“Who’s afraid of religious liberty?”

    An interesting Jewish perspective on a topic that is increasingly under discussion — including, very much, by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   Who’s Afraid of Religious Liberty?   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“What one Louisiana flood survivor had to say about Mormons”

    http://www.ldsliving.com/What-One-Louisiana-Flood-Survivor-Had-to-Say-About-Mormons/s/82903   I might add, too, that Rod Dreher isn’t just any old “flood survivor.”  He’s a significant writer whom I’ve been reading fairly frequently for years.  Lately, he’s been provoking conversations with a suggestion that he’s labeled the “Benedict Option.”   Posted from Oslo, Norway   [Read more…]

“Changes in Languages from Nephi to Now”

    The transcript of Brian Stubbs’s presentation at the 2016 FairMormon conference is now up:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/changes-languages-nephi-now   While I do a number of languages — including the professional teaching of a Semitic one — I don’t consider myself a linguist in the strict sense of the word.  Moreover, apart from the words tomato [Read More…]

“Why no one believed Einstein”

    Very much like other disciplines involving humans, science is influenced by fashions, traditions, assumptions, and personalities.  The reception of Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity isn’t necessarily the best illustration of such influences, but it, too, plainly shows their effect:   http://daily.jstor.org/why-no-one-believed-einstein/   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

Viking words of wisdom — or folly

    There is much to admire about the Vikings, my ancestors — and very, very much not to admire.  One valuable text from the Viking age is a collection of gnomic sayings in verse called the Hávamál.  Here’s one specimen:   Cattle die. Kinsmen die. All men are mortal. Words of praise will never [Read More…]

“Why doesn’t the public trust science?”

    http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/08/20/why_doesnt_the_public_trust_science_109728.html   Permit me to suggest another factor that, in my judgment, sometimes plays in:   Some evolutionists have advanced conclusions that go far beyond biological science, arguing that Darwin’s discovery proves the universe meaningless, life pointless, intelligence and personality mere chance occurrences, and the cosmos Godless.   Some Christians object to evolution, [Read More…]

The Dead Sea is dying.

    I’ve seen massive changes myself since I first lived in Jerusalem back in 1978.   I’m horrified to think that that’s been nearly four decades now.  I never imagined being so old.   On the other hand, in historical terms, let alone from a geological perspective, forty years is nothing.   Come with [Read More…]

New SquareTwo

    I meant to call attention to the newest issue of SquareTwo the other day, but I became distracted and forgot.  So here’s the Table of Contents:   “Editors’ Introduction, Summer 2016,” by Editorial Board, SquareTwo Journal “Female Genital Cutting and Mormons,” by Chad F. Emmett “What’s in a Name? SquareTwo Poll Survey Results [Read More…]

Giving women better titles in the Church?

    When I posted my little piece the other day about what titles to give women who serve in the Church, I (of course) hadn’t yet seen this article, which has just been published in the Salt Lake Tribune:   “Mia Maids? Mission prez’s wife? Please, in the name of all that is holy, [Read More…]

A genuinely inspiring moment from the Olympics

    This article talks about something that’s even better than medal totals:   Runner who helped competitor says she’s fueled by faith   For more on Abbey D’Agostino, see here.   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]