“Physicist George Ellis knocks physicists for knocking philosophy, falsification, free will”

    An interesting Scientific American interview with an eminent mathematician, physicist, and cosmologist who also, it turns out, happens to be a Christian:   http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/physicist-george-ellis-knocks-physicists-for-knocking-philosophy-falsification-free-will/   Some of it’s a bit rarified, but it covers a range of topics, including the question of what relationship there is, if any, between his faith and his [Read More…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 6

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one [Read More…]

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Better than wisdom

    “What is better than wisdom?  Woman.  And what is better than a good woman?  Nothing.” Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 25 October 1400)     [Read more…]

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LDS missionary numbers declining?

    http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/3450134-155/from-surge-to-slump-no-but   Some critics are chortling in triumph, but I’m not sure how significant it really is.   After all, it was entirely predictable:  There would be a period when the missionaries called under the old age guidelines (nineteen years old for men, twenty-one for women) would still be in the field while [Read More…]

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How great Thou art!

      It’s appropriate, on the Sabbath, to experience feelings of awe and humility.  Here’s a short article that will help you to do precisely that today:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/01/the_incomprehensible_power_of_a_supernova.html   Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder [Read More…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 5

      Critics of the Book of Mormon have often criticized the idea, contained in today’s reading (2 Nephi 5), that Nephi built a temple in the New World.  I saw a video two or three years ago for which a rabbi had been recruited to mock the notion.   No good Jew, they [Read More…]

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On Huffington Post: “Why do Mormons have churches and temples?”

    A nice explanation for those who might — and probably do — find us and our buildings rather puzzling:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mette-ivie-harrison/why-do-mormons-have-churc_b_8914054.html   After all, sometimes our chapels are even right next to our temples, sharing the same parking lot.  Why do that?  Why have two separate buildings — they’re both churches, right? — [Read More…]

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“Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christians in al-Shabab attack dies”

    This is a story that shouldn’t be overlooked.  Not just the story of the heroic Salah Farah, upon whom be peace, but the overall story of Muslims who stood up for their Christian neighbors during a brutal attack:   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35352763   As Jordan’s Queen Consort Rania points out in a Fox News interview [Read More…]

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“Scholar disputes pollsters’ dire predictions for faith in U.S.”

    https://baptistnews.com/culture/social-issues/item/30843-scholar-disputes-pollsters-dire-predictions-for-faith-in-u-s   Compare my own short Deseret News column on roughly the same topic:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643849/Sociologist-shares-how-the-world-may-be-more-religious-today-than-ever-before-in-The-Triumph-of.html     [Read more…]

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The so-called “Prayer of St. Francis”

    Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;Where there is darkness, light;Where there is sadness, joy.O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekTo be consoled as to console,To be understood as [Read More…]

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