“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

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A thought from the Qur’an

Dome interior

  “Have you considered the person who denies the Judgement? It is he who pushes aside the orphan and does not urge others to feed the needy. So woe to those who pray but are heedless of their prayer; those who are all show and forbid common kindnesses.” (Qur’an 107:1-7)  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

N. T. Wright in San Diego

The cathedral at Durham

  I'm sitting, right now, in a lecture by N. T. Wright, on "missional hermeneutics."  Good clean fun.  I just came from a session built around a conversation, on stage, between Charles Taylor and Miroslav Volf, in which Taylor, interviewed by Volf, provided a kind of informal intellectual autobiography that I found quite enjoyable. Wright is arguing for a biblical view of the mission of Christians that, in his view, must avoid both the "Platonic" style that is w … [Read more...]

Orson Scott Card and Mormonism, under the knife in San Diego

We're not in Virginia City any more

  I've just attended a panel discussion at this annual joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature here in San Diego on "Extraterrestrial Mormonism."  Three doctoral candidates focused, in this panel, on the work of Orson Scott Card and on Battlestar Galactica. The first speaker, Daniel Wyche, from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, prefaced his paper ("Ender as Parrhesiastes: Truth-telling as S … [Read more...]

A shocking Hollywood scandal!


  This man should never work again in that town.  He should be run out on a rail for his remarks: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/famous-actor-matthew-mcconaughey-takes-bold-stand/ Unbelievable, in this day and age, that a popular Hollywood actor would say such horrifying things.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 17

Abinadi about to be burned

  Three notes about today's reading, Mosiah 17: 1. Royal Skousen suggests a "conjectural emendation" -- in other words, an adjustment to a text based on other considerations but lacking direct manuscript support -- for Mosiah 17:13: He suspects that, when it's said of Abinadi that his royal executioners "scourged his skin with faggots, yea, even unto death," it should actually read that they "scorched his skin with faggots."  (See Pr … [Read more...]

Faith and Seeing

Bishop of Hippo

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