August 17, 2019

    Our English word science derives, ultimately, from the Latin verb scire, which meant “to know.”  In modern English, though, science doesn’t refer simply to knowledge in general.  Rather, it denotes a certain kind of knowledge — or, even, to be really precise, a certain methodology (or bundle of methodologies; after all, cosmology and botany and geology and particle physics and genetics and astrophysics and ecology employ quite distinct methods and styles of reasoning) for attaining that particular kind… Read more

August 16, 2019

    “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me… Read more

August 16, 2019

    It’s Friday, so another article has been published (today) in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Duane Boyce, “Jacob Did Not Make a False Prediction” Review of Adam S. Miller, “Reading Signs or Repeating Symptoms,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 10 pages (chapter), 174 pages (book). Abstract. The Neal A. Maxwell Institute recently published a volume on the encounter between Jacob and… Read more

August 16, 2019

    Thanks to the generous efforts of Tom Pittman and Russ Richins, the postprandial remarks made to donors and volunteers at the seventh annual Interpreter Foundation birthday dinner are now available (as usual, at no charge) to anybody who might be interested in hearing and seeing the speakers:   “The Interpreter Foundation 7th Annual Dinner and Fireside”   The breakdown is as follows:   Agenda: 00:00 Dan Peterson: Welcome 00:30 Russ Richins: Witnesses film production update 03:35 Dan Peterson:… Read more

August 15, 2019

    “And We have sent the Book down to you in truth, confirming what you already have of the Book and as a criterion for it. So judge between them by what God has sent down and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had God willed, He would have made you one faith-community, but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you;… Read more

August 15, 2019

    Sam LeFevre, who sometimes looks in on this unworthy blog, has kindly called my attention to an article that some of you might find interesting:   “Is Faith Delusion?”   I was unaware of the essay, but it reminded me of a column about the book that apparently grew out of it.  I published that column in the Deseret News back on 8 June 2017:   Until his retirement, Andrew Sims, former president of the United Kingdom’s Royal… Read more

August 14, 2019

    It’s a balmy and very still evening here in St. George.  As I sit typing on our balcony, I’m looking across an illuminated pool and a number of palm trees at a clearly visible full moon.  Frankly, it reminds me of evenings in the Middle East.   ***   Here are some resources from the Interpreter Foundation for those who teach Gospel Doctrine classes, those who attend them, and those who cannot attend them but would like to… Read more

August 14, 2019

    My wife and I attended a performance of Every Brilliant Thing this afternoon up in Cedar City.  It’s a funny (though occasionally touching) and fast-paced one-man play by Duncan Macmillan (with Johnny Donohoe) about . . . depression and suicide.  Michael Doherty did extremely well with it, and it obviously had an emotional impact on more than a few in the audience.  Afterwards, as Doherty stood in the foyer of the theater, I saw several people come up… Read more

August 14, 2019

    It has just been pointed out to me that, on one of his blogs — I don’t follow them myself — Mr. Jonathan Neville, perhaps the most vocal proponent of the so-called “Heartland model” of Book of Mormon geography, has again mentioned me.  And, as usual, he does so negatively.  So I will again mention Mr. Jonathan Neville.   In this latest blog entry, Mr. Neville has declared himself in favor of recognizing and respecting “other opinions” and… Read more

August 14, 2019

    Few Americans pay any attention to what’s going on in Africa, and especially in what we might call interior Africa.  Of course, we’re not overly good at noticing what goes on beyond our borders in general.  “War,” Ambrose Bierce once commented, “is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”   Unfortunately, with regard to Africa I don’t do any better myself, most of the time.  I’m not sure what the reasons for that neglect are.  It’s a depressing area,… Read more

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