“The ‘Narrative of Zosimus’ and the Book of Mormon”

Duke University's Perkins Library

  Today's weekly Deseret News article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865626023/The-Narrative-of-Zosimus-and-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   … [Read more...]

New demands from Iran

Ayatollah Khamenei

  The Ayatollah Khamenei is now demanding that all sanctions against Iran be lifted instantly.  If not, he says, Iran won't sign the framework agreement that was recently worked out with the United States regarding his country's nuclear program. The Ayatollah is also demanding that Iran's Revolutionary Guards be given majority shareholder interests in Google and Amazon.com; that five million dollars be deposited in a Swiss bank account for each Iranian mullah; t … [Read more...]

A NASA symposium on astrobiology

An active black hole?

  Caleb Jones brought this symposium to my attention.  It's past now, but videos of the presentations are, it seems, available online: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/seminars/featured-seminar-channels/special-seminars/2014/9/18/nasalibrary-of-congress-astrobiology-symposium/ Fascinating.  Not just scientists but theologians, etc.  Including the Vatican astronomer, who's scheduled to address a meeting on religion and science that will be sponsored by … [Read more...]

“The Iran Deal and Its Consequences”

A charming Tehrani mural

  Writing in the Wall Street Journal, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George P. Schultz offer a measured and mature evaluation of Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-iran-deal-and-its-consequences-1428447582 They're very concerned.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 123

Bruegel's "Sower"

  Matthew 13:10-17Mark 4:10-12Luke 8:9-10Compare Matthew 25:29; Mark 4:25; 8:17-18; Luke 8:18; 10:23-24; 19:26; John 9:39; 12:37-40 To me, loss of spiritual understanding among those who lose the Spirit -- which seems to be one of the things discussed in these passages -- is an empirically proven fact.  I've seen it distressingly often. It's very sad.  But there you have it.   … [Read more...]

What is a room without books?

Marcus Tullius Cicero before the Roman Senate

  "A room without books is like a body without a soul."  (Marcus Tullius Cicero)   … [Read more...]

New Testament 122

Tissot's "Sower"

  Matthew 13:1-9Mark 4:1-9Luke 8:4-8Compare Luke 5:1-3 These passages will ring immediately true to anybody who's spent time in the Holy Land.  My question, though, is, Where would somebody in Palestine find soil that isn't stony ground?  (That's a bit of an overstatement.  But not much.) Anybody who's attempted to teach the Gospel as a missionary will also recognize the different responses listed here:  There are those in whom the Gos … [Read more...]

This is the reality of what the myth of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, was supposed to be about.

Ferguson with riot gear

  It appears to be simply, factually, untrue that white police in Amerikkka have declared war on innocent black men.  Yet this claim has been advanced quite irresponsibly as if it were indisputable fact, and it has caused enormous damage across the United States and exposed this nation to smug and often disingenuous finger-pointing from abroad. However, the case of Walter Scott, in South Carolina, appears to be one of straightforward, wholly unjustifiable, ut … [Read more...]