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Introducing the “Interpreter Show”

1 week ago
    I’m pleased to announce the debut of the Interpreter Show.   It will begin this coming Sunday evening, 14 January, on K-Talk Radio (AM 1640), and will run each week from 7 PM to 8 PM on Sundays.   The show will be available both via broadcast radio and via the internet.  Moreover, once completed, […]
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Out of Jerusalem, en route to the land of promise

1 week ago
    Continuing with notes derived from John W. Welch, et al., eds.  Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2017), 29-32:   Chapter 10 of Knowing Why is titled “Why Would Lehi Offer Sacrifices outside Jerusalem?” (29-30)   Some critics have charged that the Book of Mormon cannot […]
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The universe is both very big and very weird.

1 week ago
      Ancient people, living out under the sky, directly and very consciously dependent upon agricultural economies rather than supermarkets, lacking artificial illumination, were acutely aware of their dependence upon the Sun.  In many cases, they worshiped it as god.  Today, we’re insulated from it, both literally and metaphorically.   In that, um, light, […]
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The Five Pillars of Islam, Part 1

1 week ago
    From my general-LDS-audience manuscript on Islam:   President Spencer W. Kimball used to talk of the thirteen Articles of Faith, encouraging members of the Church to memorize them so that they would have in their minds a simple and orderly outline of some of the basic teachings of the restored gospel. There is […]
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Scientism as religion. Really.

1 week 1 day ago
    (Ian Hutchinson, Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-Denying, Reason-Destroying Scientism [Belmont, MA: Fias Publishing, 2011], 1-3)   Hutchinson quotes from The Counter-Revolution of Science (1952), by the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek (1899-1992; with whom, as I’ve noted earlier, I had the privilege to spend some time in Scotland back in 1976):   During the first half […]
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Book of Mormon consistency and complexity

1 week 1 day ago
    One of the arguments that can be made for the inspired authenticity of the Book of Mormon regards the sheer complexity of the text.   For example, over the years I’ve made a point many times in firesides that I based on John Sorenson’s An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon and other […]
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The Treatment of Women in the Qur’an (Part Two)

1 week 1 day ago
    Carrying on with my book-in-progress:   However, we cannot avoid the fact that Islam does make dis­tinctions between men and women. The Qur’an makes one point rather bluntly: “Good women are obedient,” it declares.[1] Such language is hardly fashionable in the twenty-first century.[2]And there is more. “Women shall with justice have rights similar […]
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Sariah, Cliven Bundy, and the walls of Jerusalem

1 week 2 days ago
    Further notes taken from John W. Welch, et al., eds.  Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2017), 25-28:   “Did Jerusalem Have Walls around It?”  (25-26)   Edmund C. Briggs isn’t our only source for the story about the Prophet Joseph Smith during the time of the translation […]
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The Treatment of Women in the Qur’an (Part One)

1 week 2 days ago
    Continuing with my manuscript on Islam for Latter-day Saints:   In terms of their prospects for going to either heaven or hell, men and women are equal in Islam. “All human beings are equal,” the Prophet Muhammad taught, “equal as the teeth of a comb. There is no superiority of a white over […]
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“How to Make Solar Systems”

1 week 3 days ago
    More notes from Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, extracted from his book How It Began: A Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Universe (New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2012):   It seems simple enough.  Take a large, diffuse cloud of gas and dust. […]
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Of Gravity Waves, Diets, Planetary Orbits, Psychological Theories, and Misery

1 week 3 days ago
    I can’t imagine that every psychologist will be happy with this brief article:   “The Six Stages of a Failed Psychological Theory”   ***   Many people will be quite happy, though, with this article, the slightly off-color title of which I’ve chosen not to reproduce here.  I’m not altogether sure that I […]
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Three Literary/Linguistic Features of 1 Nephi

1 week 3 days ago
    Some notes drawn from John W. Welch, et al., eds.  Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2017), 12-14.:   1.   “Did Ancient Israelites Write in Egyptian?”  (18-19)   Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon were mocked in the nineteenth century for its notion that […]
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Further observations on the ethical teaching of the Qur’an

1 week 3 days ago
    Further notes, from a manuscript, on the ethical teaching of the Qur’an:   The sins that are likely to characterize the wealthy in a com­mercial society come in for particular attention. For instance, believers are told to give just weight and full measure in their mar­ket and trade exchanges.[1] The Qur’an shows special […]
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Some good quotations on science and religion

1 week 3 days ago
    Some additional quotations from Alister E. McGrath, Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011).   From pages 4-5: The intellectual vitality of the natural sciences lies in their being able to say something without having to say everything.  Science simply cannot answer questions […]
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Orienting ourselves to a new day and a new year

1 week 4 days ago
    I first read the Meditations of the Stoic Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) back when I was in high school.  I’ve had a deep fondness for him ever since, and (although he himself was a pagan and not particularly friendly toward the novel sect of the Christians) much of what he had […]
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“And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men”

1 week 4 days ago
    The title page of the Book of Mormon concludes with a striking statement:   And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.   In other words, the Book of Mormon never […]
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Is genuine knowledge available beyond the sciences?

1 week 4 days ago
    There are those — some of them read my blog — who appear to argue that science is the only valid kind of knowledge, and that anything that isn’t scientific isn’t really knowledge.   I find such claims — if that’s indeed what they’re really saying — unspeakably weird.   I offer, below, a […]
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A bit more on the moral teachings of the Qur’an

1 week 4 days ago
    Another passage from my manuscript on Islam for Latter-day Saints:   Muslims should be just, but should soften that justice with kindness and with generosity to the needy and the dispossessed and, above all, to their kinfolk. The Qur’an commends such actions as The freeing of a slave, or giving food upon a […]
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Just in time to help teachers and students in Gospel Doctrine classes!

1 week 5 days ago
    Thanks to the efforts of Elder Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, who is currently serving as a missionary with his wife in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission, the Interpreter Foundation is in a position to post some materials that, we believe and hope, will be of interest and of benefit to both teachers […]
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The Book of Mormon, rich complexity, and martyrdom

1 week 5 days ago
    From John W. Welch, et al., eds.  Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2017), 4-8.   Chapter 2, “Was the Book of Mormon Used as the First Church Administrative Handbook?” offers a brief but very instructive overview of points of practice and administration that are, […]
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