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
Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:38

Paedo/credobaptism

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I think the traditional arguments for infant baptism and believer's baptism are indecisive and basically cancel each other out. I think the strongest argument for infant baptism is sociological: Was there a 1C cultural presumption that the religion of (underage) children is the religion of their...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 12:49

Flyover country

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One argument for the Electoral College is to protect rural communities from subjugation by urban elites. There's an ironic asymmetrical dynamic between the two groups. On the one hand, rural communities supply the urban elites. So the urban elites are parasitic on roughnecks, viz. ranchers,...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 11:56

The ethics of plea bargaiing

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I wonder about the ethics of plea bargaining. Suppose the accused is guilty of a serious crime. In that situation, it may well be in his self-interest to cop to a lesser charge.
However, even that is unjust. If he committed a more seriously crime, he shouldn't get off with a lighter sentence....

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Friday, 22 March 2019 03:13

NonStampCollector

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His reply to my Quiz Show: Bible Contradictions post:
 
The fact that a kind of narrative glue CAN be applied so as to give some semblance of continuity or unity to texts that on their face contradict each other DOES NOT MEAN that the glue is valid, true, reasonable, acceptable,...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:15

Racial inclusivism

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i) The liberal establishment scapegoats white men for being white. Scapegoating innocent white guys for being white has the ironic effect of pushing some of them into the arms of white nationalism. And they are then attacked for being racists. It's both a vicious cycle and self-fulfilling prophecy.
i...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 10:47

On the go with nowhere to go

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In-between writing, I go for walks. I walk later when sunset is later. I'm struck by the number of cars on the road well after rush hour. It's striking how many people are on still the road when they don't need to be. They aren't driving home from work. Although some drivers pick up a few items at...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 10:11

Abolish the Capitol Police!

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Before Bernie Sanders sponsors a bill to ban/confiscate private ownership of "assault rifles" (whatever that means), he should sponsor a bill to abolish the Capitol police. Surely he doesn't think Congressional Democrats should enjoy a gov't funded security detail while ordinary Americans are...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:58

NZ gun ban

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I, of course, assume that the Prime Minister of NZ doesn't have her own security detail. Surely she doesn't have armed guards to protect her at the same time she disarms Kiwi citizens. Banish the thought! 

Authors: steve...

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This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur
Because 49 people were gunned down in...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:28

The women at the tomb

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I discussed this recently in combination with some other things, but I'd like to discuss it separately so that it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. A common objection to the Resurrection accounts is alleged discrepancies in the women at the tomb. Oftentimes, objections to the accuracy of Scripture...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:36

Saving the life of the mother

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People are talking about the medical necessity of abortion to save the mother's life. I was one of those mothers.I was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that was cutting off my airway at 20 weeks of pregnancy. I will never forget when the first doctor, an oncologist,...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:11

Law enforcement priorities

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A journalist has been accused of a hate crime, after she misgendered a trans person on Twitter. Hate crimes have a maximum two-year prison sentence.But with knife crimes soaring across the UK, should police be investigating incidents such as these?@SwainITV with more. pic.twitter.com/eyh1NJfT1W
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:14

Quiz Show: Bible Contradictions!

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Normally I wouldn't bother commenting on something this sophomoric: 
But considering the fact that it's approaching 2.5 million views, with over 32,000 comments and 95,000 upvotes, I'll make an exception. 
Do you find my videos offensive?
Actually,...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:17

Tribalism in traditional Catholic theology

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In the past, when a theologian practiced theology as a member of a religious order, that is, as a member of a congregation formed according to a certain spirit distinguished from that of other orders, this theology bore the distinct and tangible imprint of the theology of that order. The major...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:20

Steinmann on Genesis

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Prolific OT scholar and Confessional Lutheran Andrew Steinmann has a commentary on Genesis due out later this year. Although not as detailed as some, it does clock in at 420 pages:Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)by Andrew E. SteinmannPaperback$28.00FREE...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:42

Time travel filicide

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A young couple learns that there is a 50% chance any child they conceive will be born with a terrible, untreatable disease which will result in the child's painfully slow death in a matter of weeks or months. Under those conditions, *is it morally wrong* for them to have a child?
— Tentative...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 14:07

Decorated sepulchers

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This is interesting on several levels:
i) Nowadays, most Catholic apologists parachute in from Evangelicalism. So they see Catholicism from the outside before they see it from the inside. And even after conversion,...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 12:21

The Devil's Redemption

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Given longstanding Christian opposition to universalism, how has it gained so many adherents in recent times?The change was a long time coming. As I show in my book, from the time of Origen onward there were individual Christian thinkers who held to some version of Origenist universalism. In...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 12:12

What keeps them in?

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Nearly all Catholic apologists are men (with all due apologies to Amy Welborn ), including the evangelical converts to Rome. They stress devotion to the Eucharist as the main thing that keeps them in. But I suspect that for devout female Catholics, the main thing is Marian piety. I assume...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 11:39

Do Catholic apologists speak for Catholics?

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In Christian apologetics, the debate over Catholicism is conducted by and between theology junkies. Most Catholic apologists are converts to Catholicism. They converted because they found the traditional arguments for Catholicism convincing. So the debate typical revolves around arguments and...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:46

Mr. Nobody

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The film is a useful illustration of the theodical principle that every alternate timeline (or possible world) may have tradeoffs. There's no one best possible world:https://epistleofdude.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/mr-nobody-an-explanation/

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:03

Is Christian ethics unnatural?

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1. Christian ethics has the damaging reputation for being unnatural. For making demands that run contrary to human nature. I expect many men never give the Christian faith serious consideration because they think it's so unnatural. But it's my contention that Christian ethics is natural, rational,...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 05:24

School discipline

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Here's a good example of what's wrong with many inner city schools:
However, I'd like to discuss something else. To my knowledge, life in the Hood fosters a macho culture. You have to be tough to survive, or you have to act tough to...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 02:46

Tinted lenses

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No, no, a thousand times, NO.The faithful interpreter of Scripture is the one with a deep commitment to the Lordship of Christ, a love for the Word, and an obedient heart.SOCIAL STATUS, ETHNICITY, OR “OPPRESSED STATUS” IS UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. pic.twitter.com/DqPWZQmZUZ
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Sunday, 17 March 2019 00:34

The ideology of snipers

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Has anyone kept a running tally on how many mass shootings are committed by atheists (as well as Muslims)? Imagine how these massacres would be covered by social media or the news media if professing Christians were the snipers. How many snipers have an anti-Christian ideology? Also, I'm using...

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