“In the gospel, faith must come first”

"The Garden Tomb" (Phillip Benshmuel, 2008)

  A very good article in the Deseret News by Taylor Halverson: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865621899/In-the-gospel-faith-must-come-first.html   … [Read more...]

Seven Mormon blogs (other than mine)

St. Patrick's, Maynooth

  Just a reminder of several Mormon-oriented blogs by people whom I like: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/ https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com http://www.studioetquoquefide.com http://www.plonialmonimormon.com http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.ie They've each added one or more entries since last I mentioned … [Read more...]

“Islamic State continues destruction of antiquities in Iraq”

At the entrance to Karnak

  Apart from the gratuitous silliness of trying to blame the United States for ISIS, this is an article worth reading: http://www.infowars.com/islamic-state-continues-destruction-of-antiquities-in-iraq/ See this earlier item, as well: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/27400/isis-planning-to-destroy-ancient-walls-of-nineveh-middle-east/#ROGefWpF1mDdqheE.97 It's good to know that the depravity of ISIS isn't limited merely to … [Read more...]

On the distinction between “involvement” and “commitment”

A close-up of a hen

  How to explain the difference between involvement and commitment? Think of a breakfast of ham and eggs. The chicken is "involved."  The pig is "committed."   … [Read more...]

New Testament 76

The Sea of Tiberias, by day

  Matthew 7:28-29Compare Mark 1:21-22; Luke 4:32; 7:1; John 7:46 His audience's perception that Jesus "taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes," has always struck me powerfully. And it's clear that he does precisely that. When he performs a miracle, he doesn't perform it "in the name of" someone else -- that is, by borrowed authority.  His authority is innate.  It's his.  When he goes up onto the mount, it's to p … [Read more...]

“What ISIS really wants”

ISIS promo photo, Anbar Province (2014)

  A lengthy but extremely interesting perspective from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/   … [Read more...]

Saturday, 14 March, at BYU!


  Exploring the Complexities in the English Language of the Book of Mormon On Saturday, March 14, a conference will be held in 251 Tanner Building on the BYU Campus to report and discuss the latest investigations into a wide range of linguistic elements in the Book of Mormon, including expressions that do not appear to have been in use in the nineteenth century. As a result of twenty-seven years of investigations by Royal Skousen into the original … [Read more...]

See you in Erfurt, late in August?

Erfurterdom usw.

  I'll be there, in sha’a Allah, speaking on Mormon-Muslim relations: http://www.iahr.dk/erfurt2015.php   … [Read more...]