“How Vikings Could Get Away with Murder”

    It seems quite appropriate, given where I’m writing, to post an article such as this.   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/08/22/how_vikings_could_get_away_with_murder_109733.html   My ancestors were a gallant lot.   Incidentally . . .  I once thought, being Norwegian, Danish, English, and Scottish, that I was probably of 50% Scandinavian (and thus, more or less, of 50% Viking) [Read More…]

“Why the Public Should Mistrust Science”

    An interesting perspective on the question:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/08/the_public_should_mistrust_science.html   Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

“Will the Mormon Church’s Support for Muslim Immigration Block Trump’s Victory?”

    Breitbart News, once (before Andrew Breitbart’s sudden, premature, and very unfortunate death) an interesting place for activist conservative journalism of a rather aggressive sort, has long since become a rigidly doctrinaire and often quite unpleasant Ministry of Propaganda for hardcore Trumpulism.   Perhaps beginning to sense that Mr. Donald J. Trump, the Dear Leader [Read More…]

“More Effective Apologetics”

    The remarks that Grant Hardy delivered at the 2016 FairMormon conference earlier this month are now up online for your reading pleasure:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/more-effective-apologetics   I’ve seen reports on the internet that I was enraged by what Grant said, and that, in concert with many of my colleagues, I’m still seething with almost [Read More…]

Another day in Norway

      We’ve spent many hours over the past couple of days driving through the soul-nourishing beauty of rural Norway.   We stayed last night at Røisheim, in a mountain valley about fifteen minutes from Lom, a rustic inn that apparently began as a post-station in the 1600s.  It’s said that Ibsen and Grieg were [Read More…]

He clomb, he clumb, he climbed.

    One of the arguments that Drs. Royal Skousen and, more recently Stanford Carmack are making in their remarkable work on the text of the Book of Mormon is that, in most if not all cases, what seems to be “bad” English (especially in the Original Manuscript) turns out to be English that was [Read More…]

“Who’s afraid of religious liberty?”

    An interesting Jewish perspective on a topic that is increasingly under discussion — including, very much, by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   Who’s Afraid of Religious Liberty?   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“What one Louisiana flood survivor had to say about Mormons”

    http://www.ldsliving.com/What-One-Louisiana-Flood-Survivor-Had-to-Say-About-Mormons/s/82903   I might add, too, that Rod Dreher isn’t just any old “flood survivor.”  He’s a significant writer whom I’ve been reading fairly frequently for years.  Lately, he’s been provoking conversations with a suggestion that he’s labeled the “Benedict Option.”   Posted from Oslo, Norway   [Read more…]

“Changes in Languages from Nephi to Now”

    The transcript of Brian Stubbs’s presentation at the 2016 FairMormon conference is now up:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/changes-languages-nephi-now   While I do a number of languages — including the professional teaching of a Semitic one — I don’t consider myself a linguist in the strict sense of the word.  Moreover, apart from the words tomato [Read More…]

“Why no one believed Einstein”

    Very much like other disciplines involving humans, science is influenced by fashions, traditions, assumptions, and personalities.  The reception of Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity isn’t necessarily the best illustration of such influences, but it, too, plainly shows their effect:   http://daily.jstor.org/why-no-one-believed-einstein/   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]