“How special is the solar system?”

Triton, Neptune, and Sun

  Fairly special, it's beginning to seem: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/how-special-is-the-solar-system-bc6ecdb5a1ab   … [Read more...]

“He was lost, and is found”

rembrandt's return of the prodigal son

  Bruce Webster, Martin Tanner, and Shon Hopkin discuss 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 18 (Luke 15 and 17) in this, the 116th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-116-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-18-he-was-lost-and-is-found/ Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

“My first name is not ‘Apologist’”

Rembrandt's portrait of a scholar

  You might have expected that I wrote this.  But I didn't. Brian Hales wrote it: http://rationalfaiths.com/my-first-name-is-not-apologist/ I can really identify with it, though.   … [Read more...]

How to think original thoughts

Princeton's main library

  “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”  (Haruki Murakami)   … [Read more...]

“Why the social sciences lag behind the physical sciences”

Scenery from ETH

  It's a good question, and well worth discussing. http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/03/why_the_social_sciences_lag_behind_the_physical_sciences.html I'm pleased, too, that it's being raised by people connected with Albert Einstein's alma mater, the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or ETH, in Zürich, in my beloved Switzerland.  (By my count, Einstein is one of thirty or so Nobel laureates who've studied or taught at the ETH … [Read more...]

New Testament 117

Healing of the demoniac

  Matthew 12:22-30Mark 3:22-27Compare 9:32-34; Luke 11:14-15, 17-23; John 7:20; 8:48; 8:52; 10:20 I've written in the past about what I call "New Age anti-Mormonism."  It's the sort of anti-Mormonism associated with such zany madcaps as Ed Decker and Bill Schnoebelen. New Age anti-Mormonism is more than a little crazy, but, in a way, I respect it. Why? Because it recognizes that some elements of the story of the R … [Read more...]

“What Christianophobia looks like in America”

NYC St. Patrick's

  The culture wars aren't merely a matter of paranoid imagination: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march-web-only/what-christianophobia-looks-like-in-america.html?paging=off   … [Read more...]

“Who said economics couldn’t be exciting?”

A fruit stand, with other stuff.

  It's sometimes called "the dismal science." I don't think that was ever fair.  But this book seems particularly interesting: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415978/who-said-economics-couldnt-be-exciting-george-will?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral And it might do some good.  A war on economic illiteracy would vastly improve life in the United States -- though, of course, it might result in the depopulation of much of t … [Read more...]