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Randal Rauser’s Mistake: A Defense of Calvin’s Doctrine of Election

November 12th, 2011 77 Comments

Thanks go to Matthew Flannagan for pointing me in the direction of this response to the problem. A while back Professor Randal Rauser issued a blog entitled “Calvinism and the Arbitrary Camp Director” in which he criticised the Calvinist understanding of election. For those of you who are unaware of the Calvinistic understanding of election, […]

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Tim McGrew’s Library of Historical Apologetics: Rediscovering Forgotten Defenders of the Faith

August 19th, 2010 16 Comments

Last year Timothy McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University (and reader of and occasional commenter on this blog) was kind enough to ship us a hard-drive from the US filled with thousands of old theological works on the historical argument for the truth of Christianity. It is truly a gold-mine of information, which Matt gets himself […]

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Contra Mundum: Slavery and the Old Testament

April 3rd, 2010 33 Comments

“Why didn’t the Christian God ever explicitly and clearly condemn slavery?” This was John Loftus’ question in his book, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. He posed it after sharing the following chilling account of slavery as practiced in the antebellum American south, He took her into the kitchen, and stripped […]

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Sunday Study: Joshua and the Genocide of the Canaanites Part I

January 3rd, 2010 52 Comments

Critics of Christianity often claim that the book of Joshua teaches that God commanded genocide. Raymond Bradley for example states, In chapters 7 through 12, [the book of Joshua] treats us to a chilling chronicle of the 31 kingdoms, and all the cities therein, that fell victim to Joshua’s, and God’s, genocidal policies. Time and […]

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St Matthews in the City: Progressive Irrationality

December 19th, 2009 33 Comments

It was a typical chilly Dunedin morning. I was standing in line at the Otago University Post Shop, about to send an important document overseas, when the student in front of me, oblivious to his audience, announced to the girl beside him “I’ve got a doll of Jesus in my car, I have tied a […]

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Auckland STAANZ Conference: Eschatology and Pneumatology UPDATED

November 18th, 2009 10 Comments

The Systematic Theology Association in Aotearoa New Zealand (STAANZ ) are this week holding a conference in Auckland focusing on eschatology and pneumatology. What: STAANZ Conference on Eschatology and Pneumatology When: Thursday 19 November – Friday 20 November 9:00am-5:30 pm Where: Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Rd, Auckland Cost: $15 Pre-conference prayer will be held […]

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“My Ways are Not Your Ways” Notre Dame Conference

November 10th, 2009 2 Comments

In September this year, the centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame hosted a conference entitled “My Ways Are Not Your Ways”; the proceedings of the conference can be seen at the previous link and is a good resource. The theme of the conference, as outlined on Notre Dame’s webpage,  is […]

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