“Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind”

   Interesting data.  Those of us who are believers, and who believe in encouraging faith in others, need to understand the data.  Only then can we respond intelligently and effectively to today's environment, which is substantially different (though not necessarily better or worse) than it was a generation or two ago.   … [Read More...]

Useful data on the scope of LDS humanitarian efforts

  This article should be gratifying to Church members. http://ldsmissionaries.com/lds-church-spent-1-2-billion-on-welfare-and-humanitarian-efforts/ A word, though, about the inevitable criticisms: The recently most fashionable response of Church critics to such numbers is that the Church isn't doing enough.  After all, the Church gives only x percent of its total budget to charity, whereas companies A, B, and C give something on the … [Read More...]

“Christianity Belongs in the Middle East”

  This is an important statement.  It was co-written by Prince Hassan of Jordan, whose track record on religious tolerance and inter-religious understanding has been both distinguished and consistent: http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/christianity-belongs-in-the-middle-east-1.1884539 Thanks to Mary Thompson Vogwell for calling this article to my attention.   … [Read More...]

“Divorce rates double when people start watching porn”

  I can't say, if this is true, that I'm altogether surprised: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/divorce-rates-double-when-people-start-watching-porn   … [Read More...]

NBC News: “The Future of the Mormon Church? It’s Latino.”

  An interesting perspective from NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/future-mormon-church-it-s-latino-n570621   … [Read More...]


  “We reveal most about ourselves when we speak about others.”  Kamand Kojouri    … [Read More...]

“New article of faith for these Mormons: We believe Trump should never be president”

  http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4280374-155/new-article-of-faith-for-these I'm about to board an airplane, but, when I get home, I'm signing up.  Posted from London, England    … [Read More...]

“The Logic Tree of Life, or, Why I Can’t Manage to Disbelieve”

  A transcript of my remarks at the 2016 FairMormon conference, presented earlier this month in Provo, Utah, is now up: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/logic-tree-life I apologize for the very oral character of the transcript.  I wasn't reading from a text, and, since I was the concluding speaker and the conference was running considerably behind schedule, I was hurrying along just a … [Read More...]

“Most scientific findings are wrong or useless”

  Wow.  This article presents a troubling view, with implications for the status of science, the effectiveness of peer review, and a host of other important topics.  Posted from London, England    … [Read More...]

“Forced unveiling of Muslim women”

  There are a lot of niqab-wearing women in London, and particularly in the area, adjacent to Hyde Park, where we've been staying. I'll be candid:  Despite all my sympathies for Islam and for Muslims, I heartily dislike the niqab, which seems to me deeply dehumanizing and alienating. But, while I disapprove, I also believe in liberty -- including the liberty, within only the very broadest of constraints or limits, to follow religious practices that … [Read More...]