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

Sunday, 23 June 2019 22:39

If Intentionality, then Not Physicalism

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You and I believe, hope, fear, and have all sorts of other intentional thoughts. We think about things. If physicalism is true, then none of us have intentional thoughts. Since we plainly do, physicalism is false. Physicalism is the view that all existent entities are describable by theories of...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:40

On The Communist Manifesto

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In order to understand Marx, you must understand Hegel. But no one can understand Hegel. Ergo… Okay, so perhaps we don’t have to completely understand Hegel but merely get a rough grasp of what he was saying. Hegel was born in 1770, taught philosophy at the University of Jena...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 21:39

Thinking Machine: No Such Thing

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By thinking, I mean something more than the capacity to calculate or process information. What I mean by thinking is something like having a thought about something. I guess the best place to start thinking about thinking is me. I think I am a thinking thing. As such, I think about stuff. I...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 22:39

God has a Plan for your Tongue

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We live in the Age of the Tongue.  We have more means to talk than ever before. I can blog, update my status, tweet, text, voice record, video, and even phone, write on paper or have a face-to-face conversation! Our speech lasts longer than ever before. The internet’s ‘way...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:46

Government: What’s the Point?

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In an era when people are both fascinated and cynical about politicians and governments, it is worth pausing to ask: what exactly is the purpose of government? What is it supposed to do? In order to answer this question, we ought to first consider the kind of thing that is going to be governed...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 20:37

Art: Crisis, Creativity, and Christianity

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In the early part of the twentieth century, a crisis took place in the art world. Objects that were not beautiful were hung in galleries as art. Most famously, in 1917, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) submitted a urinal to an exhibition in New York. His piece was called “Fountain” (1917). If...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 21:34

Have You Thought About That?

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Someone might say, “I know what I think, but I can’t find the words.” How do you react? Do you imagine the person having a perfectly well-formed thought in their mind, but being unable to find the words to match? If there is a thought that is separate from words, then that thought...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 10:10

Philosophy for Ministry

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Plato thought that philosophers should rule. In contrast, Christian Philosophers ought to serve the ministry of the church. God places thinkers in the church to serve his ministers. Correlatively, if you are in Christian ministry, then you may need the help of a Christian philosopher. Over the...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:06

What is Christian Philosophy?

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What is Philosophy?  The word, philosophy, simply means ‘love of wisdom.’ In some sense, anyone who seeks out wisdom for its own sake is a ‘philosopher’. However, philosophy is different from other disciplines. It often asks questions for which other...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 02:54

Human Progress is not Enough.

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We all have an interest in human progress. Whether it be the accumulation of knowledge, removal of disease, increase in prosperity, decline in murder, or a wealth of other worthy aims, we want to see human life get better over time. However, for some people, being ‘part of history’ or...

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I have been perusing an old book by Simon Blackburn called Spreading the Word. In it, Blackburn has a very helpful little section describing the relationship between mind, language, and the world in the form of a triangle the corners of which are connected to one another by theories. The...

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I have been perusing an old book by Simon Blackburn called Spreading the Word. In it, Blackburn has a very helpful little diagram depicting the relationship between mind, language, and the world in the form of a triangle the corners of which are connected to one another by theories:
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The idea is...

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During the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin presented a view that was to have a revolutionary effect on how we conceived of ourselves and our place in the world. Darwinism stood opposed to the two traditional views that had been assumed for centuries, the Classical view and the Judeo-Christian...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 00:20

Why Christianity Won't Go Away

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Supposedly, Christianity will go away. We will evolve and move on. Infuriatingly for some, it's not going away that easily. 
Today, we remember a day when Jesus was supposed to go away. But, things did not go as planned. 
Crucifixions were supposed to be smooth and orderly. Everyone played...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 05:12

Why Human Progress Never Supplies Meaning

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We all have an interest in human progress. Whether it be the accumulation of knowledge, removal of disease, increase in prosperity, decline in murder, or a wealth of other worthy aims, we want to see human life get better over time. However, for some people, being 'part of history' or devoting...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 21:39

The Reason for the Love of Human Life

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Those opposed to the pro-life movement think that their opponents have a nefarious motive for their activism: "they don't really care about babies. They just want power or control, or they just want to win."In the following debate, the Hitch makes this explicit. Watch Bill Craig's response. Starts...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 21:43

On Evangelism

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Why evangelize? Finding an answer to this question has become an urgent task since the Barna Group published findings that suggest that "almost half of practicing Christian millennials say evangelism is wrong."It seems odd that those who have been saved by Jesus would think it wrongto tell others...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 20:38

On Merit: A Reply to Clifton Mark

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You do something great, I clap. The child is naughty, he gets no ice cream. The athlete wins the race, she gets a medal. All of these actions and reactions seem built into the universe. It's just the way it is. According to Clifton Mark, this is false - this is not the way the world works. Oh, and...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 21:19

Nativism and Theistic Beliefs

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Did we learn the concept of God and infer his existence from some other more basic belief, or did we have the concept of God or a belief in his existence 'already in the mind'? Such is the issue of nativism: whether there is something in the mind prior to experience. Some theologians and...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 23:09

In with the Old

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Amber Petrovich argues that too many old people are in charge and that they should stand aside to make way for the young. The point is simple: Older people know less about what life is like now than younger people. Since government is about the present, younger people are better equipped to be in...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:50

What Can We Do?

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“we had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and national community” (Martin Luther King)
Is it okay for a Christian to break the law? On the one hand, the Bible tells...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:59

Truth and History

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"The philosophers of the past did not write in order to reflect their times or to provide future historians with something to do. Their work was intended to point beyond itself to something else - to the truthabout things - and what matters ultimately is whether they succeeded" (Ed Feser, Aquinas,...

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Friday, 22 February 2019 20:58

Governing and Human Nature

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Consider the present state of political discourse. Isn't it, at least in part, a discussion about evil and what to do about it? Of course, it also involves thinking about some things as evil and other things as good. But once a political group has decided what they think is evil, the debate is all...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:26

On Contemporary Education

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"School has to be bigger. It has to mean more than 'I teach my subject.' School has to be about teaching people to change the world for the better. If we believe that, then teaching will always be a political act. We can't be afraid of our students' power. Their power will help them make tomorrow...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:54

On Law and Justice

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If you were to find yourself in court accused of performing an action that you think is morally permissible--good, even--but against which there is a law, how would you react? Most likely, even if everyone in the room thought otherwise, you would think an injustice was being carried out.Imagine...

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