James Spiegel. Philosophy.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 11th, 2014. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

The author James Spiegel is a Christian and a professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University.  I’m glad that the editors and publishers for the Faithful Learning Series picked a guy qualified to write this booklet on a Christian view of philosophy as an academic discipline.  Spiegel surveys how the trajectory of philosophy has shifted in recent historical context starting with Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga.  Plantinga and other Christians philosophers like him have contributed not only to the defense of the faith but even in the field of philosophy itself.  The change in the field of philosophy is quite radical as the author noted that not too long ago the philosophy of Positivism was assumed by society at large to be philosophically sound and physicalism was in vogue.  Spiegel’s work gives readers a quick and helpful survey on epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion and moral theory.  In what follows below I will share what I found helpful and then some words of constructive criticisms.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “When did Jesus receive his beating?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Before Pilate ordered his crucifixion.

And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; 3 and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face.

So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:2-3, 16)

After Pilate ordered his crucifixion.

Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
(Matthew 27:26)

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

The page that feature this alleged contradiction also says “Christian Response (None yet).”  Let us change that.  Don’t take the lack of a Christian response thus far to mean that it’s so difficult there’s nothing that can be said in response.

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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•The child is voiceless and completely defenseless.

•This murder is actually legal.

•This murder is advertised publicly in almost all major cosmopolitan cities. Unlike Nazi death camps which were hidden, for the most part, abortion mills are pervasive. They operate in broad daylight in shopping centers, plazas, outdoor markets, etc.

•The same victims meaning the unborn are killed daily at ~ 3,500. They are the most persecuted people group in America. Just like gay marriage, abortion is our national sin.

•Abortion has a racist’s component that fulfills Margaret Sanger’s vision. See the Negro Project for more information. Deaths for black babies since ’73 in the U.S. is at around 17,840,730. Blacks are the biggest victims. Do black lives matter? Total deaths in U.S. since ’73 is at around 59,469,104.

•Abortion is treated like a sacred cow/respectable sin by many in the pro-life movement. How so? Perpetrators are called victims rather than murderers. We would not call a rapist, adulterer, or one who murders someone outside the womb a victim, but abortive-bound mothers, fathers, and abortionists have a free pass.

•Abortion is not prosecuted by the federal courts. In fact, many in D.C. are content with just regulating baby murder rather than abolishing it. They don’t want to disrupt the status quo. Would we be content with just regulating slavery and rape? The 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion by a 7-2 vote–six of the nine justices in the majority were Republican appointees. The only Democrat appointee, Byron White, voted against Roe v. Wade. REALITY CHECK: For the past forty years, Republican-appointed justices have been the majority over Democrat-appointed justices. They are not serious about abolishing the legalization of baby murder. This same branch SCOTUS that dehumanized blacks in the Dred Scott v. case in 1857 and legalized gay marriage for all Americans in the Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015 case is the biggest terrorist entity in America. It has acted more like a federal brute. The States are treated as centers to feed its fat beastly immoral belly. Are the magistrates (i.e. States) going to obey their wickedness?

•The death instruments of abortionists are the biggest killers. It kills more people than guns do. The weapons are one dimensional because its sole purpose is to kill the innocent party while guns are two-dimensional in that it could be used to kill both the innocent and the guilty.

•About 18% of woman who gets an abortion, identify themselves as evangelical or born-again. If so, that means that the ~ 1.3 million abortions in a year which makes up 234,000 are performed on Christians. If you add chemical abortions, the figure would be higher.

•We are killing our own children. We have blood on our hands. If you want to stop the killing in society, you must stop the killing in your midst first. In fact, many that we encounter at the abortuaries identify themselves as believers in Christ. 1 Peter 4:17, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” The professing evangelical church at large needs to repent. So some professing Christians believe it is okay to murder while claiming allegiance to Christ at the same time without repentance.

•The abortionist and anesthesiologist use code language during the abortion procedure to shelter them from the gruesome killing. Is number one out yet? Referring to the head. 》》》》Warning, this is a disturbing video. IT IS A MUST WATCH. MAY IT CHANGE HOW YOU VIEW BABY MURDER AND MAY IT DRIVE you to proclaim the Gospel more zealously in a fallen world. The Gospel is our only answer.

https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgn-da7MAx0)

•The deception for baby murder is steep and deafening. Folks believe it is okay to abort for various immoral reasons. I believe the immoral reasons provided to justify abortion is driven by demonic forces. Don’t believe me? Visit the murder mills.

