“Mysterious ‘Cold Spot’: Fingerprint of Largest Structure in the Universe?”

A photo of the Carina Nebula

 And, no, it's not my heart:  http://news.discovery.com/space/galaxies/mysterious-cold-spot-fingerprint-of-largest-structure-in-the-universe-150420.htm There is still so very, very much about the universe that we simply don't know. And much of what we do know may eventually prove to be mistaken, or at least only partial and inaccurate.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 148

Another by Polenov

  Matthew 14:34-36Mark 6:53-56John 6:22-25 (Another of the Sea of Galilee's several names is "Gennesaret.") People gathered about Jesus in crowds, seeking healing for themselves and their loved ones from tangible, physical ailments. Nothing wrong with that. Particularly in an era and in a distant rural place where medicine as we know it, even of the most rudimentary kind, simply didn't exist.  You could die, or be p … [Read more...]

“Religion poisons everything!” (10)

Mahler at 32

  Gustav Mahler is said to have regarded musical composition as "an act of prayer." Accordingly, on the Hitchens principle that "religion poisons everything," the world would be a better place if his Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") had never been composed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6idPaGqvV8   … [Read more...]

“Arab journalist defiantly accepts Israeli honor”

Arab/Israeli handshake

  This little story might help to give some impression, at least, of the complexity of life within the Arab-Israeli conflict: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765672216/Arab-journalist-defiantly-accepts-Israeli-honor.html?pg=1 Things might be easier if it were only a binary conflict between Arabs and Israelis.  But there are actually conflicts within conflicts, odd alliances, and unexpected rivalries and tensions.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 147

Sea of Galilee, by Polenov

  Matthew 14:22-33Mark 6:45-52John 6:16-21 1. It seems fairly obvious that Peter, though a fisherman by trade and a man who spent much of his working life out in a boat on the lake, couldn't swim. 2. The BYU students who study in Israel have long had a traditional song that they sing when they're in the Galilee:  "I swam today where Jesus walked." 3. It's striking that even Jesus sometimes … [Read more...]

On television’s educational value

Karl Marx

  “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx … [Read more...]

Clayton Christensen, Harry Reid, and the baptism of a former three-term U.S. senator

Pressler, Larry

  This should give some food for thought -- and not least to those who would like to excommunicate Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865626822/Spiritual-journey-leads-3-term-US-senator-to-LDS-Church.html For more information on Larry Pressler, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Pressler   … [Read more...]

“Mormon internet trolls, cyberbullies, and doxing”

Near Waitangi, NZ

  I don't follow her, really, but, from what I can tell, my fellow Patheos blogger Gina Colvin and I don't agree on very much, whether the issue involves politics, America, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, I can sympathize with her discomfort at the online behavior of some of my fellow Mormons: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kiwimormon/2015/04/mormon-internet-trolls-cyberbullies-and-doxing/ I've seen some … [Read more...]