Dr. Witherington versus Mormons’ Christianity

Thorwaldsen's Christus Statue on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

  Ben Witherington, an evangelical New Testament scholar whom I've always respected -- and whom, I suppose, I continue to respect, despite his recent . . . umm, provocation -- posted an entry on Patheos yesterday explaining, in his view, "Why Mormonism is Not Christianity." I would really, really, really like to respond to this.  I've actually written a book arguing that the denial of Mormons' Christianity rests on a flimsy-to-nonexistent biblical and … [Read more...]

Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love at the Republican National Convention

Mia Love, Republican Congressional Candidate for Utah

  I was very proud of Mia Love's performance at the Republican National Convention today, and very impressed: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1811372819001/mayor-love-we-arent-buying-what-the-presidents-selling It would be delightful to have her representing Utah in the United States House of Representatives. Here is her official campaign website: http://www.love4utah.com/ She needs support.  And, in my judgment, … [Read more...]

The Romneys, Their Character, and Their Faith

Mitt and Ann Romney, with two of their young children

  A pair of interesting articles on the extraordinarily good people -- it really seems to me that, unless you're utterly incapacitated by political ideology, you have to admit that they're remarkably admirable as individuals and as a couple -- who seek to replace Barack and Michelle Obama in the White … [Read more...]

“Magic Underwear,” Revisited

The Cardston Alberta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The estimable Bryce Haymond points to a Catholic scholar's take on Mormon temple garments -- so oddly (and irrelevantly) in the news this election cycle: http://www.templestudy.com/2012/08/27/catholic-explains-mormon-garment/   … [Read more...]

Divine Justice


   Thanks for Eric Ringger for bringing this amusing item to my attention. Sometimes the wicked prosper.  We're confident that, in the end, they'll get their reward, but, in the meantime, they occasionally do really, disconcertingly, well.  Sometimes, though, their reward comes quickly.   … [Read more...]

From the Washington Post, or Maybe Not

Boston Massachusetts Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  I thought that this article, in the Washington Post, was a reasonably good discussion of Mitt Romney's experience as a local Boston-area leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This one, by the same author and in the same place?  Maybe somewhat less so. There is, by the way, another article circulating that purports to come from the Washington Post, but, sympathetic as I am to what it says about "Barack Obama: The Affirmative Action P … [Read more...]

“A Mormon Take on ‘Holy Underwear’”

The Curitiba Brazil Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  I'll frankly admit that, while, on the whole, I was reasonably satisfied with Thursday night's special edition of Brian Williams's Rock Center on NBC, there was one part of it that I didn't like, that I found quite uncomfortable: I was jarred and offended to see two pairs of temple garments displayed on national television. However weird and bizarre others may find such things, believing Latter-day Saints such as I regard them as sacred and, … [Read more...]

“Anti-Theists Can’t Erase Christianity”

The Rebuilt Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in Moscow

   A column, written for the Deseret News with my friend and colleague Bill Hamblin, on some lessons from the Soviet experiment with militant official atheism: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765599128/Anti-theists-cant-erase-Christianity.html   … [Read more...]