Another cautionary warning from the world of Catholic higher education

BYU Idaho's temple

  I've recently cited an article by someone deeply concerned about Catholic colleges and universities, and another by a friend who worries lest Latter-day Saint institutions of higher education travel a somewhat similar path. Here's a second piece regarding the Catholic situation: A Catholic canary in the Mormon coal … [Read more...]

“‘Tis a Puzzlement”

Blake's "Good and Evil Angels"

  Bill Hamblin asks an excellent question: The answer, of course, is twofold:  First of all, some people are on the right side, the side of love and kindness, while others . . . well, they're emissaries of fear, hatred, and obscurantism.  Second -- and this is essentially the same answer as the first -- some people are good and kind, while others are evil. The c … [Read more...]

New Testament 26

Bloch painting Jesus crowned with thorns

  John 2:23-25 Today's reading is very brief.  I give it here in its entirety, in the King James Version:  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.  But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.It's short, but it's fascinating.  Plainly, the author of John was … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2015 Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize Competition

"Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture"

  For any and all women out there, and for anybody who might be acquainted with one or more women: Teachers, please call this to the attention of your students.   … [Read more...]

Reforming Islam?

The famous al-Azhar

  For most Muslim scholars (certainly in the Sunni world), the "gate of ijtihad" closed somewhere around the beginning of the 900s AD. What does this mean?  Ijtihad -- from the same Arabic triliteral root as jihad -- means, roughly, "independent interpretation."  So what is meant is that the fundamental questions of Islamic jurisprudence had been settled by the dawning of the tenth century. I've never approved of this.  (As if my opinion about such … [Read more...]

News from the pyramid plateau at Giza

The Giza pyramid plateau

  Jabra Ghneim has brought to my attention this preliminary report of what seems to be a really exciting discovery at the most spectacular archaeological site on earth: I note with amused satisfaction that the discovery was made -- in the venerable tradition of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran --  not by e … [Read more...]

Contentment in life

Alpine meadow, somewhere.

  "If you can look back on your life with contentment, you have one of man's most precious gifts -- a selective memory." Jim Fiebig, American businessman and writer    … [Read more...]

The Qur’an on John the Baptist

a verse about Yahya the Baptist

 Like me, many readers here are probably now entering into a Sunday School curriculum year focused on the New Testament.  So it might not be inappropriate, today, to share a couple of verses from the Qur’an -- there are a number of them -- about John the Baptist.  The translation is mine.  "At that, Zechariah called upon his Lord, saying, 'O my Lord, give me good posterity from you.  Truly, you are the hearer of supplications."  "So the … [Read more...]