“World’s Heaviest Earthworm Found, Then Killed”

    There’s a caption to the linked article below (you’ll need to click on the “Read Caption” button in order to see it), but no text.  This is perhaps because, so close to the American presidential election, scientists didn’t want to seem to be interfering:   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/earthworms-england-largest-heaviest/#/dave-giant-earthworm-01.ngsversion.1478291412930.jpg   It’s really too late for political polls to be [Read More…]

“Mass exodus from Mormonism? LDS stats paint a different picture”

    It’s a common claim among many critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in recent years, and particularly among secularized ex-Momrmons.  But is it true?   http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4535962-155/mass-exodus-from-mormonism-lds-stats     [Read more…]

Artificial versus natural?

    All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.  Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)     [Read more…]

“A Giant Solar Storm Briefly Lowered Earth’s Magnetic Defenses”

    It turns out that this presidential election may actually not represent the most serious threat to life and human flourishing on our fragile planet.  We seem to have dodged a bullet back in 2015:   “Crack discovered in Earth’s magnetic shield”   Had the burst been much more severe, it might have rendered [Read More…]

“Why Isn’t the Media Pouncing on Mormon Hatred Like It Has Jew Hatred?”

    From The Federalist:   http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/04/isnt-media-pouncing-mormon-hatred-like-jew-hatred/     [Read more…]

Conference down, lecture and discussion to come

    Yesterday’s temples conference at BYU, co-sponsored by the Interpreter Foundation, offered an extraordinarily rich banquet of very interesting presentations.  Thanks to all those who participated in it and, of course, to my colleague, longtime friend, and former missionary companion, Stephen D. Ricks, for organizing it.   Although I don’t yet know the timeframe, [Read More…]

“President Nelson Honored by Catholic Community Services”

    The reason for the honor is the humanitarian service given by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-nelson-catholic-community-services   The Church and the Saints give a great deal of such service.  However, a certain class of critics (who may or may not do any such service themselves) typically have harsh [Read More…]

Evangelical Protestants and the current presidential election

    Bill Maher is a leftist and an atheist and, much worse, an abject slime ball.  In this clip, his language is vulgar at several points, and, even as he praises the Mormons, he smugly insults us.  Still, he has a point:   “Maher Thanks Trump for Exposing Evangelicals as ‘Shameless Hypocrites’”   And that [Read More…]

“Your Kurdish Superhero of the Week”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/441828/your-kurdish-superhero-week   In some ways, this impressive story is reminiscent of the (true) story of Desmond Doss, recently recounted in Mel Gibson’s film Hacksaw Ridge, which (as I’ve indicated), I very much like.  Here’s a review of the film:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/441785/hacksaw-ridge-and-loving-offer-two-visions-hell-earth     [Read more…]

Why did they kill Jesus?

    Ask yourself: if that is what Jesus is all about — that is, getting us to love one another — then why did everyone reject him? Stanley Hauerwas         [Read more…]