, The Lost World of the Flood (IVP...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:32

Did the Nile turn to blood?

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Commentators are divided on whether the plague of blood has reference to literal blood. Stuart points out that the same Hebrew word is a synonym for the color red.
Duane Garrett has a 5-point argument that it isn't actually hemoglobin. For instance, he points out that the Egyptians used sand as a...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:13

Right-wing violence

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"America is plagued by right-wing violence. Pundits need to stop calling it a "both sides" issue." https://t.co/Kqxe7O2quS#politics#feedly
The anti-Semite that murdered 11 people in a synagogue yesterday was outraged about the "caravans". Do...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:33

Intermittent miracles

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One of the puzzling features of the Christian life is the uneven and unpredictable distribution of divine interventions. Why does God perform a miracle for one Christian but not another? Why does God answer the prayer of one Christian but not another? 
Cessationism and continuationism represent...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:38

Why the Bible is Not the Final Authority!

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I'm commenting on this article because revert to Catholicism cited this article as partial justification for his return to Rome:
i) There's a sense in which it's not the bare text of Scripture but the interpreted Bible that has functional...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 01:41

The less and the lightest

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Luis Dizon has reverted to Catholicism:
Luis was an up-n-coming evangelical apologist with a knack for foreign languages. 
Regarding the contemporary landscape, there aren't any converts to Catholicism. Rather, there are...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:12

Scripture and creedalism

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You often hear professing Christians who make ancient statements of faith like the Apostles' creed the benchmark. If something isn't in the Apostles' creed or Nicene creed, then it's secondary and optional. 
But God didn't command us to make those creeds the benchmark,. Creeds can function as...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:03

Spiritual death spiral

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It's striking how a death spiral occurs in erstwhile Christian denominations. It begins when the clergy become secularized. They no longer subscribe to biblical supernaturalism. That's reflected in their seminaries, their theologians and Bible scholars. That's reflected in their sermons. Churches...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:44

Faith and sight

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Atheists allege that (Christian) faith is belief without evidence. Faith is blind.

That's simplistic. To play along with the metaphor, humans are generally blind about the future but sighted about the past. In that sense, we can't see what lies ahead but we can see what lies behind. It's as if...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 23:31

How are Christianity and Judaism interrelated?

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In one respect, Christianity and (OT) Judaism are asymmetrically related. The OT must validate Christianity. And (OT) Judaism developed independently of Christianity.
In another respect, if Christianity is true, then God inspired the OT and orchestrated OT history with a view to the NT and...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 22:56

Conversion of the gentiles

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To my knowledge, rabbinic Jews think the NT is guilty of special pleading when it subdivides messiah's advent into two comings, separated by an indefinite interval. They think that's a face-saving device to explain away why Jesus failed to do the things messiah is supposed to do. And that's an...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 11:24

Ethnic churches

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From time to time I still run across complaints about racially homogenous churches. For instance, David Platt lamented that in his MLK 50 sermon. Platt's a humble lovable guy, but he's off-the-mark here. There are different reasons ethnic churches exist:
1. The black church has its own musical style...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 10:54

Psychiatry encounters possession

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Monday, 29 October 2018 09:34

Lutheran exorcist

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There are lots of quack exorcists. This guy seems more reputable: 

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 10:44

When it's right to be wrong

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A capacity for risk assessment is part of what it means to be a rational agent. Unlike animals, humans can think about the future and take precautionary measure to diminish or avoid predictable hazards. It's often permissible, obligatory, or necessary to minimize risk. 
On a related note, we...

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Referring to Isaiah 40:6-8, 1 Peter says: “For ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.” (1 Peter...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:01

Two models of divine transcendence

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My own position is much closer to Paul Helm's, but Frame makes a number of worthwhile points:https://frame-poythress.org/two-models-of-divine-transcendence-pure-being-vs-divine-lordship

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 10:53

It's okay to win the argument

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There's a well-meaning cliche in Christian circles that goes something like this: "Are you trying to win the argument or a win a soul?"
Now, there's a grain of truth to that. We have to be careful how we argue, and who we argue with. But as a rule, the objective of theological, philosophical,...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 09:46

You just don't understand!

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In my observation, men and women often make classic mistakes in relating to each other. In one respect, that's surprising–surprising insofar as these are classic mistakes. You'd think men and women could avoid repeating classic mistakes. Because they're such cliches, they ought to be...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 10:28

Support all refugees!

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In the antebellum period, countless so-called "Christians" lynched close to 5000 black Americans. In our day, how many so-called Christians are dehumanizing refugees?
Josef Mengele and Adolf Eichmann were refugees/asylum seekers who fled to...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 01:54

All of what?

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Arminians often ridicule Calvin's interpretation of 1 Tim 2:4, where he says Paul is not talking about every individual but representative individuals. Here's another example: 
Comment on 1 Timothy 2:4. Augustine, in his writings on predestination, decided that the word “all” in...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 05:27

Swimming from Rome

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There's a cottage industry for evangelical converts to Catholicism. Some of they are able to parlay their conversion into a living, although others don't make the cut (e.g. Jason Stellman). There are books and websites that showcase converts to Catholicism. I don't know of anything comparable in...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 02:07

Orthopraxis

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Years ago, John Frame wrote a provocative essay on the infighting within Calvinism:
That raises the question of whether Calvinism is more prone to internecine warfare than other theological traditions, and–if so–why that's the case.
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