January 28, 2015

    John Gee continues with his series of interesting posts on literacy, written sources, and the historical sense in ancient Israel:   “Estimating the Size of the Israelite Library”   “Assessing Historical Authenticity of the Historical Books of the Hebrew Bible”   “A Biblical Scholar Surveys the Scholarly Scene”   He’s implicitly critiquing some recent statements that have suggested that the historical value of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible is, at best, minimal, and that the authors of even… Read more

January 28, 2015

    http://www.adn.com/article/20150124/attending-church-phone-rural-alaska     Read more

January 28, 2015

    A report on an interesting study analyzing how much members of six groups — Catholics, mainline Protestants, Jews, Evangelicals, adherents of eastern religions (which I hope the study itself identifies more precisely), and people with no religious affiliation — support the scientific exploration of space:   http://www.space.com/27896-religion-influence-space-exploration.html   The results are thought-provoking and, in one particular case, striking.     Read more

January 28, 2015

    You may have missed this, especially if you live outside of Utah, but it’s rather important:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865620495/LDS-statement-could-move-Utah-nondiscrimination-religious-freedom-debate-forward.html   http://www.sltrib.com/home/2106982-155/in-major-move-mormon-apostles-call   I confess that to having reservations about anti-discrimination legislation in general — not because I favor bigotry and not because I have any particular wish to see or to allow homosexuals (or blacks, or women) to be hurt, but because I lean very strongly libertarian.  People sometimes demand to know “Well, what if somebody refused to do business… Read more

January 27, 2015

    Formerly the United States ambassador to Kuwait, Matthew Tueller is currently our representative to Yemen, where the government has just fallen, a Shi‘i insurgency has taken over the capital, and “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP; تنظيم القاعدة في جزيرة العرب‎) is extremely active (having recently sponsored the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris).   He’s a Latter-day Saint, and a graduate of BYU — as are Deborah Jones (also a former ambassador to Kuwait, now assigned to Libya) and Stephen Beecroft… Read more

January 27, 2015

    “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Read more

January 27, 2015

    Here’s an effort to explain the case of John Dehlin to a Jewish audience:   http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/john_dehlin_a_mormon_jew_for_jesus     Read more

January 27, 2015

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/us/politics/romneys-consideration-of-candidacy-is-closely-tied-to-his-faith-allies-say.html?_r=0     Read more

January 27, 2015

    Except for such satisfying examples of religiously-tinged misbehavior as routinely come out of the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, and the occasional gratifying progressive-sounding remark by Pope Francis, the American news media don’t pay a lot of attention to religious news.  Some — including me (which is why I write two columns for the Deseret News — think that this is a mistake and a distortion.  And here’s someone saying the same thing:   http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/ignoring-religion-is-anti-journalism/article_609f6c3c-a24c-11e4-beb6-f396fbb0521e.html     Read more

January 27, 2015

    Matthew 5:13-16 Compare Mark 4:21; 9:49-50; Luke 8:16; 14:34-35; John 8:12   We sometimes seem to imagine that, eventually, everybody on the planet will accept the Gospel and join the true Church.  And, sometimes, we’re derided by critics — especially of the cynical, apostate kind — because the Church has signally failed to convert most of the world.   But I can’t see that the prophecies have ever indicated that the Church would enroll every single man, woman,… Read more

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