“Alma . . . Did Judge Righteous Judgments”

    In the 165th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Kristine Frederickson, Craig Foster, Ben McGuire, and Daniel Peterson discuss Mosiah 29 and Alma 1-4, the Book of Mormon chapters covered by Lesson 21 in the 2016 Gospel Doctrine manual: Scripture Roundtable 165: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21, Alma… Did Judge [Read More…]

“Share #HisDay”

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting its members to participate in a new online campaign:   https://www.lds.org/sabbath-day?cid=hisday_ldsliving?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Posted from Terricciola, Italy     [Read more…]

Will the Middle East become uninhabitable?

    This article isn’t talking about politics — although, obviously, mass emigration from the Middle East would have enormous political and economic ramifications for the region itself and for the entire world.   I have to say that the major sites in Israel were unusually uncrowded this year, and that the temperatures were noticeably [Read More…]

London’s newly-elected Muslim mayor

    Sadiq Khan, the son of a seamstress and a bus driver who had emigrated to the United Kingdom from Pakistan, has been elected mayor of London.   Should Mr. Donald Trump succeed in his plan to become Generalissimo of the United States, he will seek to bar folks like Mr. Khan from entering our [Read More…]

“My Soul is Pained No More”

    Cassandra Hedelius, Craig Foster, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster join for this, the 164th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation.   It focuses on 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 20, which, in turn, focuses on Mosiah 25-27 and Alma 36:   Scripture Roundtable 164: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20, My Soul [Read More…]

“The division between Sunni and Shi‘ite Muslims”

    For those who are puzzled by the distinction, maybe this will help a bit:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865582350/The-division-between-Sunni-and-Shi6ite-Muslims.html   Posted from Paris, France     [Read more…]

“On Being a Tool”

    It’s Friday, and the folks who publish Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture were a bit desperate: On Being a Tool   Posted from Paris, France     [Read more…]

Proof, Evidence, and Faith

    Proof is only applicable to very rarefied areas of philosophy and mathematics. . . .  For the most part we are driven to acting on good evidence, without the luxury of proof.  There is good evidence of the link between cause and effect.  There is good evidence that the sun will rise tomorrow. [Read More…]

Daniel C. Peterson for President!

    I announced many months ago that I would not, indeed could not, support Mr. Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.   My position is unchanged.  I will not vote for him.   Never.  Ever.   I’ll vote for conservative Republicans, but I will not — because as a matter of [Read More…]

The last full day of our Israel tour

    We were up early as usual.   First, we went to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, which sits at the south end of Herod’s temple platform.  It’s a marvelous site, not least for the excellent little museum or display with which the visit always begins.  We walked through the ruins of the old Umayyad [Read More…]