New Testament 164

Bourges Cathedral window

  Matthew 17:22-23Mark 9:30-32Luke 9:43-45Compare John 7:1 Both Mark and Luke say that the disciples "didn't understand" what Jesus was saying, though what Jesus was saying seems unmistakably clear:  He was going to be betrayed and killed, and he would rise again on the third day. What was difficult to understand about that? It's hardly vague. They obviously understood part of it, at least, because Matthew says … [Read more...]

“Ibn al-Haytham and the Legacy of Arabic Optics”

Alhazen, as he's sometimes called

   My former Maxwell Institute and BYU colleague Dr. Glen M. Cooper, now teaching at Claremont McKenna College, in California, brought this item to my attention.  (He's cited in it.) http://www.light2015.org/Home/ScienceStories/1000-Years-of-Arabic-Optics.html#.VV3tTAezS0s.facebook I share it particularly because I occasionally receive emails, etc. -- often fairly unpleasant ones -- from people who deny that any good has ever come out of … [Read more...]

Boy Scouts ban water guns and limit water balloons because they’re not “kind”

Two young water-gun-bearing toughs

  Cassandra Hedelius brought this to my attention, noting that whoever came up with this idiotic policy appears to have had little or no contact with actual boys: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/05/19/boy-scouts-ban-water-guns-because-theyre-not-kind/ Good grief. Maybe we should simply strap all young males into soft chairs and make them watch Care Bears cartoons all day.   … [Read more...]

“The plates of the Book of Mormon: ‘As material as anything can be’”

An artist's conception of the experiences of the Eight Witnesses

  Today's installment of my weekly column in the Deseret News has been posted: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629099/The-plates-of-the-Book-of-Mormon-As-material-as-anything-can-be.html I expect it to irritate at least some people.   … [Read more...]

“LDS Church leaders, missionary couple offer support in Nepal”

Kathmandu's Durbar Square

  Lots of photographs and some interesting information: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629101/LDS-Church-leaders-missionary-couple-offer-support-in-Nepal.html   … [Read more...]

“How Morocco’s Islamic Women Preachers Are Leading a Social Revolution”

Mahkame Pacha in Casablanca

  Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for bringing this interesting and hopeful article to my notice: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/20/morocco-islamic-women-preachers_n_7310894.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000051   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (28)

In India

  Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem would have been sooooo much better if he'd left out the religious stuff:  The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; Bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil Is … [Read more...]

“Death is nothing at all.”

St. Paul's, London

  “Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we a … [Read more...]


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