Alma 3

Wall relief in Egypt

  Three quick comments about Alma 3, my reading for today: 1. This chapter raises the issue of dark skin color as a supposed sign of God's curse.  Which, for many critics, immediately brands the Book of Mormon as racist, and particularly as a product of nineteenth-century American racism. We believers sometimes respond quite defensively to this charge.  But there may be a middle ground: Could ancient Nephites have been ra … [Read more...]

One way of reducing “cognitive dissonance”

Bishop Sheen

  “If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.”  (Fulton J. Sheen) Some of the more sophisticated, or aspiring-to-be-sophisticated, among critics of Mormonism like to dismiss faithful and knowledgeable Latter-day Saints as laboring under the painful burden of "cognitive dissonance."  I'm skeptical of such pop-psychological diagnoses, especially when they're wielded as ad hominem weapons, but the sword, once unsheathed and proper … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 12

Da Vinci Annunciation

  A video retelling of the annunciation of Christ and his nativity, as recounted in Matthew and Luke: http://www.mormonchannel.org/christmas-videos?v=2893093383001&cid=HPWE120414539  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth.”

Detoxing detox diets

  Thanks to Dr. Gregory Smith for bringing this to my notice: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance The article isn't big on complete abstention from alcohol, of course.  But its general point seems sound enough.  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Alma 2

Nehor 1

  In today's reading, Alma 2, we meet Amlici, a follower of Nehor, whom we met in the previous chapter.  Like Nehor's his tale is deservedly brief.  Some salient facts about Amlici:  He's cunning, wise (in a worldly way), and, plainly, ambitious.  And, when he doesn't get what he wants, he turns against his people.  He makes war on them, and, when he thinks it would be advantageous, he allies himself with their long-term hereditary ene … [Read more...]

“A Major Non-LDS Press That Took Book of Mormon Geography Seriously”

It's in Green

  A surprising and little-known anecdote: http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2014/12/a-major-non-lds-press-that-took-book-of.html  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Remember Pearl Harbor!

Capt. Bennion's boat

  It's easy to give the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor little thought these days.  It comes during the rush of Christmas season.  It was seventy-three years ago.  Relatively few people who were alive then, and even fewer who were aware of what was going on, are still around.  Survivors of the attack are few and far between, and dwindling fast.  And, of course, many things have intervened, including the sneak attacks of 11 September 2001. But we should take a mi … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 11

map of West Indies

  A marvelous story out of the Dominican Republic: http://blog.westjet.com/christmas-miracle-spirit-of-giving/ Here's the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOUxDT5oUWA If this makes you angry -- and there are some on Facebook who hate it -- you need help.  Posted from Orlando, Florida        … [Read more...]


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