August 5, 2020

    Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 32 “Preserved by His Marvelous Power” Alma 53-63 The participants in the Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 32, “Preserved by His Marvelous Power,” on Alma 53-63, were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen. That roundtable has now been extracted from the 12 July 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show.  It has been stripped of commercial and other interruptions, and is accessible at no charge. The complete show may be… Read more

August 5, 2020

    It’s time, yet again, to share some of the COVID-19-related links that I’ve gathered together over the last little while.  Perhaps some of you will find them interesting.  Whether you find them interesting or not, though, I must press forward with my self-appointed mission — a mission of which I was informed by a hostile total stranger a couple of weeks ago — of calling out The Evils of Science:   “Coronavirus: How New Zealand went ‘hard and… Read more

August 5, 2020

    Muslims and Western scholars agree upon a division of the suras or chapters of the Qur’an between those received at Mecca and those later received at the oasis town of Medina. There are dif­ferences between the two groups that go considerably beyond the mere time of the reception, however, extending to questions of theme, style, and content. I shall examine the two groups in order. The revelations of the earliest (Meccan) period of the Prophet’s career have certain… Read more

August 4, 2020

    First, here’s a fun bit of science news:  “This is the first picture of a sunlike star with multiple exoplanets: Unlike our solar system, this one has two massive gas giants with far-out orbits”   ***   I share a couple of passages from Douglas Groothuis, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (Downers Grove: IVP and Nottingham: Apollos, 2011) that caught my attention a while back:   “[American philosopher Robin] Collins is particularly impressed with the… Read more

August 4, 2020

    The 2020 FairMormon conference begins on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 — as I write, that’s tomorrow (i.e. mañana) — and it will be done virtually.  Which isn’t altogether a good thing, obviously, since many of us enjoy the social aspects of it and the sheer power of gathering in a group.  But it has this good aspect:  You can watch it from anywhere.  I encourage you to consider doing so:   2020 FairMormon Conference   Those who register for… Read more

August 4, 2020

    Muhammad in Mecca Within a few years of his birth at Mecca in 570 A.D., Muhammad, the future prophet of Islam, became an orphan. He had been born into an important clan of the Quraysh, known as the Banu Hashim. (That is why Jordan, whose king claims descent from the Prophet, is even today officially known as “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jor­dan.”) But, though the Banu Hashim were important, by this point they had also fallen on somewhat… Read more

August 3, 2020

    Up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation, by Ugo A. Perego and Jayne E. Ekins:   “Is Decrypting the Genetic Legacy of America’s Indigenous Populations Key to the Historicity of the Book of Mormon?” Abstract: Some critics of the Book of Mormon suppose that the DNA characteristics of modern Native Americans should be compatible with “Israelite” rather than with Asian genetics. The authors point out that while DNA is a valid tool to study ancient and modern… Read more

August 3, 2020

    Raymond Barfield, who holds both an M.D. and a doctorate in philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, is a pediatric oncologist at the medical school of Duke University and a professor of Christian philosophy in Duke University’s Divinity School.  Here, I cite five passages that I marked while reading the text of his 2011 Veritas Forum address at the University of Oklahoma, as given in Ray Barfield, Pascal’s Wager: What Is It To Be Human? (n.pl.:  The Veritas… Read more

August 3, 2020

    On 23 September 1855, Elder George A. Smith of the Council of the Twelve stood up in the Bowery in Great Salt Lake City—the Taber­nacle had not yet been built—and delivered what was, for the time and place, a very well informed and astonishingly positive sermon on Islam. “I am aware,” he said, “that it is a difficult matter to get an honest history of Mahometanism translated into any of the Chris­tian languages.” He was reminded, when he… Read more

August 3, 2020

    On the website of the Interpreter Foundation, a new item (including an audio download) from the staff at Book of Mormon Central, Jeffrey Bradshaw, and Matthew Bowen:   Book of Moses Insights #14: The Teachings of Enoch: Enoch as a Teacher (Moses 6:51–68)   ***   And don’t forget about the latest book from the Interpreter Foundation, Sacred Time, Sacred Space, & Sacred Meaning.  There are, after all, only 143 shopping days left until Christmas as I write and,… Read more




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