“Evaluating Three Arguments against Joseph Smith’s First Vision”

    A 2012 article from the second volume of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture that you might have missed: Evaluating Three Arguments Against Joseph Smith’s First Vision     [Read more…]

“The Mormon Jesus: Just how different is he than the traditional Christ?”

    A new book is out on the topic of “the Mormon Jesus”:   http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/3956775-155/the-mormon-jesus-just-how-different     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 19

    Today’s reading, Alma 19, continues with the dramatic story of Ammon’s missionary labors at a Lamanite royal court.   I’m in rather a hurry at the moment, and will be until later tonight.  So I’m just going to highlight one little phrase that catches my attention:   King Lamoni goes into a kind [Read More…]

“Israeli claims discovery of King David’s citadel”

    An interesting (though, unsurprisingly, disputed) archaeological claim that, if true, would lend additional credibility to the Old Testament story of King David:   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2014/05/07/israeli_claims_discovery_of_king_davids_citadel_108645.html     [Read more…]

“How we unravelled Maya secrets from the air”

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160526-how-we-unravelled-mayan-secrets-from-the-air   Agreeing with me on Book of Mormon geography isn’t necessary for your salvation — although, of course, as a general principle it’s never wise or prudent to disagree with my opinions on any subject — but I lean strongly toward an ancient Mesoamerican setting for the story of the Nephites, Lamanites, [Read More…]

Children tell Bible stories

    Some of you might really, really enjoy these brief Mormon Channel videos, in which (accompanied by very nice recreations of the ancient narratives themselves) children recount famous biblical stories:   https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/collection/childrens-bible-videos?cid=HP_WE_1-6-2016_dPFD/MC_fLHNA_xLIDyL2-3_     [Read more…]

“Science Meets Religion”

      .   Those interested in, curious about, or concerned by the relationship between religious faith — and, specifically, Latter-day Saint religious faith — and science will find plenty of useful material at this site, created by David H. Bailey:   http://www.sciencemeetsreligion.org   (Shown above, the Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe formula.)     [Read more…]

A glimpse beyond

    “I’m not asking you to believe anything. I’m simply telling you what I believe. And I have no idea what the next life will be like. Whatever I saw was only from the doorway, so to speak. But it was enough to convince me totally of two things from that moment on: One, [Read More…]

“Have Ye Received His Image in Your Countenances?”

    Cassandra Hedelius, Mike Parker, Dan Peterson, and Bruce Webster gather for conversation about Alma 5-7.  This is the 166th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation.  It corresponds to 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 22: Scripture Roundtable 166: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22, Have Ye Received His Image in Your Countenances?   [Read More…]

Does Qur’an 9:11 prophesy that “the wrath of the eagle” will cleanse the lands of the Arabs?

    No!   No, it doesn’t!   No!   Snopes does a workmanlike job on this utterly bogus claim:   http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/quran911.asp   I’ve been confronted with this alleged prophecy more times than I can count.  There is no merit in it.  None.  Zero.  Zilch.  Zippo.  Nada.  The word eagle (or, more precisely, its Arabic [Read More…]