Our place in the universe

    David Wills, of Australia, who frequently alerts me to really interesting science stories, reminds me of this fascinating video:   https://www.facebook.com/Universe.Explorers/videos/927204077396637/?pnref=story   If you’re in need of a dose of humility or a bit of awe, have a look.  (If you don’t believe that you are in need of some additional humility or [Read More…]

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd duke it out, verbally.

    http://existentialcomics.com/comic/126   The second book published by the Islamic Translation Series — part of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), a project that I conceived and for which I served as editor in chief until my expulsion from the Maxwell Institute in 2012 — was al-Ghazali’s The Incoherence of the Philosophers.   Ibn Rushd (aka [Read More…]

“LDS Church launches ‘I Was a Stranger’ website for Mormon women’s refugee relief effort”

    Are you frustrated because you want to do something, but don’t know how, or how to get started?   This looks like a wonderful, wonderful effort:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865651006/LDS-Church-launches-I-Was-a-Stranger-website-for-Mormon-womens-refugee-relief-effort.html   Here’s the actual website:   https://www.lds.org/refugees?cid=HP_SA_26-3-2016_dPFD_fCNWS_xLIDyL2-1_&lang=eng   I’m very proud of the Church for undertaking this project.     [Read more…]

“Donald Trump: A History of Violence”

    There are many reasons why I not only oppose Donald Trump but find him deeply repugnant.  This eleven-minute video (which, I warn you, contains two or three visual and/or barely audible f-bombs) depicts just one of them:     Those who really, really dislike my opposition to Mr. Trump and who find it [Read More…]

BOM Mosiah 14

    Mosiah 14, today’s reading, is simply Abinadi’s quotation of the “Suffering Servant” poem from what we now know as Isaiah 53.   Jews have often taken the poem to refer to personified Israel, while Christians have typically interpreted it messianically, as a moving description of Christ as atoning savior.     Note the [Read More…]

The difference the Resurrection makes

    “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said?  The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from [Read More…]

“How Mormon is Mitt Romney? Fifty jokes for Trump”

    Admittedly, not all contributors to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture receive the degree of attention that this one does:   http://religiondispatches.org/how-mormon-is-mitt-romney/   Give us time, though.  Give us time.     [Read more…]

More on the Tabernacle Choir’s “Messiah”

    Video of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Good Friday performance of Händel’s Messiah will be available here for the next few days, at no cost.   If you weren’t able to make it, or even if you were, here’s a chance to enjoy a wonderful performance of Mac Wilberg’s revision of the great masterpiece. [Read More…]

“Buried Hope or Risen Savior”

    Some of you will find this interesting.  It’s a summary of a critique of a relatively recent attempt to explain away the New Testament accounts of the resurrection of Jesus:   http://sharperiron.org/article/book-review-buried-hope-or-risen-savior   Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten (and cannot seem to find) who first called this review to my notice.  My apologies.   Posted [Read More…]

“Mormon Apostle: Seek a ‘Cease-fire’ in the Culture Wars”

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-apostle-cease-fire-culture-wars   Posted from Bountiful, Utah     [Read more…]