On science as the only real path to knowledge

    Everywhere science is enriched by unscientific methods and unscientific results, . . . the separation of science and non-science is not only artificial but also detrimental to the advancement of knowledge.  If we want to understand nature, if we want to master our physical surroundings, then we must use all ideas, all methods, and not just a [Read More…]

A first visit to San Gimignano

    We spent a substantial part of our day today in the picturesque medieval town of San Gimignano, not terribly far from Siena.     It’s a gem.  Really a gem.  Stepping inside the walls, you’ve essentially entered the Middle Ages.  I would love to spend an evening within the gates.   We devoted most [Read More…]

DN: “The failing churches of ancient Roman Asia”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632206/The-failing-churches-of-ancient-Roman-Asia.html?pg=1   Posted from Terricciola, Italy     [Read more…]

I’ve been asked what I think about this article

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435138/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-conservatives-never-trump-2016   Victor Davis Hanson — a farmer, a prolific historian, and a political commentator with a Stanford Ph.D. in classics (!) who is now associated with Stanford’s Hoover Institution — is one of my favorite writers, so I’m happy to comply:   I understand that many good people, solid conservatives, are coming [Read More…]

“Mormons and Creedal Christians: Common Ground?”

    I’ve already called attention to the Protestant theologian Richard Mouw’s article in the journal First Things entitled “Mormons Approaching Orthodoxy,” and to the excellent response to it, in the same journal, by Terryl Givens.   Now, I’m happy to call to your notice yet another superb reply, also published in First Things.  This [Read More…]

A note on scientism

    ” . . . a view that we call ‘scientism’: and that is that science is the only way to truth.  Now that is just logically false, because the statement ‘science is the only way to truth’ is not a statement of science, so if it’s true, it’s false.” John Lennox, Ph.D. Sc.D. [Read More…]

“The surprisingly modern story of a medieval Muslim”

    I admire him very much and, during the time that I led BYU’s Islamic Translation Series, we published bilingual editions of two of his books:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588685/The-surprisingly-modern-story-of-a-medieval-Muslim.html     Posted from Terricciola, Italy     [Read more…]

Science as an impetus to faith

    It was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science. It is only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence. Allan Sandage (d. in San Gabriel, California, 2010), American astronomer   Posted from Terricciola, Italy   [Read More…]

DN: “Going up to Jerusalem”

    The hilly and elevated character of Jerusalem is one of its most obvious features.  (The Latter-day Saint creator of the beloved Christmas carol “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” plainly never visited the Holy Land.)  One climbs up to the city, literally and physically.   However, because of its holiness and the longtime [Read More…]

LDS Charities

    Over the weekend, many of us enjoyed (or, perhaps, didn’t enjoy) American Mother’s Day.   My eye was caught just now by a new short video from the Church about making a mother’s day beautiful.  See it in the upper left corner of the LDS Charities website:   https://www.ldscharities.org   And, while you’re [Read More…]