“5 Reasons to Thank Your Lucky Constants This Thanksgiving”

Saturn and its rings

  I'm a bit late with this one, unfortunately.  But it's still worth posting and worth your reading -- not least because Scientific American is saying much the same thing here that I've been trying to say in recent years. Really.  Have a look at this: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-reasons-to-thank-your-lucky-constants-this-thanksgiving/  Posted from Madrid, Spain  … [Read more...]

“Faith will prevail over atheism, Oxford prof McGrath predicts”

University of Oxford, Trinity College

  I thank Kevin Taylor for bringing this piece to my attention: https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/texas/18534-faith-will-prevail-over-atheism-oxford-prof-mcgrath-predicts I'm in awe of Alister McGrath's prolific and varied publication record.  He's a remarkably bright fellow.  Posted from Madrid, Spain  … [Read more...]

“C. S. Lewis on Stage: Working to Bring the DNA of Life and Faith to Off-Broadway Stage”

"Great Divorce" original cover design

  http://www.tmatt.net/columns/2015/11/18/working-to-bring-the-dna-of-life-and-faith-to-off-broadway-stages I saw this play at the Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City perhaps a year ago, and I was quite impressed.  Partly, of course, because my respect and affection for the work of C. S. Lewis knows no bounds.  But also because this is precisely the sort of thing that, in my opinion, Christians need to be doing right now.  The kind of thing that Latter-day Saint C … [Read more...]

“The Old Testament and Presuppositions”

Elijah in stained glass

  As it happens, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a second piece today: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-old-testament-and-presuppositions/  Posted from Madrid, Spain    … [Read more...]

A day in Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid

  I spoke too soon about leaving my Moorish/Arabic focus behind.  Not quite.  We spent several hours at the Palacio Real de Madrid (the Royal Palace of Madrid) today.  And, as it happens, the Palacio Real stands on the site of a ninth-century alcázar (al-qasr, "palace") that was constructed near the town of "Majrit" by Muhammad I of Córdoba as an outpost and that was inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish "Taifa" of Toledo.  Madrid only fell to Alfonso VI of Castile … [Read more...]

“Understanding Genesis and the Temple”

God the Geometer, with compass

  A new Friday publication from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/understanding-genesis-and-the-temple/  Posted from Madrid, Spain    … [Read more...]

On concern about appearance

Casas sketch of Unamuno

  The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule.Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.  Posted from Madrid, Spain    … [Read more...]

“In Defense of Christmas Cheer”

A Yule tree

  So now we're past Thanksgiving. To me, that legitimates the beginning of Christmas carols, lights, and decorations. I've not been happy to see Christmas advertisements and shopping extend back earlier and earlier in the year -- only 364 shopping days 'til Xmas! -- often into October and sometimes even into September.  Too much exposure dulls the power of the holiday. And I'm as likely as most to decry the commercialism and rampant c … [Read more...]