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

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:55

Advice for the next papal conclave

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Qualifications for the new Pope that would bear most fruit. He should believe thatjustification is by faith alone,baptism is a sign not a cause of regeneration,Christ is at the Lord’s Supper by memory and faith not physically,the Bible alone has final authority not the pope.
— John Piper...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:04

Paradigm shift

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I. Paradigm shift
Converting from the Protestant faith to the Catholic faith, or vice versa, involves a paradigm-shift. I'm defining a theological paradigm as a comprehensive interpretive grid. A way of viewing, integrating, and simplifying a mass of issues by reference to a particular conceptual...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:43

Mask of Satan

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Conservative Catholics are divided on how to respond to Pope Francis and the latest scandals. Here's one reaction:
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 It is extremely sad: each and every act of apostasy is very sad.
But it is our experience, and this article makes the same point, that a convert who leaves...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:00

Burning railcar

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Jason Engwer already made some comment on this post:
I'll add a few of my own:
It’s helpful for understanding the way many Protestants view the larger body of Christ, the “Holy Catholic...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:54

As I walk through the wilderness of this world

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This is nothing more than a bleat from a sheep about life in the wilderness:

1. It's intellectual suicide to become an apostate. No worldview makes so much sense as the Biblical one: the God of the Bible, the story of redemption, the sent Messiah, the God-man who made peace between God and man,...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 02:42

Basinger on miracles

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Recently I was reading David Basinger's new monograph on Miracles (Cambridge 2018). He draws a number of useful distinctions in the course of the book. That said:
However, since I am in that camp of philosophers who maintain that God’s existence cannot be conclusively disproved......

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:00

Blindsided by evil

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Recently I watched Catholic convert Brandon Vogt interview his boss, Robert Barron, on the Catholic scandals. Brandon and I have had several exchanges over the years. He runs away very soon once I enter the discussion.  As I recall, he used to jump into the combox on posts by Justin Taylor....

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:44

When hell prevails

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I've discussed whether there's a tipping-point for Catholics. Is there anything representatives of their denomination can do to falsify Catholicism? 
Catholic apologists like to say the gates of hell can't prevail against "the Church". but we could turn that around: if the gates of hell do...

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imageSource: Statistica 2018
In recent days, we’ve heard a lot about the “liberal bias” of many social media platforms, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of these seemingly have “the power to restrict free speech”, because they are private companies where...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 02:48

IQ meritocracy

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Based on my admittedly cursory knowledge of the alt-right, they classify Jews and Asians as the smartest races, Caucasians as the next smartest race, while blacks and Latinos fall below that. They also believe the bell curve should figure in our immigration policy. 
I think those comparisons...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:54

Siren song

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There's a parallel between Marxism and Catholicism. Some people are smitten by the idea of Marxism. They fall in love with Marxism. French intellectuals and Jewish-American intellectuals used to wave away the atrocities of Stalinism. It's a love-is-blind attitude. They have unshakable faith in the...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:30

Divine deception

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in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began (Tit 1:2).
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us (Heb 6:18).
And if the prophet...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:58

In Defense of the Simulation

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In recent weeks, there has been a little bit of discussion about the universe as a simulation.  I wanted to toss a few pennies into the mix and give a defense of the idea.  This is not to argue that I believe the world is actually a computer simulation or part of the Matrix or anything...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 03:51

Should only one side play by the rules?

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The legal noose is tightening around Trump. A few observations:
1. I don't know what Trump opponents hope to accomplish. If the end-game is forcing him to resign, legal threats are counterproductive. To my knowledge, a sitting president can't be indicted. He can only be prosecuted after he leaves...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 13:04

Proto-papacy

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One objection that I've raised to Catholicism is the absence of an OT magisterium. Why is that necessary under the new covenant but unnecessary under the old covenant? 
I've seen some Catholic apologists counter that there was an OT magisterium in the person of the high priest. They quote Jn...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:29

Another Catholic bombshell

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Ross Douthat@DouthatNYTThis document is quite possibly a truly historic bombshell in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. Written by the former papal nuncio to the U.S., it does exactly what many have called for, and offers testimony concerning who in the hierarchy knew what, and when, about the...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:13

John McCain

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John McCain has died. It's hard to say anything that's both honest and tactful. We need to separate his death from brain cancer from the question of whether he was a good public official. For instance:https://twitter.com/DouthatNYT/status/1033530855396962306

Authors: steve...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:11

Our reasoning capacities are highly unreliable

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"Adventures in Branch-Cutting" by Prof. James Anderson.

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 02:24

Philadelphia and eros

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Up until now I don't think I've said anything about the Revoice conference. That's in part because I don't care to watch the presentations. I thought Denny Burk's response was weak, for reasons I didn't understand. Now that I know he doesn't consider homosexual attraction to be a disqualification...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 09:51

Seminary saturnalia

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:58

The true temple

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Some Christians think there will be a third temple. The temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. The Millennial Temple. They base that on Ezk 40-48.
That's possible, but inconclusive. Let's take a comparison:
9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:29

Whoever

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This is strikingly confused:
i) John doesn't say God loves the world. John didn't write in English. We've been conditioned by a traditional rendering, but that's prejudicial.
ii) John says God loves the kosmos. So the question is...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:12

Life outside the prison walls

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Judaism has a unique relationship to Christianity insofar as  Judaism poses a potential threat to the validity of Christianity. Christianity can't be true unless OT Judaism is true. No other religion has that leverage over Christianity. Yet the NT is just as Jewish as the OT, so it poses a...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 01:17

The Disputation at Barcelona

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Recently I was reading The Disputation at Barcelona (BN Publishing 2012), Charles Chavel, ed. This is Nachmanides' account of his celebrated public debate with medieval Catholics. The official topics were whether Messiah had already come, whether the Messiah is God Incarnate, and whether...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:15

Is Jesus David's heir?

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A Jewish objection to the messiahship of Jesus is that he wasn't a genealogical heir of David. The stock Christian response is that he was a Davidic descendent via his mother and a legal heir via his stepfather. Jews have counterarguments. For a defense of the standard explanation, cf. M. Brown, Ans...

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