“Living Longer”

    An interesting short piece by the famous University of Chicago church historian Martin Marty:   https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/living-longer   I’ve been aware of such findings for quite a few years now, but the science seems to be firming up considerably.   On a virulently anti-Mormon (mostly atheist) message board that I look in upon fairly [Read More…]

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Of Mormons, larger families, levels of education, etc.

    Higher numbers of children typically mean less education for each child.   But Mormons appear to violate this generalization rather significantly:   http://news.byu.edu/news/family-size-and-education-levels-right-support-could-reverse-long-held-theory     [Read more…]

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Faith in times of personal challenge

    “Faith is a footbridge that you don’t know will hold you up over the chasm until you’re forced to walk out onto it.” Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son   [Read more…]

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The Qur‘an on the eternal fate of Christians, Jews, and Sabaeans

    “Truly, those who believe, and those who practice Judaism, and the Christians, and the Sabaeans — whoever believes in God and the last day and does righteous works — they shall have their reward with their Lord.  There shall be no fear upon them, nor shall they grieve.”  (My translation)     [Read more…]

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“Old Testament divine council called a ‘sod'”

    A Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News article from nearly 3.5 years ago that I think some will still find of interest:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765621073/Old-Testament-divine-council-called-a-sod.html     [Read more…]

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“Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida?”

    As if the possibility of a Trump presidency weren’t scary enough on its own:   http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/b2f0ca3a594644ee9e50a8ec4ce2d6de/Article_2016-05-19-US–Nile%20Crocs%20in%20the%20Everglades/id-cb3292f5d4514107b2272b6a83102933     [Read more…]

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Independent Journal: “Mormons Hold the Key for 3rd Party Success Against Trump and Hillary. Here’s Where They Stand.”

    http://injo.com/2016/05/609915-mormons-libertarian-trump-hillary/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=political-edit&utm_medium=owned   I’m proud of my fellow-religionists’ misgivings about Mr. Donald Trump.   People sometimes wonder whether we’re really all that different from other Americans, and from conservative Evangelicals.  Well, Evangelicals (and certain Evangelical leaders) have gone all out for Mr. Trump — but Latter-day Saints have been demonstrably much less inclined to [Read More…]

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The Economist: “Donald Trump and small business: Scourge, not saviour”

    Many support Mr. Donald Trump for the presidency because of his alleged business acumen.  Personally, I see no conclusive that he’s a very good businessman, although he’s certainly played one on television.  (Bill Cosby played an obstetrician on TV, but — although like Mr. Trump he’s exceptionally interested in women — he’s not actually [Read More…]

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“Call yourself a Christian? Start talking about Jesus Christ.”

    This article appeared in — of all places! — the Washington Post:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/05/19/call-yourself-a-christian-start-talking-about-jesus-christ/     [Read more…]

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Religion, intolerance, and violence

    The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence. Alister McGrath       [Read more…]

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