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
Monday, 25 June 2018 00:30

Museum of the mind

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i) Some biblical place names are hard for modern readers to correlate with the surviving evidence. Stock examples include Gadara/Gerasa, Jericho, and Ai. That's not surprising given the vicissitudes of time. 
Critics view this issue through the wrong end of the telescope. What's striking isn't...

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Saturday, 23 June 2018 05:13

Catholicism in the dock, part 3

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Continuing my review of Thomas Joseph White's The Light of Christ:
The Catholic church teaches that there are seven sacraments, each instituted by Christ either during his earthly life or after his resurrection during the apostolic age. We can find references to all of them in the NT...

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Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:45

Rainbows

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i) Why is the rainbow the sign of Noah's covenant? An obvious reason is that rainbows signal the end of a rainstorm. Some rainstorms produce flash flooding. So there's a natural symbolic association. 
ii) Another reason may be the universality of rainbows, comported to regional phenomena like...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 12:19

I leave this life with no regrets

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It's been however many years since I used to watch Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. Nowadays I get my news from the Internet. Admittedly, I sometimes read his essays. 
1. In libertarian circles he will forever be remembered and reviled as a Neocon warmonger. I'm not saying that's fair. As I've...

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KRAUTHAMMER: He asked, “Are you religious?” I said, “I don’t believe in God, but I fear Him greatly.”
So, the point I was trying to make is I’m not, I’m not a sort of traditional theist. I can’t say I believe in even the God of...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 00:41

NT prophecy

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I'd like to briefly discuss two related issues:
1. Some charismatics (e.g. Grudem) contend that while OT prophecy is infallible, NT prophecy is fallible. But is that the distinction? With respect to visionary revelation, prophecy can be a three-stage process:
i) God inspires the seer by giving him...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:02

The avengers

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One objection to Calvinism goes like this: the Calvinist God is like a Mafia Don who puts out a hit on a rival. He doesn't pull the trigger. Rather, he hires a triggerman to do it. Yet the Don is just as blameworthy, if not more so, than the triggerman. 
And it's true that the distinction...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:12

Catholicism in the dock, part 2

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This is another installment in my selective review of White's The Light of Christ. For the first installment:
A good example of this is the 20C proclamation of the dogma of the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 12:58

The counsel of Trent

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I plan to do a series of posts commenting on Trent Horn's The Case for Catholicism: Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections (Ignatius 2017). I'll begin with this:
Finally, if it were true that all Christian doctrine is explicitly found in Scripture, then one would expect...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:30

Catholicism in the dock

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I'll be doing a few posts on a recent introduction to Catholicism: Thomas Joseph White, The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism (CUA 2017). I believe this is regarded as the best contemporary overview of Roman Catholicism, so it's a good foil. 
This constancy and...

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imageIn this approximately four-minute video, Ben Shapiro shines the light on “the multiple avenues through which racial and gender expression are experienced”, and how various victim statuses now work together under the umbrella of “intersectionality”, to enhance the political...

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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:25

Trump's immigration policy

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ June 14th statement about immigration policy is actually well thought-out and makes sense. The persons who are endangering children are those who are advocating for policies that will encourage massive increases in such attempts across the...

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Monday, 18 June 2018 05:03

Separating kids from parents

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Trump's immigration policy of separating kids from parents has come under fire from evangelical "leaders" (e.g. Roger Olson, Russell Moore, Albert Mohler). A few quick observations:
i) It's not really Trump's policy. The difference is that he's actually enforcing preexisting immigration...

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:55

Weathercock apologetics

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Recently I was reading two newer books on Catholicism, which I intend to comment on in the near future: Trent Horn: The Case for Catholicism and Thomas Joseph White, The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism
I was curious to sample cutting edge Catholic theology and apologetics. I...

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:11

The last things

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An interview with Christian philosopher Paul Helm about "the last things": death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

It looks like Helm's The Last Things is currently unavailable at all the other major online bookstores I'm familiar with (e.g. Amazon), but it can still be purchased from the Banner of...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 01:27

The Johannine Pentecost

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22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22).
1. Lydia McGrew has been conducting a series on the historicity of John's Gospel:

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As long as you continue this “I refuse to recognize the difference between gutter humor/mockery and the godly use of pure, strong denunciation of falsehood and evil, David, you will continue to damage your position. It is very, very clear to many observing.

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Friday, 15 June 2018 12:44

Got milk?

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This is a brief sequel to my earlier post:
This verse is often quoted out of context:
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account (Heb 13:17).
However, the...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 02:23

Tom Schreiner on the spiritual gifts

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Recently I was reading Tom Schreiner's new book, Spiritual Gifts: What They Are & Why They Matter (B&H 2018). His book is an irenic defense of cessationism. I should say I skimmed it, so I may have missed some things. 
I. Let's begin with some positives:
1. Chap. 1 has an...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:42

Bullitt reboot

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Recently, in reference to the kerfuffle over the Islamicize Me series, James White characterized some of his critics as "assassins". Interesting choice of words. Normally, "assassin" has–shall we say?–a slightly pejorative connotation (unless you work for the Mafia). Yet I must assume...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:36

I Want Consistency Too

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In his condemning of Islamicize Me, James White said https://youtu.be/eUUDEZz0yiY?t=52m1s
It is the portrayal of obviously sinful action. 
Yet on Twitter, someone jokingly suggested that he show clips from Islamicize Me to the class at TMS, and White responded (source):
There are few of the...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:08

Help Melinda Penner Of Stand To Reason

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She's been part of Stand to Reason since helping Greg Koukl found it twenty-five years ago. She had an accident last year and needs financial help. Here's a GoFundMe page for her.

Authors: Jason Engwer...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:03

See no evil

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Part I: The story so far

As many people are aware, there's been a debate between James White vs. David Wood, Vocab Malone, and Jon McCray over the latters' "Islamicize Me" videos. On the offchance someone isn't aware, here's the story so far, at least the major bits, as objectively as I know how to...

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