“Can the scriptural God be called ‘unchanging'”?

    My weekly Deseret News column has shown up yet again:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865675181/Can-the-scriptural-God-be-called-unchanging.html     Read more

“Rock Art Discovered in ‘Dark Ages’ Tomb in Israel”

    This is a potentially significant find from a period that, because it’s substantially pre-biblical, is typically rather neglected both by archaeologists and the general public:   http://www.livescience.com/58166-rock-art-discovered-in-israel-dark-ages-tomb.html   It seems, though, that the society of the time and the area was a bit more sophisticated and organized than may once have been thought.     Read more

“Trump’s Travel Ban: Exempting The Next Osama Bin Laden?”

    An article in the Huffington Post by my friend Dr. Bahman Baktiari:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58bf617de4b0a797c1d396bc   I appreciate his calling it to my attention.   And I feel like appending to it a small fact that was just passed on to me by Helen Leon, a close friend who lives in Orlando, Florida:   You probably recall the 12 June 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting in which the 29-year-old  security guard Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more.  He was,… Read more

Stephen Prothero (Boston University): “What Do Mormons and Muslims Have in Common?”

      http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/islam-religion-trump-gorka-214883   I posted a related comment of my own just a few days ago:   “Geert Wilders: Islam Is Not a Religion, It’s a Totalitarian Ideology”   And here’s an interesting and relevant little item from Puget Sound, in Washington State:   “Interesting that xenophobic letter did not call out Catholics, Mormons”     Read more

How strong is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus?

    “The evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is so strong that nobody would question it except for two things:  First, it is a very unusual event.  And second, if you believe it happened, you have to change the way you live.” Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-2014)           Read more

“The Sheltered Ones”

    By almost sheer chance, I just came across this wonderful blog entry that I recommend to all and sundry:   The Sheltered Ones   It makes a point not altogether unrelated to one that I myself attempted to make in a Deseret News column written back during the days of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign:   “Are Mormons spared from reality?  Hardly.”     Read more

“The Battle of Middlebury”

    I’m hoping that the loutish, feral Leftists who showed up at Middlebury College in Vermont last week — about whom I’ve posted previously — will be punished for their violent denial of freedom of speech to Charles Murray:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445541/charles-murray-middlebury-protest-turns-violent     Read more

“Did Brigham Young claim the Three Witnesses Doubted their Experience with the Angel Moroni?”

    The invaluable Robert Boylan posts an important reminder, and a neat method — by the way — for distinguishing certain shoddy and morally casual hacks from serious writers on Mormonism:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com/2017/03/did-brigham-young-claim-three-witnesses.html     Read more

“Planetary scientists are turning up volcanoes everywhere they look”

      http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/03/volcanoes-in-space     Read more

“The Qur’an with References to the Bible”

    A short while ago, we were privileged to meet and help host Safi Kaskas and his wife Eman during their visit to Utah.  This interesting five-minute KSL Television interview resulted from that visit:       Read more

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