The True Church

02 July 2020
I’m a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the largest Mormon denomination. I love and support the Church, its members, and its leaders. But that doesn’t mean that I always agree with all of them, all of the time. Nor, of course, does it mean that other members or leaders always agree with me. A friend recently read some of my thoughts about a recent General Con ... (More)

A Mother Dragon Was Born

29 June 2020
For over a year my daughter has talked about how she wants to marry a girl. She draws pictures of two-bride weddings, she marries her My Little Ponies when she plays, and tells us that she loves girls because they smell like coconuts. Our first indication that she might be non-hetero was in kindergarten. She got into a heated argument with a boy in her class who told her that girls could only marry ... (More)

Are We at the End of the World? Or the Beginning?

27 June 2020
What a spring! Pandemic, shutdowns, layoffs, protests, riots – not to mention earthquakes and rumors of, what, murder hornets? I wouldn’t blame you if you’re tempted to think it’s the end of the world. But I’ve got a proposal for you. Instead of the end, maybe it’s the beginning. I’ve been spending some time thinking about scriptural prophecies. And I’m clearly not alone. Videos abo ... (More)

Vicarious Baptism for the Dead in 1 Corinthians 15:29

17 June 2020
Among the most cryptic, illusive, and widely-contested passages in the New Testament includes that of 1 Corinthians 15:29. Set in the context of Paul’s epistles to the wayward Corinthian believers, this verse follows an extended ad hominem argument that Paul launches in opposition to the apparent lack of belief in the resurrection by some at Corinth. The first of several critiques the Apostle ... (More)

ClearMind: Synthetic telepathy for cognitive enhancement

15 June 2020
This article was written by John LaRocco, PhD. For more information, visit crowdfund.arizona.edu/new-hopeIntroductionDirect brain-to-brain communication has resulted in enhanced cognitive performance. Invasive, implanted devices have successfully demonstrated this in animals, while non-invasive testing demonstrated similar results for humans (Pais-Vieira, Chiuffa, Lebedev, Yadav, & Nicolelis, 2 ... (More)

Is Christ’s Priesthood Non-Transferable? Examining “Aparabatos” in Hebrews 7:24

10 June 2020
The chapter of Hebrews 7 focuses heavily on Christ’s participation in the priestly order of Melchizedek by interpreting the texts of Psalm 110:4 and Genesis 14 through a Christocentric lens. In light of the text of Hebrews 7:24, which reads, “but he [Jesus] holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.” (NRSV), some have rendered the word ἀπαράβατος to ... (More)

“Study it Out in Your Mind”: A Theory of Translation as Inspired Co-Authorship

28 May 2020
Several reviews of William L. Davis’s impressive monograph, Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), have already been written —such as Andrew Hamilton’s here and Ben Park’s here—with others still reported to be on the way. The book engages in the single-most extensive analysis of the extant text of ... (More)

Gödel and physical reality

28 May 2020
In my last post I said that our models of reality are thin, but reality itself is thick. Physical reality will always, I think, be richer than our models of it, and full of unexpected surprises.There will always be little or big cracks in current theories, better theories hidden behind the cracks, then new cracks in the new theories, and so forth. Gödel’s incompleteness theorem comes to mind. Th ... (More)

Moroni’s Theology of Grace, Perfection, and Sanctification

24 May 2020
32) Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny ... (More)

Homework: Go to the stars and experiment with black holes

19 May 2020
The nearest black hole to Earth known to date is situated 1000 light years away, Physics World reports.One day, future scientists (human, AI, hybrid AI/human upload…) will visit black holes, experiment with extreme physics, and make new awesome discoveries.I am persuaded that the search for more accurate scientific models of reality will never end: Reality is an infinitely deep onion. There will ... (More)
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