“25 Famous Scientists Who Believed in God”

Orion Nebula, by Hubble

  An interesting list: http://www.famousscientists.org/25-famous-scientists-who-believed-in-god/ I realize, of course, that there's been debate about Einstein's religious views.  I'm inclined to think that, although he definitely wasn't a standard or orthodox theist, he was, still, in a real sense, religious.  Certainly, on at least one occasion, he strenuously denied the claim that he was an atheist.   … [Read more...]

“We are witnesses”

Von Uhde, "Christi Himmelfahrt"

  Cassandra Hedelius, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster joined in this 126th roundtable from the Interpreter Foundation to discuss Acts 1-5 in conjunction with 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 28: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-126-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-28-we-are-witnesses/   … [Read more...]

New Testament 180

From Doré's illustrations to Milton

  Luke 10:17-20Compare Mark 16:17-18; John 12:31 This passage has always struck me as very interesting on a human level. For instance, the surprised delight of the Seventy at the power that they've been granted seems very believable to me.  Jesus actually has to caution them that the vesting of that power in them isn't really the most important thing. More striking to me, though, is the seemingly out-of-the-blue remark in Luke … [Read more...]

More Jenkins and Hamblin

La Venta Altar 4

  I've already called attention to the exchange between Dr. Phillip Jenkins, a Catholic-turned-Episcopalian historian at Baylor University who has suddenly emerged as a harsh critic of the Book of Mormon and those who believe in it, and my friend Dr. William Hamblin: Here. And here.  The conversation has continued since then, with these two entries:Jenkins Rejoinder 2Jenkins Response 5: Peer Review   … [Read more...]

“He is not here, for he is risen”

Tissot, "The Women at the Tomb"

  In the Interpreter Foundation's 125th scripture roundtable, Cassandra Hedelius, Jeff Bradshaw, McKay White, and Dan Peterson discuss 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 27, which focuses on passages in Matthew 28, Luke 24, and John 20-21: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-125-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-27-he-is-not-here-for-he-is-risen/   … [Read more...]

“The Gods of the Copybook Headings”

Mr. Kipling

  Somebody -- to my embarrassment, I can't now recall who it was -- reminded me the other day of this prophetic 1919 poem by Rudyard Kipling. In order to understand it, it's important to know that copybooks were the notebooks used in class by nineteenth-century British schoolchildren.   Kipling's phrase copybook headings refers to the proverbs or maxims, expressing moral virtues such fair dealing, honesty, thrift, and so forth, that were commonly printed at the … [Read more...]

“Chiasmus Resources”

The cathedral in the city where Jack discovered chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

  It was nearly five decades ago now, in August 1967, that Elder John W. Welch first encountered the ancient literary device known as chiasmus while serving as a missionary in Regensburg, Germany -- and then almost immediately discovered it in the Book of Mormon. Here's an online bibliography of materials on the subject of chiasmus: http://chiasmusresources.johnwwelchresources.com It was a remarkable find.   … [Read more...]

“Freedmen’s Bureau Project: Connecting African Americans with Civil War-Era Ancestors”

Elder Christofferson speaking about Freedmen's Bureau Project in LA

  This is a fantastic effort to recover the family histories -- and the history generally -- of African-Americans in the period just after Emancipation and extending back before: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/historic-freedmen-records-released I'm very, very happy that the Church is doing this.   … [Read more...]