“Religion poisons everything!” (11)

Musa b. Maymun, US Capitol

  A few days ago, while we were in Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Tracy Hall Jr. and I decided to walk over to see the tomb of the Rambam (Rabbeinu Moshe ben Maimon, aka Musa b. Maymun and Moses Maimonides), which is located there. I've wanted to do that for years, during each of my last several stays in Tiberias, but I've never pulled it off.  And this trip was no exception.  The tomb area was closed, and … [Read more...]

“Why the Oxford English Dictionary (and Not Webster’s 1828)”

OED cover

  In this week's article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Stanford Carmack continues the remarkable work that he and Royal Skousen have been doing on the language of the Book of Mormon: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/why-the-oxford-english-dictionary-and-not-websters-1828/h Properly understood -- and, thus far, the mockers haven't even tried to properly understand or engage it -- their work constitutes a stunning and quite u … [Read more...]

“Site of deadliest Native American massacre found in Idaho”

A home in Preston ID

  In southeastern Idaho, to be more exact.  Which is to say, within the general area sometimes termed "Mormon country": http://westerndigs.org/site-of-deadliest-native-american-massacre-identified-in-idaho/ Sadly, though, for some critics, I think it will be fairly difficult to lay this infamous crime at the feet of Brigham Young or to blame it entirely or even largely on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Life is … [Read more...]

“Going up to Jerusalem”

Three of the Hulda Gates

  I'm a bit tardy in announcing this one; it's difficult to find much computer time for blogging from the Garden of Gethsemane, the first century steps up to the southern end of the Temple Mount, the Garden Tomb, Israeli airport security, and a Boeing 747 over the North Atlantic: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865627563/Going-up-to-Jerusalem.html  Posted from New York City    … [Read more...]

On sleep

Starry night sky

  "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," wrote Shakespeare, "and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Last night, though?  For me, at least, not so much.  Posted from New York City  … [Read more...]

“Skin texture glow distinguishes Mormons from others”

John1 Wikimedia Commons

   Add this to your "weird science" file: http://universe.byu.edu/2015/04/28/skin-texture-glow-distinguishes-mormons-from-others/ When my wife and I lived in Jerusalem, we would occasionally spot tourists on the street there and, in some cases, guess that they would be in church that weekend.  Even in the absence of obvious tell-tale signals such as BYU tee shirts, we were seldom wrong. Truman Madsen liked to tell an anecdote a … [Read more...]

“Civil union law forces Catholic Charities to drop adoption service”

an omelet on a plate

  Progress often demands sacrifice. And, in this case, if the victims are charitable organizations and orphans . . . well, so be it. As Comrade Stalin once wisely observed, if you're going to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs: http://dailysignal.com/2011/06/01/civil-union-law-forces-catholic-charities-to-drop-adoption-service/ Onward and upward!  Posted from Jerusalem, Israel    … [Read more...]

“Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You”

D. Avi Christian Q shot

  Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster come together (virtually) for this, the 12oth scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation.  Focusing on Matthew 25, this roundtable discussion corresponds to 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 22: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-120-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-22-inherit-the-kingdom-prepared-for-you/  Posted from Jerusalem, Israel  … [Read more...]