BOM 2 Nephi 1

    With today’s reading, 2 Nephi 1, we enter into an entirely different book within the Book of Mormon — its second.   That fact in itself is interesting.   No great lapse of time separates the end of 1 Nephi from the beginning of 2 Nephi.  No significant event marks the division.  Indeed, the [Read More…]

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Of faith and evidence

    “Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it. The evidence is saying to us, ‘There is another country. There is something beyond mere reason’.” Alister E. McGrath     [Read more…]

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“Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life”

    Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster joined together for this discussion of Lesson 6 in the 2016 Gospel Doctrine curriculum.  It’s focused on 2 Nephi 1-2:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-150-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-6-free-to-choose-liberty-and-eternal-life/   This is, by the way, the 150th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation.  The one hundred and fiftieth.  For an organization that’s supposedly been [Read More…]

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“Disagreeing with LDS Prophets and Apostles vs. Losing Confidence in Them”

    A few days ago, somebody I’ve known (and liked) for years (and who, so far as I’m aware, remains active in the Church) expressed — rather fiercely, harshly, and vociferously — his contempt for President Russell M. Nelson’s statement (on which, see here and here) that the still-relatively-recent policy clarification regarding children in [Read More…]

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Has human nature changed much in the last thousand years?

    The Abbey Church of Saint Foy, in Conques, France, in which the somewhat unexpected mid-eleventh-century stone-carving detail above appears, was a popular stop for medieval pilgrims who were traveling along the “Way of St. James” en route to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela, which is located in what is now Spain.  But Conques had its own [Read More…]

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“Arabia and the Book of Mormon”

    In August of 2001, my longtime friend and colleague S. Kent Brown offered this presentation at the third annual FAIR conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2001-fair-conference/2001-arabia-and-the-book-of-mormon     [Read more…]

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“‘From Darkness unto Light’ takes a fresh look at recovery, publication of the Book of Mormon”

    In connection with this Book of Mormon curriculum year, I think I’ll occasionally dust off one of my relevant previous Deseret News columns.  Here, for example, is a piece about a still-relatively new book that I strongly recommend:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631371/From-Darkness-unto-Light-takes-a-fresh-look-at-recovery-publication-of-the-Book-of-Mormon.html     [Read more…]

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“Beauty is Physics’ Secret Weapon: A Nobel Laureate Maps His Path to Discovery”

    There are points here where I disagree, but this Nobel laureate physicist’s perception that “beauty” lies at the heart of both physics and the universe itself is interesting, profound, and, I think, significant in ways that even he seems not to recognize:   http://nautil.us/issue/32/space/beauty-is-physics-secret-weapon     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 22

    In the very first verse of today’s reading, 1 Nephi 22, Nephi’s brothers seek to know whether the Isaianic prophecies that he’s just read to them from the plates of brass are intended literally, physically, or whether they’re intended “spiritually,” as a metaphor.   He assures them that they will be fulfilled — and [Read More…]

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“Prince Andrew Thanks Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers”

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org.uk/article/prince-andrew-thanks-mormon-helping-hands-volunteers     [Read more…]

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