Life by chance?

Belgian physical chemist

  “The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.” Ilya Prigogine, 1977 Nobel laureate in chemistry … [Read more...]

Scholarship and Discipleship

Lewis's college in Oxford

  "The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us.  Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested.  That is the great difficulty.  As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge -- our knowing -- more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the re … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 30

‘Antarah sums up his life, in a way.

  The Bible and the Book of Mormon both clearly teach that the Lord works through particular lineages, chosen peoples, selected families. However, today's reading, 2 Nephi 30, makes it clear that these aren't exclusive clubs.  Those chosen people aren't necessarily more righteous than others, and righteous outsiders can, through their faithfulness, be effectively adopted into the chosen people. "For," in the words of the apostle Paul, "For … [Read more...]

“Minimum Wage Backfire”

youth unemployment

  In a recently published Wall Street Journal article entitled "Minimum Wage Backfire," it was noted that, according to "Tuesday's dreadful earnings report," the fast food chain McDonald's suffered a thirty percent decline in quarterly profits based upon a five percent drop in gross revenues. The article also said that McDonald's is now moving to automate orders in an effort to reduce its labor costs. There's this economic law, see, called "supply … [Read more...]

A second official essay appears on plural marriage

GQC in prison

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has now published a second official essay on polygamy, this one entitled "The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage."   … [Read more...]

“Some things are more important than others.”

The Tanner Building

  As usual, I'm being thoroughly beaten up by many of the regulars in the comments section -- this time, for a proposition that I think obvious and beyond dispute -- but, anyhow, my weekly Deseret News column is now up:   … [Read more...]

“Ancient Temple Worship”

Matt Brown's "Ancient Temple Worship"

  The Interpreter Foundation has now published its third book:   … [Read more...]

Islam as a religion of war

Oxford's debate club

  A wonderful twelve minutes or so from the Oxford Union, where they really know how to debate.  Entertainment as only the British -- have you ever seen the Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament? -- can provide it: Thanks to Mike Parker for bringing this to my notice.   … [Read more...]