Of cleverness and kindness

A. J. Heschel 1964

  "When I was young, I admired clever people.  Now that I am old, I admire kind people." Abraham Joshua Heschel    … [Read more...]

Gérald Caussé named fifteenth Presiding Bishop of the Church


  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/new-presiding-bishopric-causse-davies-waddell Another predictably bland Utah guy, he was born in Bordeaux, France -- which is, apparently, not too far from Paris, Idaho.  (I'm an American, so my geographical knowledge is a bit shaky.)   … [Read more...]

“The Return of Rhetorical Analysis to Bible Studies”

A page with an inverted nun

  Last week, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published two articles. This week, only one article has appeared: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-return-of-rhetorical-analysis-to-bible-studies/ This dramatic 50% decrease in the number of articles produced -- in the course of just a week! -- is mistakable evidence, I think, that, after a run of 168 consecutive Fridays of uninterrupted publishing, the Interpreter Foundation … [Read more...]

“Child sees angels bear President Monson up at General Conference”

Pres. Monson portrait

  Here's a curious story, kindly brought to my attention by Doug Ealy http://www.ilovethebookofmormon.org/2015/10/08/presidentmonson/ I didn't see it.  But then, I didn't see anything connected with it at all; I was in transit in New York City at the time, and was hearing only the audio. Many, of course, will dismiss this child's apparent account.  Some will mock and deride it.  (That's what they do.) I don't know whether t … [Read more...]

Has the 2015 Nobel Prize committee really endorsed “alternative medicine”?

Merlin the Sorcerer

  No.   … [Read more...]

I’m going to Israel and Jordan. Would you like to go with me?

Al-Khazneh, in Petra

  Visiting Israel and Jordan will change the way you read the scriptures, and the way you understand the news: http://www.cruiselady.com/tours/?sname=187 And it hardly matters whether I'm a good tour leader or not.  The sites are so good that even I lack the power to ruin them.   … [Read more...]

Were you aware that the Interpreter Foundation also publishes books?

A Gutenberg press

  Well, we do: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/books/ And there are more in the pipeline. They're pretty good, and they make excellent gifts. Buy twelve of them!   … [Read more...]

A brief report from the first day of SMPT’s 2015 conference

JFSB in foreground

  Owing to my teaching schedule, I was able to attend only two sessions of today's meetings of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology.  (I'll do better tomorrow and Saturday.) Fortunately, they were both very good.  Precisely the kind of presentations that I hope for from SMPT. The first, a plenary session in the early afternoon, was Noel Reynolds's "All the Learning of My Father: A Rhetorical Analysis of Nephi's Writings and Its Theo … [Read more...]