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

Friday, 29 May 2020 21:59

Boomerang Books Featured

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A boomerang book is a book to which one often returns. I have several. Here are five: Philosophy and Education by George R. Knight “Why is a school set up like a playground?” “Why does my child have all these projects to do?” “Another field trip! What’s the...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:41

Ought I Believe? Featured

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Do we have doxastic obligations, obligations of belief? Is the sentence, ‘You ought to believe p’ intelligible or does it reduce to ‘p is true’ or ‘I want you to agree with me’? Say ‘S believes p’ is true. It tells us something about S but nothing...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 06:31

3 Apologetic Strategies Featured

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Broadly speaking, there are three apologetic strategies. Picking an appropriate one for every occasion will aid an apologist’s success. Defensive Strategy The first apologetic strategy involves defending one’s own position against objections. For example, the problem of evil amounts to...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 04:22

Five of the Best: History of Philosophy Books Featured

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It is not strictly true that philosophers only write in the present tense. There are a good number of philosophers who turn their pens from analysis to narrative. Some, in fact, are quite good at it. Here are five of the best histories of philosophy in no particular order. First, a new one: A. C....

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Back in the nineties, for a few years, I was a progressive Christian. Now, I am not. Why? In this post, I will tell you about five beliefs I uncritically held as a progressive Christian and why I was wrong. First, we believed that newer is better, and we thought we could predict the future on the...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:12

On Property Acquisition Featured

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According to some, there are no natural rights to property. You can pursue goods all you like, but your rights to them don’t go with the acquisition. You’d need some form of social construction for that, and, if the society was against you, the society could chose not to grant you any...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:49

In Defense of Defense: Challenges to Apologetics, pt. 2 Featured

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The second challenge to apologetics is skepticism. The Skeptic suggests that even if there are mind-independent truths, we cannot know what they are.  The problem with being a skeptic is that if one doesn’t think one can know the truth, then one won’t be inclined to defend it. No...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:35

In Defense of Defense: Challenges to Apologetics, pt. 1 Featured

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Some say that apologetics is dead. We don’t have to argue anymore, we just have to persuade. What we need the power of a good story, not the plodding of old-fashioned teaching.  Now, I’m not against a powerful story. My early faith was deeply influenced by the stories of Nicky...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 21:12

Truth and Theological Method. Featured

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Theological Reflection (TR) is a relatively recent development in theological method. Its roots are in theologies that stress a particular cultural context as the starting point for theology. Sometimes they are grouped together under the term “liberation” theology and are theologies...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 23:00

Replying to a Skeptic Without Becoming One Featured

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A skeptic might make the following claims: (A) What we believe is determined by our psychology, sociology, and autobiography. (B) There is no normative, universally applicable method for arriving truth. If (A) is true, then we cannot be objective about what is true or false. If (B) is true, then we...

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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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