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
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:30

Is a foundation once and for all?

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1. Once more I'm going to comment on Eph 2:20. This is the primary cessationist prooftext. I agree with cessationists that the Apostolate was a temporary arrangement which died out with the last apostle. Likewise, I agree with cessationists that the epoch of prophecy in the sense of public...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 13:08

Calvinism and meatatarians

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According to Arminian theologian Randal Rauser, there's a sinister link between Calvinism and meatatarians:
That'd be interesting. Dominance & control are important motifs. Machismo also encourages a detached attitude toward the suffering of other creatures (e.g. the stoic hunter; the...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 12:42

Counting the animals

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18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 05:34

The view from the prison cell

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Clearly in a sense Buddhism is atheistic. There is no creator God who set everything in motion, and there is no providential God who hovers over his creation and who is prepared to intervene when things go drastically wrong. For the Buddhist, there is no ultimate meaning to life in this sort of...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:02

Derogation

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Dale [Tuggy]The tone of contempt in the post is obvious. The subject is a direct insult. The first sentence is a passive-aggressive insult in pseudo-question form, which in effect asserts (again) that Dr. Rauser is dumb. Sadly, this is a habit for Steve Hays. And it's exactly the sort of thing...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 11:17

The foolish builder

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Commenting on my post:
Dale Tuggy said:
Fun fact: Jesus disapproves of this post. Matthew 5:22
The sort of contempt he [Hays] expresses here is exactly the sort of thing Jesus has in mind. 
Here's the passage in question:
But...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 03:28

Communion of the saints

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i) Is there any empirical evidence for life after death? Much has been written about near-death experiences. By comparison, postmortem apparitions are neglected in contemporary Christian apologetics–although that was of great interest in Victorian England. For instance, Cambridge Ghost...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 01:42

Fun fact: Randal Rauser is a fool

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According to young earth creationists, Adam had a 24 hour day to name all the animals (Gen. 2:20).Fun fact 1: scientists estimate approximately 8.7 million animal species currently live on earth; millions more species are extinct.Fun fact 2: There are 86,400 seconds in a day.

— Tentative...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 01:16

Abraham, Lazarus, and Dives

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27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 00:07

Hallmark flowers

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It came not long after Lisa and her husband visited Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp in Poland and were feeling especially aggrieved over the sheer amount of evil in the world.  
Did they never read...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 12:46

The Green Hornet

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Recently I watched a couple of presentations by Matt Chandler on race and religion:

1. There's a certain paradox in these presentations. If I want to hear a minority perspective, why would I listen to a white guy presume to educate me on the minority experience? There are black American...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:15

What is man?

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I recently read What is Man? (Elm Hill, 2018) by Edgar Andrews. It's a witty, erudite, wide-ranging monograph that defends biblical anthropology in light of modern scientific challenges. The book has a scientific emphasis, but that's integrated into a broader philosophical and theological...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:25

Revolution in Rome

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Francis has a process in place to fast-track his next wave of theological innovations:
Instant official teaching. 

Authors: steve...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:37

What's the problem of unanswered prayer?

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The "problem of unanswered prayer" is often discussed in apologetics. There's really more than one problem:
1. At the most abstract level is the issue of whether unanswered prayer throws doubt on the existence of a prayer-answering God. That's a philosophical and theological issue. I've discussed...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:37

Thielman on Rom 9

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I was recently reading Frank Thielman's new commentary on Romans. His analysis of Rom 9 is a mess. I'll quote some representative statements, then comment:
Before the plagues descended on the Egyptians, God told Moses twice that he would "harden" Pharaoh's hear and that as a result Pharaoh would not...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 13:28

Who's the speaker in Rom 7?

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A perennial crux in the interpretation of Rom 7 is the identify of the speaker. Is this rhetorical fiction, autobiographical, or something else (e.g. the history of Adam, the history of Israel)? I don't have a definitive answer, but I have a few suggestions:
i) We should make allowance for the...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:33

Inside and outside

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Thomistic simplicity, as I understand it, isn't a single claim but a set of claims. It includes the claim that God's attributes are mutually identical. 
We might begin by asking what it means for something to be a composite object. What makes it composite? What are parts? 
Suppose we begin...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 13:27

Nazis and SJWs

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In the past I've noted the ironic fact that Jewishness was more important to Nazis that it was to many Jews. For many European Jews were nominal Jews, assimilated Jews, secular Jews–interchangeable with their Aryan neighbors. But for Nazis, Jewish identity was all-important. It was the target....

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Monday, 08 October 2018 13:14

Redefining rape

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It's important that conservatives force liberals to be consistent. During the Kavanaugh hearings, liberals were reading from an old script. According to that script, biological men rape biological women. 
But according to transgenderism, those categories are defunct. According to the new...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 11:24

Brains in a vat

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By the same argument, ‘vat’ refers to vats in the image in vat-English, or something related (electronic impulses or program features), but certainly not to real vats, since the use of ‘vat’ in vat-English has no causal connection to real vats (apart from the connection that...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 10:15

Qualia and creationism

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The stock objection to mature creation is that mature creation implicates God in a scheme of deception. I've often discussed that objection from various angles. Here's another approach: take the distinction between primary and secondary qualities, or physical properties and phenomenal qualia. The...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 09:30

Special providences

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I often write about coincidence miracles. In an earlier age these went by the name of special providences. Here's a nice compact definition:
What used to be called "special providences," in which the extraordinary element lies not in any obvious violation of the causal closure of the physical world...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 09:13

Crisis of doubt

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There's an extensive literature on deconversion. Indeed, narratives of apostasy tend to occupy a stereotypical genre. A formulaic plot. I believe this got started in Victorian literature.There is, however, the neglected phenomenon of reverts. Just as there can be a crisis of faith, there can be a...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 09:08

Apostates and androids

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Apostates and atheists are like androids in science fiction stories who don't initially know that they're androids. They've been programmed with false memories so that when they're switched on, it's like waking up from the day before. 
Then they discover that they're androids. They have a...

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Somewhat dated, but scroll down to 
¶IV. The Problem of Pedophilia

Authors: steve...

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