Did Anthony Kennedy just change the course of Western civilization?

Perhaps the most important person in the history of human culture

   For a brief response to today's marriage-related Supreme Court decisions from a noted defender of the "traditional" view, see this. For good commentary from a conservative legal point of view, mostly from Ed Whelan, this is a place to follow.   … [Read more...]

“Dear Dan’s Diary”

Loyd Ericson (aka "the narrator")

  Somebody called my attention just this afternoon to a small blog, run by Loyd Ericson, that's devoted to mocking me (mostly by modifying entries originally posted here to make them look even more stupid and repugnant than, in his view, they already were, and then putting them against a pink and red background with hearts streaming across it). Loyd is the managing editor of Greg Kofford Books, a vocally enthusiastic fan of the Maxwell Institute's "new d … [Read more...]

Learn the ancient English secret of longevity!

Keith Richards.  My hero.

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The 2013 Summer Symposium

Blair Hodges, public spokesman of the Maxwell institute

  For years now, Richard Bushman and eventually Terryl Givens have been organizing and conducting summer seminars for graduate students in Mormon studies.  These seminars have been hosted by BYU's Maxwell Institute.  Here's some information on this year's seminar: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2013/06/18/the-maxwell-institute-summer-seminar-symposium-july-11-2013/   … [Read more...]

Have I done any good in the world today?

Thanks for Ira Laney for this one.

 I'm not quite sure whether I can measure up to this high standard:  But I'm trying.  If it isn't Westboro Baptist, at least I can still hope for somebody.  A few months ago, a few message-board critics of mine vowed that, when I die -- which they plainly hope will be sooner rather than later -- they'll join together to desecrate my grave.  (It was a charming little conversation, as you can tell.)   … [Read more...]

Rich Offerings from BYU’s Religious Studies Center

The Joseph Smith Building on the campus of Brigham Young University (Click to enlarge.)

   I received a note this morning from Devan Jensen, executive editor at BYU's Religious Studies Center.  In part, it reads as follows: Could you alert readers to the following excellent resources for lifelong gospel learners that are available at the Religious Studies Center site? Readers can enjoy browsing academic and devotional books on topics related to ancient scripture and modern Church history and doctrine. An extensive and searchable li … [Read more...]

Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology: Call for Papers

SMPT Call for Papers (page one) Click to enlarge

  The 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will be held on the campus of Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah, from 31 October through 2 November.  The theme of the meeting will be "The Atonement," but paper proposals are welcomed on other topics, as well.  Here is the formal Call for Papers.  Please click on the images to enlarge them:     … [Read more...]

“The Mysteries of Solomon’s Temple”

The Oquirrh Mountain Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge)

  My friend and colleague Dr. William Hamblin will be presenting a fireside in the Daybreak area, near the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, on the evening of 30 June.  He is the co-author of Solomon's Temple: Myth and History (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007). Information can be found at the following link: http://mormonscriptureexplorations.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/stake-fireside/   … [Read more...]