Light summer reading

Tunisian statue of Ibn Khaldun

  What is Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, reading this summer?  Why, he's reading the Muqaddima, by the great fourteenth-century Arab social theorist Ibn Khaldun! http://fortune.com/2015/06/27/non-business-summer-reading/?xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_FORTUNE I thank Jabra Ghneim for bringing this to my notice.  I could scarcely be more pleased about a summer-reading recommendation than I am with this one. The Muqaddima … [Read more...]

New Testament 186

W, H. Hunt, painting of the friend at midnight from the NT

  Luke 11:5-8 Following on his presentation of "The Lord's Prayer," and leading into a promise that God will respond to prayer, Jesus offers a very human portrait of a person who will grant another's request, if not because he's feeling benevolent at least because the petitioner has been insistent and he wants him to go away. It's actually pretty funny, and -- despite our long-standing habit of reading the scriptures with grim solemnity -- I … [Read more...]

“Who and what are the Yezidis?”

A Yezidi man in traditional attire

  The latest installment in the biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631534/Who-and-what-are-the-Yezidis.html   … [Read more...]

“Here are the 11 most devasting quotes from John Roberts’s gay marriage dissent”

J. G. Roberts Chief Justice

  http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/26/here-are-the-11-most-devastating-quotes-from-john-roberts-gay-marriage-dissent/   … [Read more...]

Jenkins v. Hamblin, over and done and then . . . not

BU, home of Jenkins

  The exchange between Dr. Phillip Jenkins and Dr. William Hamblin came to an end and then flared up again today.  Remember that everything marked "Jenkins Response" is a post from Professor Hamblin, while everything marked "Jenkins Rejoinder" is a post from Professor Jenkins: Jenkins Response 13: Recap Jenkins Response 14: The Real Problem Jenkins Response 15: Pottery 2 Jenkins Rejoinder 8: Farewell Jenkins … [Read more...]

White House lit up in rainbow colors after SCOTUS ruling

The WHITE House

  Hope and change! http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/White-House-Lit-Up-With-Rainbow-After-Same-Sex-Marriage-Ruling-310199591.html   … [Read more...]

Driving out darkness and hate

MLK Jr. woijojaoisdoiasdifa

  "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.    … [Read more...]

“The Throne Verse”

Calligraphic horse (Ayat al-Kursi)

  Several years ago, I wrote the article on Allah for the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, and, now, I've revised that article for the Encyclopedia's forthcoming second edition. Today, I gave final approval to a very short sidebar that will accompany my main entry.  This is how it reads: The Throne VerseThe Qur'an’s famous Throne Verse (2:255) offers a fine summary of basic Islamic teaching regarding God. "Allah! There is no god b … [Read more...]


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