“Muslims, the New Mormons”

    Non-Latter-day Saint historian John Turner points to some resemblances in the reception of the two groups by the American public:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/12/muslims-the-new-mormons/     [Read more…]

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What ends a nation?

    Throughout history many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation. Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) [Read more…]

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“Photo of Idaho Falls Mormon Woman Giving Gifts to Her Muslim Doctor Goes Viral”

    http://www.eastidahonews.com/2015/12/photo-of-idaho-falls-mormon-woman-giving-gifts-to-muslim-doctor-goes-viral/     [Read more…]

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Be the first person on your block to pronounce her name correctly!

    Mostly, I hear the name of the contemptible San Bernardino murderess Tashfeen Malik given as Tash-FEEN Ma-LEEK, though I’ve sometimes even heard it pronounced Taf-SHEEN Ma-LEEK.  (Which reminds me of the old joke about the agnostic insomniac dyslexic who lies awake at night, wondering if there’s a Dog.)   I’ve been puzzled about [Read More…]

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70,000 Indian Muslim clerics issue fatwa against ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and terrorism

    Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for alerting me to this story:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/70000-clerics-issue-fatwa-against-terrorism-15-lakh-Muslims-support-it/articleshow/50100656.cms?from=mdr   http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/625619/Muslim-Fatwa-ISIS-Islamic-State-al-Qaeda-Taliban-Islam-Paris-Attacks-Daesh   But, I respond, who cares?   Ban ’em all anyway!   If the king of Saudi Arabia has grandkids studying at Georgetown, toss ’em!  If a famous Muslim neurosurgeon from Toronto has been invited to attend a conference [Read More…]

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“Not written in this book”

    Today’s Deseret News column is up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643384/Not-written-in-this-book.html     [Read more…]

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What a billion Muslims really think

    Many people in the West quite confidently discuss Muslim attitudes on the basis of no real acquaintance with either the Islamic world or actual Muslims.   So I’m going to recommend a book:   Several years ago, the Gallup organization undertook an enormous, multi-country survey of the Islamic world, the largest ever done.  The results [Read More…]

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New Testament 332

    Matthew 26:57-68 Mark 14:53-65 Luke 22:54-71 John 18:13-24 Compare Matthew 26:55, 67-75; 27:1-2; Mark 14:49, 65-72; 15:1; Luke 19:47; 22:53, 63-65; John 2:19; 18:25-27   My longtime friend and colleague John W. Welch, who is not only a professor of law but a superb scholar of the Bible and antiquity, has published several [Read More…]

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“The Reasonable Leap into Light: A Barebones Secular Argument for the Gospel”

    Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Troy Braegger and others, a transcript of my remarks at August 2015’s FairMormon conference has now appeared online:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/the-reasonable-leap-into-light-a-barebones-secular-argument-for-the-gospel   I’m sure that worse things must have been posted somewhere on the Web.     [Read more…]

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On women reading

    “It’s not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas, and thinking . . . “ Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast I’ve been feeling rather down for the past 24-36 hours.  I haven’t liked what I’ve been seeing, politically and culturally.   So it was a relief tonight when [Read More…]

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