“Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding”

    A transcript from 2015’s annual FairMormon conference that some might find of interest or use:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/joseph-smiths-polygamy-toward-a-better-understanding     [Read more…]

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New Testament 324

    John 16:1-4   Persecution was on its way.  But, since the disciples would soon be able to reflect that Jesus had foretold it, that persecution might actually strengthen their faith rather than threaten it.     [Read more…]

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“Are most academic papers really worthless?”

    Good points:   http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-are-academic-papers-really-worthless-20151130-column.html   Of course, all you really have to do in order to invalidate anything in some circles is to associate it with Dick Cheney.     [Read more…]

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“Where are the Muslim voices against Islamist terror?”

    Why don’t they speak up?   http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/12/02/where-are-the-muslim-voices-against-islamist-terror/     [Read more…]

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The important thing is being on the right road.

      “The road of God is long, and we proceed on it as slowly as a turtle.  The purpose is not to get to the end of the road, but rather to die while on it.” al-Albani (d. 1999)     [Read more…]

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A Qur’anic testimony of the birth of Jesus

    When the angels said, “O Mary!  God gives to you good tidings of a Word from him, whose name will be ‘The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary,’ distinguished in this world and the next, one of those brought near unto God.”  (Qur’an 3:45)     [Read more…]

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New Testament 323

    John 15:26-27   Religious skeptics often mock the Latter-day Saint idea and claim of spiritual witness.  That’s scarcely surprising.   What does surprise, though, is to hear such mockery from professedly believing Christians.  Have they not read these verses?  Do they not believe them?     [Read more…]

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“O Holy Night”

    Today’s installment in the “Social” component of the “A Savior is Born” campaign features a performance by Tiffany Alvord:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/tiffany-alvord     [Read more…]

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New Testament 322

    John 15:18-25 Compare Matthew 10:24-25; Luke 6:40; John 13:16   Being hated for your religious beliefs and practices doesn’t prove them correct.  If that were the case, ISIS and the Westboro Baptist Church would have good claims to truth and legitimacy.   But, overall, if the world at large loves your religious beliefs and [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 6

    In this clip, Chanticleer performs what I, at least, consider to be one of the most achingly, exquisitely beautiful pieces of music ever composed, Franz Biebl’s 1964 setting of “Ave Maria”:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVyCJlPiHFg   V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ. R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu [Read More…]

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