“Who are the Copts?”

    For those of you who’re trying to make sense of what’s going on in the Middle East — of, for example, the massacre of Christians perpetrated by ISIS a few days ago in Libya, as opposed to the newer massacre perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq’s Anbar Province on Tuesday — here’s an item from [Read More…]

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Creating a “safe haven” for Middle Eastern Christians?

      An interesting proposal from a former congressman:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/february/genocidal-onslaught-middle-east-christians-isil-beheading-o.html?utm_source=connection-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=1281995&utm_content=336200949&utm_campaign=2013     [Read more…]

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“CEO of multimillion-dollar company steps down to serve LDS mission with husband”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622135/CEO-of-multimillion-dollar-company-steps-down-to-serve-LDS-mission-with-husband.html?pg=1   One of the things that have always deeply impressed me about the Church and the Saints is illustrated in this article:   Faithful Saints are willing, time and time again, to step away from successful careers, comfortable homes, large bank accounts, familiar surroundings, family and friends, status, and other such things [Read More…]

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“Five Middle East Blunders”

    The inimitable Victor Davis Hanson, on the sadly inimitable administration of Barack Obama:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/398698/five-middle-east-blunders-victor-davis-hanson     [Read more…]

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Mistakes and science

    An anonymous comment about science caught my interest a few minutes ago:   Science: If you don’t make mistakes, you’re doing it wrong. If you don’t correct those mistakes, you’re doing it really wrong. If you can’t accept that you are mistaken, you are not doing it at all.     [Read more…]

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“An honest religious thinker”

    An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. It almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (1948), 73 [Read more…]

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“Reasons to Believe”

    I’m interested in people and organizations who examine the intersections and collisions between religious belief and contemporary science.   Here’s one such group, this one Evangelical Protestant in orientation:   http://www.reasons.org   I don’t always agree with them, but I generally find them interesting and often helpful.     [Read more…]

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New Testament 77

      Luke 6:17-20 Compare Matthew 4:24-5:2; Mark 3:7-13   There is an obvious version of the Sermon on the Mount given in Luke.  It’s often called “The Sermon on the Plain.”   Is Luke giving a variant account of the incident in Matthew?   Maybe.   I think it entirely plausible, though, and not [Read More…]

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A positive article in the Huffington Post (!) about LDS/LGBT relations

      Who woulda thunk it?   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-hollister/eating-hummus-with-the-en_b_6670096.html   Of course, as an anonymous-message-board-poster-certified hater of everyone who isn’t white, conservative, and fanatically Mormon like myself, I imagine that I’m against such friendly meetings.     [Read more…]

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“Only in sleep,” again

    Roughly a year ago, I posted an entry about an exquisitely beautiful piece of choral music that I had just heard for the first time.  (I provided the words of the moving Sara Teasdale poem on which it’s based, which might prove useful.)  Unfortunately, the best online recording of the piece that I could find [Read More…]

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