“The Myth of Religious Violence”

    A provocative essay.  I expect that the title alone has already upset some of my secular-minded readers:   The Myth of Religious Violence   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Grant Palmer, again

    I suspect that we’re going to be hearing about bit about Grant Palmer again in the next week or two, so it seems not inappropriate to call attention to a few links regarding his work:   Brian C. Hales and Gregory L. Smith, “A Response to Grant Palmer’s ‘Sexual Allegations against Joseph Smith [Read More…]

Science as a religious activity

    “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Evangelical Advisory Board Pressured Trump Admin to Not Deport Iraqi Christians”

    This is a matter where bureaucratic decisions have direct and possibly fatal impact on real, individual, human lives.   http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-advisory-board-pressured-trump-admin-not-deport-iraqi-christians-192709/   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Where would we be without authorities?

    “The amount of knowledge which we can justify from evidence directly available to us can never be large.  The overwhelming proportion of our factual beliefs continue therefore to be held at second hand through trusting others, and in the great majority of cases our trust is placed in the authority of comparatively few [Read More…]

A new project to translate Narsai

    I’m pleased to read about a new effort, under the auspices of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (or METI), which I conceived and founded, to translate the homilies of the fifth-century Mesopotamian Christian theologian Narsai:   Keeping Narsai’s memre in memory   One of the keenest regrets of my professional career is that, [Read More…]

“RIP, anti-Mormon literature”

    I’ve made no attempt at even so systematic a survey as Jana Riess has, here in this article, but I too have noticed the fading away of the old classic Evangelical anti-Mormon publishing machine.   When the FARMS Review began back in 1989 (under the then title of Review of Books on the [Read More…]

“Don’t Believe in God? Maybe You’ll Try U.F.O.s”

    “A man who won’t believe in God,” G. K. Chesterton is supposed to have said, “will believe in anything.”   That statement has never actually been found in any of his works, although it certainly sounds like something he might say.   And, sometimes, it surely seems to be true.   See, for example, this [Read More…]

“What is Sharia Law?”

    A lot of people labor under — and suffer from — severe misunderstandings of the concept of shari‘a.   In many cases, these misconcepions derive from rumors, hearsay, and truly awful media discussions of the topic.  And these, in turn, are often based upon distorted and propagandistic websites.   But not all online sources [Read More…]

“Yes, ancient civilizations on Mars sounds crazy. And yet . . . “

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/yes-ancient-civilizations-on-mars-sounds-crazy-and-yet/   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]