“There is no Palestine”

The Israeli wall separating the Palestinian territories off from Israel proper

    I've just noticed a comment, made elsewhere in response to this blog entry of mine, that irritates me quite a bit:   "There is no Palestine," it reads. "Let the Jew-haters move to Jordon, Syria, Egypt, or some other Moslem country stuck in the 7th century."   I'll resist the temptation to suggest that this person move to New Zealand or South Africa or Australia or England or, at least, Canada.  It's a common and ignorant assumption that Arabs -- or … [Read more...]

“Science and Religion: Can This Marriage Be Saved?”

The language of nature

      An account of one respected Latter-day Saint mathematician's take on the question:   http://ldsmag.com/article/1/13543     … [Read more...]

A very Christian (and very welcome) blog entry

A promising development, and a very welcome one

    I admire the candor and courage of this:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/2013/11/12/that-dan-peterson-guy-deserves-an-apology/     … [Read more...]

Christians can learn from Mormons?

The Panama City Panama Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

      I note with a sigh the implicit assumption that Christians and Mormons represent two distinct, mutually exclusive groups.  It's present here in only a comparatively faint form.  But the article (along with the book to which it refers) is interesting:   http://www.christianpost.com/news/author-of-mormon-christianity-claims-christians-can-learn-from-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints-108417/   My thanks to the inimitable … [Read more...]

“Stephen Hawking’s Warped Moral Calculus”

Dr. Stephen Hawking

      I'm not uncritical of Israel.   Not even close.   But it's always seemed to me that, in a world shared by Israel with the Asad family's Syria and the Kim family's North Korea, to say nothing of Darfur, Ratko Mladic, human trafficking, Columbian drug cartels, the Taliban, Somalia, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, al-Qa‘ida, the Castro brothers' Cuba, the remnants of Mao's China, and Myanmar -- a world lately graced, too, by such luminaries as … [Read more...]

Find Earth!

Not this photo.  The other one.
(Click to enlarge.  Click a second time to enlarge further.)

      In her remarks on Saturday, Professor Jani Radebaugh indicated that earth can be seen, barely, in the background of the picture of Saturn that I appended to this blog entry on Saturday night.   The photo was taken from a satellite that had passed beyond Saturn and that was, accordingly, aiming its camera back toward the center of the solar system.   Earth was very, very far away.  Can you find it?  Feel free to enlarge the photo.  In … [Read more...]

Interfaith Christmas Concert in Salt Lake Tabernacle, End of November

Christmas at Temple Square

      See here:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVvp91MXvbU   We'll see you there, I hope.     … [Read more...]

“Why we should no longer be cowed by the chattering classes ruling Britain who sneer at Christianity”

A. N. Wilson

      A rather bracing article from the London Daily Mail, by the well-known British author A. N. Wilson:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169145/Religion-hatred-Why-longer-cowed-secular-zealots.html#ixzz2kOaQatZV     … [Read more...]