January 24, 2015

    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/why-religious-colleges-should-worry-about-this-new-ruling     Read more

January 24, 2015

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”  (Ayn Rand [1905-1982])       Read more

January 23, 2015

    I had the opportunity, today, of attending a lecture at BYU by Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput of Philadelphia.  (Given the fact that the new Philadelphia Temple is rapidly rising very near to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Professor Mauro Properzi quipped in introducing him, the Archbishop will be able to enjoy his morning coffee every day with the Angel Moroni.)     On the stand with Archbishop Chaput in the Varsity Theater were, among others, Bishop John Charles… Read more

January 23, 2015

    It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has, of course, published a new article:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/where-in-cincinnati-was-the-third-edition-of-the-book-of-mormon-printed/   We’re happy to make these articles (and other materials) available without cost to readers, in as many venues and forms as we can, as a service to the Latter-day Saint community as well as to scholars and interested readers of every persuasion.     Read more

January 23, 2015

    I’m not, and don’t pretend to be, an expert on the politics of Yemen.  But, for any who would like some background information on the Zaydi Shi‘ite movement out of which the Houthi insurgents emerge who have just taken control of that country — the Zaydis are quite distinct from the Ithna‘asharis who rule Iran — there may be worse places to look than my online article on the “Zaydiyya” for Oxford Bibliographies:   http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195390155/obo-9780195390155-0153.xml     Read more

January 23, 2015

    Matthew 12:9-14 Mark 3:1-6 Luke 6:6-11   Today’s reading plainly belongs with yesterday’s.   Jesus is illustrating the proper attitude toward the Sabbath.   He doesn’t say that it’s okay to engage in trade on the Sabbath day, let alone to eat out in restaurants or attend movies.   But the rules for the Sabbath weren’t intended to free us from service and acts of kindness and charity on that day.  In fact, the spirit of the Sabbath urges… Read more

January 23, 2015

    Jabra Ghneim brings this interesting article to my notice:   http://www.digitaljournal.com/science/oldest-gospel-fragment-discovered-in-mummy-mask/article/424171   Here’s a reaction to the find from my friend and colleague John Gee, who specializes in texts out of ancient Egypt:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/on-reports-of-new-gospel-of-mark.html   And, while I’m at it, here’s an important heads up regarding New Testament textual criticism and the controversial passage in Luke 22:43-44 where Jesus sweats blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and is comforted by an angel:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-textual-criticism-of-luke-22.html     Read more

January 23, 2015

    Yup.  Here’s another link about John Dehlin that I deem worthy of passing on:   https://dearjohndehlin.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/john-dehlin-and-the-art-of-baking-narratives/   Those who’ve come near to passing out over my posting such links are entirely free to pass on this one.   But some of you, I think, will like it and find it interesting.  If you do, feel free to pass it on.     Read more

January 23, 2015

    Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Quorum of the Twelve, was fond of this statement from the English clergyman William Law (d. 1761), who famously lived what he taught:   “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.”   In my judgment, it’s powerfully true.     Read more

January 22, 2015

      1.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/saudi-arabia-king-dead-dies_n_6527616.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000014   Saudi Arabia is facing a time of transition, as this generation of the royal family passes on.       2.   http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/23/us-yemen-security-usa-embassy-exclusive-idUSKBN0KW00120150123   The situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, which suggests that the rosy picture of foreign policy success in the Middle East sketched by Mr. Obama in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night may, er, not be completely accurate.   The American embassy in Yemen is evacuating… Read more

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