Did you read about this local reaction to the Manchester bombing?

    https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/26-may/news/uk/priests-and-imams-united-in-oldham-after-manchester-bomb-kills-locals       [Read more…]

“Ye must have faith.”

    “Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with.” Max Planck     [Read more…]

“Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet”

    A nice new five-and-a-half-minute video based upon a conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2017-01-001-where-justice-love-and-mercy-meet?cid=HP_FR_26-5-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng     [Read more…]

“The REAL Book of Mormon Translation”

    In this ten-minute video, you can actually see the real Stephen Smoot (online, at least) during his temporary return from exile in Toronto:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-real-book-of-mormon-translation.html   Incidentally, I realize that it may seem to many of you that Br’er Smoot is omnipresent.  However, I assure you that he’s not.  He really does currently [Read More…]

Disraeli on Travel

    Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli     [Read more…]

“Dog of a dilemma: the rise of the predatory journal”

    This is pretty funny, and pretty sad:   Dog of a dilemma: the rise of the predatory journal   As it happens, I had a somewhat shady academic friend a number of years ago (not at BYU), who was something of an entrepreneurial type.  Every once in a while, hoping to gain favors [Read More…]

Egyptian cowards

    The other day, I suggested that the adjective coward doesn’t really fit the suicide bomber in Manchester:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2017/05/concerning-manchester.html   But those who opened fire on an unarmed busload of Christian pilgrims in Egypt on Friday, killing twenty-nine and wounding many more, really do deserve description as, among many other contemptible things, cowards:   “Egypt [Read More…]

“Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment”

    An interesting and provocative critique of the common wisdom:   http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/organic-farming-is-bad-for-the-environment/     [Read more…]

“Of Gays and Gentiles: A Thought Experiment”

    An interesting short piece from Stephen Smoot:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2017/05/of-gays-and-gentiles-thought-experiment.html   Like him, I cannot imagine that same-sex marriages for all eternity will ever be solemnized in Latter-day Saint temples, or that same-sex marriages will be regarded as equivalent or equal, theologically speaking, to unions of men and women.   Whether you’re happy or sad or [Read More…]

“Nazareth’s ‘Synagogue Church’ where Jesus may have worshipped as a young man”

    It’s Saturday!   But alas, it’s one of those twenty-six Saturdays a year on which a Hamblin-Peterson column — typically consisting, according to some of our critics, of lies, insults, inaccuracies, and character-assassination — is published:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865680834/Nazareths-Synagogue-Church-where-Jesus-may-have-worshipped-as-a-young-man.html     [Read more…]