“Aliens for neighbours? How the discovery of a new planet challenges Christians”

    This article is written from a mainstream Christian theological viewpoint:   http://www.christiantoday.com/article/aliens.for.neighbours.how.the.discovery.of.a.new.planet.challenges.christians/93949.htm   Latter-day Saints come to this topic with a slightly different set of assumptions, and would, accordingly, face somewhat different issues.  But, as it happens, we’ve always expected there to be life out there in the universe beyond Earth.   Posted from [Read More…]

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“London activists, J.K. Rowling react to burkini ban in France”

    Some people fail to see much difference between the United States Constitution’s prohibition of the establishment of religion and French secularism, or laïcité.   They are very distinct, as this story illustrates:   http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/25/europe/burkini-ban-protest-london-french-embassy/index.html   Posted from London, England     [Read more…]

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“Reading ‘A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon'”

    As it has done week in and week out for over four years now, the Interpreter Foundation greets Friday with a new article:   Reading A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon   Posted from London, England     [Read more…]

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That list of influential Mormons, again

    One positive way of looking at the Newsmax list of the fifty most influential Mormons to which I linked yesterday is to note that it includes three contributors to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   Mitt Romney Clayton Christensen Orson Scott Card   Additionally, for what little it’s worth, I know others [Read More…]

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“Response to attack on LDS Church’s immigration stance”

    The Deseret News, the daily newspaper owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, responds to a prominent Trumpist’s recent attack on Church leaders:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865660771/In-our-opinion-Deseret-News-responds-to-Breitbart-attack-on-LDS-immigration-policy.html   Posted from London, England     [Read more…]

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England

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,  This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,  This other Eden, demi-paradise,  This fortress built by Nature for herself  Against infection and the hand of war,  This happy breed of men, this little world,  This precious stone set in the silver sea,  Which serves it [Read More…]

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“When Did Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ Become So Insufferable?”

    I’ve paid him no attention whatever.  I’ve never, to the best of my recollection, seen him on television nor heard his voice.  If he’s written anything, I haven’t read it.  I didn’t watch his debate with the young-earth creationist Ken Ham.  (For that matter, I’ve never paid any attention to Ken Ham, either. [Read More…]

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“Bellingham girl receives care package from Brigham Young University”

    A heart-breaking, heart-warming story from the Pacific Northwest:   http://kpug1170.com/news/007700-bellingham-girl-recieves-care-package-from-brigham-young-university/   Posted from Bergen, Norway     [Read more…]

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Women running a “fatwa hotline” in the Gulf

    I thought this article quite interesting — and neatly complementary to this recent column.   Posted from Bergen, Norway     [Read more…]

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“Responding religiously to the challenge of human evil”

    Today, we caught a ride around the harbor of Bergen with a friendly and loquacious Norwegian on his motorized sailboat.  One of the things he pointed out to us was a very large and genuinely ugly building that was built by the Nazis when Bergen was the headquarters of the German U-boat fleet [Read More…]

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