“The Most Interesting Star in Our Galaxy”

Old Sol

  Michael De Groote has kindly brought this intriguing article to my notice: http://www.theatlantic.stfi.re/science/archive/2015/10/the-most-interesting-star-in-our-galaxy/410023/?sf=lrebok  Posted from Marbella, Spain    … [Read more...]

Hateful ethnic stereotyping at a young age

In the Berner Oberland

  I know a pair of relatively young Muslim parents from Egypt who studied at BYU and who have chosen to remain to live and work in Utah.  I think very highly of them.  They're fine people, gentle and good people, and assets to our valley. I've just learned that a fellow student at the school that their (cute) little girl attends recently called their daughter a "terrorist." The family are upset.  And I'm ashamed that such a thing happened in my comm … [Read more...]

Some quick journalizing notes from Andalucía

En la Mezquita de Córdoba

  I like a stroll on the beach as much as anybody, and we've done a bit of that here.  But the real point of coming to southern Spain was to spend some time poking around the remnants of the Islamic golden age in al-Andalus. On Friday, as I've already noted here, we visited the very ancient mountain town of Ronda. On Saturday, we went to Córdoba, where, after parking in a structure located right by a larger-than-lifesize statue of the great t … [Read more...]

Will the 3-hour Sunday meeting block soon be shortened?

LDS Chapel in Fitzroy, Adelaide, Australia

  The Church issues a statement on the issue: http://www.ldsliving.com/Church-Responds-to-Speculation-About-Shorter-Sunday-Block/s/80640?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email  Posted from Marbella, Spain    … [Read more...]

“LDS Church to release ‘A Savior is Born’ Christmas initiative on Nov. 29″

Da Vinci "Annunciation"

  This is a chance for members of the Church to join in proclaiming the message of Christ's birth for Christmas: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865642256/LDS-Church-to-release-A-Savior-is-Born-Christmas-initiative-on-Nov-29.html?pg=all I'm intending to participate in the effort, and I encourage you to do so, too.  Posted from Marbella, Spain    … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thanksgiving (3)

Innerfjord, in Norway

  Here's a column that I published in the Deseret News on Thanksgiving 2013: It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and, so, minds like mine turn naturally to etymology, to word origins. Please be patient. There is method in my madness. The origin of the word “religion” is obscure, and has been much debated. But all suggestions for it seem to agree that remembrance, an awareness of dependence and obligation, is at the core of what it means to be religious.   T … [Read more...]

Best not to sharpen THIS tool.

Near Marbella

  A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.  (Washington Irving)  Posted from Marbella, Spain   … [Read more...]

“Taking the Quran Back from Radicals”

Arabic Qur’an text

  It was Jabra Ghneim, I believe, who called this item to my attention: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/11/20/study-quran-commentary-combat-extremism-daniel-burke-orig.cnn/video/playlists/digital-studios-topicals/ I've been a reader of Seyyid Hossein Nasr for decades, and have had some slight contact with him over the years.  I hold him in enormous respect, and I look eagerly forward to seeing this new book.  Posted from M … [Read more...]