$17,000,000,000,000: Pretty Soon, You’re Talking Real Money

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  I saw a discussion between two men on television the other day.  One commented that, having successfully made our way past the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, we're doing pretty well. The other responded that we're not doing well at all, that we're headed toward disaster and don't seem to care.  The other man's statement, he said, reminded him of the story of a fellow who fell out of a fortieth-floor window.  Down and down and down he fell.  P … [Read more...]

Don’t despair! The conference will be streamed!

Looks delicious, doesn't it?

  We've had to close registration for the upcoming Interpreter Foundation conference on science and Mormonism.  The space in which we'll be holding the conference has a capacity of six hundred people, and we reached that limit some time ago. Of course, registration was free, and, even in situations where people have paid for tickets (e.g., to concerts and the like) there are always no-shows.  Moreover, some folks will undoubtedly come late and/or leave early.   … [Read more...]

“The Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon”

The Eight Witnesses examine the plates of the Book of Mormon.

   I'm pleased to announce that Stephen Smoot's "The Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon" is now available on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation.   … [Read more...]

“The surprisingly modern story of a medieval Muslim”

The possible (but not certain) tomb of al-Ghazali in Tus (Toos), within modern-day Iran (Click to enlarge.)

   The most recent bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588685/The-surprisingly-modern-story-of-a-medieval-Muslim.html   … [Read more...]

“A ‘prison-temple’”

An artist's depiction of the jail at Liberty, Missouri, as it likely appeared in the late 1830s when Joseph and Hyrum Smith and three others were imprisoned there (Click to enlarge)

  Here's a nice article about the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the Visitors Center at the Liberty Jail in Missouri, in which such luminaries as Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Council of the Twelve, Elder Robert C. Gay of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Dr. Alex Baugh, and Dr. Susan Easton Black Durrant participated, along with a justly disgraced and despicable Arabist/apologist from BYU. It includes … [Read more...]

“The Family is Ordained of God”

The México City México Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the few places on earth where, Mormons believe, families can be "sealed" together for eternity (Click to enlarge)

  In this, the forty-ninth (49th) "scripture roundtable" posted by The Interpreter Foundation, Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, and Dan Peterson discuss "The Family: A Proclamation to the World": http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-49-dc-gospel-doctrine-lesson-45-the-family-is-ordained-of-god/   … [Read more...]

“Celebration of Christ — Interfaith Christmas Concert”

Temple Square at Christmas (Click to enlarge)

  I'm pleased to say that, after a glitch held things up, tickets for the interfaith Christmas concert that I mentioned earlier are finally available: http://www.lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events/2013-celebration-of-christ?lang=eng   … [Read more...]

“Passing Up the Heavenly Gift (Part One of Two)”

Latter-day Saints believe Brigham Young to have been a prophet of God. (Click to enlarge.)

  It's Friday, and so, like clockwork, another article has gone up for Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com In this one, Gregory L. Smith examines some of the writing of Denver Snuffer.   … [Read more...]