LDS leaders in Wales participate in Islam-related activity

Wales is wet

  Jabra Ghneim brings this item to my attention: I'm pleased at the consistent willingness of Latter-day Saint leaders at all levels, worldwide, to join in such things -- which I've personally observed, as well as read about. Some groups refuse.   … [Read more...]

“How weird is our solar system?”

Jove's place 1. One of the "scientific" arguments against religious belief that I've repeatedly encountered over the years is the notion that the Copernican "revolution" demoted Earth from its supposedly privileged position in the cosmos and reduced it to its real status as an ordinary, unremarkable planet in a humdrum, run-of-the-mill solar system orbiting a completely mediocre, average … [Read more...]

New Testament 162

Ivanov's Transfiguration

  Matthew 17:10-13Mark 9:11-13 Elias, of course, is a Greek form of the Hebrew name Elijah (more properly, אֱלִיָּהוּ, Eliyahu; the Greek alphabet can't represent a medial "h"). Since Joseph Smith taught of a character called Elias who is distinct from the historical prophet Elijah, many critics have contended that he simply didn't understand that Elias and Elijah, in his Bible, referred to the same person. But it's nowhere near tha … [Read more...]

“How We Baptized a Whole Village”

Vanuatu doesn't look entirely ugly

  It reminds me of Wilford Woodruff in England:   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (27)

Thorncrown Chapel, in Arkansas

  Thorncrown Chapel was designed by E. Fay Jones, a former apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, on a commission from a retired schoolteacher named Jim Reed. Perhaps Mr. Reed, apparently a religious sort, should not have been permitted to commission such a toxic building.  Yuck.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 161

Jabal al-Shaykh

   Matthew 17:1-9Mark 9:2-10Luke 9:28-36Compare Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; 9:37; John 12:28-30  In Matthew 16, Jesus promised to give Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  In Matthew 17, Peter, James, and John -- acting as the First Presidency of the Church -- received them. As the Church's New Testament manual for college-age students explains, "These keys include the power to administer the or … [Read more...]

“The repulsions of atheism”

Mr. John Updike

  "Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?" John Updike … [Read more...]

Daniel C. Peterson Oratory, Inc.

Demosthenes practicing

  Reports have it that the average Hillary Clinton speaking engagement, prior to the launch (a few weeks ago) of her presidential campaign on behalf of "everyday people," lasted approximately an hour and cost approximately $300,000.00. That's roughly $5000.00 per minute. And it's also said that Ms. Clinton, perhaps fearful of relapsing into her recent state of being "dead broke," demands accommodation in the hotel's Presidential Suite (along with … [Read more...]