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…]

He played a poor hand very, very well.

    “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)     The Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson — author of such works as Treasure Island, The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Master of Ballantrae, [Read More…]

Discrimination and religious liberty

    Some time ago, I posed a rather pessimistic review of a new book on whether a balance can or should be found between gay rights and religious liberty:   “Religious Freedom and Discrimination: Why the Debate Continues”   Here’s a more optimistic review of that same new book:   “Religious Liberty vs. Anti-Discrimination: [Read More…]

“Diving into the afterlife in Hawaii”

    Here’s a column that I wrote during a previous visit to Maui, and which some, perhaps, might find interesting:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597083/Diving-into-the-afterlife-in-Hawaii.html   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Is It Foolishness to Dream of Terraforming Mars?”

    Some years ago, a Latter-day Saint scientist with whom I was speaking ventured the passing hypothesis that what we have in the various scriptural and other creation accounts of the Mormon tradition might well be records of a process of terraforming, of making a suitable candidate planet actually adequate to sustaining human life. [Read More…]

Friedrich Engels, of Marx-and-Engels fame, is back in fashion!

    I’ve always despised the romanticization of Che Guevara, the transformation of a murderous and possibly sociopathic communist thug into a dashing, iconic tee-shirt image.   And now we have the pending glorification of the co-author of the Communist Manifesto:   “Engels Returns to Manchester”   “Engels Returns to Manchester (2)”   Scores of millions [Read More…]

“Instructor says BYU-Idaho fired her for a Facebook post”

    Several people have written, asking me what I think about this:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685087/Instructor-says-BYU-Idaho-fired-her-for-a-Facebook-post.html   One even wanted to know whether, as an employee of BYU-Provo, I dared to speak publicly on the subject.   The answer to his question is that, yes, of course I dare to speak publicly on it.  Obviously, though, since the [Read More…]

“Doomsday averted on the Temple Mount, for now”

    Some of you may have heard of this incident — e.g., “Students safe after deadly terrorist attack 1 mile from BYU Jerusalem Center” — a few days ago.   Here, though, is some very useful background to the story:   http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/israel-palestinians-jordan-turkey-temple-mount-islam-attack.html   Jerusalem’s Temple Mount may well be the most politically sensitive thirty-seven acres [Read More…]