A bit more on Jesus as a supposedly fictional character

This lovely area, the Judaean wilderness, actually exists. I've been here, and through here, more times than I can count.

  Here's another Deseret News column that I wrote on supposed evidence that Jesus was "made up": http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765576518/Parallels-of-prophets-not-parallel.html?pg=all It can be read, though it wasn't really written, as accompaniment to these two items that were posted earlier … [Read more...]

Did Jesus even exist?

The Sea of Galilee (Kinnereth) is quite tangibly real. I've been there, many times. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I've just noticed yet another confident declaration that Jesus never existed.  So it's time, I think, to reprise a Deseret News article that I published a while back: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765589224/An-agnostics-argument-that-Jesus-did-exist.html And my immediately previous post can be seen, in a way, as a companion to this one.   … [Read more...]

“Capernaum bears witness of Christ”

The flying-saucer-like Franciscan church at Capernaum back when it was newly finished, before the trees and bushes had grown up around it again (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   An older Deseret News column (as shown by the biographical note that follows it!) about a place of which I'm extraordinarily fond: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700038919/Capernaum-bears-witness-of-Christ.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

Petersons at the Movies

The standard ad for "The Saratov Approach"

  My wife and I took the opportunity, fairly late last night, to see The Saratov Approach, a film depicting the true story of a pair of Latter-day Saint missionaries kidnapped for ransom in Russia in 1998.  In my judgment, it's one of the best "Mormon movies" to date.  Non-LDS audiences would appreciate it, too, I think. We haven't yet seen Ender's Game, the film adaptation of Scott Card's award-winning novel by that title.  In the meantime, though, for the 0. … [Read more...]

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“Churches that look like spaceships”

The Provo Utah Temple didn't make the cut. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge still further.)

   I actually like most of these: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/churches-that-look-like-spaceships I've been in three of them -- in Helsinki, Barcelona, and, well, one other place -- and have driven by the one in Liverpool.   … [Read more...]

The Language of Obamacare


   An enterprising philologist should undertake to compile a lexicon of Obamaspeak. Here's a useful datum, a fragment (as it were) of an Obamanese Rosetta Stone:   We all remember the oft-repeated talking point "If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.  Period."  We heard it, in just those words, scores of times, if not hundreds.  Now, though, we have a reliable translation of that line from a native speaker -- perhaps, in a sense, the only na … [Read more...]