November 12, 2018

    New, on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective: Part 4, What Attracts People to the Church?”   ***   This is a very nice little item from the Church’s Newsroom:   “Sister Aburto Reaches Out to Navajo Latter-day Saints in the American Southwest: Relief Society leader teaches about Book of Mormon”   ***   A few of you might enjoy taking a look at the new website of BYU’s Center… Read more

November 12, 2018

    One of the courses that I’m teaching this term is a small class on the Qur’an in English.  Reading this evening in Surah 49 (“The Private Rooms”) in preparation for tomorrow morning’s class session, I came across this passage as it’s rendered by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem in his Oxford translation:   Believers, if a troublemaker brings you news, check it first, in case you wrong others unwittingly and later regret what you have done.  (Qur’an 49:6)… Read more

November 12, 2018

    “Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results”   Actually, I wasn’t entirely disappointed.  That word mostly in the headline leaves out possible striking benefits with regard to heart attacks.  No small thing, that, if it pans out.   ***   In the meantime, an issue that might arise in the effort to obtain fish oil, but that is otherwise pretty completely unrelated:   “Do fish feel pain? Scientists are divided on the answer: Fish… Read more

November 12, 2018

    Here’s an item that’s just hit the news:   “LDS Church developer plans to build a 28-story office tower in downtown Salt Lake City”   There will, of course, be a chorus of howls and denunciations lamenting the “corporate church” (“LDS Inc.”) that’s led by allegedly greedy “businessmen” and that, ignoring the example of the itinerant Jesus and his penniless apostles and arrogantly turning its back on the poor, concentrates on major real estate deals in order to… Read more

November 12, 2018

    A perhaps unexpected gathering on the Provo campus of Brigham Young University:   “NCAA Common Ground IV at BYU: Asking sincere questions, finding radical hope”   ***   Although I’m obviously not a Catholic, I found this quite interesting and worthy of recommending to other non-Catholics.  It raises an issue that, in many circles today, is far too dangerous even to mention:   “What are the odds of this Catholic clergy abuse study receiving some elite ink?”  … Read more

November 11, 2018

    In view of the recent attention given to “The Maxwell Legacy in the 21st Century,” I think that I’ll share a transcription of some interesting remarks given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell way back on 27 September 1991.  I was there that evening; I hadn’t yet gotten to know Elder Maxwell at that point, but I’ve never forgotten the event:   “Elder Neal A. Maxwell on Consecration, Scholarship, and the Defense of the Kingdom”   A couple of days ago, Russell… Read more

November 11, 2018

    My blog’s resident atheistic and scientistic ideologue will undoubtedly denounce me for my alleged hostility to science because I’ve posted links to the following two articles.  Each article questions scientific authority and dissents from powerful consensuses.  However, I doubt that I’m any more hostile to science than either of the articles’ authors is:   “First stars spell trouble for dark matter”   “Seeking the Truth When the Consensus Is against You: You should always listen to the experts—except when… Read more

November 11, 2018

    I would like to call general attention to a lecture that will be given this next week at Brigham Young University by a friend of mine (also, for what it’s worth, a former student and, later, a colleague) who is currently working as an independent scholar:   “Memory and Erasure in the Story of the West: Or, Where have All the Muslims Gone?” Tuesday, 12 PM to 1 PM; 238 HRCB, Brigham Young University Islamic civilization served as… Read more

November 11, 2018

    I think that Saturday’s Temple on Mount Zion conference, jointly sponsored by the BYU Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, the BYU College of Humanities, and the Interpreter Foundation, was a considerable success.  It was well attended and the presentations were very good.  I’m grateful to all who were involved.   For the final afternoon session, Neal Rappleye took over for Steve Densley, who had to leave in order to meet a Saturday evening stake conference commitment,… Read more

November 10, 2018

    I now offer the third installment of my brief report from the fourth biannual Temple on Mount Zion Conference, which was co-sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and its College of Humanities and by the Interpreter Foundation.  The conference, organized by Professor Stephen Ricks of Brigham Young University, convened today (Saturday) on the BYU campus.   Dr. . Jeffrey M. Bradshaw conducted the afternoon sessions, which began following a lunch break.  Rather… Read more

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