Mosiah 18

Lake Atitlán, in highland Guatemala

  In today's reading, Mosiah 18, the focus shifts from Abinadi, who's been put to death by King Noah and his priests, to Alma. The chapter is set at a place called "the waters of Mormon," a place to which the editor, Mormon, attaches a particular sanctity: And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the … [Read more...]

Do I contradict myself?


  In my post, yesterday, about the conference session that I attended here (on a lark, after sessions on philosophical theology, Qur’anic exegesis, the ontological status of moral "facts," the historicity of New Testament miracle claims, and Pauline eschatology) on Mormonism in Orson Scott Card and Battlestar Galactica, I mentioned a passage attributed (falsely, it seems) to Voltaire:  "To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not permitted to cri … [Read more...]

Chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad

Hard at work

  A not altogether positive evaluation of the performance of the Obama administration, by one of my favorite commentators:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Intimations of Pre-Mortality

A view of the village and lake of Grasmere

  When I was younger, so much younger than today, I often heard Church members cite these lines, from William Wordsworth's ode entitled "Intimations of Immortality."  That was probably because Elder Richard L. Evans, of the Quorum of the Twelve, an English literature major in college who had served as a missionary in the United Kingdom, had included them in his narration for the classic old Church film Man's Search for Happiness. I seldom if ever hear them … [Read more...]

“The great and dreadful day of the Lord”

Malachi, an artist's visualization

  With this, its ninety-eighth (98th) scripture roundtable, The Interpreter Foundation completes its coverage of the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual and curriculum. John Gee, Richard Gwilliam, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Zechariah 10-14 and the book of Malachi, the Old Testament passages that are the focus of Lesson 48 in the Church's adult curriculum for this … [Read more...]

Not enough evidence?

quote from Pascal

   Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

A thought from the Qur’an

Dome interior

  “Have you considered the person who denies the Judgement? It is he who pushes aside the orphan and does not urge others to feed the needy. So woe to those who pray but are heedless of their prayer; those who are all show and forbid common kindnesses.” (Qur’an 107:1-7)  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

N. T. Wright in San Diego

The cathedral at Durham

  I'm sitting, right now, in a lecture by N. T. Wright, on "missional hermeneutics."  Good clean fun.  I just came from a session built around a conversation, on stage, between Charles Taylor and Miroslav Volf, in which Taylor, interviewed by Volf, provided a kind of informal intellectual autobiography that I found quite enjoyable. Wright is arguing for a biblical view of the mission of Christians that, in his view, must avoid both the "Platonic" style that is w … [Read more...]