“Old Testament divine council called a ‘sod'”

    A Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News article from nearly 3.5 years ago that I think some will still find of interest:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765621073/Old-Testament-divine-council-called-a-sod.html     [Read more…]

“Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida?”

    As if the possibility of a Trump presidency weren’t scary enough on its own:   http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/b2f0ca3a594644ee9e50a8ec4ce2d6de/Article_2016-05-19-US–Nile%20Crocs%20in%20the%20Everglades/id-cb3292f5d4514107b2272b6a83102933     [Read more…]

Independent Journal: “Mormons Hold the Key for 3rd Party Success Against Trump and Hillary. Here’s Where They Stand.”

    http://injo.com/2016/05/609915-mormons-libertarian-trump-hillary/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=political-edit&utm_medium=owned   I’m proud of my fellow-religionists’ misgivings about Mr. Donald Trump.   People sometimes wonder whether we’re really all that different from other Americans, and from conservative Evangelicals.  Well, Evangelicals (and certain Evangelical leaders) have gone all out for Mr. Trump — but Latter-day Saints have been demonstrably much less inclined to [Read More…]

The Economist: “Donald Trump and small business: Scourge, not saviour”

    Many support Mr. Donald Trump for the presidency because of his alleged business acumen.  Personally, I see no conclusive that he’s a very good businessman, although he’s certainly played one on television.  (Bill Cosby played an obstetrician on TV, but — although like Mr. Trump he’s exceptionally interested in women — he’s not actually [Read More…]

“Call yourself a Christian? Start talking about Jesus Christ.”

    This article appeared in — of all places! — the Washington Post:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/05/19/call-yourself-a-christian-start-talking-about-jesus-christ/     [Read more…]

Religion, intolerance, and violence

    The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence. Alister McGrath       [Read more…]

On Religious and Scientific Fundamentalists

    Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand why we are here.  The two windows give different views, but they look out at the same universe.  Both views are one-sided, neither is complete.  Both leave out essential features of the real [Read More…]

On certain Church callings as luxurious ego trips to foreign locales

    It was announced a few weeks ago that British-born Michael Otterson, who is retiring after having served for many years as director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been called to preside over the London England Temple.   I saw a few posts from critics describing this new [Read More…]

“Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims”

    This is a very good step, I think:   Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims   Given his background, Ambassador Silverman will have a very realistic view of things and is unlikely to be handicapped by any major illusions about what can be done and how easily it can be accomplished.  (Academics [Read More…]

“Abba, Father”

    “Abba is not Hebrew, the language of liturgy, but Aramaic, the language of home and everyday life . . .  We need to be wary of the suggestion . . .  that the correct translation of Abba is ‘Daddy.’  Abba is the intimate word of a family circle where that obedient reverence was [Read More…]