“Providing for the Refugees in Lebanon”

    Christmas is drawing near.  We give gifts at Christmas.  So is Thanksgiving, when we reflect on the many things we’ve been given.  So is the end of the year, leading up to which many of us (in the United States, at least) think of making tax-exempt donations.   Here’s a touching video, relevant to [Read More…]

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Trump’s spokeswoman, on monitoring and shutting down mosques and Mormon churches

    Are the Trump folks ready for prime time?  Have they ever heard of the Constitution?  Do they know anything about history?   http://www.sltrib.com/home/3201632-155/did-trump-spokeswoman-misspeak-she-says   I report.  You decide.   (Actually, I’ve decided already.  But I’ll let you do it for yourself.)   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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“The Illusion of Respectability”

    There has been a lot of talk, lately, about how being tainted by any association with the Interpreter Foundation, or with Mormon apologetics, or with BYU Religious Education, or with overtly expressed Latter-day Saint belief, might destroy one’s chances of attending graduate school or ever getting a decent job in academia.  Young scholars [Read More…]

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“Nephi’s Good Inclusio”

    Is it Friday?   It is.   So here’s a hint:   There’s a new article today in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/nephis-good-inclusio/   Posted from Marbella, Spain   [Read more…]

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The ancient mountain town of Ronda

    It was fun yesterday, traveling from Istanbul to Málaga, to fly over Tunisia and Algeria — two countries where I’ve never yet set foot.   My wife and I met two of our neighbors there and, after settling in at the place where we’re staying, had an excellent meal of sea bass with [Read More…]

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How to learn to trust

    The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.  (Ernest Hemingway)   Ernest Hemingway, who spent a great deal of time at the bullfighting ring in Ronda that we visited a couple of hours ago, was anything but a theologian.  Still, his comment above seems to me [Read More…]

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“The Things Which I Saw While I Was Carried Away in the Spirit”

    For the 148th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Bruce Webster, Martin Tanner, and Shon Hopkin discuss the scriptural passages covered in 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 4, which are 1 Nephi 12-14:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-148-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-4-the-things-which-i-saw-while-i-was-carried-away-in-the-spirit/   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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Knowest thou the condescension of some folks?

    There are people out there working very hard to save us Mormons from ourselves and, by redefining our faith to accord more fully with current secular-progressive ideology, to try to make Mormonism less of a force for evil, hatred, exclusion, sheer obsolescence, and cruel harm.   Like the Buddha, who found enlightenment but nevertheless graciously chose to remain in this [Read More…]

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“Does ISIS really have nothing to do with Islam?”

    I object when people call Islam evil because of ISIS, or blame Muslims generally for the appalling crimes of the so-called “Islamic State.”   But I’m very nearly as uncomfortable when other people claim that Islam has nothing whatever to do with ISIS or similar specimens of contemporary terrorism.   The reality is much [Read More…]

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“For good and evil among all nations”

    This week’s assault on reason and common sense has now appeared in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641899/For-good-and-evil-among-all-nations.html   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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