Some Mormon-related viewing and reading for the weekend

    Interpreter‘s article for the week is likely to go up a bit late today, owing to . . .  well, to some real-life matters that need attending to by the person who puts our articles up, who has just moved across the continent.   So, in the meantime, I’ll provide links to some things that I’ve [Read More…]

“Islamic Renaissance Man”

    For a time, Dr. Glen Cooper, a former student of mine, was a colleague in both the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and, thereupon, the Department of History at Brigham Young University.   I was delighted to see this profile of him in BYU’s alumni magazine:   Islamic Renaissance Man Dr. Cooper’s field is a [Read More…]

From Australia, a Mormon rugby story

    “Guyra will field a side in Sunday’s NERU minor semi-final”   Not, perhaps, the outcome that some would hope for.  But I have mixed feelings on situations like this, and I honor either choice.     [Read more…]

On persistence

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)     [Read more…]

“How Did Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Authors Use Chiasmus?”

    Gearing up for a very big chiasmus-related event in mid-August:   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/how-did-biblical-and-ancient-near-eastern-authors-use-chiasmus     [Read more…]

Does Artificial Intelligence pose a major, and perhaps even existential, threat to humanity?

    Perhaps, for starters, we ought to nail down what the term AI or artificial intelligence even means.   “Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI”   That seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it?  But major thinkers on the topic — or, at least, vocal opinion-holders on it — routinely don’t.     [Read more…]

“There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture”

    A short but interesting little article from the always-interesting Muslim writer Reza Aslan:   Reza Aslan Argues: There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture     [Read more…]

“Open House Begins at Provo Missionary Training Center”

    If you’re in the area and you haven’t signed up for a tour, you may still have a shot at it:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/provo-mtc-open-house-2017     [Read more…]

The Church donates the trailers from the Rome Italy Temple construction site to charities

    You might enjoy watching the first video on this site, which has English subtitles:   http://ldschurchtemples.org/rome/video/     [Read more…]

“The problem of beauty”

    Yet another of my angry, vengeful columns in the Deseret News, newly appeared this morning:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685546/The-problem-of-beauty.html     [Read more…]