Thinking Seriously about Important Things

Not too far from where I am, right now

   Another interesting blog that has just come to my attention is maintained by Gavin Jensen, whom, as far as I know, I don't know -- except via Facebook: The most recent entry, entitled "Marriage--a Status Function," is very relevant in view of this past week's Supreme Court decisions.  Posted from Phoenix, Arizona    … [Read more...]

A Decade Ago Today, I Lost My Dad

A scene at Rose Hills Cemetery, in Whittier, California, with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.  Many of my childhood mentors and friends are buried there, as well as my parents, paternal grandparents, and aunts and uncles.  It's sacred ground to me.

  Today marks the tenth anniversary of my father's death.  I still remember, very precisely, my brother's telephone call, and my stunned and somewhat incoherent response, and what I did over the next few minutes. It was a Monday, and I had spent the previous three days down in California with him.  He was in the hospital, but it hadn't seemed life-threatening. Two weeks before, blind and slightly memory-impaired from a stroke several years earlier - … [Read more...]

“Bearing Witness of Evil”

The Nauvoo Temple after the anti-Mormon mobs were finished with it in the 1840s

   My friend Dr. Gregory L. Smith maintains a very insightful blog.  See this, for instance:   … [Read more...]

BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative

I stand on the dock, waving farewell.

   Here are a couple of good short articles about BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which I conceived and founded, and with which I was allowed to be involved (for nearly two decades) until June 2012: It's a very worthwhile … [Read more...]

Book of Mormon Onomasticon Project

A clay tablet from ancient Ugarit

  My friend Paul Hoskisson, a Semitic linguist, has, for years, led an effort to study the proper names that occur in the Book of Mormon.  Some of the fruit of the ongoing project is now available to the public in one convenient location. You can read about this and other "Other News" on the website of -- dare I mention it? -- The Interpreter Foundation:   … [Read more...]

“The Division between Sunni and Shi“ite Muslims”

The Mosque of Imam Husayn in Karbala, Iraq (click to enlarge)

   Today's Hamblin-Peterson column in the Deseret News:   … [Read more...]

“U2′s Bono Talks about His Christian Faith”


   Here's a nice change of pace, for those who may have missed it:   … [Read more...]

The fifth volume of “Interpreter” is now complete

The late Thomas B. Costain

  With the publication, today, of my relatively brief introduction to Volume Five of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, we have now, in somewhat less than eleven months, produced . . . well, five volumes: Volume Five will be available in print-on-demand form within a week or two. Earlier, the usual naysayers were predicting that Interpreter wouldn't last very long.  Now, … [Read more...]