Mormons as a modern “philosomaton genos”

On the beach

  “The early Christians were known to have remarkably positive views of the human body. Celsus was a second-century Greek philosopher who wrote the first book against Christianity (it was published around A.D. 178). In it, he called Christians a philosomaton genos, which means a 'flesh-loving people.' Celsus was amazed that Christians took their physical existence so seriously that they wanted to take their bodies with them to the afterlife. If we take Celsus’s definition to … [Read more...]

New Testament 225

Cover of Lewis's novel, first edition

  Luke 16:14-15 To the extent that we serve God in order to gain earthly rewards -- e.g., money, public esteem, the approval of members of the opposite sex, glory, or whatever -- we're not really serving God at all. I suspect that everybody has this problem, at least to some extent, at least at some times.  (We all want to be well thought of.  Most of us would like to have a bit of money, or security.  And so forth.  Such desires aren't necessarily … [Read more...]

Truth, science, and religion

Sir John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS

  “If we are seeking to serve the God of truth then we should really welcome truth from whatever source it comes. We shouldn’t fear the truth. Some of it will be from science, obviously, but by no means all of it. It will sometimes be perplexing, how this bit of truth relates to that bit of truth; we know that within science itself often enough, and we find it outside of science as well. The crucial thing is to be honest.” Sir John Polkinghorne, Ph.D.   Posted from V … [Read more...]

The “holographic” revelation of the design of the Kirtland Temple

The first LDS temple

  According to the Hebrew Bible, the Lord not only ordered Moses to construct the tabernacle in the wilderness but, as recorded in Exodus 25-27, gave him specific instructions on Mount Sinai as to its details. "Look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount," he said to Moses (Exodus 25:40).  The sanctuary should be constructed "according to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle" (Exodus 2 … [Read more...]

New Testament 224

Bust of Janus

  Luke 16:13Compare Matthew 6:24 James 1:8 says that "a double minded man is unstable in all his ways," and that seems to be the same message as given in the passages above. Also Matthew 12:25:  "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." The great Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote a little book entitled Purity of Heart is to Will One Th … [Read more...]

We’re so very clueless.

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  The image above, published by NASA on 5 February 2013, shows cosmic clouds and stellar winds interacting with the flow of the Orion Nebula and specifically with a young variable star in the nebula called LL Orionis.  Still in its formative phase and adrift in Orion's stellar nursery, LL Orionis produces a much more energetic wind than does our middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slower moving gas, a shock front forms, rather like the bow wave of a boat mo … [Read more...]

“Anti-Mormon mockery can actually lead to teaching moments”

Book of Mormon on Broadway

  The Book of Mormon musical is in Salt Lake City at the moment. It's not sold out, I think, but it's doing very well -- as it's done nationally and even internationally.  And, of course, the usual suspects (among others) are extravagantly praising it, and ridiculing those who might be less enthused about it. In a few cases, by the way, I'm confident that they're the same people who, misunderstanding the values of prudence and thrift that influence … [Read more...]

A guilty beagle

Six-year-oild beagle

  My daughter-in-law -- who just moved into her first house on Friday! -- brought this video to my attention.  The thieving beagle tries to atone for his sin:  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia … [Read more...]