I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle, and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely in that language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while he said my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to his museum.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The following thought was written by my ninth cousin twice removed when he visited Heidelberg:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In the announcement in the Deseret News for the new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers, there are a number of nice pictures. The first one is a picture of a papyrus, one I have looked at a number of time. It is P. Joseph Smith XI. Unfortunately, the papyrus is shown upside down. Oops.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Barna group has their 2017 report on American engagement with the Bible. There are a few interesting things to come out of the report:
- The general attitude toward the Bible has been more or less constant since 2011 with a couple of exceptions: Skepticism towards the Bible has nearly doubled in that time, but is down from the past couple of years. There has been a more or less corresponding drop among those who are friendly toward the Bible, but most of that came between 2011 and 2012.
- More than three quarters of those who are skeptical of the Bible are actually better categorized as hostile towards the Bible. The number of those who are skeptical of the Bible is less than the number of Americans who regularly read the Bible.
- Almost a third of Americans never read the Bible.
- Despite the increased use of various electronic scriptures, most people would rather read a Bible in print.