What is faith?

    “Faith is trust in what the spirit learned eons ago.”  (B. H. Roberts)     [Read more…]

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We should be making progress.

      A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali     [Read more…]

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“Cracking the Indus Script”

    An interesting read on perhaps the most important remaining undeciphered ancient script in the world:   http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-civilization-cracking-the-indus-script-1.18587     [Read more…]

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New Testament 280

    Matthew 22:15-22 Mark 12:13-17 Luke 20:20-26 Compare Mark 12:12; John 3:2   The episode described in these passages is pivotal for the history of western civilization, because it offers a basis for the separation of church and state.  No such basis is clearly established in the Hebrew Bible, and it’s not evident in [Read More…]

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“How to Be a Successful Millennial Ex-Mormon: A Guide for Beginners”

    I’ve already seen squeals of indignation complaining that Stephen Smoot is painting them with a broad brush, that what he says isn’t entirely representative of each and every ex-Mormon.  That his little piece is unfair.   Obviously.   But broad generalizations are virtually indispensable to satire.   Satire (think, for example, of political [Read More…]

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“Insights into the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon”

    An interesting piece, kindly brought to my attention by Zander Sturgill, on the distinct authors of the Book of Mormon:   http://ldsmag.com/insights-into-the-authenticity-of-the-book-of-mormon/   Several others have approached the topic of potentially multiple authorship from different perspectives.  Here are two relevant books:   Roger R. Keller, Book of Mormon Authors: Their Words and Messages   Grant [Read More…]

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New Testament 279

    Matthew 22:1-14 Compare 8:12; Luke 14:15-24   Plainly, this famous parable points to the rejection of Jesus by his fellow Jews and to their eventual replacement by the Gentiles.   These things seem to provide types and archetypes, though, and history, as seen through a scriptural lens, tends to repeat itself (obviously with variations) [Read More…]

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They come through, eventually and inevitably

    Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.  (Søren Kierkegaard)     [Read more…]

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City Lights and Seafood

    Some people have quirky touristic interests.  I certainly do.   I love, for example, to visit college and university campuses.   And iconic, culturally significant bookstores.   Thus, for example, I’ve made my pilgrimages — multiple times in each case — to Blackwell’s in Oxford, to Powell’s in Portland, to Schoenhof’s near Harvard, to New [Read More…]

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New Testament 278

    Matthew 21:33-46 Mark 12:1-12 Luke 20:9-19   Cornerstones serve no vital structural function in modern building.  Indeed, they’re often added very late in the construction process, during purely ceremonial events.  In premodern times, though, the cornerstone was used to align the other foundations and walls, etc., of a new structure.  It was placed [Read More…]

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