“Journey of Faith”

    I was busy over the weekend and, plainly, downright oblivious.  But yesterday — what some are now annually calling Book of Mormon Day — marked the 187th anniversary of the first publication of the Book of Mormon.   In that connection, the estimable Robert Boylan posted links on his blog to two important [Read More…]

Best evidence yet of life on Mars?

    “There’s Mysteriously Large Amounts of Methane on Mars”   Some anti-Mormons fear that unusual amounts of methane may point to a large Mormon population there, since, in New Zealand, sheep are a major source of the gas.     [Read more…]

Why don’t Muslims ever condemn Islamist terrorism?

    Not even remotely pretending to be an exhaustive list:   “Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn ‘abhorrent’ attack”   “Media Ignores 20 Million Muslims Who March Against ISIS”   “Islamic Statements against Terrorism”   “Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For”   “Muslim Voices Against Extremism [Read More…]

Preparing for Book of Mormon Day, which was (alas) yesterday

    http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2017/03/book-of-mormon-day-reading.html   It’s probably just coincidence that the Book of Mormon first went on sale precisely ten years to the day from the date in 1820 that has recently been contended to be the very day of Joseph Smith’s First Vision.  (Has anybody ever noticed it before?  I don’t know.)   And, of [Read More…]

A prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it [Read More…]

High Drama on a Cosmic Scale

    “How Exoplanets Can Violently Die”   33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, [Read More…]

“The Coming Revolution Inside of Mormonism”

    I have slightly mixed feelings about this article, but, on the whole, I quite like it:   The Coming Revolution Inside of Mormonism   I don’t know whether the judgmentalism in church is as bad as the author describes it.  I feel little if any of it myself — I claim no moral [Read More…]

An oppressed Muslim woman, victim of a violent assault, speaks out.

    “There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.” Malala Yousafzai     [Read more…]

“Meet The (Alt-Right) Mormons: Inside The Church’s Vocal White Nationalist Wing”

    I try, usually quite successfully, to avoid politics on the Sabbath.  This item, however, which was brought to my notice by Steve Oscarson, is so appalling to me that I feel that I have to speak up now:   https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/meet-the-alt-right-mormons-inside-the-churchs-vocal-white?utm_term=.vpKOyBYP4#.gwdxvqNmV   Besides, it seems to me to go far beyond politics, and certainly far [Read More…]

A podcast on “The Three Witnesses”

    In this thirty-minute podcast, which is available via the Interpreter Foundation website and which is ideal for Sunday listening (though entirely appropriate for any other day of the week as well), the highly accomplished writer and historian Larry Morris is interviewed regarding the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon:   LDS Perspectives Podcasts: The Three [Read More…]