Mosiah 19

Abinadi's killer

  If your opinion of King Noah isn't already low enough, today's reading, Mosiah 19, will help you to lower it further.  Consider, for example, these passages:  "And the king commanded the people that they should flee before the Lamanites, and he himself did go before them" (19:9).  In other words, when danger threatened and all looked dark, King Noah was a natural leader!"And they did flee into the wilderness, with their women and their children.  And it came … [Read more...]

Wrapping up in San Diego

Near Annie's place

  I enjoyed a number of sessions here in San Diego.  I've already referred to at least three or four of them, but I might also mention sessions on theism and naturalism as rival candidates for grounding moral values and on the historicity of the New Testament miracle accounts, and various discussions sponsored by the International Qur’anic Studies Association. One of the high points of these conferences every year is a tour of significant reli … [Read more...]

The importance of humble patience

A borrowed Christian quote

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“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”

Mary and the Latin Magnificat

  With its one hundredth scripture roundtable, The Interpreter Foundation reaches yet another symbolically important milestone: In it, Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss Matthew 1 and Luke 1, in connection with Lesson 2 from the 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson manual.  Posted from San Diego, … [Read more...]

Visiting the Islamic Center of San Diego

Our first visit, this afternoon.

  With a small group, my wife and I visited the Islamic Center of San Diego this afternoon. I was impressed by the imam who spoke with us, Shaykh Taha Hassane, who came to San Diego from Algeria via Denver. He said a number of things that interested me.  For example, he explained that many American-based imams have entered into a covenant, signed a pledge, to -- as he put it -- avoid bringing the conflicts of the Middle East to this continent. … [Read more...]

“The Jewish Gospels”

Sather Tower, at Berkeley

  Neal Rappleye called my attention to my endorsement of this book: Well, as a matter of fact, I do endorse it.  Here's the column that I wrote about it, from which the endorsement was excerpted:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ”

The famous opening of the gospel of John

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable 99 (ninety-nine), Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, Dan Peterson, and Bruce Webster launch the Foundation's New Testament series with a discussion linked to Lesson 1 in the 2015 Gospel Doctrine manual:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 18

Lake Atitlán, in highland Guatemala

  In today's reading, Mosiah 18, the focus shifts from Abinadi, who's been put to death by King Noah and his priests, to Alma. The chapter is set at a place called "the waters of Mormon," a place to which the editor, Mormon, attaches a particular sanctity: And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the … [Read more...]