“Breaking News: Lucifer cast out of heaven for simply ‘asking questions’”

Satan's expulsion from heaven

  http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/01/breaking-news-lucifer-cast-out-of.html   … [Read more...]

A new greeting for certain types who want to post comments on my blog?

Smiley Face from WikiComm

  Ryan Campbell found this on a site called The Big Picture and called it to my notice because he thought that I might find it appropriate. I absolutely do: Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the … [Read more...]

New Testament 36-37

A Portuguese depiction of St. Peter as pope

  Matthew 8:14-15Mark 1:23-31Luke 4:38-39 The references in all three of the synoptic gospels to Christ's healing of Simon Peter's mother-in-law (πενθερὰ) tell us one thing for an absolute certainty:  The first pope was married!  Note, incidentally, how directly Jesus goes from the synagogue into Peter's house.  The two seem to be located very near each other, as, indeed, the traditional site of Peter's house in Capernaum is loc … [Read more...]


SOS symbol, from the SOS site

  It may surprise some of you to know that there is a "Society of Ordained Scientists." But there is: https://ordainedscientists.wordpress.com "How can such a thing possibly exist?" some scientistic dogmatists will ask.  "Religious faith and scientific reason are completely incompatible!" "Clearly," such folks will say, "these people haven't really thought about the relationship between the two.  It's just a matter of c … [Read more...]

This is one scary lady

A Polish Medusa

  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/396437/amanda-marcotte-eugenicist-kevin-d-williamson   … [Read more...]

Muslim call to prayer to be sounded over the campus of Duke University every Friday

The chapel at Duke in NC

  I haven't heard the commentators weigh in on this subject yet, but I can pretty much write the script for some of them.  It will run along the following lines:  In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo and that kosher grocery store in suburban Paris, a major and rather elite American university is voluntarily taking on dhimmi status and surrendering to Islam. The step doesn't bother me, though.  I love the adhan or prayer call, and I'm not bothered at all by … [Read more...]

“The Wrong Kind of Book”

The interior of E. B. Grandin's printing establishment

  My Deseret News column for this week has appeared, and, thus far, the critics are far from positively impressed. I'm shocked -- shocked -- to find that grumbling is going on there! http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619619/How-the-Book-of-Mormon-differs-from-19th-century-literature.html   … [Read more...]

“[He] took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses”

Galilean sunset

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable #105, Jeff Bradshaw, Craig Foster, Cassandra Hedelius, Dan Peterson, and Bob White discuss Mark 1-2, 4-5, and Luke 7, the New Testament chapters covered in Lesson 7 of the 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson manual: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-105-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-7-he-took-our-infirmities-and-bare-our-sicknesses/   … [Read more...]