“Why Marco Rubio would be the strongest Republican candidate”

Sen. Rubio, the next president?

  I'll admit that I'm tentatively leaning toward Marco Rubio myself.  Even back in 2012, I was hoping that Mitt Romney would choose him as his vice-presidential running mate. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414957/why-marco-rubio-would-be-strongest-republican-candidate-mona-charen My only concern is that our current experiment of electing a junior senator without executive experience has proven such a spectacular failure . . … [Read more...]

New Testament 95

Tissot's "Woman with an Issue of Blood"

  Matthew 9:18-26Mark 5:21-43Luke 8:40-56 These accounts are interesting, among other reasons, because the story of one miracle is contained within the story of another. I'll concentrate on just one of them here. Try to imagine the case of the woman with a hemorrhage.  For twelve years.  One hundred and forty-four months.  Six hundred and twenty-four weeks. Near financial ruin.  (She had, the accounts say, spent nea … [Read more...]

Sometimes, I confess, it’s embarrassing to be so . . . well, COOL.

Me, being cool

  There's been non-stop, wall-to-wall good music here at the "Jazz Bash by the Bay."  Thus far, though, I would say that my favorite act has been Tom Rigney and Flambeau.  So far, we've seen them twice.  And I especially enjoyed it when they were joined by Bob Draga.  Which, I'm told, will happen again tonight. I got a special kick when I realized that Tom Rigney is the son of the late Bill Rigney, who was the first manager of the California Angels.  I remember … [Read more...]

“The Catholic Church Supports Science”

VATT image of Crab Nebula

  In my capacity as a highly-paid apologist (whose apologetic checks seem to have been lost in the mail for the past thirty years or so), I regularly encounter two distinct but related atheist claims about religion and science: 1.  Religious faith is incompatible with scientific reason, both as method and in terms of the substantial results. 2.  Religion has long been an enemy and an obstacle to science. Both claims are, at point after … [Read more...]

There’s no threat to religious freedom. There’s no threat to religious freedom. There’s no threat to religious freedom. There’s no threat to religious freedom. There’s no threat

SF dawn

  There's no threat to religious freedom: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ryan-t-anderson-and-leslie-ford-fighting-to-keep-catholic-schools-catholic-1425600547 There's no threat to religious freedom. (Some have reported a difficulty in accessing the article to which I link above.  I have no problem.  But you might try this:   … [Read more...]

“Take up the Liberal Mormon’s burden”

an old school for the new school

  Some of you may be familiar with Rudyard Kipling's famous/infamous/notorious hymn to American imperialism:  Take up the White Man’s burden— Send forth the best ye breed— Go send your sons to exile To serve your captives' need To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild— Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child Take up the White Man’s burden In patience to abide To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open … [Read more...]

“Was There an Exodus?”

The Nile Delta, a map

  Having followed recent intra-LDS online disputes about scriptural historicity, my Evangelical friend Paul Owen called my attention, in an email yesterday, to this exceptionally interesting article by an Israeli professor: http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2015/03/was-there-an-exodus/ I thought, "I'll blog about that tonight or tomorrow." This morning, Louis Vottero posted a link to it on Facebook. I'm grateful to them. … [Read more...]

“The archaeology of Peter’s home town”

Capernaum, Greek Orthodox monastery in white and red

  This week's Peterson-Hamblin column has been published in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623648/The-archaeology-of-Peters-hometown.html Incidentally, I'll be leading a tour group to Capernaum at the end of April, and I'm told that there's still room on the bus.  Posted from Monterey, California    … [Read more...]