“Why Cosmology Is in Crisis”

    Some militant atheists like to contrast the fruitful and self-corrective nature of science with what they see as the whimsical, completely arbitrary, and fact-free character of religion.  (“Why not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” they jeer, “or in Russell’s teapot, or in leprechauns?”)  And, of course, such things as the genetics of fruit [Read More…]

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A More Balanced Account of President Nelson’s Remarks

    A passage from President Russell M. Nelson’s talk at BYU-Hawaii has been generating considerable controversy (and even anger) in certain circles:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2016/01/mormon-gay-policy-is-will-of-the-lord-through-his-prophet-senior-apostle-says.html   Here’s a more full and more balanced report on the speech:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645244/President-Russell-M-Nelson-Becoming-true-millennials.html?pg=1   Here’s a passage from the fuller, more balanced report:   “Filled with compassion for all, [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 16

    Today’s reading is 1 Nephi 16.   It’s in this chapter that Ishmael — who, with his family, had joined Lehi’s group on their journey away from Jerusalem — dies.  And he’s buried in a place called Nahom.   For a number of reasons, I believe the mention of Nahom to be one of the [Read More…]

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Of kindness and wisdom

    “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” Theodore Isaac Rubin     [Read more…]

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“Mormon gay policy is ‘will of the Lord’ through his prophet, senior apostle says”

    http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/3391057-155/lds-gay-policy-came-from-god   I predict an absolutely rabid anti-Mormon hate-fest in the comments following this newly posted article from the Salt Lake Tribune.     [Read more…]

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“In England, more accusations that Jehovah’s Witnesses hid sex abuse”

    I’m not even remotely a fan of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, but I take no pleasure in such stories as this:   https://www.revealnews.org/blog/in-england-more-accusations-that-jehovahs-witnesses-hid-sex-abuse/   Thanks to Cody Quirk for alerting me to a sad situation.     [Read more…]

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“Mormonism in the Early Jewish Christian Milieu”

    Barry Bickmore delivered this paper in California, at the very first annual conference of FAIR (now FairMormon) in 1999:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/1999-fair-conference/1999-mormonism-in-the-early-jewish-christian-milieu     [Read more…]

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Two news items connected with the sadly declining Church of England

    I have no real dog in the fight, of course.  Still, I find the dwindling of the Church of England — both in numbers and in the vigor of its faith — culturally sad:   “Ugandan bishop to shun Anglican meeting until ‘godly order’ is restored”   On the other hand, I rather like [Read More…]

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“String theory has failed as a scientific theory”

    The debate of which this short article is a part has enormous implications for a whole host of fields, including even philosophy and theology:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/01/string_theory_has_failed_as_a_scientific_theory.html     [Read more…]

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“A New Day for the Book of Mormon”

    If you haven’t already seen it — and perhaps even if you have — consider watching this interesting documentary when you have 51 minutes and 27 seconds:   http://www.byutv.org/watch/90be2679-e6eb-4039-afa1-fee5477b0c20   Thanks to Anne Palmieri for reminding me of it.   (For the story behind the image of Martin Harris above, which has no [Read More…]

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