“Stanford fellow delves into archival materials that shed new light on the early days of Islam”

    Fred Donner is a very well-regarded scholar, and this is interesting:   http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/march/early-days-islam-030315.html   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

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“What the media got wrong about Elder Bednar’s comments”

    You’ve probably heard, by now, of the controversy surrounding Elder David A. Bednar’s recent remark, during a question-and-answer session with young people in Chile, that “There are no homosexual members of the Church.”   It was, I think, a response deliberately formulated in order to arrest the attention of his audience and to [Read More…]

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Contemplating NGC 4258

    It seems to me that it’s appropriate, on the Sabbath, to consider the sheer grandeur of the cosmos.   O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to [Read More…]

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BOM Jarom

    It’s amusing to see Jarom, whose single-chapter book provides today’s reading, indicate that he won’t have much to say because, really, everything that needed to be said has already been said.  (See verse two.)   It seems, though, that a few things did remain to be written, since not only most of the Book of [Read More…]

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“The Discipline of the Written Word”

    “The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.” John Steinbeck     [Read more…]

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“Trump puts Idaho Mormons in tough spot”

    http://www.idahopress.com/members/trump-puts-idaho-mormons-in-tough-spot/article_8dc823df-6b35-553b-876f-e14482ae1499.html   Posted from Monterey, California   [Read more…]

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“Jacob 1-4. Seek the Kingdom of God”

    If you’re not aware of the aids for study and teaching that Taylor Halverson has been putting up on the Interpreter Foundation website, take a look!  Here’s the latest: Jacob 1-4. Seek the Kingdom of God.   Posted from Monterey, California   [Read more…]

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In the New York Times: “Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer”

    A powerful piece:   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/opinion/donald-trump-the-great-betrayer.html?_r=0   On a closely related matter:   Most of the media talking-head reactions that I heard to Mitt Romney’s Thursday speech regarding Donald Trump were stunningly negative.  That’s been discouraging.  I’ve lost a lot of respect for people like Andrea Tantaros and Laura Ingraham, for instance, over their responses.   [Read More…]

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“What are the demographics of heaven?”

    This somewhat speculative but exceedingly interesting article was brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim:   http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-are-the-demographics-of-heaven/?ex_cid=538fb   Among other things, I find it oddly encouraging.  Why?  Because it suggests that (come the Millennium?) the task of redeeming the dead is actually practically possible, at least in terms of sheer numbers.  Given increasing [Read More…]

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“An open letter to Trump supporters and the other Republican candidates”

    Kent Budge, who comments on my blog, has written a blog entry of his own, elsewhere, with which I completely agree.  So completely, in fact, that, at least on a first reading, there isn’t a single sentence that I wouldn’t happily have written myself:   An open letter to Trump supporters and the [Read More…]

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