“The Astounding Truth about the Hubble Telescope’s Most Famous Image”

    Are you in need of something to help you be more humble?  Try this:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/12/the_astounding_truth_about_the_hubble_telescopes_most_famous_image.html   And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.  And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.  But only an account of [Read More…]

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New Testament 312

    Matthew 26:21-25 Mark 14:18-21 Luke 22:21-23 Compare John 13:21-30   Somebody evidently needed to play Judas’s part in the drama of atonement and salvation.  For that matter, I suppose that somebody needed to play Satan’s part, as well.   However, neither of them will be rewarded for fulfilling these roles.   Likewise, in [Read More…]

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On taxation, welfare benefits, and campaign strategy

    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw     [Read more…]

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“This is not a day care. It’s a university!”

    There’ve been an unusual number of stories of late about whiny college students demanding “safe spaces” where they won’t be challenged by ideas that make them unhappy, and so forth — ramping political correctness and First-Amendment-denying speech codes up to new, intolerant heights.   This piece from the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is, [Read More…]

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New Testament 311

    Matthew 26:26-29 Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:15-20 Compare John 6:51-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25   It’s striking to me that, while the ordinance of the sacrament (as Latter-day Saints understand it) was instituted in the Old World and commemorates events that occurred there, the actual sacramental prayers that we use today come from the Nephites. [Read More…]

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“Scientist says huge clumps of dark matter may lie just beyond the Moon”

    Common sense isn’t a reliable guide to the structure of the cosmos.  Things are much, much more interesting than that:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/scientist-says-huge-clumps-of-dark-matter-may-lie-just-beyond-the-moon/   Of course, in the image above the Moon appears to be surrounded by dark matter.  Why didn’t we notice that before?     [Read more…]

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“Mormons and Gay Marriage”

    This is, I think, a very good article:   http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/mormons-gay-marriage-benedict-option/   And, obviously, it’s written by a non-Mormon.     [Read more…]

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Coming up on Thursday, 3 December

    The Joseph Smith Papers project is one of the most important ever undertaken in the study of Mormonism, and certainly ranks among the most important currently underway:   https://www.facebook.com/JosephSmithPapers/photos/a.10151929183517973.1073741826.54051677972/10153714194172973/?type=3&fref=nf&pnref=story   Thanks to Eric Lopez from bringing this item to my notice.     [Read more…]

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Scientific American: “Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time”

    It will probably upset some folks out there, but it seems that there’s enough time to think.   http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-will-not-be-dangerous-for-a-long-time/     [Read more…]

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An article from Portugal about the forthcoming temple there

    Some of you who read Portuguese may find this article, about the new temple to be built in Lisbon, of interest:   http://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/2015-11-28-Templo-mormon-nasce-no-Parque-das-Nacoes   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

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