“Historicity and the problem of ‘getting at’ the past”

A rare book version of Herodotus

  The latest installment of the biweekly Deseret News column written by William Hamblin and yr obd't servant is now up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865621380/Historicity-and-the-problem-of-getting-at-the-past.html   … [Read more...]

“Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent”

Sunset on the seashore

  Another of those stories which, if it pointed the other way and if I were to doubt it or in any way fail to take it at face value, would reveal me (at this point, I should think, rather redundantly) to be a cold-hearted, bigoted, and unfeeling cad who's indifferent, because of his fanaticism, to injustice and human suffering: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14370/ Thanks to Yvonnne Wells Swinson for calling this to my … [Read more...]

“Mormon woman volunteers to be whipped to save Saudi blogger”

That Saudi blogger

  An interesting story: http://janariess.religionnews.com/2015/02/06/mormon-woman-volunteers-whipped-save-saudi-blogger/   … [Read more...]

My new creed

It's IN Kenya, too!

  "The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time." George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)     … [Read more...]

Dreaming of Democratic presidential tickets

Sacajawea redux

  I've signed petitions encouraging Elizabeth Warren (the extremely liberal and rather blonde Massachusetts Democrat who is our only Native American senator) and Bernie Sanders (the Vermont socialist and senator who, although listed as Independent, caucuses -- who could possibly have predicted it? -- with the Democrats) to toss their hats into the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination. I could go for an Elizabeth Warren ticket with Al Sharpton, say. … [Read more...]

“Father is a Man: The Remarkable Mention of the Name ‘Abish’ in Alma 19:16 and Its Narrative Context”

Miracles are happening

  It's that day of the week again, and, once again, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture delivers a new article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/father-is-a-man-the-remarkable-mention-of-the-name-abish-in-alma-1916-and-its-narrative-context/ Read, learn, and enjoy!   … [Read more...]

New Testament 66

Kineret in the distance, from the Upper Galilean hills

I missed posting a New Testament comment on Wednesday, I believe, so (since my goal has been, and continues to be, to post at least a few lines of commentary daily) I'm compensating by posting two today.  This is the second.  Matthew 6:24Compare Luke 16:13 The admonition against attempting to serve two masters seems obviously, undeniably true, based on personal and universal human experience. I can't help but think, in this context, of the t … [Read more...]

“Scientism: The New Orthodoxy”

The logo of Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley's "Institution"

  BYU's Richard Williams and Oxford's Daniel Robinson have just published a new book entitled Scientism: The New Orthodoxy that I look forward to reading: http://www.amazon.com/Scientism-Orthodoxy-Daniel-N-Robinson/dp/147257110X Unfortunately, it's quite expensive. In the meantime, though, a video of a lecture given by Dr. Williams (and bearing the same title as the book) is available … [Read more...]