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

imageNew York and New Jersey have launched Pennsylvania-style investigations now into cover-ups in those states, and there are hints that a possible US-DOJ RICO investigation may be taking shape:

Authors: John Bugay...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:08

Random thoughts on race

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I'll say a few things on the perennial topic of race in American that I don't see discussed:
1. Is it ever appropriate to feel closer to members of your own race? I think that needs to be disambiguated. 
i) It's natural for many people to feel closest to their immediate family. If their family...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:01

Why I'm not signing the Statement on Social Justice

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I'm going to comment on this statement:
Let's begin with some things I agree with:
In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ's church, we wish to clarify certain key...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:33

“The Gay Priest Problem”

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imageVery succinct, and has parallels with the "Revoice" issue in Reformed churches.

Authors: John Bugay...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:36

The Book of Mormon

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Daniel C. Peterson a top Mormon apologist. I'm going to comment on a case he makes for Mormonism:
As a leading Mormon apologist and scholar, this is...

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imageIn many ways, I’m rooting for these folks at “Church Militant”. Not only does the main character, Michael Voris, S.T.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) have a cool Donald Trump-style haircut, but he challenges the left wing of the Roman Catholic Church the way Donald Trump...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:22

One God or many gods?

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Some liberal scholars think the OT contains residual traces of polytheism. Divergent theologies which the editors and redactors failed to expunge. For instance:  
One God or Many Gods? 
Several key passages in the Old Testament speak of Yahweh alone as God...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:15

3 Mormons

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I finally watched the whole debate between James White, Jeff Durbin, and Mormon Kwaku:
I don't normally comment on Mormonism. I usually defer to Christian apologists who specialize in Mormonism and other cults (e.g. Islam). In that regard, here's a good...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:52

Mormonism and Michael Heiser

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Mormon apologists have tried to make use of Michael Heiser's divine council paradigm to provide exegetical justification for Mormon polytheism. Heiser responded: 

Aut...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 01:37

Equality with God

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I find this article rather odd:
1. Burk fails to directly interact with Hoover's classic seminal essay. Hoover argued that harpogmos doesn't have an isolated sense in this...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 00:45

What time is it?

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There's an ongoing dispute between old-earth creationism and new-earth creationism regarding biblical chronology. Traditionally, many Christians regarded the days of Gen 1 as consecutive calendar days, although some church fathers viewed creation as instantaneous. Likewise, Jews and Christians...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 13:56

Perspicuity

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In this post I'd like to make two related observations. They're not directly related to teach other, but they share the same general topic, and it's more efficient to discuss them together than separately.
1. There are some Christians as well as former Christians who have an unwarranted expectation...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 03:04

Pomp and circumstance

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For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 Jn 2:16).
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces (Lk 11:43).
For those who plan ahead,...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 14:07

The snakebite test

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For mainstream evangelicals, the canonical status of the long ending of Mark is a matter to be settled by textual criticism, and the long ending is generally regarded as a scribal interpolation. There are a few reputable holdouts like Maurice Robinson. 
But according to another perspective, the...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 13:10

The Vatican brothel

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Although this article is five years old, it provides some useful background to the current situation:https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/12/gay-clergy-catholic-church-vatican

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:25

Debate With A Mormon

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:13

The miracle of seed-faith

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Catholic loyalists remind me of gullible sheep who are suckered into dipping into their life savings, Social Security, pension, or welfare check to pad the wallet of prosperity preachers. Remember "the miracle of seed faith? 
Sharks can manipulate softheaded dupes with an idealistic sales...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:44

Apollo and Daphne

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Suppose you discovered Bernini's Apollo and Daphne on a desert island. The island has no human inhabitants. And there's no other evidence that it ever had human inhabitants. Still, you conclude that the statue is an artifact. It didn't pop into existence uncaused. It did not and could not have a...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 15:19

Secular bromides on death

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There's a sense in which Christians should take atheism seriously, not because it's true, but because it provides an instructive point of contrast to Christianity. Often we can't truly appreciate something unless and until we lose it or consider the dire alternatives. What would life be like...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 04:13

Why remain Catholic?

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A few comments on this:
i) Of course he's a bishop, so he's going to stick up for his denomination. If he wasn't committed to his sect, he wouldn't be a Catholic priest, apologist, and bishop in the first place. It's just a partisan pep...

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The Scandal of the NeverTrump Evangelical MindThis is an excellent analysis by Thomas Bradstreet, who examines some recent articles on why “NeverTrump” should be the default position for Christians, and shows clearly why this kind of thinking is so vacuous.One of the things about...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 03:22

The Magician's Nephew

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How could evil originate in a good world? Or did it? In The Magician's Nephew, Lewis solves that theological conundrum by making the source of evil a malevolent invader from another world. Lewis has a comparable device in Perelandra
I remember a Bible scholar who said the Tempter in Gen 3...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:48

Waiting for Aslan

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I ran across this recently:
I'm not a regular reader of First Things. I'm only became aware of this article because Victor Reppert plugged it. A few observations:
1. Many Trump critics are obsessed with the fact that many...

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