“Prominent theologian says secularism, not religion, is set to decline”

    Timothy Keller is an interesting thinker, and he’s been extraordinarily successful in building up a congregation of people in New York City who had previously been living ostensibly secular lives.  I think there’s much to be learned from him:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663048/Prominent-theologian-says-secularism-not-religion-is-set-to-decline.html   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Abraham and Idrimi”

    In 2013, my friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague Dr. John Gee — who is currently enjoying a sabbatical research leave at the University of Heidelberg in Germany — published a fascinating article comparing the patriarch Abraham, as he’s depicted in the Book of Abraham, with Idrimi, an ancient ruler of Alalakh, in [Read More…]

“Whosoever Will Come, Him Will I Receive”

    In the 181st scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Bruce Webster and Martin Tanner focus on 3 Nephi 8-11, in connection with 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 37:   Scripture Roundtable 181: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37, Whosoever Will Come, Him Will I Receive   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

“What happened when Christian writers watched an all-Muslim movie?”

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/september-web-only/what-happened-when-christian-writers-watched-all-muslim-mov.html   I haven’t seen it yet, either.  Hadn’t even heard of it.  But now I want to.   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

The inescapable choice

      At the conclusion of his classic essay “The Will to Believe,” William James cites the English writer, lawyer, and judge Fitzjames Stephen, from that author’s Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, 2nd ed. (London, 1874), 353.  It’s a nice summary of the position in which humans find themselves with regard to secular public arguments for and against religious [Read More…]

Joseph Smith as a businessman at Kirtland

    Trying to meet his financial obligations and support his family, Joseph Smith established a store in Kirtland fairly late in 1836.  The sojourn of the Saints there would turn out to have little more time to run after that, and he apparently operated the store for less than a year — partly, it seems, [Read More…]

A simple basic distinction between science, morality, and religion

    “Religions differ so much in their accidents [i.e., in their specific attributes] that in discussing the religious question we must make it very generic and broad.  What then do we now mean by the religious hypothesis?  Science says things are; morality says some things are better than other things; and religion says essentially [Read More…]

Toronto Star: “Mormon mommies have the best blogs”

    Well, some bloggers might resist that judgment.  Nonetheless, the “Mormon mommy blogger” phenomenon is pretty remarkable, and it’s been remarked quite a few times.  Here’s an article from Friday:   https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/09/23/mormon-mommies-have-the-best-blogs.html     [Read more…]

“The God of Truth”

    “If we are seeking to serve the God of truth then we should really welcome truth from whatever source it comes. We shouldn’t fear the truth. Some of it will be from science, obviously, but by no means all of it. It will sometimes by perplexing, how this bit of truth relates to [Read More…]

“Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll”

    The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, or FARMS — which eventually became the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship — was once at the cutting edge of work like this (including the charred papyrus clumps from Herculaneum [near Pompeii], destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in AD 79):   http://bigstory.ap.org/article/60785bb2031a478cb71ce9278782c320/scanning-software-deciphers-ancient-biblical-scroll?nc=1474568569450   And, [Read More…]