BOM 2 Nephi 22

A mtn sunrise near Lukla

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 22 (= Isaiah 12), is very short and, I think, quite straightforward. Have a look at verse two.  Now look at Psalm 27:1. Taken together, do they remind you of anything?   … [Read more...]

Tolerance and Despair

Dorothy L. Sayers

  “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair . . . the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”  Dorothy L. Sayers     … [Read more...]

“Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year”

Theatre du Bataclan

  I take this really seriously: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/09/politics/james-clapper-isis-syrian-refugees/index.html I want our politicians and presidential aspirants to take it seriously, too. As I've said previously, one of my reservations about Ted Cruz (with whom I otherwise generally agree) concerns his views on domestic intelligence-gathering.  It was a major reservation of mine with regard to Rand Paul, as … [Read more...]

“Do animals feel empathy?”

Cute little rat

  A very interesting article about the ongoing debate concerning animal emotions: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/2/8/10925098/animals-have-empathy   … [Read more...]

“Finding the first use of the name ‘Christ’ in the Book of Mormon”

Vasnetzov, Jesus w/images of four evangelists

  Another piece from Taylor Halverson in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647065/Finding-the-first-use-of-the-name-Christ-in-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   … [Read more...]

If thou dost wish to laugh . . .

A temptress to be condemned?

  If thou dost wish to laugh exceeding much, Google "Puritan Valentine's cards" and look thou through the images that do there appear. For copyright reasons, I can't put any of the specific cards up here, but you can find them easily enough.   … [Read more...]

“My soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah”

Tiepolo's Isaiah

  Kris Frederickson, Dan Peterson, and Martin Tanner join in this, the 153rd scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, to discuss 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson nine, which is based upon 2 Nephi 11-12, 15-16, 21-22, and 25: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-153-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-9-my-soul-delighteth-in-the-words-of-isaiah/   … [Read more...]

“Defenders of the Book: Surveying the New World Evidence for Book of Mormon Historicity”

The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán

  In August 2006, Brant Gardner delivered the following remarks at the annual conference of what was then called FAIR but is now called FairMormon: http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2006-Brant-Gardner.pdf   … [Read more...]


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