BOM 2 Nephi 24

Ralph V. Chamberlin Hebrew Cosmos

  In this reading, 2 Nephi 24 (= Isaiah 14), Isaiah prophesies the eventual fall of the Babylonian Empire. Israel, Isaiah says, will be returned to its homeland, and they will take captive those who had held them captive. This is the chapter that contains the famous reference to the fall of Lucifer from heaven.  But we make the chapter much more difficult and obscure than it needs to be if we choose to interpret verses 12-14 as referring, in the fir … [Read more...]


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George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” — on two guitars

Gershwin, only three and a half months before his very premature death

  Thanks to Chrystine Heward Reynolds for bringing these absolutely wonderful -- and stunningly impressive -- sixteen minutes to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB-j_pvidq4 When The Donald and Bolshie Bernie and Clinton Inc. begin to bring me down, it's nice to remember that there are whole worlds out there beyond politics. And may they ever remain so. But this particular case also reminds me that far too … [Read more...]


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“The Reliability of Mormon History Produced by the LDS Church”

Brother Ron Barney of MHA

  Ron Barney delivered this presentation at the August 2009 FAIR conference.  The topic is one of those most frequently raised by disaffected members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2009-fair-conference/2009-the-reliability-of-mormon-history-produced-by-the-lds-church   … [Read more...]


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Israel’s new shari‘a court judges

In J'lem, president's place

  Thanks to Jeff Chadwick for bringing this item to my notice: http://www.timesofisrael.com/rivlin-welcomes-israels-new-sharia-judges-in-jerusalem-ceremony/ It's interesting from several angles.  I'll mention two: *  Many in the United States are worried, or claim to be worried, about the possible imposition of shari‘a upon non-Muslims in America.  In striking contrast, Israel, which has a proportionally  much larger Muslim population t … [Read more...]


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Coming up in March

Unser Solarsystem

  Just a couple of days before he speaks to Interpreter's science and religion conference: https://cpms.byu.edu/calendar/?event=30823   … [Read more...]


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“Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory”

Gravitational Waves Visualized

  Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is almost exactly a century old.  And now comes important observational support for one of its last and oddest predictions: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/12/science/ligo-gravitational-waves-black-holes-einstein.html?_r=1 This is really, really big news, as science news goes.   … [Read more...]


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True Value

Bonhoeffer's last earthly home

  "Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued." Dietrich Bonhoeffer    … [Read more...]


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“Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance”

UVU campus photo

  An upcoming conference that some out there might find of interest: http://www.uvu.edu/religiousstudies/boundaries/   … [Read more...]


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