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Positively medieval!

1 week 5 days ago
    I share just a bit more from James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution (Washington DC: Henry Regnery, 2011).   Hannam is a graduate of Oxford University in physics who holds a doctorate from Cambridge University in the history of science.  He’s discussing Gerbert of Aurillac (ca. AD […]
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The dawn of greater religious liberty in Saudi Arabia?

1 week 5 days ago
    I’ve just read a short but interesting article in the latest issue — 4 August 2018 — of the Economist, titled “Hosannahs in the sand?”   It seems that Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, who has broken with tradition by allowing cinemas to open, open-air pop concerts to be held, and, […]
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Concerning Robert Mueller and his investigation

1 week 5 days ago
    Back in 2009 and 2010, I served as an expert witness for the prosecution — and testified for several hours each in the respective legal proceedings, his competency hearing and his formal trial — against Brian David Mitchell (aka “Immanuel David Isaiah,” the kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart).   Needless to say, it was […]
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“Galactic Archaeology”

1 week 6 days ago
    A fascinating article in the 18 October 2014 issue of The Economist (“Astrobiology: Bolts from the Blue”) reported on a then-recent article by Tsvi Piran of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Raul Jimenez of the University of Barcelona.   Studying the frequency of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) in the universe, they suggested that […]
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Continuing with the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative

1 week 6 days ago
    We published another book by Averroës or Ibn Rushd — Averroës is a Latin corruption of a Hebrew corruption of his original Arabic name — when we issued the Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s De anima.  It appeared in a dual-language edition, with the original Arabic facing a translation by Alfred L. Ivry, who was, at the […]
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(Part of) the Price We Would Pay

1 week 6 days ago
    I love choirs and choral music.  And choral music, both historically and still today, is predominantly based upon religious themes.   A personal favorite — one among many — is “O Lord, I would hear thy word,” from the 1974 oratorio The Restoration, by the late Latter-day Saint composer (and BYU faculty member) […]
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Egypt in May?

2 weeks ago
    You’re invited.  If you would like to pursue this, go to the Cruise Lady website.   Itinerary Day 1 Thursday / May 9 Fly from the US into Cairo (or stay an extra night in Jerusalem if you are coming from Israel). Day 2 Friday / May 10 Arrive in Cairo. We will […]
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The Snopes Monkey Trial, and other science stuff

2 weeks ago
    The opening passage of Aristotle’s Metaphysics reads as follows, in the translation by W. D. Ross:   “All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For […]
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“Death of a Nation”

2 weeks ago
    Knowing that my wife had headed off this morning for Newport Beach, a couple of friends called to invite me out to lunch and to a showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, Death of a Nation.  I guess I’ve been traveling too much; I hadn’t even heard of the movie.   Having now seen […]
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We’re doomed!

2 weeks ago
    Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy gave an important and very welcome speech to the 2018 FairMormon conference.  Here’s an article about his remarks from the official news site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   “Elder Pearson Says Independent Voices Are Needed to Sustain Faith: Mormon leader calls on […]
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The benefits of eating crickets, and other cutting-edge science

2 weeks ago
    Two more passages from James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution (Washington DC: Henry Regnery, 2011).  Hannam earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Oxford University and a doctorate in the history of science from the University of Cambridge, and his book his a healthy antidote to […]
Dan Peterson

Two more volumes from the Islamic Translation Series

2 weeks 1 day ago
    The Islamic Translation Series, which I launched and led at BYU, didn’t (of course) restrict itself to publishing works by the great al-Ghazali.   Here, for example, are two more volumes that we published early on, in, respectively, 2000 and 2001:   The Philosophy of Illumination, appeared in a dual-language edition that featured […]
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Interpreter’s Sixth Birthday Party

2 weeks 1 day ago
    The Interpreter Foundation celebrated its sixth birthday last evening with about eighty-five volunteers and guests.  The centerpiece of the evening — apart from the extravagantly delicious grilled meats prepared by Bruce Webster — was a report by Dr. Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw (one of Interpreter’s vice presidents) and his wife Kathleen of their recently-completed […]
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Israel, in May 2019

2 weeks 2 days ago
    Several people have asked me recently whether I’m going to be leading another tour to Israel.  The answer is Yes.  I will be leading another tour to Israel in early May 2019.  I’ve led such tours at least once annually every year for . . . I dunno.  Maybe about ten years now. […]
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“The Song of the Galaxies”

2 weeks 2 days ago
    “In the last few years astronomy has come together so that we’re now able to tell a coherent story [of how the universe began]. . . .  This story does not contradict God, but instead enlarges [the idea of] God.” Joel Primack, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Professor of Physics at the […]
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The first books from METI

2 weeks 2 days ago
    There was a period of several years when Brigham Young University stood, in an important sense, in the forefront of work on classical Islamic philosophy and science, thanks to a project dreamed up by a BYU faculty member notorious for his perpetually seething hatred of non-Mormon religions (and, for that matter, of pretty […]
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“Astro Worms”

2 weeks 2 days ago
    Some people, including several notable scientists puzzled by the difficult problem of the origin of life on Earth, have suggested that at least very simple living organisms might have come from extraterrestrial sources.  A few have even hypothesized what is called directed panspermia, the idea that such organisms might have been deliberately “seeded” […]
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Friday at FairMormon and Interpreter

2 weeks 3 days ago
    I’m very pleased that the first copies of the Interpreter Foundation’s newest book — Matthew L. Bowen, Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and the Temple in Mormon Scripture (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, 2018) — have arrived from the press.  It will be a few days or weeks before they’re generally […]
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Again on scientism (and science)

2 weeks 4 days ago
    John was silent for a few minutes. Then he began again: “But how do you know there is no Landlord?” “Christopher Columbus, Galileo, the earth is round, invention of printing, gunpowder!” exclaimed Mr. Enlightenment in such a loud voice that the pony shied. “I beg your pardon,” said John. “Eh?” said Mr. Enlightenment. […]
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Regarding the supposed creation of a whole new Mormon narrative

2 weeks 5 days ago
    Another gratifying interview this morning, with Professor John Turner of George Mason University.  He is a gracious and articulate man; his students are lucky to have him.   Our interview with Professor Turner is part of a very conscious and deliberate effort to make our film project about the Witnesses to the Book […]
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