“Tomb full of mummies unearthed at Luxor”

    I’m just a tad slow in calling attention to this interesting article:   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2017/04/19/tomb_full_of_mummies_unearthed_at_luxor_110254.html     [Read more…]

“Those who attempt to define the Church as an institution devoted to amassing monetary wealth miss the entire point”

    This helpful statement was published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 12 July 2012:   “The Church and Its Financial Independence”   It’s a useful resource for addressing those who want to see the Church as about amassing wealth — for somebody or other — rather than serving the [Read More…]

“LDS Church’s donation to new Museum of the American Revolution totals ‘roughly $2.5 million'”

    This is an interesting move.   When you read the article, you learn the main focus of the Church’s donation:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865678205/LDS-Churchs-donation-to-new-Museum-of-the-American-Revolution-totals-roughly-25-million.html       [Read more…]

Muhammad and an old woman

    The story is told in early Muslim sources of an old woman in Mecca, during the first years of Muhammad’s prophetic ministry, who made a habit of throwing trash in his way whenever he passed by her house.   One day, when he walked out of his home there was no garbage.  This made Muhammad inquire about [Read More…]

It’s seldom entirely as easy as it might seem beforehand.

    A brilliant insight from a very famous Yale theologian and ethicist of a couple of generations back:   “We must fight their falsehood with our truth, but we must also fight the falsehood in our truth.”  H. Richard Niebuhr     [Read more…]

“New LDS pilot programs bring education to Mormon children in island nations”

    You may have missed this.  I did at first, too.  But it’s a good story, and will make a difference in many lives around the world:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865677069/New-LDS-pilot-programs-bring-education-to-Mormon-children-in-island-nations.html     [Read more…]

“Once again, Time magazine’s top 100 influential people list shortchanges the religious world”

    “Once again, Time magazine’s top 100 influential people list shortchanges the religious world”   The American news media typically do undervalue the world of religions and religious believers.  (They’re not alone in such underestimation:  American foreign policy people largely missed the rise of militant Islam and the role that Pope John Paul II [Read More…]

“The March for Science Is Willing to Get Political. But Will It Welcome Religion?”

    I’m curious to see the postgame reports on how this march (or these marches) went today.  On this as on several other questions:   “The March for Science Is Willing to Get Political. But Will It Welcome Religion?”     [Read more…]

The Prophet Muhammad on the Rights of Women

    Al-Nasa’i (d. AD 915) was the compiler of one of the six “canonical” hadith collections in the Sunni Islamic tradition, the Sunan al-Sughra.  Here’s an item from it, which is said to have come from ‘A’isha, the youngest of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives:   “‘A’isha narrated, ‘The Prophet said, “O Allah, I declare [Read More…]

The Prophet Muhammad on Mothers

    The ninth-century Sahih of al-Bukhari, the most prestigious collection of prophetic hadith or traditions in Sunni Islam — indeed, it could reasonably be argued to be almost quasi-canonical — contains the following:   “A man came to Allah’s Messenger [that is, to the Prophet Muhammad] and said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger!  Who is more entitled [Read More…]