“Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014″

Herodium from the air

  Have you heard about all of these? http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/december-web-only/biblical-archaeologys-top-ten-discoveries-of-2014.html  Posted from Frankfurt, Germany    … [Read more...]

“Five Reasons I Became a Latter-day Saint”

Copenhagen Denmark Temple

  One convert's perspective: http://www.aggielandmormons.org/2015/08/5-things-i-saw-in-latter-day-saints.html Incidentally, late on Friday night my wife and I ran into two missionaries in the Altstadt (the "Old City") of Erfurt as they were returning to their apartment not far from the Domplatz (Cathedral Plaza).  One was from Utah, and the other was from Montana. We had a nice chat.  At one point, I asked the elder from Montana how th … [Read more...]

Lots of Luther and a bit of Boniface

Die Wartburg, in Thüringen

  The XXI. Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions now being over, my wife and I devoted a substantial part of the day to Martin Luther.  We made a last trip down to the Erfurter Altstadt, for example -- this time to visit the Augustinian cloister where Luther lived as a monk between 1505 and 1508, and where, in 1507, he was ordained a priest.  It was in this monastery that he began to feel his way toward a doctrine o … [Read more...]

“Quantum ‘spookiness’ passes toughest test yet”

QEntPhGen by Nate Grigg

  This is rather difficult stuff, but its implications are stunning: Mind influencing matter?  Action instantaneously across potentially vast distances? http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-spookiness-passes-toughest-test-yet-1.18255  Posted from Frankfurt, Germany    … [Read more...]

Luther on marriage

Luther und Von Bora

  "Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave." Martin Luther   Posted from Frankfurt, Germany   … [Read more...]

“A Grotesquely Biased Ruling Against Religious Liberty”

Erfurt's Ägidienkirche

  I could be mistaken, but I don't think I've posted a link to this article: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422566/colorado-baker-gay-wedding-cake-court-appeal There is, I think, considerable reason to be concerned.  Posted from Erfurt, Germany    … [Read more...]

“No, the Internet is Not Killing Religion in America”

Roletschek vom Domplatz

  The other day, I posted an item entitled "Is the Internet Killing Religion?" In response, somebody -- I think that it was Ray Agostini -- drew my attention to this interesting piece: http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/internet-killing-religion-america-80149 As I've remarked previously, it's essential for those who wish to foster and spread faith to understand the environment in which that task is to be done.  These two … [Read more...]

“Is Polyamory Next?”

A chart of group marriage

  Well of course it is. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/08/25/is-polyamory-next/ And don't try to say that we didn't warn you.  Posted from Erfurt, Germany  … [Read more...]