“Reason, dignity, and the Supreme Court”

    As we draw ever closer to a Supreme Court decision in which, effectively, a single justice may redefine the millennia-old institution of marriage — who knew that three years of law school could qualify a person for such a godlike role in human history? — the insightful and genuinely fearless Ralph Hancock provides an informed perspective on the deep background of the intellectual-historical processes that brought us to this point:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628473/Reason-dignity-and-the-Supreme-Court.html?pg=all     Read more

“Love one another, as I have loved you.”

    In the Interpreter Foundation’s 121st scripture roundtable, Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, Cassandra Hedelius, Daniel Peterson, and R. McKay White discuss passages from Luke 22 and John 13-14, which are the focus of Lesson 23 in the 2015 Gospel Doctrine manual:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-121-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-23-love-one-another-as-i-have-loved-you/   Sometimes, by the way, I’m still amazed by our ability to do these discussions:  Jeff is in Florida, Cassandra is in Maryland, I’m in Utah, and McKay is in northern Alberta.  A few years ago, such… Read more

Watch a movie, help Nepalese earthquake victims

    My friend Bianca Lisonbee has called my attention to the fact that special screenings of the film Highway to Dhampus will be shown on Wednesday and Thursday at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, with all proceeds going to benefit earthquake victims in Nepal.   I hope this link will work for you:   https://www.facebook.com/highwaytodhampus/posts/716310651811766   Just in case it doesn’t, here’s a link to a brief Wikimedia article about the film:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway_to_Dhampus   In any event, it’s… Read more

The three most important things in human life?

    “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James     Read more

Some desultory cultural notes

    My wife and I have just returned from a performance of Joe DiPietro’s Over the River & Through the Woods at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City.  It was a good performance of a light, funny, and sad play.  Much recommended for a good evening out.   The other night, we attended Utah Opera’s performance of The Rake’s Progress, conducted by Thierry Fischer, with music by Igor Stravinski and a sometimes striking and quotable libretto by W. H…. Read more

“Matthew’s gospel patterned on the 5 books of Moses”

    An interesting article for the Deseret News by Taylor Halverson, a member of the board for the Interpreter Foundation:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628283/New-Testament-insights-Matthew7s-Gospel-patterned-on-the-5-Books-of-Moses.html     Read more

New Testament 154

    Matthew 16:1-4 Mark 8:11-13 Compare Matthew 12:38-39; Luke 11:16, 29; 12:54-56; John 6:30   A generation that seeks for a sign may well be literally adulterous, as ours is.  But it’s certainly “adulterous” in the metaphorical sense illustrated by the Old Testament story of the prophet Hosea, who’s called — think on this, the next time you’re tempted to complain about your church assignment! — to illustrate the broken relationship between the Lord and unfaithful Israel in his own… Read more

Troy, the Book of Mormon, and Scholarly Peer Review

    I was just reading a piece of anti-Mormon writing in which the author claims that, if the Book of Mormon were really historically authentic and if its geography actually existed in the real world, Mormon scholars should be able to prove it in a peer-reviewed non-Mormon publication.  This, the author declares, is the very scientific process that was used to find the ancient city of Troy, so famous from Homer’s Iliad.   It’s a very naïve and simplistic… Read more

“The Trinity Doctrine: Will It Survive?”

    Someone brought this item to my attention a few days ago, but, to my shame, I can’t remember who it was.  So I offer my thanks — vaguely, in all directions — in case the person who deserves them happens to be reading.   A mainstream Christian author expresses some reservations about orthodox Nicene Trinitarianism, while still clearly wanting it to be true and worrying about whether it’s being distorted:   http://spectrummagazine.org/article/karl-g-wilcox/2012/01/02/trinity-doctrine-will-it-survive   Not to worry.  I’ll shortly… Read more

“Scriptural Mormonism”

    It’s been a while, I think, since I recommended Robert Boylan’s wonderful blog, “Scriptural Mormonism.”  So I’m going to do it again:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.ie   Brother Boylan’s is an interesting and valuable voice — with a delightful Irish lilt, to boot.     Read more

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