October 19, 2020

    It’s science.  Well, social science, anyway.  And it has a connection to Brigham Young University:   “‘Handmaid’ reality: Deeply religious marriages have more spousal equality”   Some will not be pleased by the item above.  They should, however, not shoot the messenger.  As in me.   ***   Those planning to lash out at me about the articles below regarding Sweden and its response to COVID-19 should read them carefully and completely — even the longer ones –… Read more

October 19, 2020

    But, sadly, this understandable desire to get the attention of the West is frequently joined with an unwillingness on the part of some Near Eastern­ers to take responsibility for the flaws of their own native area. The fact of Western dominance is exaggerated to the point of hallucina­tion. It overwhelms them, much as the absolute sovereignty of God has swallowed up human will in Islamic theology. Many Arabs and other Muslims that I have known seem genuinely to… Read more

October 19, 2020

    A new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.  This one is by Professor Louis C. Midgley:   “Tocqueville on New Prophets and the Tyranny of Public Opinion” Abstract: Louis Midgley discusses the rise and fall in popularity of Alexis de Toqueville’s unrivaled volumes entitled Democracy in America and the impressive renaissance of interest they have enjoyed since 1930. They were published at a time when Europe was looking for guiding principles to replace aristocratic… Read more

October 18, 2020

    Below are two passages that I’ve extracted from Ronald E. Romig, Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer (Independence, MO: John Whitmer Books, 2014):   In 1870 when Elizabeth Ann [Whitmer, who had married Oliver Cowdery] was fifty-five and had been widowed for two decades, William McLellin, one of Joseph’s original apostles, asked her to describe the translation process.  She responded willingly, he recorded: She gave me a certificate And this is the copy.  [Elizabeth Ann (Whitmer) Cowdery,… Read more

October 18, 2020

    From Thomas Dubay, The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999):   I have the impression from reading popular literature dealing with the early alleged “cosmic soup”, from which life is supposed to have developed, that the writers and their readers feel that the soup was a random and rather homogeneous mixture.  On the contrary, Stanley Jaki tells us that, in the succession of stages through which the expanding cosmos developed, baffling asymmetries… Read more

October 18, 2020

    It’s commonly believed among Muslims that the Qur’an cannot be translated.  Not that there exists some legal prohibition against such translation; renderings of the Qur’an abound in virtually all of the world’s languages, many of them by Muslims and distributed by Muslim publishers.  Rather, the thought is that the task is simply impossible.  It can’t be done.  And I would tend to agree.  The Qur’an is not poetry, but it is poetic.  And poetry has sometimes been wittily… Read more

October 17, 2020

    New on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Book of Moses Essays #25: Enoch’s Grand Vision: A Chorus of Weeping (Moses 7:18–49)”   ***   Appendix E of Ronald E. Romig, Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer (Independence, MO: John Whitmer Books, 2014), 526-527, features the text of an interview conducted in April 1878 by P. Wilhelm Poulson with John Whitmer, one of the Eight Witnesses:   I — I am aware that your name is affixed… Read more

October 17, 2020

    This is pleasant news, of course:   “Elder and Sister Gong Successfully Complete Quarantine: The First Presidency and all other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have tested negative for the virus”   I was struck, though, by this line from Elder Gong’s social media comment:  “With continued precautions, for example, wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, and social distancing, I look forward to returning to my full responsibilities next week” (emphasis mine).   This is consistent… Read more

October 17, 2020

    Needless to say, Marxism could not deliver on its promises, nor give dissatisfied and humiliated residents of the Near East the dig­nity that they craved.  But what other answer was available? Well, the Islamic answer was there. It had always been there, but now its rivals were discredited. “Why,” devout Muslim thinkers asked, “should the Mus­lims turn to the West for clues on how to be successful?” They hadn’t needed Western assistance in the early days, when they… Read more

October 16, 2020

    “Can supplements really help fight COVID-19? Here’s what we know and don’t know: There’s little evidence yet, except maybe in people who are deficient in vitamins and minerals”   “Remdesivir doesn’t reduce COVID-19 deaths, a large WHO trial finds: An international study of more than 11,000 people finds that remdesivir doesn’t prevent deaths from COVID-19, but the drug may still be useful.”   “The FDA has approved the first treatment for Ebola: Lab-made antibodies marshal an immune response… Read more




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