“A Female Episcopal Priest Visits a Mormon Temple”

  A very nice article about the new, soon-to-be-dedicated Kansas City Missouri Temple.   … [Read more...]

Love Triumphs

Very exciting news from the Utah Republican convention:http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/296682/daughter-haitian-immigrants-gop-congressional-nominee-utah-john-fund … [Read more...]

An Unusually Interesting New Mormon Publication

I received the following note this morning from my former BYU colleague Valerie Hudson, who has now assumed the George Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M; University: Hi, Dan, the Spring 2012 issue of SquareTwo is out! The full table of contents for this issue can be found on our archives page here.First up, we honor the memory of Philip M. Flammer (deceased), long-time military historian at Brigham Young University whose work on military ethics … [Read more...]

“Achieving Genuine Dialogue between Committed Faiths”

The latest Hamblin-Peterson column in the Deseret News. … [Read more...]

Two Good Things about Going to Church

Relationships rooted in church attendanceramify far beyond the walls of the church building.I was thinking, this morning during sacrament meeting, of two of the good things that come from attending and participating in church.1.  Doing so engenders a strong and genuine sense of community and mutual caring. In today's urban centers and, increasingly, even in suburbia, we don't know our neighbors.  Voluntary associations like the Masons, the Elks, the Optimists, the Daughters of the … [Read more...]

The Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

Sultan Hassan is shown here on the left, with a large dome, while the Mosque of al-Rifa’i on the right. One of my favorite places in Cairo is the mosque and madrasa of Sultan Hassan, which was built between 1356 and 1359 A.D. Located at the base of the Citadel of Cairo, across a narrow street from the much more modern but equally massive Mosque of al-Rifa‘i (built, with a lengthy pause, between 1869 and 1912) where the last king of Egypt (King Farouk [d. an exile in Rom … [Read more...]

Hot from Hell

 This just in from William Hamblin, our correspondent in the Nether Regions: DATELINE 21 APRIL, THE INFERNOIt has now been confirmed that recent earthquakes were caused by construction work in Hell.  "It's really the politicians' fault," said Vulcan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the Kingdom of the Damned.  "Not the politicians of Hell, of course, but earthly politicians.""In the past," Secretary Vulcan explained, "we have been able to find housing f … [Read more...]

My Lecture Topics for BYU Education Week This Year

I've been asked to speak at BYU's Education Week in August again this year and, wanting to do something new, have proposed four lectures.  I was asked to send in capsule summaries of the four lectures for approval, but have been a bit distracted recently and nearly forgot to do it.But I've just written them up, and here they are.  I hope I'm not too late: Constantine the GreatIn this illustrated first lecture, I will discuss the life and legacy of Constantine I, the great general who … [Read more...]