January 25, 2015

    An interesting article about Guy Consolmagno, the official Vatican astronomer:   http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/03/meet-popes-astronomer-says-hed-baptize-alien-given-chance/   He’s currently slated, by the way, to address an Interpreter Foundation conference (in Utah) on science and religion during the spring of 2016, somewhat more than a year from now.         Read more

January 25, 2015

    “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.” George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898), Act I     Read more

January 25, 2015

    The itinerary that we follow on our tours to Israel invariably takes us to Tel Aviv on the first night.  We stay in the Dan Panorama Hotel — great name, no? — which is right across the street from the park and the beach that you can see (in the distance, across the water) in the photo above.  (Please click on the image to enlarge it.  The Dan Panorama Hotel is in that first cluster of high-rises toward… Read more

January 25, 2015

    You may have missed this:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619596/How-I-lost-and-regained-my-faith-LDS-man-shares-18-lessons-he-learned.html?pg=all     Read more

January 25, 2015

    Matthew 5:1; 10:1-4 Mark 3:13-19 Luke 6:12-16   In the biblical account of Moses, that prophet goes up onto a mountain to receive instruction and to be given his commission from the Lord.   I think it not coincidental that, in these New Testament accounts, Jesus climbs a mountain and, from there, gives instruction to his disciples and commissions twelve of them as apostles.   There is, in my judgment, powerful symbolism in the topography.     Read more

January 25, 2015

    A slightly unusual personal narrative of conversion:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396885/finding-god-mirror-jason-scott-jones     Read more

January 25, 2015

    As one person informed me yesterday, I’m a fear-monger on these matters.  But, plainly, I’m not alone:   http://www.cardus.ca/blog/2015/01/christian-lawyers-and-doctors-need-not-apply     Read more

January 24, 2015

    I would like to thank Charles Henderson for having brought this intriguing article to my attention:   “3 Distinguished Linguists Examine Mysterious Origin of Native Americans”   I’m not claiming — though some will inevitably (even after this disavowal) maintain that I am — that this somehow proves the Book of Mormon true.  But, if the article is accurate, it certainly suggests that the simple, unambiguous, settled story that some have been telling, and that some have been saying destroys… Read more

January 24, 2015

    “The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.” George Bernard Shaw, “Preface,” Three Plays for Puritans (1900)     Read more

January 24, 2015

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/01/the-kirtland-temple/     Read more

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