Three quotations from Confucius

  We’re headed to Asia in a couple of days, but not to the right part of it for this kind of thing.  So my wife and I very much enjoyed a meal tonight at Chef Gao, in north Orem.  And that put me in the mood:       It does not matter how [Read More…]

“Donald Trump Comes Out in Favor of Men in Women’s Restrooms”

    So the headline, as advertised, reads “Donald Trump Comes Out in Favor of Men in Women’s Restrooms.”   And he really did say something along those lines.   (If you can make much sense of this or most of the Leader’s other policy pronouncements, to the extent that the Leader has actually made any such [Read More…]

“Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success”

    An interesting piece on the Forbes site by Dr. Travis Bradberry:     [Read more…]

“How should Muslim parents and teachers talk to children about Donald Trump?”   Of course, somebody might respond that we shouldn’t care about the sensitivities of Muslim children or the fears of minorities.   For any Mormons who might be inclined to that response, I offer the following, from the Wikipedia article regarding the 30 October 1838 Haun’s Mill massacre, in which, thanks to the [Read More…]

Honoring a historic breakthrough in the study of Internet Anti-Mormonism

    Many years ago, when we had far less data than we have now, a pioneering student of apostasy in the Internet Age formulated what has come to be called, in his honor, Novak’s Rule. It runs essentially as follows:   When you become an apostate, expect your IQ to drop by about eighty [Read More…]

“Professor David Holland, Associate Professor of North American Religious History”

    An interesting profile of a professor at Harvard Divinity School whose father may be familiar to a few of you:   Thanks to Cassandra Hedelius for calling this article to my attention.     [Read more…]

“Sharing the gospel in an ‘argument’ culture”

    Today’s installment of my weekly Deseret News column is now up:     [Read more…]

A mark of spiritual darkness

    We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. Thomas Merton   [Read more…]

Announcing a new little (occasional) project regarding Islam here on this blog

    On Sunday last, I participated with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser in a fireside at the Phoenix East Stake center.   On the Friday before, I spoke to a  group at the LDS Institute in Tempe (on the campus of Arizona State University) about Islam, and then, after lunch, a fairly large number of us [Read More…]

“Vikings may have first taken to seas to find women, slaves”

    It’s always inspiring to learn more about my family history:     [Read more…]