“Do Muslim women need to be saved?”

They look fairly outspoken.

  Walker Wright brought this interesting piece by Allen Hansen to my attention: http://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2014/10/19/do-muslim-women-need-to-be-saved/   … [Read more...]

“Government to ordained ministers: Celebrate same-sex wedding or go to jail”

Thomas Jefferson quote

  http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/18/government-ordained-ministers-celebrate-sex-wedding-go-jail/   … [Read more...]

Rebels to the end

Lewis am Spaziergehen

  "I willingly believe that that damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside." C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain    … [Read more...]

Hurtling down the road toward tyranny

The proverbial frog in boiling water

  If this account is accurate, we seem to be losing religious liberty far faster than even I had feared we might: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9364  The invaluable legal blogger Eugene Volokh (who teaches at UCLA Law School), thinks that the Idaho authorities are on very flimsy ground in this … [Read more...]

“The Ornament of the World”

A map of Andalusia

  Some years ago, I read a fine by María Rosa Menocal, a Havana-born scholar at Yale University, entitled The Ornament of the World:  How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.  Professor Menocal was also the co-editor of the volume in The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature entitled The Literature of Al-Andalus, and had authored a number of other books on medieval Iberia and Andalusia.  I was really di … [Read more...]

Two quotes on science and religion

for science and religion

   “This sense of wonder leads most scientists to a Superior Being – der Alte, the Old One, as Einstein affectionately called the Deity – a Superior Intelligence, the Lord of all Creation and Natural Law.” –Abdus Salam, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in electroweak theory (quoted from his article "Science and Religion") “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made … [Read more...]

Temple Garments

Im innersten des Tempels zu Phoenix

  I'm impressed by this new item on the Church's official website.  I'm impressed (and somewhat surprised) by its openness -- which extends to showing photographs of temple robes and temple garments: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/temple-garments I think it's a very good step to demythologize these things -- and, at the same time, to appeal to the better nature of fair-minded, decent people out there, who will understand the … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 26

Nephi as a grown man

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 26, is a parade example of the clarity and plainness with which Nephi had promised to prophesy, for it is, indeed, very plain.  It outlines much of what will be unfolded, in terms of historical events, over the remainder of the Book of Mormon. Three passages stand out for me this morning: 1. He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up f … [Read more...]