“‘Zion’ and ‘Jerusalem’ as Lady Wisdom in Moses 7 and Nephi’s Tree of Life Vision”

an illustration for 1 Nephi 8

  You'll be astonished to learn -- this being only the 117th Friday in a row, so that the pattern may not yet be entirely clear -- that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published a new article today: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/zion-and-jerusalem-as-lady-wisdom-in-moses-7-and-nephis-tree-of-life-vision/ In this article, Dr.  Samuel Zinner, who is not a Latter-day Saint, takes a look at two important Mormon te … [Read more...]

“Of COURSE the government should force churches to perform gay weddings!”

Amendment Nummer Eins

  Just to be clear, it's satire.  But, as with any satire that's worthy of attention, the satirist's intention is actually serious: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/of-course-the-government-should-force-churches-to-perform-gay-weddings/ (The earlier iteration of this entry was having technical problems of some sort, so I've attempted it again.)   … [Read more...]

“Muslims and Mormons”: Peterson at Harvard

A view of Harvard from slightly above

  I was surprised to learn, just last night, that a video of this March 2012 lecture is up online: http://vimeo.com/50117415 Even if nobody else cares, this is helpful for my journal or life history.  And that, self-indulgently enough, is one of the main functions of my blog.   … [Read more...]

“Of COURSE the government should force churches to perform gay weddings.”

Religious liberty in peril

  It's satire, of course.  But, like all satire worthy of any attention at all, it's intended seriously: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/of-course-the-government-should-force-churches-to-perform-gay-weddings/   … [Read more...]

Life by chance?

Belgian physical chemist

  “The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.” Ilya Prigogine, 1977 Nobel laureate in chemistry … [Read more...]

Scholarship and Discipleship

Lewis's college in Oxford

  "The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us.  Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested.  That is the great difficulty.  As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge -- our knowing -- more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the re … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 30

‘Antarah sums up his life, in a way.

  The Bible and the Book of Mormon both clearly teach that the Lord works through particular lineages, chosen peoples, selected families. However, today's reading, 2 Nephi 30, makes it clear that these aren't exclusive clubs.  Those chosen people aren't necessarily more righteous than others, and righteous outsiders can, through their faithfulness, be effectively adopted into the chosen people. "For," in the words of the apostle Paul, "For … [Read more...]

“Minimum Wage Backfire”

youth unemployment

  In a recently published Wall Street Journal article entitled "Minimum Wage Backfire," it was noted that, according to "Tuesday's dreadful earnings report," the fast food chain McDonald's suffered a thirty percent decline in quarterly profits based upon a five percent drop in gross revenues. The article also said that McDonald's is now moving to automate orders in an effort to reduce its labor costs. There's this economic law, see, called "supply … [Read more...]