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 02:54

Caught on camera

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Regarding the George Floyd controversy, I'm baffled by the mind-numbing stupidity of the police in this situation. Between dashcams, body cams, and the ubiquity of private citizens toting portable electronic cameras, the public activities of the police are under almost constant surveillance, so how...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 08:44

That's just your interpretation!

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A highly agitated performance by apostate Randal Rauser
1. Throughout the video, Rauser plays his dogeared hand about how conservative Christians collapse their interpretation of...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 01:54

Doubt is not denial

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imageTo begin with, Rauser's a bully. He attacks soft targets. He routinely picks on Christian laymen who lack his sophistication.

In addition, he's duplicitous. Rauser's problem isn't doubt. Rauser is very dogmatic. He's convinced the Bible teaches moral and factual falsehood–including Jesus....

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:11

Life From A Buried Seed

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A couple of examples came to mind recently of people who bore unexpected fruit after their death:"At a conference in Mildway in June 1876, Andrew Bonar met Constance Bullen, with whom [Robert] M'Cheyne had been well acquainted when eighteen years of age. His conversion then made little impression...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:55

Loke: Investigating the Resurrection

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Andrew Loke has several lengthy responses to critics of his new book Investigating the Resurrection in this thread. That said, there's a mixture of things with which I'd agree and things with which I'd disagree.

Loke's book is currently free on Amazon Kindle as well as on his Academia.edu (pdf).

Au...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:44

U.S. Says Hong Kong’s Autonomy Is Gone

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The Trump administration said it could no longer certify Hong Kong’s political autonomy from China, a move that could trigger sanctions and have far-reaching consequences on the former British colony’s special trading status with the U.S.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:28

Hebrews 12:1 And Prayers To The Dead

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Hebrews 12:1 is often cited in support of the practice of praying to the dead. I've written a lot about prayer to the dead over the years, but I haven't said much about Hebrews 12:1, as far as I recall.We're often told to focus on what the passage says about a group of people surrounding those who...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 03:50

Collective guilt

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One objection to original sin is that it seems unfair to be blamed for something we didn't do. Sometimes that spills over into a parallel objection to vicarious atonement and penal substitution. I've discussed these objections from various angles over the years. But here's another...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:47

One country, two systems

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Despite coronavirus restrictions, thousands in Hong Kong protesting because Hong Kong could effectively lose its democracy and be fully absorbed into communist China when the national security law passes.

The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is coming up too. Hong Kong has always...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:35

Is God like us?

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Here's a highly intelligent discussion of a recondite topic:
1. I agree with classical theism that God is timeless and impassable. Mullins has a nice definition of timelessness, but I'll quote his definition of impassibility, which makes three...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 05:06

When Heaven invades Hell

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Philosopher and philosophical theologian Josh Rasmussen and his wife Rachel just published a novelistic defense of universalism. Josh is a far better philosopher than theologian. I'm going to quote and comment on some representative passages from the novel. 
So, perhaps some forgiveness for...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 15:06

THink

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Tyndale House magazine's ink aka THink will be available to read online for free. It features articles from several fine biblical scholars. See the Thinkstaff.

Authors: Hawk...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 15:00

Schreiner on 1-2 Peter and Jude

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Friday, 22 May 2020 14:58

The fate of democracy in Asia

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At midnight tonight, Hong Kong will practically be fully absorbed into the PRC 27 years early.The laws of the PRC will (from midnight tonight) also apply to Hong Kong."One country, Two systems" is over, and with it you can be prosecuted for talking out against the CCP.

— Pog 🇭🇰...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 14:44

Not black enough

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Joe Biden succumbs to the #NotBlackEnough trope. By this logic, it would be fair to proclaim to white men who vote Democrat “you ain’t white!” 🤦🏽‍♂️This is lazy, nasty, vindictive, race-baiting, far-left collectivism, and it must cease. Do not tell...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 11:45

Are undesigned coincidences fabricated?

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One objection to the Gospels as historical sources is the claim that these aren't four independent biographies. rather Matthew and Luke simply copy Mark for some of their material, while John invents other stuff. Likewise, that Matthew and Luke embellish Mark's stories. 
It is, of course, true,...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 08:24

Unearthing the Bible

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Up-to-date documentation on how archeology corroborates the Bible:https://www.amazon.com/How-Archaeology-Confirms-Bible-Discoveries/dp/0736979158

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 05:16

The Gospels Can Be Trusted!

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 14:15

The afterlife

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Belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier. Exhibit A: What’s really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? Evangelicals. https://t.co/ppo2bwiVGn

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:46

Progressive theology

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I'll venture a few comments on apostate Randal Rauser's video:
BTW, I often pick on Rauser because he's a good foil. A good representative of the opposing position (progressive theology).
All...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 05:16

Jumping from a burning building

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Freewill theists often contend that allowing evil is distinct from causing evil. Suppose someone must jump from the fifth story of an apartment building to the parking lot below. Suppose there's a bystander underneath who's watching. Suppose there's a trampoline which the jumper will just miss, and...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 05:03

The trolley problem and the pandemic

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A trolley driver must choose between turning a trolley so that it runs over an innocent man attached to a track and allowing the trolley to run over and kill five innocent people. Foot, claimed that it was wrong to kill in the first case, but not wrong in the second.  

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 03:54

Causing and Not Causing Not to Occur

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This is germane, both to the freewill defense as well as the oft-repeated claim that freewill theism avoids the moral liabilities of Calvinism:
One natural suggestion is that the agent who does harm causes it to occur; whereas the agent who allows harm doesn’t cause it, but simply fails to...

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