“When you are about to find fault with someone . . . “

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

  “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations … [Read more...]

Two speeches in Las Vegas, 9-10 July

The Las Vegas Planet Hollywood

  It will soon be July, and, at that time of the year, my thoughts naturally turn to Las Vegas. Where else would anybody want to be at this time of the year? Anyhow, I'm going to be giving a couple of minor talks at FreedomFest, an annual event that I've really, really enjoyed in the past. This year, I'm not listed among the "Featured Speakers."  (I think I once was, in the past.  When I debated Robert Spencer.  Maybe more than once.  N … [Read more...]

New Testament 184

Kinisat al-Eizariyya

  Luke 10:38-42Compare John 11:1; 12:1-3 Mary and Martha, and their brother Lazarus, were friends of Jesus.  He apparently often stayed with them when he came to Jerusalem. They lived in Bethany (Aramaic בית עניא, Beth anya; Greek Βηθανία), the traditional site of which is still known today, in Arabic, as al-Eizariyya (العيزرية), a name that derives from Lazarus.  It's a West Bank town located just over the Mount of Olives, on its southeast slop … [Read more...]

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

JS translating with OC

  Today's installment of my weekly Deseret News column has now appeared: 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...]

“Jupiter’s movements made way for earth” (maybe)

Jupiter from space

  A new proposal for the early history of our Solar System that might account for some of its seeming peculiarities: http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/jupiters-movements-made-way-for-earth/   … [Read more...]

“New ABC series features Mormon character wearing nothing but temple garments”

Book of Mormon poster

  Further evidence of Hollywood's tender respect for the sensibilities of religious believers: http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/tv/2656476-155/new-abc-series-features-mormon-character I'm trying to think of equivalent acts toward devout Jews or Muslims.   But there's no real point:  You can be certain that Hollywood wouldn't do anything equivalent. Have you heard of the hit Broadway musical satire The Qur’an?  No?  Well, surely you've seen t … [Read more...]

Intelligent people have their uses.

Stanford's Hoover Institution

  "There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs." Thomas Sowell    … [Read more...]

New Testament 183

The Good Samaritan, 1880 ;kjldjgd

  Luke 10:29-37 This is one of the most beloved and memorable of all of Christ's parables. My friend and former FARMS colleague Jack Welch offers a very interesting perspective on it here: "The Good Samaritan: A Type and Shadow of the Plan of Salvation" I discussed a fascinatingly different translation of this story in a column that I published late last … [Read more...]