Pleasant conversation about a very important topic

    In company with at least two journalists, a group of LDS-focused bloggers from various points along the Mormon ideological spectrum met this morning up at the corporate headquarters of Deseret Book Company to talk about Patrick Q. Mason’s new book, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt.   I was at a [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 21

    It’s been a long and busy day, and it’s not over yet.  But I’m determined not to miss an entry.  Not yet, anyway.  (There will eventually be some travel days where it just won’t be possible to post.)  So I’m going to content myself with a very brief note on today’s reading, 1 Nephi 21. [Read More…]

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Of intellectuals and “the people”

    “Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent ‘the people’.  Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth.” Paul Johnson     [Read more…]

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“Recommended Reading List for Students of the LDS (Mormon) Religion”

    Jeff Lindsay has produced a good list of suggested readings that some of you might find interesting:   http://www.jefflindsay.com/lds/lds-reading-list/     [Read more…]

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Should we pressure the Brethren to change Church policies?

    Some members of the Church believe that lobbying, demonstrations, petitions, rallies, marches, protests, and so forth should be brought to bear upon the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to pressure them into making what those members believe would be desirable improvements in Church practices and even [Read More…]

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Mr. Justice Holmes on religion and science

      “Science makes major contributions to minor needs.  Religion, however small its successes, is at least at work on the things that matter most.” Oliver Wendell Holmes   I’m not sure that I fully agree with this comment.  In fact, at two points, I’m sure that I don’t.  However, I understand his point [Read More…]

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“The Case of Plural ‘Was’ in the Earliest Text”

    Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture actually published two articles today.  Here’s the second of them:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-case-of-plural%E2%80%89was-in-the-earliest-text/     [Read more…]

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“The Case of the {-th} Plural in the Earliest Text”

    It being Friday, there’s a new article up from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-case-of-the-th-plural-in-the-earliest-text/   Happy weekend!     [Read more…]

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“Muslims collect money to build a church in the Egyptian province of Al-Manufiyya”

    I somehow missed this story when it appeared late last April, but it’s such a pleasant one that I want to be sure that others see it:   http://www.fides.org/en/news/37699-AFRICA_EGYPT_Muslims_collect_money_to_build_a_church_in_the_Egyptian_province_of_Al_Manufiyya#.VpkRuUuegdv     [Read more…]

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“Egypt’s president attends mass, vows to rebuild churches”

    Thanks to Russell Spencer for bringing this very welcome item to my attention:   http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/egypts-president-attends-mass-vows-rebuild-churches#     [Read more…]

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