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

The Holloway Quarterly - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:41

Grammar and Normativity

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In Chapter 2 of Gwynne's Grammar,Nevile Gwynne claims that happiness is partly dependent upon good grammar:
  1. "If we don't use words rightly, we shall not think rightly"
  2. "If we do not think rightly, we cannot reliably decide rightly, because good decisions depend on accurate thinking"
  3. "If we do not...

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Ian Kennedy argues that we are wrong to criticize the court's decision to prevent the parents of Charlie Gard to travel to America to seek treatment not available in the UK. He cites a case in which parents of a sick child in Aukland, New Zealand had declined treatment for their sick child. The...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:05

What's Wrong With Mind-Reading Arguments

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Consider Fred. Fred hates cars. But Fred hates cars in 1946. We don't know why he hates cars and perhaps he might like modern cars. We can speculate all we like, but we can't say for sure that Fred would like modern cars. We can't say, "Well, when Fred hated cars in 1946, cars were very different....

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From the fall of 1997 to the following summer, I lived in a YMCA in London (the one in the picture). My band and I were given residency in part to help influence other residents. This YMCA was packed full of people struggling with life. My next door neighbor was a drug addict and an anorexic - she...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:59

How to Use 'That' and 'Which'

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Today, my family were discussing the difference between whichand that.I looked it up in Strictly Englishby Simon Heffer. We found it very helpful. This is what he says:
Perhaps the most common mistake of all with pronominal usages is the misuse of which and that as relative pronouns. It is...

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Abbot Tryphon argues that the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement isheresy. Tryphon calls the view "pagan" view in which "we are forced to view our God as some sort of angry deity needing to be appeased by a blood sacrifice." Tryphon's main argument is that if we accept the penal...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:18

What is 'Fake News'? Clearing Up an Ambiguity

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What exactly do we mean by 'fake news'? There are two definitions being used at the moment and I think knowing what they are will clear up some confusion, a confusion that leads to unnecessary arguments.According to some, 'fake news' refers to a claim that turns out to be false. The term 'news' is...

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According to a fairly standard realist view of scientific explanation, a given set of phenomena is explained by postulating some unseen entity or causal process. The entity or process in question is not directly observable, but is explained by an analogy with something with which we are more...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:07

A Defense of Dispensers

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I recently heard a talk about teaching in which a teacher was characterized as someone who pours out information into the minds of students. According to the speaker, this is not a good model for education.
In recent years, the idea of a teacher as a dispenser of knowledge to students has become a...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:48

Without Distinction

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The problem with the Pharasees was not that they were a bunch of goody-two-shoes. They weren't merely legalists, obsessed with minutiae. Rather, they were desperate people-pleasers. John tells us that the Pharisees "loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God" (John 12:43). What they...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:31

Why I Teach Logic to Children

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I teach formal logic to middle schoolers. This comes as a surprise to many people since formal logic is usually first encountered at college (if it is encountered at all). However, the more I teach logic, the more convinced I am that we should be teaching formal logic to our children especially...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 21:27

Atonement: A Balance of Punishment?

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The theory of penal substitutionary atonement states that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, took the punishment that we deserve. Some suggest that if Christ takes the punishment we deserve, then he must take the same (or identical) punishment we deserve. This thought generates an...

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In clear-cut cases of crime, terror, and other instances of wicked human behavior, you'd think we'd all be on the same page. But we're not. We argue over it, especially if we talk politics.It seems we can all call something bad, but when we talk about what we or the government should do about it,...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 23:28

What is the Meaning of the Cry of Dereliction?

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On the cross, the Messiah cries, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46b). His words are a quotation of David's prophetic psalm, psalm 22. But what can Jesus possibly mean? How could the Son be forsaken by the...

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Bob Sidensticker argues that Psalm 22 is not a prophetic psalm depicting the suffering of the Messiah.First, Sidensticker argues that the opening phrase, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” could not be the words of the Messiah. Instead, those words are a gnostic application...

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For some writers, "the author suggests..." "It is argued...", and "so and so says..." are all a waste of writer's ink and reader's time. Why not cut the padding and just write as if you are the person whose work you are writing about? Cornelius Van Til, King David, and the president all do it. The...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:05

Blunting the Fallacy Fork

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Marrten Boudry claims that there are far fewer fallacies out there than we think. His reason involves a 'fallacy fork.' The fallacy fork is a dilemma the conclusion of which is supposed to show us that fallacies are not usually fallacies. Here is the fork:Either the fallacy is hardly ever used, or...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:36

Why Latin?

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To the surprise of anyone who sat next to me in Latin class when we were ten years old, I am now a Latin teacher. My Latin teachers would be especially surprised. One teacher threw a piece  of chalk at me when I was paying no attention (actually, this may have been my French teacher, but my...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 21:03

Cultural Appropriation: Problem?

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I am a Brit living in America. My favorite restaurant is Cracker Barrel, I display a large star spangled banner in my study, and occasionally practice my 'mercan accent (much to the embarrassment of my wife). I am constantly appropriating a culture not of my own. But then I've been doing it for...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 08:11

Snowflakes and the Origin of Language

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According to Chomsky, nothing has happened to language in about 50,000 years. Take any child from any place from any time within the last 50,000 years and put him in a family in Boston in 2017 and he will grow up speaking like a Bostonian.Prior to 50,000 years ago, there was no such thing as...

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Imagine you are faced with a Christian mother in search of the right educational choice for her child. You are sure you have the answer – a Christian classical education. However, you are soon made acutely aware that this mother is not going to send her child to your school on your say so....

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:11

The Tragedy of a Worshipless Life

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The tragedy of a lifeless body is only matched by the tragedy of a worshipless life. A worshipless life is a life lived without worshiping the King, the Messiah, Jesus. In the gospels, this tragedy brings the Lord to tears and anguish over his people. In every other encounter with human misery, the...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 06:41

Disturbing Reasoning

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Today I came across two examples of disturbing reasoning. I am distinguishing disturbingfrom merely fallacious. Disturbing reasoning deserves its own box, brand, and--ever hopefully--banishment. To reason disturbingly is to make an argument that implicitly accepts a disturbing...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:52

Why I Love the Wrath of God

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Read the following excerpt from theologian, Arthur Pink. It is about the wrath of God.
The wrath of God is his eternal detestation of all unrighteousness. It is the displeasure and indignation of divine equity against evil. It is the holiness of God stirred into activity against sin. It is the...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:01

Dogish?

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To varying degrees, I have learned Greek, Latin, German, French, and English, but dogish lies out of my reach. My grandmother spoke to her dog, but the snuffly little pug's responses never sounded anything like what my grandmother said to him. She said things like, "I do before to be a hudra hud,"...

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