A note on scientism

    ” . . . a view that we call ‘scientism’: and that is that science is the only way to truth.  Now that is just logically false, because the statement ‘science is the only way to truth’ is not a statement of science, so if it’s true, it’s false.” John Lennox, Ph.D. Sc.D. [Read More…]

“The surprisingly modern story of a medieval Muslim”

    I admire him very much and, during the time that I led BYU’s Islamic Translation Series, we published bilingual editions of two of his books:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588685/The-surprisingly-modern-story-of-a-medieval-Muslim.html     Posted from Terricciola, Italy     [Read more…]

Science as an impetus to faith

    It was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science. It is only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence. Allan Sandage (d. in San Gabriel, California, 2010), American astronomer   Posted from Terricciola, Italy   [Read More…]

DN: “Going up to Jerusalem”

    The hilly and elevated character of Jerusalem is one of its most obvious features.  (The Latter-day Saint creator of the beloved Christmas carol “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” plainly never visited the Holy Land.)  One climbs up to the city, literally and physically.   However, because of its holiness and the longtime [Read More…]

LDS Charities

    Over the weekend, many of us enjoyed (or, perhaps, didn’t enjoy) American Mother’s Day.   My eye was caught just now by a new short video from the Church about making a mother’s day beautiful.  See it in the upper left corner of the LDS Charities website:   https://www.ldscharities.org   And, while you’re [Read More…]

The prophetic Eldridge Cleaver

    “It is not an overstatement to say that the destiny of the entire human race depends on what is going on in America today. This is a staggering reality to the rest of the world; they must feel like passengers in a supersonic jet liner who are forced to watch helplessly while a [Read More…]

A report, more or less, on what we’re up to here

    After we bade farewell to our Israel tour group, my wife and I spent an extra night in Tel Aviv.  We intended to do some sightseeing there — I’ve really never poked around Tel Aviv very much, and it has some very good museums — but . . . well, we relaxed, instead.  For [Read More…]

“Why the Book of Mormon’s Battle Numbers Don’t Add Up (And Why That’s Evidence for its Authenticity)”

    A nice piece from Stephen Smoot:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2016/05/why-book-of-mormons-battle-numbers-dont.html   Posted from Terricciola, Italy     [Read more…]

I won’t march off the cliff with the Trumpists

    George Will offers an interesting analysis of the forthcoming debacle here:   “The Republican Party’s Coming Trumpian Disaster”   I’m concerned, however, not only because Mr. Trump will lose overwhelmingly, thus injuring both the conservative movement and the Republican Party for years to come and, along the way, delivering the Supreme Court into [Read More…]

A tiny historical note about Tuscany

    The English form of their name obscures the fact somewhat, but the region of Italy known as Tuscany — in Italian, Toscana — recalls the rather mysterious ancient people known as the Etruscans.  The Latin titles by which they were known among the ancient Romans were Etrusci and Tusci.  The former gives us the term [Read More…]