“Republican Sen. Jeff Flake comes to the defense of Muslim Democrat hoping to unseat him”

    I’m very proud of Senator Jeff Flake (R), the (Latter-day Saint) junior senator from Arizona.   He never endorsed Donald Trump, for example.   He’s a principled conservative.   And he gave a very good talk not long ago to an audience (including me) at a meeting of BYU’s International Center for Law [Read More…]

More on the upcoming “Chiasmus Jubilee”

    Details of the upcoming 16 August “Chiasmus Jubilee” are beginning to be made public.  See here:   https://bookofmormoncentral.org/events/chiasmus-day-2017   I encourage anybody who will be in the area that evening to be there in the Joseph Smith Auditorium on the BYU-Provo campus.   (Be warned, though:  I’m intending to show up, too.)   [Read More…]

“Who Gets to Own Iraq’s Religious Heritage?”

    The title of the article is somewhat inaccurate, since the real topic, I think, is archaeological heritage.  It’s about black market antiquities trading, looting, the wanton destructiveness of Da‘esh (“ISIS”), and related issues — which are, in my view, quite a bit more complicated than they might seem to many at first glance: [Read More…]

Reaping what we’ve sown

    “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” Robert Louis Stevenson   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Handwritten Draft of The Bible Discovered Proves Complete Work of Fiction”

    Thanks to David Wills for bringing this notable item to my attention:   “Handwritten Draft of The Bible Discovered Proves Complete Work of Fiction”   I’m not quite sure what to make of it, though.   Is it a joke?   Is its author simply stupid and/or ignorant?   Unless I’m misreading the [Read More…]

“Even without gills, we need oceans”

      This week’s offense against reason, common sense, and basic human decency:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685158/Even-without-gills-we-need-oceans.html   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Is It O.K. to Fire a Muslim Driver for Refusing to Carry Wine?”

    This is actually a rather interesting ethical question.   What do you think?   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Past, but still relevant: “NYTimes (surprise) covers Mormon sexual ethics, without talking to Mormons”

    This article was posted in 2014, but the same sort of thing continues still:   https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2014/9/17/nytimes-surprise-covers-mormon-sexual-ethics-without-talking-to-mormons?rq=Mormon   Just pay attention.  You’ll see it quite often.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“On Trump’s New Man in Russia, Jon Huntsman, Moscow Says ‘Wait and See'”

    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/on-trumps-new-appointee-moscow-says-wait-and-see-58442   The last paragraph of the article is striking — and more than a bit ominous — in light of recent developments regarding the freedom of religion in Russia.  And it’s about Mormonism.   Unfortunately, I have the impression — I hope I’m mistaken — that the Russians needn’t worry overly much about [Read More…]

“Dark Matter Might Clump to Form Planets”

    If the theorizing mentioned in this article is at all correct, the universe has just become even stranger than it already was:   Dark Matter Might Clump to Form Planets   See also “Materialism isn’t what it used to be.”   “I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more [Read More…]