Against secluding or withdrawing ourselves

    “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies.  At the end all his disciples deserted him.  On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers.  For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God.  So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of [Read More…]

LDS women staying home from church out of horror at their fellow-Saints’ support of Donald Trump?

    So claims an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune:   http://www.sltrib.com/news/4655393-155/some-mormon-women-ask-how-could   “Since Donald Trump’s election,” writes Tribune columnist Paul Rolly, “I know of a few Mormon women who have stopped going to church, at least temporarily, because of the support their fellow worshippers gave a man who bragged about sexually assaulting [Read More…]

“Mormons with doubts shouldn’t give up faith without ‘intellectual and spiritual kicking and screaming'”

    To me, the Wheatley Institution and the Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies are, far and away, the two most interesting centers at BYU for the academic consideration of religious questions.   Press coverage of the Wheatley Institution’s recent symposium on “Reason for Hope: Responding to a Secular World” — [Read More…]

He didn’t come to show off

    The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely [Read More…]

Seasonal messages from the Interpreter Foundation

    A bit more than two years ago, we at the Interpreter Foundation decided to publish special Christmas and Easter messages on the Fridays nearest to those two holidays.  Unlike our usual offerings, they would be personal statements rather than scholarly treatises, appropriate (we hoped) for reading on or near those important commemorations.   It occurs [Read More…]

“For a ‘Peaceful’ Group, Black Lives Matter Sure Does Love Cop Killers and Murderous Dictators”

    I’m not a fan of Fidel Castro.  I don’t miss him.  And I’m not a fan of the Black Lives Matter movement:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442711/peaceful-group-black-lives-matter-sure-does-love-cop-killers-and-murderous-dictators     [Read more…]

“Jesus and his earliest followers were cultists!”

    Exactly!   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com/2016/12/jesus-and-his-earliest-followers-were.html     [Read more…]

“Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 3: The Egyptian Infusion, Plus the Explanatory Power of Stubbs’ Framework”

    This continues to interest me a great deal:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/12/uto-aztecan-and-its-connection-to-near_2.html   The historical implications, if the thesis is sustainable, are profound.  And, as I’ve observed before, while it wouldn’t prove the Book of Mormon true — and while the Book of Mormon could easily be true even if it’s false — demonstrated links [Read More…]

Sic et Non on Donald Trump’s recent moves

    Reflecting my mixed views of President-Elect Trump’s recent actions:   I like his choice of James Mattis for Secretary of Defense:   “Why Our Allies Love James Mattis and Our Adversaries Fear Him”   “General Mattis is a Great Man — and a Good One”   But, although his supporters have been boasting [Read More…]

“Here come three-parent children”

    Does anybody else out there find this at least slightly worrisome?   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442695/here-come-three-parent-children   Call me crazy, but I’m not quite entirely certain that humanity is wise enough or good enough to initiate such fundamental changes.  We worry about tinkering with small ecosystems, lest we cause unforeseen and possibly disastrous ripple effects.  But [Read More…]