“Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion”

St. Mark's, near Heliopolis

  It's an obvious truth, but we sometimes seem to forget it. Anyway, today's installation of the bi-weekly Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News column is now up online: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615609/Christianity-is-a-Middle-Eastern-religion.html  Posted from Mesa, Arizona    … [Read more...]

On kindness


  “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."  (Albert Schweitzer)  Posted from Mesa, Arizona    … [Read more...]

Science, reason, and emotion

A nice view of the cosmos

  "Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion."  (Stephen Hawking)  … [Read more...]

Mosiah 8

Sophia, Lady Wisdom

  As I say, it's been a fairly long day.  I haven't had much time online or with my computer, and now it's quite late. Two observations, though, about today's reading, Mosiah 8: First, Mosiah is a book in which several different groups are traveling here and there, and several stories interweave, overlap, divide, and rejoin.  The story of the party sent out to find the land of Zarahemla, but that stumbles upon the remains (and the records) of the Ja … [Read more...]

“Fire on the Horizon”

The first temple in Germany

  I'm several hours late -- it's been a busy day -- but I don't want it to go unnoticed that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture posted two reviews of Blake Ostler's Fire on the Horizon: A Meditation on the Endowment and Love of Atonement today.  It's the 120th straight Friday on which Interpreter has published at least one article: Gaye Strathearn, "Looking at the Endowment and the Atonement through a Different Lens" Kevin Christensen, " … [Read more...]

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

Dr. Jasser (USN-Ret.)

  For those who might be interested in the background of one of the two Muslim discussants with whom I'll be interacting tonight in Mesa, Arizona, here's a biographical sketch for him: http://aifdemocracy.org/about/staff/founder-president/  Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Scriptural Mormonism”

Dublin water

  I'm embarrassed to say that I hadn't seen this very useful blog, from Robert Boylan, until just this week: http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com  Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah    … [Read more...]

Craziness, truth, and theoretical physics

Professor Bohr

  "Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."  (Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1922)  Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah    … [Read more...]