“Recent scholarship and the search for the historical Jesus”

    The latest installment of my weekly Deseret News assault on reason, civility, and common sense has appeared:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645824/Recent-scholarship-and-the-search-for-the-historical-Jesus.html     [Read more…]

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Conscience in men

    Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.  (Samuel Johnson)   The interface between Facebook and Patheos hasn’t been working for the past 24 hours, so this is something of an experiment.  Does anybody out there see this?  If so, are you able to “share” it on Facebook?           [Read more…]

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“Philomena Cunk’s Worlds of Wonder — Philosophy”

    In order to serve my readers, I range the world seeking the very best in human culture and thought.   Tonight, I offer Philomena Cunk, a female British person explaining philosophy.  And she does it all in only 3:34 minutes:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLAkhyv7E_M   Warning:  This particular little item may not be wholly appropriate for [Read More…]

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Two pieces on Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump

    I’ve never been a fan of Sarah Palin, and, although he has certain undeniable talents, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump.  So her endorsement of him, tonight, leaves me less than ecstatic.   In fact, it leaves me a bit gloomy.   “Of Course Sarah Palin is Endorsing Donald Trump”   “The [Read More…]

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“How Not to Defend Atheism”

    An interesting book review from an atheist:   http://religiondispatches.org/how-not-to-defend-atheism/   I pretty much agree with him.     [Read more…]

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“Does Anyone Believe Trump Seriously Cares about Whether Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen?”

    He claims to  be a non-politician who calls ’em as he sees ’em — and, to some degree or another, I think that’s right.  But this is about as brazenly obvious a piece of campaign-motivated disingenuousness as I’ve ever seen:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429865/ted-cruz-natural-born-citizen-trump-issue     [Read more…]

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“Signs of Second Largest Black Hole in the Milky Way — Possible Missing Link in Black Hole Evolution”

    http://www.nao.ac.jp/en/news/science/2016/20160115-nro.html     [Read more…]

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In memory of Doug Barney

    He deserves to be remembered:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645683/Slain-officer-remembered-as-big-old-teddy-bear.html?pg=all   I have little patience for the loud voices that seek to paint all police officers as racist and murderous thugs.  And this story leaves me with still less patience for them.     [Read more…]

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“Toward a New Islamic Golden Age”

    A much-needed call from an Arab Muslim scientist:   http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/muslim-countries-science-education-by-nidhal-guessoum-2016-01     [Read more…]

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“Right on Target: Boomerang Hits and the Book of Mormon”

    Back in August 2001 — just about a month before the world changed on 11 September — the irreplaceable Matt Roper presented these remarks to the annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2001-fair-conference/2001-right-on-target-boomerang-hits-and-the-book-of-mormon     [Read more…]

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