“The Lord looketh on the heart”

Bernini's "David" (probably a self-portrait), in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, from three angles (Click to enlarge.)

    I'm pleased to announce that The Interpreter Foundation has published its seventy-second (72nd) scripture roundtable.  Schedules are sometimes touch to integrate, so there are only two discussants this time.  But they're good ones:  Andrew Smith and Martin Tanner look at the materials for Lesson 22 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual, which include 1 Samuel 9- … [Read more...]

“God will honor those who honor him”

Hannah presents her son Samuel to Eli (Click to enlarge.)

  The Interpreter Foundation has published its seventy-first (71st) scripture roundtable.  In this one, Ben McGuire, Daniel Peterson, and Martin Tanner discuss some of the early chapters of 1 Samuel, in connection with Lesson 21 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … [Read more...]

On radical revolutionary bloodthirstiness, heroism, and inflexible ideologues (with travel notes)

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   We awoke to much nicer weather in the Berner Oberland yesterday than we had previously enjoyed during this trip, so we drove over to Stechelberg, in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, from which four of us headed up via aerial tramways to the top of the Schilthorn.  (My two nieces opted out.) The weather was still iffy, and we passed through a very solid cloud bank that put us in a pea soup fog.  So I was very pleased when, just as we approached Piz Gloria i … [Read more...]

“The supposed war between religion and science and its casualties”

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   Today's bi-weekly Hamblin-Peterson column in the Deseret News has appeared: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865603354/The-supposed-war-between-religion-and-science-and-its-casualties.html  Posted from Paris, France    … [Read more...]

“All the city . . . doth know that thou art a virtuous woman”

Ruth, the Moabite ancestress of both David and Jesus

  The Interpreter Foundation has posted its seventieth (70th) scripture roundtable.  This one, featuring Craig Foster, John Gee, and Stephen Smoot, focuses on Lesson 20 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual, which is devoted to Ruth 1-4 and 1 Samuel 1-2: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-70-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-20-all-the-city-doth-know-that-thou-art-a-virtuous-woman/  Posted from Paris, France    … [Read more...]

“A Scientist Looks at Book of Mormon Anachronisms”

At the site of ancient Kaminaljuyu, near modern Guatemala City

   It's Friday. So, naturally, the thoughts of people everywhere turn to new articles in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. Fortunately, this week, like more than ninety consecutive weeks before it, has provided satisfaction: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/a-scientist-looks-at-book-of-mormon-anachronisms/  Posted from Paris, France    … [Read more...]

“The Muslim World’s Bigotry Problem”

Pretty chilling stuff

   I'm very sad to say it, but David French has a valid point: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/377981/muslim-worlds-bigotry-problem-david-french     Posted from Paris, France    … [Read more...]

Another item about Michael Sam and the reaction to his NFL draft kiss

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  It's a matter of moral priorities, of course: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/377801/michael-sam-criticism-earned-nfl-player-suspension-telling-zimmerman-jurors-kill  Posted from Grindelwald, Berner Oberland, Switzerland    … [Read more...]