Is there a whole parallel universe out there? Has spirit matter (or the spirit world) been found?

    Well, who knows?  I don’t.  And I’m only half-way serious.  If that.  But maybe.   At any rate, the universe seems to have a whole lot more stuff in it than we can see, touch, taste, or feel:   As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, “Materialism isn’t what it used to be.” [Read More…]

“Mental gymnastics, eisegesis, and biblical inerrancy”

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever been a believer in scriptural inerrancy, and, truth be told, I just don’t see much point in the notion.  But some Evangelical or Fundamentalist Protestants regard it as very, very, very important, and they really try to defend it.  Here’s a response to one such defense from [Read More…]

“New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists”

    This actually has some relevance to the Middle Eastern roots of the Book of Mormon.   Were the Israelites around the time of Lehi and Nephi largely illiterate?  Was literacy very rare?   (Thanks to Charles Dayton for bringing this article to my notice.)     [Read more…]

Contra Trump

    I made the mistake, just now, of turning on the news while I was lacing up my shoes and getting ready to head out the door in a few minutes.  It was a mistake because, as almost always happens, the news was about Mr. Donald Trump.  And then there was Mr. Donald Trump himself, [Read More…]

“Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl”

    This is a wonderful story.   Normal people desperately want to see at least some signs of kindness, of humanity, in the region.  Such people will be pleased, I hope, by this account:   Thanks to Darren Zechiel for calling it to my attention.     [Read more…]

Creator and Creation: One Perspective

    “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” C. H. Spurgeon   I doubt that Spurgeon, a prominent nineteenth-century British Protestant evangelist, really intended to say that love within families, natural beauty, powerful music, profound literature, and other such things are [Read More…]

BOM Mosiah 29

    In connection with today’s reading in Mosiah 29, I again toss humility aside and recommend my article of a number of years ago on “Authority in the Book of Mosiah”:   More than a few critics of the Book of Mormon have laughed at what they regard as the obvious echoes of [Read More…]

Thinking of My Mother Today

    Today is the eleventh anniversary of the passing of my mother.  Yesterday was her birthday.   As has become my annual tradition, I repost here the remarks that I delivered (very haltingly) at her funeral in 2005:   My very earliest memories of my mother, I believe, are of traveling with her to serve [Read More…]

Why polygamy will be the order of heaven

    Ha ha!  My title is, more or less, a joke.  (And, anyway, it should, strictly speaking, read “polygyny.”)   But it grabbed your attention, right?   Whatever.  Here’s the article that inspired my post:   I could also have come up with an inflammatory title about how it demonstrates why men [Read More…]

Have Muslims ever contributed anything good to human civilization?

    From time to time, I read claims that Islam and Muslims have contributed absolutely nothing to world civilization beyond terror and oppression.  Sometimes — to my considerable astonishment — such assertions are sent to me directly.   A week or so ago, one poster online explained that the golden or classical age of the [Read More…]