New Testament 312

    Matthew 26:21-25 Mark 14:18-21 Luke 22:21-23 Compare John 13:21-30   Somebody evidently needed to play Judas’s part in the drama of atonement and salvation.  For that matter, I suppose that somebody needed to play Satan’s part, as well.   However, neither of them will be rewarded for fulfilling these roles.   Likewise, in [Read More…]

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On taxation, welfare benefits, and campaign strategy

    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw     [Read more…]

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“This is not a day care. It’s a university!”

    There’ve been an unusual number of stories of late about whiny college students demanding “safe spaces” where they won’t be challenged by ideas that make them unhappy, and so forth — ramping political correctness and First-Amendment-denying speech codes up to new, intolerant heights.   This piece from the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is, [Read More…]

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New Testament 311

    Matthew 26:26-29 Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:15-20 Compare John 6:51-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25   It’s striking to me that, while the ordinance of the sacrament (as Latter-day Saints understand it) was instituted in the Old World and commemorates events that occurred there, the actual sacramental prayers that we use today come from the Nephites. [Read More…]

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“Scientist says huge clumps of dark matter may lie just beyond the Moon”

    Common sense isn’t a reliable guide to the structure of the cosmos.  Things are much, much more interesting than that:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/scientist-says-huge-clumps-of-dark-matter-may-lie-just-beyond-the-moon/   Of course, in the image above the Moon appears to be surrounded by dark matter.  Why didn’t we notice that before?     [Read more…]

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“Mormons and Gay Marriage”

    This is, I think, a very good article:   http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/mormons-gay-marriage-benedict-option/   And, obviously, it’s written by a non-Mormon.     [Read more…]

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Coming up on Thursday, 3 December

    The Joseph Smith Papers project is one of the most important ever undertaken in the study of Mormonism, and certainly ranks among the most important currently underway:   https://www.facebook.com/JosephSmithPapers/photos/a.10151929183517973.1073741826.54051677972/10153714194172973/?type=3&fref=nf&pnref=story   Thanks to Eric Lopez from bringing this item to my notice.     [Read more…]

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Scientific American: “Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time”

    It will probably upset some folks out there, but it seems that there’s enough time to think.   http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-will-not-be-dangerous-for-a-long-time/     [Read more…]

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An article from Portugal about the forthcoming temple there

    Some of you who read Portuguese may find this article, about the new temple to be built in Lisbon, of interest:   http://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/2015-11-28-Templo-mormon-nasce-no-Parque-das-Nacoes   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

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Two quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.   Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

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