“Hundreds of galaxies discovered hidden behind the Milky Way”

Galactic clusters and dark matter

  Hundreds of hidden galaxies now finally found.  And each of them unimaginably vast: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-10/the-great-attractor-milky-way-zone-of-avoidance-survey/7152216 (Thanks to David Wills for alerting me to this item.)  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, t … [Read more...]

“Terryl Givens on What It Means to Sustain”

Vorarlberg meadow

  A short but interesting item from one of Mormonism's most prominent faithful intellectuals: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/02/terryl-givens-on-what-it-means-to-sustain/   … [Read more...]

BOM 2 Nephi 22

A mtn sunrise near Lukla

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 22 (= Isaiah 12), is very short and, I think, quite straightforward. Have a look at verse two.  Now look at Psalm 27:1. Taken together, do they remind you of anything?   … [Read more...]

Tolerance and Despair

Dorothy L. Sayers

  “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair . . . the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”  Dorothy L. Sayers     … [Read more...]

“Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year”

Theatre du Bataclan

  I take this really seriously: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/09/politics/james-clapper-isis-syrian-refugees/index.html I want our politicians and presidential aspirants to take it seriously, too. As I've said previously, one of my reservations about Ted Cruz (with whom I otherwise generally agree) concerns his views on domestic intelligence-gathering.  It was a major reservation of mine with regard to Rand Paul, as … [Read more...]

“Do animals feel empathy?”

Cute little rat

  A very interesting article about the ongoing debate concerning animal emotions: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/2/8/10925098/animals-have-empathy   … [Read more...]

“Finding the first use of the name ‘Christ’ in the Book of Mormon”

Vasnetzov, Jesus w/images of four evangelists

  Another piece from Taylor Halverson in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647065/Finding-the-first-use-of-the-name-Christ-in-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   … [Read more...]

If thou dost wish to laugh . . .

A temptress to be condemned?

  If thou dost wish to laugh exceeding much, Google "Puritan Valentine's cards" and look thou through the images that do there appear. For copyright reasons, I can't put any of the specific cards up here, but you can find them easily enough.   … [Read more...]