“A tribute to heroes in the kingdom”

The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ (Wikimedia Commons)

  This week's Thursday Deseret News Peterson column has appeared: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865620073/A-tribute-to-heroes-in-the-kingdom.html   … [Read more...]

“Who’s Afraid of Secularism (4): Humility, Patience, and Progressive ‘Moral Convictions’”

Salftleven, "Rhineland Fantasy View" (probably Dutch?)

  Another thoughtful piece from my friend and BYU colleague Ralph Hancock: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/2015/01/whos-afraid-of-secularism-4-humility-patience-and-progressive-moral-convictions/   … [Read more...]

How to interact with others

Somewhere in Norway, maybe?

  "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." Og Mandino (d. 1996)    … [Read more...]

“How Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ led a radical Muslim to moderation”

A view of Cairo and the Nile

  Here's an interesting personal story: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/15/377442344/how-orwells-animal-farm-led-a-radical-muslim-to-moderation I don't think that we're fighting the war of ideas anywhere near as well as we should be.  This story, though, shows that it can sometimes be won.   … [Read more...]

More on history and the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament)

Where Bill Dever did much of his fieldwork

  John Gee has posted another pair of interesting (and informed) reflections on the question of history (or historicity) and the Hebrew scriptures, a topic of some recent controversy in the small world of the Mormon bloggernacle: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/notes-on-israelite-scribal-training-i.html http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/once-more-on-chroniclers-sources.html   … [Read more...]

Legalize love!

It culminates in a cemetery, does it not?

  For those of you who can take it -- consider yourselves warned! -- here's an arresting article: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/01/what-its-like-to-date-your-dad.html And why not, right? They're adults. I mean, are you a hater? Do you remember what the actor Jeremy Irons had to say? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/jeremy-irons-on-gay-marri_n_3009495.html What a … [Read more...]

New York Times: “Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams”

Ercolano, ancient and modern

   Thanks to Paula Hicken, formerly of the Maxwell Institute at BYU, for bringing this item to my attention: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/science/more-progress-made-toward-learning-contents-of-herculaneum-scrolls.html?ref=science&_r=0 BYU's Maxwell Institute blazed the way on this effort, beginning back when the Institute was still known as the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (or FARMS), and a video was produced … [Read more...]

New Testament 45

Maquair's Ten Virgins

  Mark 2:18-22Luke 5:33-39Compare Matthew 9:14-17 and John 3:29-30 Jesus' identification of himself as the "bridegroom" in these passages is an interesting one. The relationship between God and his people is often portrayed in the Old Testament as analogous to a marriage in which God is the husband and Israel is the (often unfaithful) wife.  See, for example, Jeremiah 3:1-14, Jeremiah 3:20, and Jeremiah 31:31-33.  And, of course, the little … [Read more...]