New Testament 43

Healing at Capernaum on the mountain

  Matthew 9:1-8Mark 2:1-12Luke 5:17-26Compare John 5:1-9 The Pharisees and teachers of the law are offended, scandalized, when Jesus tells the paralytic that his sins are forgiven.  "Who, apart from God," they say, "can forgive sins?" An excellent question.  Well worth pondering.  Indeed, that, I suspect, is the point. But Jesus then asks them which is easier -- to tell a man to be healed or to tell him that his sins are fo … [Read more...]

Book of Mormon historicity and the “siege mentality”

Russell, "The Custer Fight"

  Ben Park posted an interesting interview today with Jared Hickman: I'd like to comment on one passage from it: "Exciting things are happening in Book of Mormon studies at the moment. Within the Mormon bubble, there seems now to be increasing support for popping that bubble by moving away from a siege mentality focused on defending the historicity of The Book of … [Read more...]

The influence of law on Mormon theology in the 20th century

William and Mary, Wren 1

  Nathan Oman, of the Law School of the College of William & Mary in Virginia -- a friend and brilliant former student -- calls my attention to an article that he's just published under the title of "International Legal Experience and the Mormon Theology of the State, 1945-2012." For details, see here: Some of you, I think, might find it … [Read more...]

“I have a dream.”

MLK Jr at a press conference

  "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."  Martin Luther King, Jr.Today would be an appropriate day to listen to Martin Luther King's justly famous "I have a dream" speech, which was delivered on 28 August 1963.  Have you ever heard the whole address?  Have you heard it recently?  It's one of the greatest speeches ever delivered on American soil, and certainly among the most eloquent and ins … [Read more...]

Not trying to convince anybody, of course!

Cache County, Utah, Logan Canyon

  Still more dissent from the narrative that's being zealously promoted about John Dehlin in certain circles: I've written and posted very little of my own on the topic, and I don't intend to do so, but others have had some very interesting (and, I think, important) things to say about it.   … [Read more...]

Interreligious competition in doing good

One of my favorite Qur’an verses

    "And We have sent the Book down to you in truth, confirming what you already have of the Book and as a criterion for it. So judge between them by what God has sent down and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had God willed, He would have made you one faith-community, but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to the good. Your return, all tog … [Read more...]

Of kindness

I. B. Singer, Yiddish-American writer

  "Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life."  (Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel laureate in literature for 1978)   … [Read more...]

“Fear to tread”

Human mastery of science, by people who haven't mastered themselves

  The disease, or disorder, or complex of disorders and/or diseases commonly known as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" is a battlefield. Is the origin of CFS physical?  Or is it psychological?  Or psychiatric?  Or some combination of mental and physiological? An article in the 17 January 2015 issue of the Economist reports on a controversial recent publication regarding the topic. I won't get into the details of the disputes, but I want to no … [Read more...]