“H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam”

    Doug Ealy and one of my sons (himself a former Navy nuclear officer) called my attention to this item:   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/hr-mcmaster-trump-islam.html?smid=fb-share   I mentioned on my blog the other day that I was very pleased with Mr. Trump’s selection (after two misfires) of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his national security advisor. [Read More…]

“Conversation with an Antique Map Dealer (and Acquisition of My First Antique Map)”

    An interesting account in and of itself, from the invaluable Jeff Lindsay.  But it also has implications for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/02/conversation-with-antique-map-dealer.html     [Read more…]

“What Judaism Can Teach Islam about Reforming the Faith”

    This is a very, very good article (in a Jewish publication) by the admirable Turkish Muslim writer and thinker Mustafa Akyol:   http://forward.com/opinion/362987/what-judaism-can-teach-islam-about-reforming-the-faith/   It represents the kind of serious, grown-up thinking that I wish were more common among both Muslims and their often-uninformed critics in the United States.     [Read more…]

“Why Did Danish Vikings Move to England?”

    The article to which I link below may suggest some implications for my own family’s history, as well as for the genealogies of more than a few readers of this blog.  (It may also have something to suggest about today’s refugee situation and the treatment of immigrants.)   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2017/02/25/why_did_danish_vikings_move_to_england.html   My paternal grandfather was from [Read More…]

“What’s Up with Rape in Sweden?”

    Has Sweden become Hell on Earth because it’s being overrun by Muslims?   I spent a fair amount of time there last summer — followed by a separate two-week trip to neighboring Norway shortly thereafter — and I confess that I didn’t notice that it had.   It’s refreshing, once in a while, to [Read More…]

“Should Mormons choose the ‘Benedict Option’?”

    I strongly agree that this is a book that merits wide reading and serious discussion among American Christians today — including Latter-day Saints, who have a history of “gathering” and, as we all know, of withdrawing to “the valleys of the mountains” when we were obliged to do so:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865674191/Should-Mormons-choose-the-6Benedict-Option7.html   Rod [Read More…]

On religious intolerance

    “Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance . . .  the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.” Montesquieu (1689-1755)     [Read more…]

“Deuteronomy 17:14–20 as Criteria for Book of Mormon Kingship”

    It’s Friday.  So, once again, reflecting the monotonous regularity that is Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, a new article has appeared!   Deuteronomy 17:14–20 as Criteria for Book of Mormon Kingship   Enjoy!     [Read more…]

“Book of Mormon apologetics and scholarship”

    This column, which I wrote a bit more than a year and a half ago, makes a point that I think needs to be reiterated yet again:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632671/Book-of-Mormon-apologetics-and-scholarship.html   So I’m reposting a link to it.     [Read more…]

New York Post: “This man spent his weekend helping to free sex trafficking victims”

    The article doesn’t mention that he’s a very devoted Latter-day Saint:   http://nypost.com/2017/02/20/this-man-freed-29-women-and-children-from-sex-trafficking/   On his Mormon side, see here:   https://deseretbook.com/t/author/timothy-ballard   I’ve been writing about this effort, and encouraging donations to it, for quite some time now:   http://ourrescue.org   Incidentally, in response to my recent blog post “‘Every person deserves to [Read More…]