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

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Churchill's quip reminds me of Calvinism and its critics. Here's a fascinating extension of Peter van Inwagen's theodicy:
God has a criterion for salvation. And he has a policy of enforcing it that goes as follows: If a creature meets the criterion for salvation, then admit him to Heaven. Otherwise...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:50

Antitheodicy

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I'm going to comment on this essay:
Trakakis, N.N. (2013) Antitheodicy, in The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (eds J. P. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK.ch25
Trakakis takes the same antitheodical position as David Bentley Hart:

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Please share these videos with your Roman Catholic friends, either on Facebook or wherever you tend to find them. Dr. Robert Godfrey provides excellent summary statements of prevalent Roman myths, in the context of what Roman Catholic apologists are always telling us, in a couple of very short...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 05:45

Machine Gun Preacher

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I'm going to comment on this essay:
Oppy, G. (2013) Rowe's Evidential Arguments from Evil, in The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (eds J. P. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK, ch4.
Oppy's argument centers on this real life example:
The...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 05:10

Decapitation strike

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I'm going to comment on something a friend posted on Facebook. He's welcome to my comments. He said:
One of the biggest problems with modern apologetics and some other Christian activities is that there's too much of a focus on atheism. Atheists are still just a very small percentage of the...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:07

Table games

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There are plenty of things that evolution explains quite well that creationism struggles with.  For example, why are there australopiths?  Why not make humans extremely distinct from the mammals?  Why even make primates at all?  Evolution explains primates as the distant...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

Prayer, providence, and Dunkirk

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Then another thing that has focused attention on the doctrine of providence is what we call 'special providences'. Now special providences are special interventions of God on behalf of individuals or groups of people. For instance, at Dunkirk during the War a kind of mist came down to protect the...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 06:26

“This Land”

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Jeff is a dear old friend of mine; I worked for him for several years in the 1980’s (right out of college). This is a magnificent tribute to God and country. Please share this video far and wide.

Authors: John Bugay...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 05:24

Manna and mature creation

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4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you...13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 03:59

Miracles, induction, and retrodiction

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According to the principle of induction, we can retroengineer the past from the present. There's a chain of events leading up to the present. Antecedent states produce subsequent states. The same causes produce the same effects. Since that's repeatable, if we're familiar with the process, we can...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 02:04

Reason and authority

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Leaving Christ out of view (as if nothing had ever been known of him), it proves, by absolute reasons, the impossibility that any man should be saved without him. Again, in the second book, likewise, as if nothing were known of Christ, it is moreover shown by plain reasoning and fact that human...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 00:22

Plague of darkness

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i) Some scholars attempt to explain the ten plagues of Egypt naturalistically. That has the merit of taking the historicity of the events seriously, but the danger is to secularize the account. 
Some miracles may employ natural mechanisms. Those are coincidence miracles. 
However, the...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:31

Door into heaven

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Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens…7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly,...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:05

Consuming fire

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And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:11

Give us meat that we may eat!

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31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.32 And the people rose all that day and all night...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:23

On Fairies and Gardeners

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:19

In search of moderate Muslims

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Daniel Wilcox  Randal Rauser  9 hours ago
There are many, many Muslims, but the Muslims that you know must be very different from the Muslims where I lived in the Middle East and many here in the U.S. who deny the right of Muslims to reject Islam, who deny everyone to...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:48

The Euthyphro dilemma ricochets

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I. A favorite atheist objection to Christianity in general, and the moral argument for God in particular, is the Euthyphro dilemma. For a brief exposition:
i) Is an action right (merely) because God wills it? 
Or
ii) Does God will an action because it is right?
As formulated, if the Christian (or...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:18

Seven lights

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In three respects, Gen 1 foreshadows the menorah:
i) The word for "light(s)" on the Fourth Day is repeated in reference to the menorah, viz.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:50

Ironic providence

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Finally Pharaoh now decides to take action more directly. The Hebrew midwives had not killed Israelite babies at birth, so Pharaoh ordered his own people to kill newborn Israelite males (1:22). (Aaron was three years older than Moses, and would not be among the children affected by the king’s...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 23:48

Horse-racing

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I've discussed this before, but I'd like to provide a couple of examples to illustrate the principle. Unbelievers allege that Christians succumb to sample-selection bias. When we appeal to miracles or answered prayer or fulfilled prophecy or archeological corroboration, we only count the hits and...

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Guy Playfair and Maurice Grosse wrote:
Carrying out fully controlled experiments in somebody else's home is not easy, especially when the home is suffering from poltergeist activity. However, at least one fully instrumented experimental PK [psychokinesis] session was held under the supervision of...

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