“How our botched understanding of ‘science’ ruins everything”

OJS in Hertz ad

  I get really tired of imperialistic claims on behalf of Science -- e.g., "Science proves that there is no God," and "Science proves that we should redefine marriage" -- sometimes advanced by actual scientists, but very often trumpeted by people who know little or nothing about any scientific discipline. Science is a wonderful thing, in its sphere.  But its sphere isn't all-inclusive, and some of the very most important things are forever beyond its reach. … [Read more...]

Can Christianity be demonstrated true?

Mr. Sheldon Vanauken, future Catholic

  "I do not think there is a demonstrative proof (like Euclid) of Christianity, nor of the existence of matter, nor of the good will & honesty of my best & oldest friends.  I think all three are (except perhaps the second) far more probable than the alternatives.  The case for Christianity in general is well given by Chesterton; and I tried to do something in my Broadcast Talks.  As to why God doesn't make it demonstratively clear: are we sure that He is even in … [Read more...]

“Neil deGrasse Tyson’s text-burning followers”

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388479/neil-degrasse-tysons-text-burning-followers-tim-cavanaugh   … [Read more...]

“None of these words can be traced to any ancient roots.”

From Dilbert

  I've just noticed a funny entry on a mostly atheist apostate-Mormon message board: Here is just a short list of some of the goofy made-up words and names that Joseph came up with when producing his various man made revelations...despite being compeltely made up whole cloth. But other than being a tool to decieve his followers that he actually had some connection to the ancient world, what purpose did they serve?. None of these words can be traced to any … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 22

The Gathering of Zion

  In the very first verse of today's reading, 1 Nephi 22, Nephi's brothers seek to know whether the Isaianic prophecies that he's just read to them from the plates of brass are intended literally, physically, or whether they're intended "spiritually," as a metaphor. He assures them that they will be fulfilled, and were intended to be taken, both spiritually and physically.  They will literally come to pass. There are, of course, metaphors … [Read more...]

Jane Birch wins the 2014 Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize from The Interpreter Foundation

Marching on to glory

  http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/a-jane-birch-is-2014-winner-of-the-ruth-m-stephens-article-prize/   … [Read more...]

Oh man. THIS really explains a lot!

On the Internet troll

  And it's completely consistent with my years of extensive experience online and with my years of receiving hateful anonymous emails.  It's the reason that I pay almost no attention to online comments following newspaper articles: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists If you recognize yourself in this -- and I know for a fact that at least a few of those who o … [Read more...]

More old jokes. REALLY old jokes.

On stage with a few Romans

  Continuing with yesterday's sampling of ancient comedy, here are four more paraphrased and slightly modernized jokes from, yes, the October 2014 issue of Scientific American: 1. A scholar, a bald guy, and a barber are traveling together.  One night, stopping to make camp, they arrange that each will take the watch in turn while the other two sleep. The barber will take the first shift, and the scholar will take the second watch.  Soon, the s … [Read more...]