“The Scholarship of Hugh Nibley and John Sorenson: The Myth of Non-Respectability”

UC Berkeley

  A nice post from Neal Rappleye, though I expect that it won't do the slightest bit of good in the benighted quarters to which he alludes: http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/05/the-scholarship-of-hugh-nibley-and-john.html  Posted from Berlin, Germany    … [Read more...]

“How cemeteries and smartphones play a role in family history”

Candles for the dead in Finland

  This is an absolutely wonderful project, and an extraordinarily useful one for anybody, Mormon or not, seeking to do family-historical research: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629096/How-cemeteries-and-smartphones-play-a-role-in-family-history.html?pg=1  Posted from Berlin. Germany    … [Read more...]

“Faking It”

Pergamonmuseum, Berlin

  My friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague Dr. John Gee, on a recent case of what seems to have been ideologically-motivated academic fraud -- one to which I've already alluded more than once here on this blog: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.de/2015/05/faking-it.html  Posted from Berlin, Germany  … [Read more...]

Of humans and dogs

Ritterstatue von Friedrich dem Grossen

  "The more I see of men, the more I love my dog."  (Frederick the Great, King of Prussia)   … [Read more...]

Yesterday and Today

Burg Schaumburg

 Yesterday was largely a family history day. My wife's great great grandfather was born and raised in the principality of Schaumburg-Lippe, to the west of the city of Hannover, so we went to visit the former residence of the prince (who still bears that title, even within the Federal Republic of Germany, but who has moved his capital to Bückeberg -- which we had to figure out yesterday, too late visit it).  To get there, we drove through a lot of f … [Read more...]

“Saturday’s Warrior,” coming soon to a movie theater near you!

Saturday's Warrior: The Movie

  I may be the only English-speaking Mormon of my generation who has never seen Saturday's Warrior.  Not in any form.  Nor heard the music. Not for any principled reason.  I'm not trying to make a statement.  I just haven't.  (I've also never watched an episode of The Cosby Show or Seinfeld.) So I'm curious about this: … [Read more...]

“Mormons to build a flagship church in Jersey City”


  Which, I think, being interpreted, just means that we're going to build a church: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/05/faith_matters_mormons_to_build_a_flagship_church_i.html  Posted from Berlin, Germany    … [Read more...]

The Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize

"Miss Congeniality" movie poster

  Just a note to remind you of the award, for which the deadline, while not yet upon us, is approaching: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-ruth-m-stephens-article-prize/ Even if you're not interested or qualified yourself, please call this to the attention of others who are.  Posted from Berlin, Germany … [Read more...]