“Bitman Begins”

"Cain slaying Abel," by Peter Paul Rubens (It's not this conflict, actually.)

   A fratricidal battle that threatens to destroy the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHfg6apNWcA The inspiration for this looming screen epic can be viewed here.   … [Read more...]

Move the KIDS out, if need be!

I would like to thank the person from whom I'm borrowing this, but I failed to make a note of who it was.

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“Ancient Persian prophet gained following”

An ancient Manichaean text in Middle Persian

  Every two weeks, Professor William Hamblin (of Brigham Young University's Department of History) and I publish a column in the Saturday edition of the Deseret News.  The focus of these columns tends to be on non-Mormon faiths, both Christian and non-Christian, worldwide.  Here is today's column: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598175/Ancient-Persian-prophet-gained-following.html   … [Read more...]

“How Nephi understood the Tree of Life (and why the Book of Mormon is an ancient record)”

A stone "Tree of Life" window screen in the Sidi Sayyid Mosque of Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India

  Perhaps still worth a look? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705362168/Daniel-Peterson-How-Nephi-understood-the-Tree-of-Life-and-why-the-Book-of-Mormon-is-an-ancient.html   … [Read more...]

“Founded upon a Rock: Doctrinal and Temple Implications of Peter’s Surnaming”

One of my very favorite places in Israel: Banias (named for the Greek god Pan) or, in the New Testament, Caesarea Philippi (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge still further.)

   Another Friday? Another article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/founded-upon-a-rock-doctrinal-and-temple-implications-of-peters-surnaming/   … [Read more...]

“G20 ends abruptly as Obama calls Putin a jackass”

Were you aware that the resort city of Yalta is located in the Crimea? (Click to enlarge.)

  Slightly colorful language here, but . . . http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/09/g20-ends-abruptly-as-obama-calls-putin-a-jackass.html    … [Read more...]

“Obama, Russia, and the wages of weakness”

12 March 1938: Adolf Hitler arrives triumphantly in Vienna following his successful "Anschluss" of Austria

  This is a really strong piece from Dr. Charles Krauthammer: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/372793/obama-russia-and-wages-weakness-charles-krauthammer There is no clear limit to the number of places in the former Soviet bloc where Mr. Putin might feel called upon to come to the aid of ethnic Russians.  Rather like the Germans of the Sudetenland and the "misplaced" Germans of Austria, they can easily be used as a pretext for reconstituting … [Read more...]

“Religious teens: Mormons top others”

The Newport Beach California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  The book that inspired this was, in fact, a real surprise to me: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700069688/Religious-teens-Mormons-top-others.html   … [Read more...]