A Very Valuable Online Journal

Looking down from above the earth's northern pole

  I would like to spread awareness of SquareTwo. It's an online journal led by, among others, my friends Valerie Hudson (as of 2012, holder of the George H. W. Bush Chair at Texas A&M University) and Ralph Hancock and my 1978 Jerusalem roommate John Mark Mattox, and it's dedicated to "Faithful LDS Thought on World Issues": http://squaretwo.org Well worth reading.   … [Read more...]

The Mormon History Association’s Imminent Annual Meeting

The logo of the Association

  Just a reminder that the 2013 annual meeting of the Mormon History Association is fast approaching.  It will be held 6-9 June in Layton, Utah: http://www.mormonhistoryassociation.org/conferences   … [Read more...]

“Be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness”

The first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Kirtland, Ohio (dedicated in 1836)

  In The Interpreter Foundation's twenty-eighth (28th) scripture roundtable, Craig Foster, Lincoln Hale, Cassandra Hedelius, and Andrew Smith discuss the materials covered in lesson 24 of the 2013 Gospel Doctrine manual, which focuses principally on the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history. Some of the principal themes in this roundtable includeDiscussion of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the early members of the Church and how that would … [Read more...]

The Invisible Hand and the Middle East

I wish Adam Smith were mandatory reading for politicians.  In fact, I have a whole reading list that the tribe ought to be made to study.

  The Economist is, beyond any serious question, the finest news magazine in the English-speaking world.  (I have favorite opinion magazines, too.  And, for many reasons, I'm passionately fond of the Wall Street Journal.  But for genuinely global news coverage that focuses on substantive matters and devotes little if any space to the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, or "America's Love Affair with the Corn Dog," the Economist is unsurpassed.) The most recent issue do … [Read more...]

”Opposition in All Things: Mormon Perspectives on the Fall”

The library at Utah Valley University

  I just received the following from Joe Spencer, relating to a very interesting conference to be held shortly on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem: The Mormon Theology Seminar will host a two-day conference, ”Opposition in All Things: Mormon Perspectives on the Fall,” at Utah Valley University on June 7-8, 2013.The conference is the culmination of three months of intensive work of two concurrent seminars, one focusing on Genesis 2-3 and the other … [Read more...]

Audio Podcasts from “Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture”

A typical "Interpreter" reader

  I'm not sure that everybody out there is aware that the articles published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture are available in audio podcasts. So I'm posting about it. They're perfect for listening while you walk, jog, work out, wait at the doctor's office, or pretend to listen to your long-winded spouse. Now you know.  And your duty is to spread the word.  Posted from Park City, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Finding Parallels: Some Cautions and Criticisms,” Part II


  I'm very pleased to announce the forty-fourth consecutive week of publication in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  This week's piece, like last week's, is by Ben McGuire. Forty-four straight Fridays.  Pretty good, no?   … [Read more...]

My Forthcoming Public Speeches

The Provo City Cemetery

  I'm often asked when and where I'm speaking publicly.  So I've finally decided to put together a little running calendar of more or less significant public speeches that I'll continually update whenever I have additional information or new details.  I hope it will be helpful to those who've asked. Sunday, 26 May 2013, 7:30 PM1315 East 900 South, Provo, Utah (directly across from Provo City Cemetery)"The Middle East: The Story behind the H … [Read more...]