On the distinction between “involvement” and “commitment”

A close-up of a hen

  How to explain the difference between involvement and commitment? Think of a breakfast of ham and eggs. The chicken is "involved."  The pig is "committed."   … [Read more...]

New Testament 76

The Sea of Tiberias, by day

  Matthew 7:28-29Compare Mark 1:21-22; Luke 4:32; 7:1; John 7:46 His audience's perception that Jesus "taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes," has always struck me powerfully. And it's clear that he does precisely that. When he performs a miracle, he doesn't perform it "in the name of" someone else -- that is, by borrowed authority.  His authority is innate.  It's his.  When he goes up onto the mount, it's to p … [Read more...]

“What ISIS really wants”

ISIS promo photo, Anbar Province (2014)

  A lengthy but extremely interesting perspective from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/   … [Read more...]

Saturday, 14 March, at BYU!


  Exploring the Complexities in the English Language of the Book of Mormon On Saturday, March 14, a conference will be held in 251 Tanner Building on the BYU Campus to report and discuss the latest investigations into a wide range of linguistic elements in the Book of Mormon, including expressions that do not appear to have been in use in the nineteenth century. As a result of twenty-seven years of investigations by Royal Skousen into the original … [Read more...]

See you in Erfurt, late in August?

Erfurterdom usw.

  I'll be there, in sha’a Allah, speaking on Mormon-Muslim relations: http://www.iahr.dk/erfurt2015.php   … [Read more...]

“Reform Mormonism”

Mr. Amalickiah

  Some, disgruntled at the recent excommunications of people who (we're told) were simply asking honest questions and seeking to make things better and more loving, have been rumbling about the need for different flavors of Mormonism, and halfway predicting, halfway hoping for, the splintering of the Church along the lines of Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, and Humanistic Judaism(s). Nathaniel Hancock calls my attention to one recent discussion of such … [Read more...]

Gay marriage and gay parenting: Enforcing needed orthodoxy in the social sciences

Bela Lugosi as mad scientist

    I posted an item the other day about an article reporting sociological research that seems to suggest that same-sex parenting may not be the optimal arrangement for children. I predicted that the author of the study would be denounced as an utter incompetent for daring to dissent from Received Orthodoxy on the matter, and my prediction was instantly fulfilled by several responses to my very post.  I wasn't surprised.  I had expected it.   … [Read more...]

“The Communion Taken on the Moon that NASA Kept a Secret”

Armstrong's photo of Aldrin, with flag

   This is an interesting story, and a gratifying one.  I'm not at all displeased that, at this great moment in human history, time was taken to think of God, the Creator: http://blessings.buzz/2015/01/11/the-communion-taken-on-the-moon-that-nasa-kept-a-secret/ Thanks to Charles Steinman for bringing the account to my notice.   … [Read more...]