“Church participates in global interfaith gathering in Salt Lake City”

In der Salzseestadt

  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-participates-global-interfaith-gathering-salt-lake-city I participated on a panel there yesterday afternoon.  I think it went pretty well.  At least, nobody threw anything and the questions weren't insulting.   … [Read more...]

“What Did the Sky Look Like When the Earth First Formed?”

Van Gogh, "Sterrennacht"

  An interesting question and an interesting answer: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/ask-ethan-110-what-did-the-sky-look-like-when-earth-first-formed-23e4c30082a3   … [Read more...]

New Testament 263

F. M. Brown 1856

  Matthew 20:20-28Mark 10:35-45Compare Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:35; Luke 9:48; 12:50; 22:24-27; John 13:4-5, 12-17 It's oddly comforting to learn that even the apostles James and John were very human, flawed like the rest of us.  That offers hope that we, too, can be saved. What's also significant here, though, is the thorough "transvaluation of values" taught by Jesus.  Greatness comes not through lordship and status, but through s … [Read more...]

Pretty predictably, “ABC’s ‘Quantico’ gets the Mormons all wrong”

SLC Temple, with windows!

  Quite by chance, I actually caught a few minutes of the first episode of Quantico, in re-run.  I saw what happened to the Mormon character, though I wasn't quite as irritated by it as advance notice had suggested that I, as a Mormon, might be.  (I mean, I don't think it's altogether impossible that a returned missionary could have some dark secret to hide and, eventually, trying to protect it and ridden by guilt, turn into a homicidal loon.  After all, as my Malevolent Sta … [Read more...]

There may be a scientific cure for your appalling religious and political beliefs!

Nobama Ray Pistol TX-130

  Do you worry about illegal immigration and porous borders?  Do you believe in God? For centuries, people have had to suffer under such ghastly burdens.  But there's good news!  A medical cure may be on the horizon! "Scientists claim zapping brains with magnets can treat belief in God" This article, written by the statistician William Briggs and kindly brought to my attention by Charles Steinman, points out a few of the problems in th … [Read more...]

“Are Halloween’s roots evil and satanic?”

Evil-looking pumpkin

  The latest Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639218/Are-Halloweens-roots-evil-and-satanic.html   … [Read more...]

Muhammad, on anger

At Princeville, HI

  Tariq Ramadan quoted this hadith from the Prophet Muhammad in his remarks tonight at the Utah Islamic Center: "The strong man is not he who defeats his adversary by wrestling; the strong man is he who controls himself at a time of anger."   … [Read more...]

“Image is Everything: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain”

At Chekhov's funeral

  An entire week has passed without an article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  However, from its very deathbed, Interpreter has managed to publish one last piece: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/image-is-everything-pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain/ Or maybe it's not the last. Maybe it's nowhere near the last. Whatever. The danged thing was supposed to have been dead years ago. … [Read more...]