•The enemy loves to kill babies, but at the same time, he also loves to produce murderers. John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” ~ NASB

•A perpetrator can be guilty of double homicide for killing a pregnant woman in some states, but a woman is innocent as soon as she walks into the abortuary to get an abortion. This is insanity.

•Abortion is the gateway to other evils. Francis Schaeffer said, “If people are not made in the image of God, the pessimistic, realistic humanist is right: the human race is indeed an abnormal wart on the smooth face of a silent and meaningless universe. In this setting, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia (including the killing of mentally deranged criminals, the severely handicapped, or the elderly who are an economic burden) are completely logical. Any person can be obliterated for what society at one moment thinks of as its own social or economic good. Without the Bible and without the revelation in Christ (which is only told to us in the Bible) there is nothing to stand between us and our children and the eventual acceptance of the monstrous inhumanities of the age.” You are already seeing this now.

•This sin must be handled with great wisdom. It can be used for the greater good or greater evil. How so? Many can become ecumenical at the expense of the Gospel when fighting this sin. In other words, folks partner up with other religious groups that get the Gospel wrong. Physical lives matter, but not more important than the Gospel. We must not have unity with anything that is hostile towards the Gospel. Christians embrace the biblical Gospel, not social, prosperity, or other false gospel. No matter what evil we face, the Gospel must be the beginning and end. As evil as abortion is, the Gospel is not a means to fight one particular evil. The Gospel treats all sin and the worst sin is the rejection of Christ. So when you minister at the mills, you will find yourself ministering to Catholics, professing Christians, Muslims, Atheists, etc. Let us remember that abortion is the symptom of rejecting the Gospel. Therefore the Gospel is the beginning and the end.

•The church must rise up and confront this monster. We have the supernatural tools. Intentionally evangelize and disciple during your time on this earth. Educate society on this crime from a Christian perspective.


Joby Warrick. Black Flags: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Islamic State.  New York, NY: Doubleday, September 29th, 2015.  416 pp.

The author Joby Warrick is a journalist whose career includes covering the Middle East.  Previously I read the author’s first book titled The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA.  I enjoyed this present volume a lot more both in terms of the subject and writing style.  In Black Flags the author focuses on what was formerly known as Al Qaeda in Iraq and its founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and how the organization later evolved into the Islamic State.  The book was filled with a lot of facts that I didn’t know before but learned from here.  The work was so fascinating that I had a hard time putting down the book.  Given how I am reading this book on the eve of the Iraqi and Kurdish army’s invasion into the last stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq in the city of Mosul, I found this very timely and eye opening.

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This was just released by evangelist Ray Comfort.  I appreciate Ray Comfort evangelism ministry.

I’ll have to watch it after Church tommorow.  Enjoy!


Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 15th-21st, 2016.

1.) Van Til:Escape Mechanisms

2.) Van Til: What sufficiency of Scripture means

3.) How We Know the Bible is the Word of God

4.) Steampunk Apologetics in the House

5.) How Did Jesus Argue?


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

I haven’t posted a light leisure reading for the weekend for a few weeks now.  Sometimes Pastors also need to take a mental break…


Andy Diggle.  Green Arrow: Year One. New York, NY: DC Comics, April 22nd, 2008. 160 pp.

This was for a fun read.  I did enjoyed it.  This is another character that I don’t know anything about and it explains the origin of the DC hero Green Arrow and his beginnings.  The story tells us of a rich and spoiled young man name Oliver Queen who suddenly found a purpose in life in fighting for justice.  What began as a trip on a yacht with an ex-Royal Marine mentor on all things “manly” becomes horrific as he is conned and left for dead.  But Oliver survives alone in an island where he soon found out that it is run by an evil enterprise where the natives are enslaved.  This fight for justice for the native would launch him into a career of being a hero for justice.  Overall I enjoyed this story and the character’s transition from a celebrity spoiled brat as seen in how he ruined a charity auction become a man with a deep sense of justice.

Purchase: Amazon


If you are interested in comics here’s a link to my Collection of Posts: Superheroes, Comics and Worldview Series.