Truman Madsen, who died in 2009 and whom I greatly miss, changed the direction of my life at a crucial stage, when I was a high school student in California.  I probably would not have attended Brigham Young University absent a particular encounter with him.  Eventually, he became a faculty colleague, and then a friend.  Shortly, barring unforeseen developments, I’ll be back in Jerusalem again — where, among other things, I taught for nearly six months on the… Read more

    Gerald L. Schroeder, an American Jew who now lives and teaches in Jerusalem, earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.  The following passage is taken from his book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (New York: HarperOne, 2009), 28-29:   The big bang did not produce matter as we know it, not any of the ninety-two elements,… Read more

    Several people have asked me for my opinion of the recent American and British and French airstrikes against Syria.  So I guess I’ll give it.   But I preface what I’m about to say with the explanation that I’ve been extraordinarily busy of late, and, so, have not really been following the news as closely as I typically do.   First of all, I’m amazed that Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack in the first place.  There is… Read more

    Gerald L. Schroeder earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.  An American and an Orthodox Jew, he now lives in Jerusalem.  Here are a couple of passages from pages 44-45 of his book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (New York: HarperOne, 2009):   Strings of proteins vary in length from a few hundred to a few… Read more

    The anti-Islamic Facebook image or meme that was sent to me the other day, and on which I’ve been occasionally commenting since then, includes twelve quotations from the Qur’an — or, anyway, twelve quotations that are purportedly from the Qur’an — that have been carefully selected (out of a book that’s roughly comparable in length to the New Testament) in order to portray Islam as inherently violent and intolerant.  And some folks are evidently voraciously eager to gobble… Read more

    For quite a few years now, I’ve been a fan of the work of Stephen T. Davis, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in California.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying his 2015 book After We Die: Theology, Philosophy, and the Question of Life after Death.   Here’s a brief passage drawn from it:   Is the existence of hell consistent with the loving and gracious nature of God?  Yes, it is.  Some Christians try to… Read more

    A nice piece from the inimitable Jeff Lindsay, of Shanghai:   “Don’t Ignore Complexity: A Broad Look at a Basic Book of Mormon Issue”   ***   “Prophet Visits the Holy Land: President Nelson continues global ministry tour in Jerusalem”   “President Nelson Arrives in Africa: Prophet visits Nairobi, Kenya”   This one has drawn a great deal of derisive laughter and even mocking hatred from certain quarters of darkest anti-Mormondom.  Supposedly, according to a few, President Nelson is… Read more

    I return, for a moment, to an inspection of the quotations (and purported quotations) from the Qur’an that are included in a Facebook image or meme that was sent to me (yet again) a few days ago.  They have been carefully selected (from a book that’s roughly the length of the New Testament), and in some cases deliberately distorted, to make Islam look hateful and intrinsically violent.   With all the actual problems in the world, in the… Read more

    An Israeli-American and an Orthodox Jew, Gerald L. Schroeder currently teaches at Jerusalem’s College of Jewish Studies.  He earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.   Here are a couple of passages from his book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (New York: HarperOne, 2009) that caught my attention:   With only a small Divine increase in the… Read more

    I think that we can all confidently say now that there will be no more new scientific discoveries.  The data are all in.  The fundamental facts are known.  There will be no future changes, no surprises.  It’s just a matter of filling in the details a bit, and developing some new technology.   Science is like that.  Right?   Most of the grand underlying principles have now been firmly established.  Further advances are likely to come by means… Read more

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