Do I contradict myself?

Voltaire

  In my post, yesterday, about the conference session that I attended here (on a lark, after sessions on philosophical theology, Qur’anic exegesis, the ontological status of moral "facts," the historicity of New Testament miracle claims, and Pauline eschatology) on Mormonism in Orson Scott Card and Battlestar Galactica, I mentioned a passage attributed (falsely, it seems) to Voltaire:  "To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not permitted to cri … [Read more...]

Chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad

Hard at work

  A not altogether positive evaluation of the performance of the Obama administration, by one of my favorite commentators: http://m.nationalreview.com/article/392868/moral-primer-victor-davis-hanson  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Intimations of Pre-Mortality

A view of the village and lake of Grasmere

  When I was younger, so much younger than today, I often heard Church members cite these lines, from William Wordsworth's ode entitled "Intimations of Immortality."  That was probably because Elder Richard L. Evans, of the Quorum of the Twelve, an English literature major in college who had served as a missionary in the United Kingdom, had included them in his narration for the classic old Church film Man's Search for Happiness. I seldom if ever hear them … [Read more...]

“The great and dreadful day of the Lord”

Malachi, an artist's visualization

  With this, its ninety-eighth (98th) scripture roundtable, The Interpreter Foundation completes its coverage of the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual and curriculum. John Gee, Richard Gwilliam, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Zechariah 10-14 and the book of Malachi, the Old Testament passages that are the focus of Lesson 48 in the Church's adult curriculum for this … [Read more...]

Not enough evidence?

quote from Pascal

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A thought from the Qur’an

Dome interior

  “Have you considered the person who denies the Judgement? It is he who pushes aside the orphan and does not urge others to feed the needy. So woe to those who pray but are heedless of their prayer; those who are all show and forbid common kindnesses.” (Qur’an 107:1-7)  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

N. T. Wright in San Diego

The cathedral at Durham

  I'm sitting, right now, in a lecture by N. T. Wright, on "missional hermeneutics."  Good clean fun.  I just came from a session built around a conversation, on stage, between Charles Taylor and Miroslav Volf, in which Taylor, interviewed by Volf, provided a kind of informal intellectual autobiography that I found quite enjoyable. Wright is arguing for a biblical view of the mission of Christians that, in his view, must avoid both the "Platonic" style that is w … [Read more...]

Orson Scott Card and Mormonism, under the knife in San Diego

We're not in Virginia City any more

  I've just attended a panel discussion at this annual joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature here in San Diego on "Extraterrestrial Mormonism."  Three doctoral candidates focused, in this panel, on the work of Orson Scott Card and on Battlestar Galactica. The first speaker, Daniel Wyche, from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, prefaced his paper ("Ender as Parrhesiastes: Truth-telling as S … [Read more...]


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