“The Christian family refusing to give up its Bethlehem hill farm”

Palestinian Christians at the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem

   I've long hoped that Palestinians would adopt nonviolent means of resisting and protesting against the injustices that routinely occur to them under Israeli rule.  And I've hoped that the substantial though dwindling population of Arab Christians there -- often essentially ignored in the West -- might play a leading role in showing how that can happen.  Here's an important story relating to those h … [Read more...]

“Restoration: A Theological Poem in the Book of Mormon”

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   Another Friday.  Another new article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/restoration-a-theological-poem-in-the-book-of-mormon/  Posted from Miami, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Every man, woman, and child is a child of God”

Sentimental?  Perhaps a bit.  But true nonetheless.

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576313/Every-man-woman-and-child-is-a-child-of-God.html And here's a nice 1977 article about the salvation of little children by Elder Bruce R. McConkie.  (I chose the illustration above partly because of it.)  Posted from Miami, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Christ’s resurrection was a witnessed fact, not a later fantasy”

The tomb was definitely empty. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576869/Christs-resurrection-was-a-witnessed-fact-not-a-later-fantasy.html?pg=1 As a matter of fact, my lectures for BYU Education Week in August will set forth somewhat detailed arguments for the historical plausibility of Christ's resurrection.  I received approval for this topic just a few days ago. I had hoped to have been fairly far along in my preparations for those four lectures, but . . . … [Read more...]

“Through cloud and sunshine, Lord”

I would have done anything -- anything -- to have spared them this.  But "a greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents."

  Sometimes I write because I just really don't know what else to do: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605395/Through-cloud-and-sunshine-Lord.html  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“We are Seven!”

Grasmere, William Wordsworth's favorite place on earth

  I must have read this poem by William Wordsworth before, but it didn't register.  I'm grateful to Helen Condon for bringing it to my attention.  In its way, it's about eternal families:  ———A simple Child, That lightly draws its breath, And feels its life in every limb, What should it know of death?   I met a little cottage Girl: She was eight years old, she said; Her hair was thick with many a curl That clustered round her head.   She had a r … [Read more...]

Punished for just doubting? Questioning? Trying to help?

A friend snapped this photograph of me a few years ago while I was presiding over one of the hundreds of ecclesiastical tribunals that I conducted each year.

   As I've noted in earlier relevant entries here, I'm neither "giddy with joy" nor "frothing at the mouth" with "unchristian" pleasure at the prospect of Church disciplinary action against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly -- notwithstanding the dishonest allegations of certain anonymous posters on the Internet. As a matter of fact, I've had very little to say about the "Ordain Women" group, and precisely nothing to say about Kate Kelley herself.  So I'll … [Read more...]

Ibrahim b. Muhammad and the Buddha


  1. Current relations between the Christian (or post-Christian) West and the Islamic world are, to be gentle about it, awkward and sometimes hostile.  Each side tends to demonize the other. Many in the Islamic world hate and fear the West.  They have some legitimate grounds for this, but, by and large, the hatred and fear are misplaced and are most commonly found among those who have the least understanding and knowledge of their " … [Read more...]