January 24, 2015

    Mark 3:7-12 Compare Matthew 4:24-25; 12:15-16; Luke 6:17-19   The accounts of healings given in the passages cited above mention people coming from Galilee, Idumea, Tyre and Sidon,  the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea, and from what used to be called Transjordan (that is, the area across the Jordan River, in what is today the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which was itself known as Transjordan even into the twentieth century).  “His fame spread throughout all Syria,” says Matthew 4:24…. Read more

January 24, 2015

      David French has published a troubling article — it’s fully accessible to me, and I hope it will be to you, as well — about the besieged Boston-area Evangelical school, Gordon College:   https://live-redesign.nationalreview.com/nrd/articles/395969/persecution-gordon-college   Gordon’s offense, which may prove lethal to it, is that its code for students and faculty frowns upon sexual relations outside of marriage and upon homosexual relations altogether.   Sound familiar?   French believes that Gordon College is especially vulnerable because, owing to its… Read more

January 24, 2015

    David Wills kindly brought this utterly fascinating article (and its magnificent accompanying photographs) to my attention:   https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-the-camera-that-changed-the-universe-3c3b2c8ad951   Read it or even simply skim it, marvel, and enjoy!     Read more

January 24, 2015

    Jabra Ghneim has brought two interesting though quite different articles to my attention.  The first describes new research into the “intoxication” with language that Western scholars have often noted in classical Arabic culture — which, the Stanford professor behind the research says, reflects a linguistic sophistication that the medieval West lacked at the same period and from which, he says, literary critics and others in the modern West could still learn:   http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/january/arabic-language-key-012315.html   He also brought to… Read more

January 24, 2015

    Most of you probably wouldn’t care if you heard that philosophy was in decline.  But you might care, nonetheless, about some of the issues raised in this article: http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2015/01/13/the_decline_of_philosophy.html     Read more

January 24, 2015

    The latest installment of the biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865620268/Bible-wars-among-scholarly-tribes.html     Read more

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

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