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Islam and Mormonism: Some Similarities and Differences (Second Part)

18 hours 9 minutes ago
    Apparently I already posted this little collection of notes sometime last year.  But some folks evidently didn’t see that posting, so I think that I’ll finish it:   Similarities (continued)   Both Islam and Mormonism see an end to history, which is moving in linear fashion toward a divinely-determined goal.  There are many […]
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“Bathed in a gloriously blue light”

23 hours 52 minutes ago
    Here, I offer two more reports of near-death or out-of-body experiences, both of them taken from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).   The first comes from the very famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), the founder of analytical psychology.  In November 1944, […]
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“The Benefits of Belief”

1 day 1 hour ago
    Last night, my wife and I enjoyed an elders quorum dinner, with a sizeable percentage of the quorum, at the home of the quorum president.  (One of his counselors hosted another simultaneous dinner at his place.)   As I’ve said many times here before, one of the things that I most appreciate about […]
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Kangaroo Court or Circus?

1 day 3 hours ago
    I don’t know for certain what happened — or what didn’t happen — nearly four decades back between teenage Brett Kavanaugh and teenage Christine Blasey Ford.  Exactly what happened may be unknowable.  Perhaps Dr. Ford really knows, although it’s possible that even she was too inebriated at that alleged party thirty-six years ago […]
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Islam and Mormonism: Some Similarities and Differences (First Part)

1 day 19 hours ago
      Some notes that I threw together a number of years ago.  I can’t recall whether I’ve shared them here before.  If I have, please forgive me.   Similarities Both religions worship the same deity.  Allah is related to the word Elohim.  Allah is simply the Arabic word for “God,” and is the […]
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“I suddenly became aware of hovering over the foot of the operating table”

2 days 2 hours ago
    Here are three accounts taken from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).   The first comes from a patient who had a near-death experience (NDE) that included an out-of-body component.   The NDE was caused by complications during a surgical procedure.  Please don’t be offended by […]
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“A Valuable LDS Resource for Learning from the Apocrypha,” etc.

2 days 4 hours ago
    From some of my unpublished notes — Lucy Mack Smith on the ancient breastplate that was recovered in conjunction with the plates from which the Book of Mormon was eventually translated:   It was wrapped in a thin muslin handkerchief, so thin that I could see the glistening metal, and ascertain its proportions […]
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A note on Latter-day Saints and alcohol

2 days 7 hours ago
    Several people on the paternal side — the non-Latter-day Saint side — of my extended family had fairly serious problems with alcohol throughout their lives.  In one or two cases, unfortunately, their problems impacted others beside themselves.   There is evidence that heredity can incline a person to chronic alcohol abuse.  So, not […]
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“Si Dios quiere”

2 days 18 hours ago
    During a meeting some years ago, one of the then-counselors in our stake presidency recalled his service, decades back, as a missionary in Bolivia.  Among the phrases that he commonly heard there was Si Dios quiere (“If God wills”).  He confessed that the phrase sometimes irritated him.  “Will you promise to give up […]
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“People go unnoticed even though they can hear and see everything”

2 days 19 hours ago
    Incredibly, here are a few more notes from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).   During an out-of-body experience people have verifiable perceptions from a position outside and above their lifeless body.  Patients feel as if they have taken off their body like an old […]
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“Gingrich is wrong; Palestinians are not ‘invented'”

3 days 19 hours ago
    This special column for the Deseret News was published on 13 December 2011, and the comment to which I took exception back then is long and justly forgotten.  Still, it’s conceivable that some will find the historical information in this little essay interesting and/or helpful.  So I share it here:   Newt Gingrich […]
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“Consciousness when a person has been pronounced brain-dead”

3 days 20 hours ago
    You would certainly be forgiven if you assumed from the title of this blog entry that it’s a defense of my being sentient even despite the claims of certain detractors of mine.  Surprisingly, though, it’s not.  It’s about something related, but quite distinct.   I know that it really irritates a small group […]
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“There has been in fact a restoration of the gospel.”

4 days 1 hour ago
    Prophecy and history predict and record a great and universal apostasy which was to be followed by a restoration as predicted by John in Revelation. The fact of the great apostasy is attested by both sacred and secular writ, and history bears witness that it became universal. We proclaim this fact of history […]
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“We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging.”  (“Silverado” [1985])

4 days 5 hours ago
      The very prominent libertarian legal scholar Richard Epstein, contemplating the current Kavanaugh/Ford ugliness, asks “What sane judge would like to be the next Supreme Court nominee?”   Perhaps a person’s willingness to accept nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States should, in and of itself, be deemed sufficient evidence of […]
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Rise and Fall

4 days 17 hours ago
    I share here a couple of passages extracted for my future use from Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006).   In the first, Professor Bonner refers to the Umayyad Dynasty, which came to power after the close of the reigns of the four […]
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“He . . . says he’s no longer afraid of death.”

4 days 20 hours ago
      In the strange little corner of the internet where they seem to spend much of every day, a few of my more, umm, continuous critics profess to be baffled by what they claim to see as my obsession with near-death experiences.   There’s no need for bafflement.  I’m by nature pretty transparent […]
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Did the Father actually touch Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove?

4 days 22 hours ago
      Occasionally, one hears the claim that, in the course of the First Vision, the Father actually, literally, touched Joseph Smith’s eyes.  Here’s a note on that subject, extracted from A Pillar of Light: The History and Message of the First Vision (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009), which was written by the late […]
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Jeg elsker norge.

5 days 17 hours ago
    Please mark your calendars for the fourth “Temple on Mount Zion” conference.  Jointly sponsored by BYU’s College of Humanities, BYU’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, and the Interpreter Foundation, it will convene between roughly 9 AM and 5 PM — the precise times remain to be confirmed —  on Saturday, 10 […]
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Making a difference, worldwide

6 days 3 hours ago
    “President Nelson Shares Life Lessons in Pacific Northwest: President Eyring joins prophet on visit to Seattle and Vancouver, BC”   On Sunday, I received this account, from Larry Clifton, who lives in the area.  I thought that some readers might be interested, and I share this with Brother Clifton’s permission:   President & Sister Nelson […]
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