But is it even science?

    Nearly a week ago, I posted a little item entitled “A Fight for the Soul of Science.”   Here, now, are two more pieces that are directly relevant:   “Feuding Physicists Turn to Philosophy for Help”   “Why String Theory is Not a Scientific Theory”   Why do I find this dispute so [Read More…]

“Is Islam a religion of peace?”

    The biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News has appeared, on a topic that seems to be much in the news in recent weeks:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644380/Is-Islam-a-religion-of-peace.html   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Monsters and Monks in ‘Star Wars'”

    Father Dwight Longenecker, a (married — see his bio) Catholic priest, provides some brief commentary on the latest installment of Star Wars:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/monsters-and-monks-in-star-wars     It seems that it’s not only uncultured and shallow Mormons (like me and Matthew Bowman) who sense some resonance in the films with their religious convictions.   Posted [Read More…]

“The Greatest Archaeological Treasures Come from Garbage”

    Scientists in Norway have found a 1500-year-old Viking settlement beneath the site of an airport expansion:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/12/scientists-find-1500-year-old-viking-settlement-beneath-new-airport-site/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“HaShem and Allah: Who Knew?”

    A nice report on a joint Jewish-Muslim activity:   http://www.jewishjournal.com/morethodoxy/item/hashem_and_allah_who_knew   I like this sort of thing very much.  It gives me at least some faint hope.   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Scriptural Style in Early-Nineteenth-Century American Literature”

    Some critics of Mormonism have triumphantly announced that they’ve identified Joseph Smith’s source for his Book of Mormon . . .  in a book called The Late War, and/or in a book called The American Revolution.  (Their theory doesn’t account for the Witnesses, or correlations between the Book of Mormon and its claimed setting [Read More…]

BOM The Title Page of the Book of Mormon

    Still inspired by something that Elder David A. Bednar said roughly two years ago in a speech at Brigham Young University, and in sync with the 2016 Gospel Doctrine curriculum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m launching a project to read through the Book of Mormon, one chapter each day, and to [Read More…]

Three more reflections on Christmas before it goes away for a year, plus a bonus item

    Three serious but very different (non-Mormon) responses to Christmas:   “The Only Christmas Gift That Matters”   “Christmas in an Age of Existential Crisis”   “This Christmas, We Must Revive the Virtue of Gratitude”   And, as an extra treat, something that promises simultaneously to depress, irritate, and amuse you:   “Students Sign [Read More…]

“The Preposterous Book of Mormon: A Singular Advantage”

    On 8 August 2014, Robert F. Smith delivered an interesting paper at the annual FairMormon conference.  The text is available online, and it makes for good reading in connection with the approaching focus of the adult Sunday school curriculum on the Book of Mormon:   http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PREPOSTEROUS-BOOK-OF-MORMON.pdf   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“This thing which is come to pass”

    Reflecting on the Christmas story and its legacy:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428980/christmas-scenes-strange-families   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]