“LDS Church video, ‘A Savior is Born,’ reaches millions”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643921/LDS-Church-video-A-Savior-Is-Born-reaches-millions.html   If you haven’t been involved in this campaign yet, there’s still time!     [Read more…]

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New Testament 344

    Matthew 27:33-37 Mark 15:22-26 Luke 23:33-34 John 19:17-27 Compare Matthew 27:38, 55-56; Mark 15:27, 40-41; Luke 23:38, 49     As some of you may be aware, I doubt very much that the familiar “Garden Tomb” is the actual burial place of Christ.  But I think that the odds are high that the [Read More…]

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Three quotations attributed to the Buddha

    “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”   “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”   “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”   [Read More…]

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On the author of “The Triumph of Faith”

    Some have challenged my laudatory comments today about Rodney Stark’s The Triumph of Faith not only on the customary grounds that I’m an incompetent buffoon and a liar (of course!) but because, they say, Dr. Stark was guilty, back in 1984 or so, of making absurdly high estimates regarding future growth of the Church [Read More…]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses embroiled in legal difficulties and scandal

    I’m obviously not a member of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, as Jehovah’s Witnesses are officially known.  Nor am I a fan of either the organization or its teachings.  But I’m not posting these items out of Schadenfreude.  And certainly not to suggest that no professing Latter-day Saint has ever been guilty of rankly [Read More…]

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“The Left’s Attack on Religious Liberty Could Break America”

    An important article from David French:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428559/left-attack-religious-liberty     [Read more…]

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“‘Nature’s’ 10: Ten people who mattered this year”

    Some of these seem more political/legal to me than scientific, but this list of ten consequential people compiled by the eminent science journal Nature still makes for interesting reading:   http://www.nature.com/news/365-days-nature-s-10-1.19018     [Read more…]

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New Testament 343

    Matthew 27:31-32 Mark 15:20-21 Luke 23:26-32 John 19:17 Compare Matthew 27:38; Mark 15:27; John 19:18   Simon of Cyrene came from the city of Cyrene, a Greek colony in North Africa that had a very large Jewish-minority population.  Its ruins survive in today’s Libya, and that region of the country is still often [Read More…]

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“Saudi Arabia forms Muslim anti-terrorism coalition”

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/saudi-arabia-forms-muslim-anti-terrorism-coalition-151215035914865.html   Whether, practically speaking, this will prove to be effective remains to be seen.  But it is, to a substantial degree, their fight even more than it’s ours.   By the way:  When I was in Istanbul a few weeks back, the Paris massacres were fresh and on everybody’s mind — the [Read More…]

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New Testament 342

    Matthew 27:27-31 Mark 15:16-20 Compare John 19:2-3   The story is familiar to us, and we often pass over it without really permitting it to enter fully into our minds.  But this cruel mockery of a man who has already been condemned to death, and who will soon die in one of the [Read More…]

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