BOM 1 Nephi 10

    Just a couple of quick notes about today’s reading, in 1 Nephi 10:   1.   The prophecy recorded here of the coming of Jesus is strikingly exact, including the intervening Babylonian captivity of the Jews and their return, the number of years still ahead between Lehi’s own time and the advent of the Savior, [Read More…]

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Save the Date!

    On Saturday, 12 March 2016, the Interpreter Foundation will host a conference on science and religion on the campus of Brigham Young University.   Full program details are nearly finalized and will be forthcoming, but I can tell you that the keynote speaker will be Guy Consolmagno, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory [Read More…]

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Everyone’s greatest need

    “I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love.  You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help.  There is no mistaking love. . . .  It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes [Read More…]

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“Dear Media: Stop Trying to Teach Christians Theology”

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/31/dear-media-stop-trying-to-teach-christians-theology/   I think that this article makes a good and important basic point.  I’m quite sympathetic.  Journalists — many of them secularists — have little standing and few credentials for lecturing us on what constitutes true Christianity and real Christian discipleship.   That said, while I agree that the media should stop [Read More…]

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Mitt Romney on Jeb Bush, on entering the presidential race, and etc.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/01/04/the-daily-202-mitt-romney-opens-up-on-his-doubts-about-jeb-bush/   I confess to having real reservations about the current Republican field.   Trump is an abomination.  Jeb Bush is effectively comatose.   Rubio would be okay with me, and perhaps Cruz (despite what I regard as mistaken and rather risky views on surveillance and national security), but neither has any demonstrated [Read More…]

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Yes, I actually do Islamic studies (not apologetics) for a living

    Well, the new semester — called Winter 2016 at BYU — has begun.  Yippee!   I’m routinely accused of writing on Mormon topics (and, especially, of defending Mormon claims) because I’m richly rewarded for doing so by the Church.  (I’ve even seen estimates putting my apologetic income in the seven figures!)  Actually, of [Read More…]

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Is life really better under Scandinavian-style socialism?

    But is life really better under Scandinavian-style socialism?   Maybe.  Or maybe not:   http://www.cato.org/publications/economic-development-bulletin/danish-model-dont-try-home#full     [Read more…]

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“The Return of the King”

    It probably matters that I’ve been a major and very serious fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis since high school, but I thought that this BYU devotional address by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, of the Seventy, was quite good:   http://www.byutv.org/watch/b27316ba-ff7e-4280-ac31-66d9127080a6/byu-devotional-address-elder-larry-y-wilson-12115     [Read more…]

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Brief but excellent thoughts from Patrick Mason on encountering difficult things in Church history

    http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2015/12/quick-thoughts-from-patrick-mason-on.html     [Read more…]

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A chiastic article in a modern newspaper

    Yesterday, I posted a link to a piece by Jack Welch about his discovery of chiastic structures in the Book of Mormon and his subsequent experience with the study of chiasmus there and elsewhere:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2016/01/forty-five-years-of-chiasmus-conversations-correspondence-criteria-and-creativity.html#comment-2436444870   My friend Michael De Groote, an attorney and writer (and, for years, a reporter for the [Read More…]

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