The importance of humble patience

A borrowed Christian quote

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“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”

Mary and the Latin Magnificat

  With its one hundredth scripture roundtable, The Interpreter Foundation reaches yet another symbolically important milestone: In it, Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss Matthew 1 and Luke 1, in connection with Lesson 2 from the 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson manual.  Posted from San Diego, … [Read more...]

Visiting the Islamic Center of San Diego

Our first visit, this afternoon.

  With a small group, my wife and I visited the Islamic Center of San Diego this afternoon. I was impressed by the imam who spoke with us, Shaykh Taha Hassane, who came to San Diego from Algeria via Denver. He said a number of things that interested me.  For example, he explained that many American-based imams have entered into a covenant, signed a pledge, to -- as he put it -- avoid bringing the conflicts of the Middle East to this continent. … [Read more...]

“The Jewish Gospels”

Sather Tower, at Berkeley

  Neal Rappleye called my attention to my endorsement of this book: Well, as a matter of fact, I do endorse it.  Here's the column that I wrote about it, from which the endorsement was excerpted:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ”

The famous opening of the gospel of John

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable 99 (ninety-nine), Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, Dan Peterson, and Bruce Webster launch the Foundation's New Testament series with a discussion linked to Lesson 1 in the 2015 Gospel Doctrine manual:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 18

Lake Atitlán, in highland Guatemala

  In today's reading, Mosiah 18, the focus shifts from Abinadi, who's been put to death by King Noah and his priests, to Alma. The chapter is set at a place called "the waters of Mormon," a place to which the editor, Mormon, attaches a particular sanctity: And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the … [Read more...]

Do I contradict myself?


  In my post, yesterday, about the conference session that I attended here (on a lark, after sessions on philosophical theology, Qur’anic exegesis, the ontological status of moral "facts," the historicity of New Testament miracle claims, and Pauline eschatology) on Mormonism in Orson Scott Card and Battlestar Galactica, I mentioned a passage attributed (falsely, it seems) to Voltaire:  "To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not permitted to cri … [Read more...]

Chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad

Hard at work

  A not altogether positive evaluation of the performance of the Obama administration, by one of my favorite commentators:  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]