April 1, 2020

    Matthew Wheeler kindly called my attention to this item:   “Malaysia’s Queen is cooking for frontline workers during the coronavirus outbreak: She’s treating hospital workers to a well earned meal”   Doug Ealy called this one to my notice:   “Israel delivers 3,000 more COVID-19 test kits and 50,000 masks to Palestinian Authority”   ***   I’ve shared this favorite passage from the Qur’an on several prior occasions, but it occurs to me to share it yet again:  … Read more

April 1, 2020

    Up now on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Teachings and Testimony of the First Vision: Pure Apostolic Witness and Testimony of the First Vision”: Part 20 of a Series Compiled by Dennis B. Horne   Hales Swift:  “The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Words of Jesus (3 Nephi 27)” A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 14: “He Shall Rise … with Healing in His Wings” (Easter)   Jonn Claybaugh:  Come, Follow Me — Study… Read more

April 1, 2020

    Yes, I’m enough of a troglodyte to have read Jonathan Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Washington DC: Regnery, 2006).  Jonathan Wells is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Washington.  He earned a Ph.D. in religious studies at Yale University with a focus on historical reactions to Darwinism, and then proceeded to earn a second Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley.  Here is a passage… Read more

March 31, 2020

    Herewith, I offer two additional passages — reports from actual “experiencers” — that I’ve extracted from J. Steve Miller, Near-Death Experiences As Evidences for the Existence of God and Heaven: A Brief Introduction in Plain Language (Acworth, GA: Wisdom Creek Press, 2012):   I saw a bright light, and on my way there I heard beautiful music and I saw colors I’d never seen before.  The light .  . . was of a kind that I’d never seen… Read more

March 31, 2020

    My friend and former FARMS colleague Matt Roper has shared this prescient passage from a prayer that was given roughly 127 years ago by President Wilford Woodruff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  With the temples all closed during the coronavirus contagion and with the Salt Lake Temple specifically closed for seismic retrofitting, President Woodruff’s prayer seems almost eerily appropriate:   “Heavenly Father, when Thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy… Read more

March 30, 2020

    In this genuinely weird time of lock-downs and social distancing, rising unemployment and wildly fluctuating markets, we’re rightly most concerned about the lives that the coronavirus contagion threatens.  But there are other victims, including those whose social and mental health have been put at risk by the countermeasures that we’re all taking.   And charities, too, are suffering.  As donors see their wealth shrinking, they are understandably less inclined to contribute to charitable causes — and especially to… Read more

March 30, 2020

    As Messala said to Ben Hur, “It goes on, Judah.  It goes on.”  Here are two new items that have appeared today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel: Genesis 7: The Flood Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article originally appeared in In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel (2014) by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J…. Read more

March 30, 2020

    Here are a couple of additional passages that I’ve marked in Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness, 2d ed. (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011):   The first is about Albert Einstein:   [B]ack in 1935 he had startled the developers of quantum theory by pointing out that the theory required an observation at one place to instantaneously influence what happened far away without involving any physical force.  He derided this as… Read more

March 29, 2020

    Here are two new items that are available via the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Teachings and Testimony of the First Vision: President Hinckley Comments on Joseph Smith’s and the Church’s Critics”: Part 19 of a Series Compiled by Dennis B. Horne   “Interpreter Radio Show — March 22, 2020” An archived recording of the 22 March 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show — shorn of commercial and other interruptions — is available at no charge at the… Read more

March 29, 2020

    Barring unforeseen mishap, I’ll be on the Interpreter Radio Show tonight (Sunday night) with Martin Tanner, between 7 PM and 9 PM.  During the second hour of the program, we’ll be discussing Mosiah 7-10.  One of the topics that I hope to address very briefly will be the reference in Mosiah 7:31 to a destructive “east wind.”   I discussed this subject in a column for the print edition of the Deseret News and the online edition of… Read more

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