“Comfortably alone in the universe”

    https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/comfortably-alone-universe   It may, of course, be the case that God has placed us, and perhaps all other mortal beings who may be out there, in some kind of cosmic quarantine, lest we contaminate each other or cheat on the test.     [Read more…]

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“The Untold Story of Palestinians Who Learned Hebrew”

    Here’s an unexpected tale, kindly brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim:   http://blog.palestine-studies.org/2015/10/28/the-untold-story-of-palestinians-who-learned-hebrew/     [Read more…]

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On early Mormon polygamists

    The response of the men who were introduced into polygamy between 1841 and 1846 was anything but enthusiastic. The same was true of the women who were offered the chance of becoming plural wives. Apart from the fact that the new system collided with moral assumptions they had grown up with, there were [Read More…]

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“7 Ways to Discipline Your Wife”

    Is anybody else out there — especially any of the men — as uncomfortable with this as I am?   http://biblicalgenderroles.com/2015/10/03/7-ways-to-discipline-your-wife/   And I’m supposed to be an aging, oppressive, patriarchal Mormon troglodyte.   In fairness, though, I must say that there’s a distinct possibility that the site is a fraud — designed [Read More…]

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New Testament 282

    Matthew 22:34-40 Mark 12:28-34 Compare Matthew 22:46; Luke 10:25-28; 20:40   It’s significant that, according to Jesus, the “first” or “greatest” commandment isn’t to affirm the ontological unity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, “neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance,” but to love God.  And the second isn’t, say, to confess [Read More…]

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How arguments are properly evaluated

    A critic of the Church, writing last night, has faulted a list of scholars formerly associated with the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and/or the subsequent Maxwell Institute because they’re all Latter-day Saints.   It’s not the first time I’ve seen such a thing.  Nor even the hundredth time.  This dismissal, [Read More…]

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New Testament 281

    Matthew 22:23-33 Mark 12:18-27 Luke 20:27-40 Compare Matthew 22:46; Mark 12:34   The point of the exchange recorded in these passages is obviously not about marriage as such.  Rather, the Sadducees were using a highly unusual story (which happened to involve marriage) in order to demonstrate, by their lights, the absurdity of the [Read More…]

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“Goliath’s Humongous Gate Found”

    http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/27138/Default.aspx?topic=article_title   Humongous is a technical term in advanced archaeological science, roughly synonymous with ginormous.     [Read more…]

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“Elder Ballard Addresses the Importance of Traditional Marriage at World Congress of Families”

    I’ve seen comments describing this organization as a “hate group” and characterizing this meeting, in advance, as a “hate fest”:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-ballard-addresses-traditional-marriage-world-congress-families   Such comments simply indicate, to me, how radically intolerant — and, yes, hateful — some of those advocating the redefinition of marriage and family have become over the past few [Read More…]

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“Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudo-Science”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/23/whole-foods-america-s-temple-of-pseudoscience.html   I’ve had dinner with John Mackey a couple of times and listened to him speak on several occasions.  I like him.  And I like his libertarian views.   But I don’t share his veganism, and I have to admit that I think this article lands some solid hits.   Furthermore, it makes [Read More…]

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