“The Jewish Gospels”

Sather Tower, at Berkeley

  Neal Rappleye called my attention to my endorsement of this book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1595588787/ref=pe_385040_127541850_TE_item Well, as a matter of fact, I do endorse it.  Here's the column that I wrote about it, from which the endorsement was excerpted: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765582991/Messianic-ideas-in-Judaism.html?pg=all  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ”

The famous opening of the gospel of John

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable 99 (ninety-nine), Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, Dan Peterson, and Bruce Webster launch the Foundation's New Testament series with a discussion linked to Lesson 1 in the 2015 Gospel Doctrine manual: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-99-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-1-that-ye-might-believe-that-jesus-is-the-christ/  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 18

Lake Atitlán, in highland Guatemala

  In today's reading, Mosiah 18, the focus shifts from Abinadi, who's been put to death by King Noah and his priests, to Alma. The chapter is set at a place called "the waters of Mormon," a place to which the editor, Mormon, attaches a particular sanctity: And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the … [Read more...]

Do I contradict myself?


  In my post, yesterday, about the conference session that I attended here (on a lark, after sessions on philosophical theology, Qur’anic exegesis, the ontological status of moral "facts," the historicity of New Testament miracle claims, and Pauline eschatology) on Mormonism in Orson Scott Card and Battlestar Galactica, I mentioned a passage attributed (falsely, it seems) to Voltaire:  "To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not permitted to cri … [Read more...]

Chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad

Hard at work

  A not altogether positive evaluation of the performance of the Obama administration, by one of my favorite commentators: http://m.nationalreview.com/article/392868/moral-primer-victor-davis-hanson  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Intimations of Pre-Mortality

A view of the village and lake of Grasmere

  When I was younger, so much younger than today, I often heard Church members cite these lines, from William Wordsworth's ode entitled "Intimations of Immortality."  That was probably because Elder Richard L. Evans, of the Quorum of the Twelve, an English literature major in college who had served as a missionary in the United Kingdom, had included them in his narration for the classic old Church film Man's Search for Happiness. I seldom if ever hear them … [Read more...]

“The great and dreadful day of the Lord”

Malachi, an artist's visualization

  With this, its ninety-eighth (98th) scripture roundtable, The Interpreter Foundation completes its coverage of the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual and curriculum. John Gee, Richard Gwilliam, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Zechariah 10-14 and the book of Malachi, the Old Testament passages that are the focus of Lesson 48 in the Church's adult curriculum for this … [Read more...]

Not enough evidence?

quote from Pascal

   Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]