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“The Lost World of Genesis One”

6 days 23 hours ago
    Several years ago, I read an interesting book entitled The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009).   In it, the author, John H. Walton, an Evangelical professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, just outside of Chicago, argues that Genesis 1 isn’t […]
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One of my favorite pieces of Islam-related nonsense

1 week ago
    Every once in a while, somebody brings up or sends to me some variant of the following:   Since America is typically represented by an Eagle. Saddam and Bin Laden should have read up on their Muslim passages…The following verse is from the Quran, (the Islamic Bible). Quran ( 9:11) — For it […]
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Latter-day Saint temples in the Valley of the Sun and beyond

1 week ago
    The general area of modern Mesa, Arizona, was first settled at least two thousand years ago by the people known as the Hohokam — a name adopted by modern scholars from an O’odham language term for them that means something like “those who are gone.”  The Hohokam eventually built the most extensive and […]
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An anti-Islamic use of Qur’an 9:30

1 week 1 day ago
    A few days ago, one of those upset by my article on Islam in the current Ensign shared with me an image or Facebook meme containing a number of quotations purportedly from the Qur’an.  They are intended to demonstrate the violent character both of the book and of Islam in general.   “Islam,” […]
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Four Nineteenth-Century Mormon Quotations on Science and Religion

1 week 1 day ago
    The pressing need of the age is a system of religion that can recognize, at the same time, the truths of demonstrated science and the doctrines found in the pages of sacred writ, and can show that perfect harmony exists between the works and words of the Creator; a religion that will reach […]
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Peter Grünberg RIP

1 week 2 days ago
    In 2007, the German physicist Peter Grünberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for his role in the discovery of giant magnetoresistance, or GMR.  Dr. Grünberg died a week ago, on 7 April 2018.   In his memory, I offer some quotations — in my own hasty English translation — from an interview with […]
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A brief look at an Islamophobic allegation

1 week 2 days ago
    A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who, like some vocal others, is highly indignant about my article on Islam in the current issue of the Ensign wrote to me yesterday, accusing Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims of a number of very bad things.  I’ll discuss one of those accusations […]
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Stephen T. Davis on the doctrine of hell (Part 1)

1 week 2 days ago
    I’ve enjoyed the work of Stephen T. Davis, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in California, for a long time.  I’m currently reading his 2015 book After We Die: Theology, Philosophy, and the Question of Life after Death.   I’ve just finished reading his defense of the concept […]
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Some Notes on English Translations of the Qur’an (Part 6, Conclusion)

1 week 2 days ago
    Some Significant Twenty-First Century Translations   The Qur’an (2004) M.A.S. Abdel-Haleem Published in paperback in the Oxford World Classics series, this translation has very been well received and is, I think, growing in acceptance.  It’s also the one that I currently use when I teach courses on the Qur’an in English.  (For my […]
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“The world’s greatest architect”

1 week 2 days ago
    I mentioned before, in this space, my passing desire, in my youth, to be an architect.  As I’ve said, the principal factor that dissuaded me from that ambition was my utter and absolute lack of any relevant talent — something that hasn’t stopped certain others from going into the field but that certainly […]
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Ultimate Questions

1 week 3 days ago
    I’ve admired the work of Stephen T. Davis, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in California, for many years.  Lately, I’ve been reading his 2015 book After We Die: Theology, Philosophy, and the Question of Life after Death.   I liked this passage, which appears right at the […]
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What’s Needed for Life (Revisited)

1 week 3 days ago
    The Israeli-American Gerald L. Schroeder earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.  He teaches today at Jerusalem’s College of Jewish Studies.  The following — which should really be read in conjunction with my earlier entry titled “What’s Needed for […]
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Some Notes on English Translations of the Qur’an (Part 5)

1 week 4 days ago
    Yet another portion of the notes that I wrote up back in January 2017 at the request of a committee in Salt Lake City:   Some Significant Twentieth Century Translations (II):   The Koran Interpreted (1955) A. J. Arberry Professor Arberry, of the universities of London and Cambridge, was one of the great […]
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“A marvelous work and a wonder”

1 week 4 days ago
    A really fine review essay on the most recent product of Royal Skousen’s magnificent Book of Mormon Critical Text Project has just appeared (or will appear very shortly) in BYU Studies, written by Grant Hardy:   “Approaching Completion: The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: A Review of Royal Skousen’s Analysis of Textual […]
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Some Notes on English Translations of the Qur’an (Part 4)

1 week 5 days ago
    I continue with another extract from the notes that I wrote up, at the request of a committee in Salt Lake City, back in January 2017:   Some Significant Twentieth Century Translations (I)   The Holy Qur’an (1917) Maulana Muhammad ‘Ali Containing extensive explanatory notes and a lengthy introduction, this was a very […]
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What’s needed for life?

1 week 5 days ago
    A handy checklist in extracted from Gerald Schroeder’s  2009 book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (75-77)   In order to begin to get some hint as to how many planets or even moons able to support . . . life there might be in our universe, […]
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Mom

1 week 5 days ago
    My mother died thirteen years ago today, the day after her birthday.  Following my annual tradition, I repost here the remarks that I delivered (very haltingly) at her 2005 funeral in southern California.  I don’t typically write talks out, or read them, but this time I knew I had to.  And I was scarcely […]
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“I wished to inquire what she meant, but she was gone.”

1 week 5 days ago
    From a testimony of Elizabeth Brotherton Pratt (1817-1897), an English convert to Mormonism who emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841, as it is reproduced in Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009), 140:   After my father and our family apostatized and went […]
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“Anything But Pedestrian”

1 week 5 days ago
    Two more passages extracted from Gerald Schroeder’s  2009 book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along:   . . . the one-of-a-kind behavior or water expanding just before reachings its freezing temperature.  Almost all other liquids contract upon changing from liquid to solid.  That contraction makes them […]
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Some Notes on English Translations of the Qur’an (Part 3)

1 week 6 days ago
    Building upon two previous entries, here and here, I offer a bit more from the notes that I wrote up, at the request of a committee in Salt Lake City, back in January 2017:   Some Early Translations   English translation of the Qur’an seems to have begun with Christian missionary motivations—all of […]
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