Torture, Killing, and Degrees

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John Mark Reynolds’ response has helped me to clarify where I think he and I are disagreeing on the torture question.JMR defends his view based on his argument that torture is worse than killing. Of course, I can easily concede that torture can be worse than killing. But I can’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Torture and Absolutism

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I wanted to make one observation about John Mark Reynolds’ recent posts on torture. One of the things that has struck me over several years of considering this question from a Christian point of view is that arguments against torture are either (a) implausible and conflicting with actual . . . . Continue Reading »

Bock on Erhman

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Darrell Bock reviews Bart Ehrman’s book Jesus, Interrupted. I especially liked this paragraph, which captures very well my own concern about what I’ve read by Ehrman:I think what is most bothersome in this book is the way it sets up discussions. It pursues a topic for several pages, . . . . Continue Reading »

God’s Priorities in Phil 1:9-11

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As I was thinking through the following prayer of Paul last week, several things occurred to me:And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with . . . . Continue Reading »

Comment Notification

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There’s a box to check at the bottom of the commenting box to indicate that you want to receive notifications by email whenever anyone comments on a post. I’ve been checking that box when I leave comments. I haven’t received one notification from this site. I even checked my spam . . . . Continue Reading »