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Mormon Missions in Islamic Countries

Many of you have read Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball.  It’s a great book in an of itself, and it includes a CD with a treasure trove of material.  Included on the CD is a much longer version of the book, but few people read the “long version.”  Edward Kimball and Deseret Book disagreed […]

How will it end in Egypt?

I don’t know what to make out of Egypt.  Everyone thinks Mubarak will step down, but he hasn’t yet.  The protests are getting uglier.  So will this end more like the fall of the Berlin Wall, or like Tiannamen Square?  Will Egypt be more like Iran’s government or Turkey?  Is democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan […]

What Do You Think of a Mosque at Ground Zero?

I was driving to work this morning and saw a billboard titled “Remember 9/11” with an image of the collapsed World Trade Center.  In smaller print on the right, it said “”Stand up and be heard.  No mosque at ground zero.”  You can see the sign on a video at this website.

Jewish, Muslim, and Academic Perspectives on Abraham

I’ve been talking about doing a post about Abraham for a long time. People often reference Abraham when talking about things like Joshua’s Unholy War, the Priesthood Ban, or polygamy. Usually the reference is to the sacrifice of Isaac. So, this post is to serve two purposes: (1) to show some different perceptions about the […]

Esther lived in Iran

I just finished a book called “DNA & Tradition”, by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman.  The book discusses evidence of Hebrew DNA, and talks about the science and religion of Judaism.  As part of the discussion, I learned these interesting facts. The oldest diaspora communities are in Assyria, later conquered by Babylonia (now modern-day Iraq) and Persia […]

What’s the difference between Arabs & Persians?

Ok, I will confess that I love learning about the Middle East.  I love learning more about Jews, Muslims, Arabs, etc.  I have so much to learn. I’m a grad student working on some genetic studies (one of my many jobs).  As part of the genetic study we are doing, we have our study participants […]

Center of Christianity in the Heart of Islam

As I mentioned before, I have been learning about Ancient and Medieval Church history from the Covenant Theological Seminary.  What has been so interesting to me is that Turkey is a real center for Christianity. Paul spoke to the Ephesians in Ephesus (and his letter is in our bible now.)  He also travelled to many […]