“Happy is the Man that Findeth Wisdom”

An Ecclesiastes slide

  In the eighty-first (81st) scripture roundtable posted by The Interpreter Foundation, which has just gone up, Cassandra Hedelius, Daniel Peterson, and Stephen Smoot discuss Lesson 31 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a lesson that is focused upon the biblical books of Proverbs and … [Read more...]

Making the late “FARMS Review” easily accessible

BYU's main library

  I'm very pleased to announce that all thirty-nine (39) issues of the late FARMS Review -- a stench in the nostrils of decent people everywhere -- are now conveniently available on the website of Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library: https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/MSR/issue/archive The late Davis Bitton, professor of history at the University of Utah and former assistant historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … [Read more...]

“Spiritual but not religious? Please stop boring me.”


  I enjoyed this short piece, brought to my attention by Seth Rogers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lillian-daniel/spiritual-but-not-religio_b_959216.html?ref=tw   … [Read more...]

Should the accreditation of Christian colleges be revoked?

at Wheaton College

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384087/no-wheaton-colleges-accreditation-should-not-be-revoked-david-coleman I fear the smothering hegemony of imperialistic secularism much more than I fear whatever defects religiously-affiliated colleges may have.   … [Read more...]

The Christians in Mosul

map of Iraq

  Incidentally, the red circle in the photograph isn't a misdrawn "smiley face."  The circle surrounds the "isolated" form of the Arabic letter nun, equivalent to the English n, which stands, here, for Nasrani (= "Nazarene" or … [Read more...]

Where do these people COME from?


  Horrific. And, again, horrific. The hateful extremists on both sides should be completely marginalized.   … [Read more...]

Muslims building mosques — are they a threat to America?

Map of mosque distribution in US

  I received this image as part of a pass-along email today that is clearly designed to inflame anti-Islamic panic among Americans.  The mere fact that Muslims are building places of worship in the United States is being portrayed as a threat to us. I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  Al-Qa‘ida and ISIS and such groups believe that there is a war to the death between Islam and the West.  And they're doing their best to encourage and prosecute such a war … [Read more...]

Actual photographic evidence for the biblical story of Jonah

Jonah's whale

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