Perfect Objectivity?

    “I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.” Michael Pollan (University of California at Berkeley)   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

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New Testament 294-295

    Mark 13:33-37 Luke 21:34-36 Compare Matthew 24:42-51; 25:13-15; Luke 12:38, 40; 19:12-13   As the saying goes, “When the time to perform arrives, the time for preparation has passed.”   We all know this, but — at least, if you’re anything like me — we also all violate the principle time after time [Read More…]

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Suppression of documents as a way of doing objective history?

    Critics’ responses to my post regarding Prof. Anthony Sweat’s recent lecture have, on the whole, been entirely consistent with Richard Bushman’s astute observation:   “Secular historians are . . . more inclined than Mormons to suppress source material from Joseph’s closest associates.”   And Professor Bushman was writing about historians.  The typical critic is far less balanced [Read More…]

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“5 times Muslims saved Jews during the Holocaust”

    Five good stories, brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim:   https://stepfeed.com/more-categories/big-news/5-times-muslims-saved-jews-holocaust/#.VjfBT0vgMds   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

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New Testament 292-293

    Matthew 24:29-36 Mark 13:24-32 Luke 21:25-33   “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”   Maybe so.  But I’ve watched a few TV preachers who seemed pretty confident that they knew the year, if not the month.   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

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“BYU professor discusses ‘Tangible Interactions with Book of Mormon Objects'”

    It seems to me that critics of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon are confronted by a very difficult challenge in the primary source documents and early accounts of the Restoration — such that they have to devote a great deal of time and effort to attempts to explain those documents away, to [Read More…]

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The Book of Scripture and the Book of Nature

    Nevertheless, just as I believe that the Book of Scripture illumines the pathway to God, so I believe that the Book of Nature, with its astonishing details — the blade of grass, the Conus cedonulli, or the resonance levels of the carbon atom — also suggest a God of purpose and a God [Read More…]

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Of motives for worshiping God

    “If I adore you out of fear of Hell, burn me!  If I adore you out of desire for paradise, lock me out of paradise.  But if I adore you for Yourself alone, don’t deny to me your eternal beauty.” Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyya of Basra (d. AD 801)   Posted from Park City, Utah [Read More…]

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New Testament 291

    Matthew 24:23-28 Mark 13:21-23 Compare Matthew 24:4-5, 11; Mark 13:5-6; Luke 17:20-21, 23-24, 37; 21:8   1.   Again, it’s really easy to sit back and condemn, or even to mock, those who will be seduced by false teachers — as if such teachers came clearly marked “false.”  If even the “very elect” [Read More…]

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“NASA adds to evidence of mysterious ancient earthworks”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/science/nasa-adds-to-evidence-of-mysterious-ancient-earthworks.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&_r=0   It seems that we don’t yet know and understand absolutely everything about the past.     [Read more…]

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