“Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?”

    An article that Bill Hamblin and I published last year seems urgently relevant right now:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865610336/Is-Islam-a-primary-cause-of-international-violence.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

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“Men have better sense of direction than women”

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/nuos-mhb120415.php   There are no real differences between men and women!   There are no real differences between men and women!   There are no real differences between men and women!     [Read more…]

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“Mary, did you know?”

    Peter Hollens sings all six parts of an arrangement of “Mary, did you know?” in this most recent addition to the social component of the “A Savior is Born” Christmas campaign:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/peter-hollens   Merry Christmas!     [Read more…]

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“Man already knows everything he needs to know about Muslims”

    I’ve already posted this link once before:   http://www.theonion.com/article/man-already-knows-everything-he-needs-to-know-abou-17990   But that was quite a while ago, it seems exceptionally appropriate right now.  Thanks to Andrew Heiss for reminding me of it.     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 9

    And now for a change of pace:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugV6QGcafEE&list=PLD60B23A37F523BE3     [Read more…]

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New Testament 331

    Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:2-12 Compare John 17:12; 18:20, 36   1.   The fact that Judas needed to identify Jesus (ironically, with a kiss) for those who had been sent to arrest the Savior demonstrates that Jesus didn’t have an unusual appearance.  He didn’t, for example, habitually levitate six [Read More…]

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“Donald Trump’s attacks on Muslims fit a pattern of persecution. Just ask Jews, Catholics and Mormons.”

    From the Washington Post:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/08/donald-trumps-attacks-on-muslims-fit-a-pattern-of-persecution-just-ask-jews-catholics-and-mormons/     [Read more…]

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“Why There’s No Such Thing as a Same-Sex Mormon Family”

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/08/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-same-sex-mormon-family/     [Read more…]

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The Qur’an, on killing innocent people

    For that cause, We decreed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person except for murder or corruption in the land, it’s as if he had killed all humankind.  But whoever saves a life, it’s as if he had saved the life of all humankind.  Our messengers had come to them [Read More…]

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New Testament 330

    Matthew 26:36-46 Mark 14:32-42 Luke 22:39-46 John 18:1 Compare Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; John 12:27; 14:31   1.   The Garden of Gethsemane isn’t and wasn’t a garden in the sense familiar to most Europeans and North Americans.  That is, it featured neither carrots, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce,  nor different varieties of roses. [Read More…]

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