A Chanson for a Sabbath Evening

The interior of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, in Salt Lake City, Utah

  If you have about three minutes for something that's beautiful both musically and visually, here's a real treat -- a harp and flute duet recorded in Salt Lake City's Cathedral of the Madeleine.  Perhaps it will get you into the mood for the Sabbath tomorrow. The harpist is our good friend Tamara Oswald.  She's married to our good friend Daniel Oswald, formerly the president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and now a vice pr … [Read more...]

Some Notes on How the Move toward Same-Sex Marriage is Changing Our Culture and Our Constitutional Order, and How It Will Do So in the Future

A fundamental political insight that shouldn't be forgotten

  Proponents of same-sex marriage often demand to know how legal recognition of certain homosexual relationships as "marriage" will damage traditional heterosexual marriages.  In fact, they frequently address opponents directly:  How, they triumphantly ask, will ratifying Bob and Tom's partnership hurt you? It's a very effective rhetorical approach.  But here's one possible an … [Read more...]

The One-Stop Bulletin Board for All Your Mormon-Studies-Related Needs


  By the way, I'm not sure how many people are aware that The Interpreter Foundation maintains a bulletin board on its website where announcements are posted of Mormon-related events that we think will be of interest to our audience: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/other-news/ We welcome submissions for that portion of the website.  If you know of something that you think would be appropriately included there, please contact … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom: Is Illinois Legislation a Harbinger of Things to Come?

The trial of Sir Thomas More (1535)

  According to the Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to the promotion and protection of religious liberty, proposed same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois omits some very important protections: https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/2013/05/30/thomas-more-society-warns-that-pending-illinois-same-sex-marriage-bill-provides-the-worst-protections-for-religious-liberty-in-the-united-states/ Other states that have legalized same-sex marriage have … [Read more...]

For anybody in the vicinity of Independence, Missouri . . .

Announcing an interesting event for later this month

  Dr. Ridenhour will be speaking under the title of "What I Have Discovered about the Restoration Movement as a Baptist Minister."   … [Read more...]

“The Spectacles, the Stone, the Hat, and the Book: A Twenty-First Century Believer’s View of the Book of Mormon Translation”

Joseph Smith receives the plates of the Book of Mormon from the angel Moroni

  it's Friday, so, once again, as it has every single week for nearly a year now, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published an article.  This one is by Roger Nicholson: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-spectacles-the-stone-the-hat-and-the-book-a-twenty-first-century-believers-view-of-the-book-of-mormon-translation/   … [Read more...]

The IRS and Religious Advocacy

The government wants to know precisely what the people who gather in such buildings are praying about.

  For yet another example of what seems to be intrusive, partisan, ideologically-motivated IRS snooping, see this. I'm actually somewhat ambivalent about the current NSA scandal.  I understand the threats we face from jihadists.  But if the government is going to penalize and harass legitimate political dissent and punish religious believers for daring to advocate their socio-moral positions, such surveillance by a federal intelligence agency takes on a d … [Read more...]

We’re building a brave, new world. Hope and change! And have some “soma” while you wait.

Thirty Years Past 1984

  Gun control?  Not nearly enough.  The very sound of the word gun should be illegal, and any object that so much as resembles a gun should be banned: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/350227/banning-g-word-ian-tuttle I know some people with the surname Gunn.  The question is, should they be enrolled in re-education camps, or just forced to change their names?  Perhaps to World Peace?  (There's precedent for that.) And, in the meant … [Read more...]