Richard Bushman, and a response from Bruce Young

Raphael, in the Vatican apartments

  Here's an interesting "exchange" between two respected Latter-day Saint academics: http://www.wheatandtares.org/17915/richard-bushman-on-mormonism/ http://welcomingtheother.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-response-to-richard-bushman.html   … [Read more...]

Seeing the divine in the (seemingly) ordinary

Grave of Kazantzakis

  “I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed.” Nikos Kazantzakis (d. 1957), Report to Greco    … [Read more...]

“Review: A Mormon’s perspective on ‘The Book of Mormon’ musical”

"The Prince of Wales," as I recall

  He's a believer, but he demands no boycotts and doesn't call for bombing the theater: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/07/23/3907718_review-a-mormons-perspective-on.html?rh=1   … [Read more...]

New Testament 216

Sixteenth-century image of invitation of Coena Magna

  Luke 14:15-24Compare Matthew 22:1-14 When I hear occasional reports of multigenerational members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoning their covenants, cutting themselves off from the legacy of their ancestors, and rejecting their one-time faith, I'm afraid that I'm reminded of this parable.   … [Read more...]

“Maya shrine reveals arrival of ‘New World Order’”

Honduran stela

  This is a fascinating find. And one of the dates involved is of particular interest, from my point of view: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150724-Maya-hieroglyph-shrine-Tikal-Calakmul-Guatemala-archaeology-stele-discovery-Peten-epigraphy/ Thanks to Zander Sturgill for bringing the article to my notice.  Posted from Logan, Utah    … [Read more...]

A moving video of African pioneers

Third temple in Africa

  In honor of the Pioneer Day weekend, I post, yet again, a link to one of my favorite online videos.  It's less than six minutes long, showing the determination of Latter-day Saints in Cameroon to make their way to the then newly-dedicated Aba Nigeria Temple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8xoDoj2jA Every time I watch it, I'm moved.  I'm inspired -- and  chastened -- by their dedication, commitment, and faith.  Posted from Logan, Ut … [Read more...]

New York Times: “Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?”

ISIS territorial claims

  "ISIS and other extremist movements across the region are enslaving, killing, and uprooting Christians, with no aid in sight." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/magazine/is-this-the-end-of-christianity-in-the-middle-east.html?_r=0  Posted from Logan, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Chimayó: The ‘Lourdes of America’”

New Mexico's Chimayo

  The most recent Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News column is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865633247/Chimay-the-Lourdes-of-America.html?pg=all Unfortunately, it's incorrectly attributed to me alone, and identified as one of the "Defending the Faith" series -- which is mine alone, and which appears weekly, on Thursdays. I'll try to get that corrected.  Posted from Logan, Utah    … [Read more...]


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